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A cold one on the house

Lee Butterman, a software engineer, grabs a beer from TripAdvisor’s office kegerator. Lee Butterman, a software engineer, grabs a beer from TripAdvisor’s office kegerator. (Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe)
By Katie Johnston Chase
Globe Staff / November 7, 2010

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TRIPADVISOR OFFERS plenty of perks for its employees — free catered lunches, Fridays off in the summer, an 8-gigabyte iPod for every new employee of the travel review site, which is based in Newton.

But for the happy hour crowd, nothing beats the kegerator, a refrigerator that dispenses beer from two kegs on Friday afternoons, or whenever a party is in order. Software engineer Jay Briedis helped dream up the idea two years ago after doing some home brewing. He and a few co-workers came up with an analysis comparing the price of the bottled beer they used to serve to the cost of buying a fridge, carbon dioxide, and kegs, and convinced the finance department that it made sense. It didn’t hurt that the numbers folks like beer, too.

“We knew the right people to go to,’’ Briedis said. During the happy hours, employees meet in the cafe to play the video game Rock Band and foosball and sample a rotating selection of brews from the kegerator — which has become such a popular party guest that the appliance has 70 friends on its own Facebook page.

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