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Old 05-14-2014, 10:10 AM
 
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Went out and grabbed a Lagunitas IPA last night from a local sports bar. Like most bars in my area, the tap selection is 90% McBrew Light and one handle of a craft beer. This morning the end result has not been pleasant, is it something about draft beer in my area? The theory that I am thinking about is that hardly anyone else is drinking the one craft beer on tap, so the beer is sitting around and getting funky. At another sports bar I had to send the beer back it tasted so bad.

Never really had this issue when I lived in the beer-centric northwest and frequented various micro-breweries.

Guess I need to stick to bottled beer when I go out to a sports bar or other local tavern that is not a micro-brewery.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:19 AM
 
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The sports bar may not be getting their taps and lines cleaned properly.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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Went out and grabbed a Lagunitas IPA last night from a local sports bar. Like most bars in my area, the tap selection is 90% McBrew Light and one handle of a craft beer. This morning the end result has not been pleasant, is it something about draft beer in my area? The theory that I am thinking about is that hardly anyone else is drinking the one craft beer on tap, so the beer is sitting around and getting funky. At another sports bar I had to send the beer back it tasted so bad.

Never really had this issue when I lived in the beer-centric northwest and frequented various micro-breweries.

Guess I need to stick to bottled beer when I go out to a sports bar or other local tavern that is not a micro-brewery.
Do you have the same stomach problem if you drink a Miller Lite or Coors Light on tap? That would be a good test.
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:57 PM
 
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Do you have the same stomach problem if you drink a Miller Lite or Coors Light on tap? That would be a good test.
Even in college I could not stand the taste of those beers, so it is a rare sight to see me drink that swill. The few times I have in the last year, have not had an issue. Really think that many of the local hole in the wall bars and sports bars around here just don't sell much out of the one keg of craft beer they carry. So who knows what is lurking in the lines or growing in the keg. Should have known better when I saw every other guy in the bar with colored water sitting in front of them that asking for a draft craft beer was risky. Next time I go back will stick with bottled beer.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:01 PM
 
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I love trying all the craft beers and IPA's are my favorites but it is rare when I order draft. Bottled is always my first choice.
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:38 PM
 
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Went out and grabbed a Lagunitas IPA last night from a local sports bar. Like most bars in my area, the tap selection is 90% McBrew Light and one handle of a craft beer. This morning the end result has not been pleasant, is it something about draft beer in my area? The theory that I am thinking about is that hardly anyone else is drinking the one craft beer on tap, so the beer is sitting around and getting funky. At another sports bar I had to send the beer back it tasted so bad.

Never really had this issue when I lived in the beer-centric northwest and frequented various micro-breweries.

Guess I need to stick to bottled beer when I go out to a sports bar or other local tavern that is not a micro-brewery.
It's the bars problem....not the beer.....not even the bar's selection of beer.

They need to clean their lines better. We had one local place that we had to stop going to, despite them having a great selection, because they just didn't clean them often enough. It wouldn't matter if it's a bar that only has corporate beers or all micro-brews....cleanliness is cleanliness.
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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Yeah, the lines can get pretty gross if they aren't maintained, and far too many places don't maintain their lines properly. A friend of mine owns a tap system maintenance company and he's shown me some pretty scary photos of uncleaned taps from new clients - he's even demanded that they replace all the lines or else he won't continue to work with them. There will literally be sludge dripping out of the lines. Once you've smelled that sludge you can discern the flavor in a beer that's gone through some skanky lines.

The problem is even worse if you're drinking a beer that doesn't get served a lot, and in places that mostly sell mass produced beers the micro brews kegs may be many months old.

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Old 05-15-2014, 08:16 AM
 
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Yeah, the lines can get pretty gross if they aren't maintained, and far too many places don't maintain their lines properly. A friend of mine owns a tap system maintenance company and he's shown me some pretty scary photos of uncleaned taps from new clients - he's even demanded that they replace all the lines or else he won't continue to work with them. There will literally be sludge dripping out of the lines. Once you've smelled that sludge you can discern the flavor in a beer that's gone through some skanky lines.

The problem is even worse if you're drinking a beer that doesn't get served a lot, and in places that mostly sell mass produced beers the micro brews kegs may be many months old.
This kind of backs up my theory.

I shot the bar in question an email about their tap lines, kept it nice & brief and promised not to post on Yelp. To their credit when I checked my bank account this morning they had reversed the charges.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:30 AM
 
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Went out and grabbed a Lagunitas IPA last night from a local sports bar. Like most bars in my area, the tap selection is 90% McBrew Light and one handle of a craft beer. This morning the end result has not been pleasant, is it something about draft beer in my area? The theory that I am thinking about is that hardly anyone else is drinking the one craft beer on tap, so the beer is sitting around and getting funky. At another sports bar I had to send the beer back it tasted so bad.

Never really had this issue when I lived in the beer-centric northwest and frequented various micro-breweries.

Guess I need to stick to bottled beer when I go out to a sports bar or other local tavern that is not a micro-brewery.
I'm finding that the older I get the harder to drink beer in general. The phrase "through a screen door at 5 paces" is an apt description of the END result I would add that a recent trip to Germany did NOT have this result and I partook heavily in the local brews there
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