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Bath pubs serve UK's dirtiest pint

10 April 2017

Pubs in the city of Bath serve the least clean beer in the UK, while the South West is the worst region for unclean beer lines (with 40% of lines unclean).

That’s according to the Beer Quality Report 2017 by beer quality accreditation and training firm Cask Marque and Vianet, which monitors the flow of beer through lines in pubs across the country.

Newcastle and Warrington are where the cleanest beer can be found. The North East is the cleanest region with only 27% of beer lines adjudged to be unclean.

The report found a clear north-south divide, with the proportion of beer going through unclean lines in some parts of the country markedly higher than in others. While beer may be substantially more expensive in the South – in some cases almost £1 a pint more – quality can be substantially lower.

According to the report, one in three pints served to a UK consumer is via a line overdue a clean.

Pubs and other establishments serving beer and cider are generally recommended to clean their lines on a seven-day cycle or risk a deterioration quality and a fall-off in demand from customers.

Cleaning lines regularly to ensure a higher quality of beer was just one of the measures outlined by Vianet and Cask Marque that could help pubs to save significant sums of money at a time when operating costs are set to rise – pushed upwards by the factors including the National Living Wage, the Apprenticeship Levy, and business rates.

A copy of the Beer Quality Report is available from Cask Marque

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