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July 8, 2013

Cleaner beer making its way to Port

A new technology that will enable bars to serve cleaner, fresher and higher quality draft beer is being rolled out in the U.S. market, and Newburyport residents will have the first opportunity to taste the difference.

Late last month, The Port Tavern became the first bar in the U.S. to install the newly developed Glanola system, which is an automated beer line cleaner that allows the bar to quickly and easily clean each individual line the moment a keg is empty, which in turn allows each draft poured at the bar to be the highest quality it can be.

Glanola is Irish for “Clean Drink,” and Port Tavern co-owner David Buckley said the new technology would be revolutionary for bar owners as well as brewers, who will now have a way of knowing definitively that their beer is being served at the quality they expect.

“When they give it to a bar, and if they’re not cleaning the lines, it’s like if you’re a chef,” Buckley said. “You come up with a beautiful meal, and it gets put out on a dirty dish.”

Cleaning beer lines has long been a fact of life for bar owners, because if left untouched, bacteria will start to build up in the lines and hurt the quality of the beer being poured. Until now bar owners have had to clean their lines manually, which can be time consuming and labor intensive with the results often inconsistent.

Most bars in America hire outside services to clean their lines, but there’s another problem that comes with manual cleaning that no amount of expertise can solve. When you clean the lines all at once, you lose whatever beer was still in those lines, which can result in hundreds of dollars of lost revenue.

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