Buying beer with Bitcoin, courtesy of the Lightning Network

20 Jan, 2019 | Updated: 20 Jan, 2019
by Will Heasman
Buying beer with Bitcoin, courtesy of the Lightning Network

At a meetup in a Chicago bar, Jack Mallers, creator of the open source wallet, Zap, demonstrated the power of the Lightning Network by allowing anyone in the world to buy him a beer over the internet.

The event was organized by a Meetup group known as "Bitcoin & Open Blockchain Community - Chicago".

During the meetup, Mallers conducted the lightning network experiment by enabling those in attendance to purchase their drinks with Bitcoin.

 The lucky few were also in store for a few free drinks courtesy of complete strangers on the internet. This was thanks to Mallers’ newly created website: Mallers explained this innovative way of getting free drinks in a Tweet:

The website granted any altruistic internet folk the ability to buy the attendees a selection of well-named drinks, via the Lightning Network:

Mallers made it so that any kindly donations would be broadcasted to the entire bar: 

The combination of Beer and Bitcoin seemed to get crypto twitter tipsy with excitement:

Apprently there was no lack of orders:

Read more: The Lightning Network just reached a new record capacity at 510 BTC 

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