Friday, May 07, 2010

Pet Peeve: The dregs of a keg

From the Pet Peeves in Bars Department, here's an exchange on Twitter between Fritz Hahn —Bars and Clubs editor/reporter for the Washington Post's Going Out Guide— and The Big Hunt —a multi-tap beer bar in Washington, D.C.

Bartenders: if a keg kicks while pouring my pint, do not give me the dregs to drink while i'm waiting for a new keg. I won't thank you.less than a minute ago via txt

To which, The Big Hunt replied:

Really? Its not the equivalent of backwash...RT @fritzhahn: if a keg kicks, dont give me the dregs to drink while i'm waiting for a new keg.less than a minute ago via Echofon

Fritz Tweeted back:

@bighuntdc It's happened a couple of times recently @ different places. Old beer, slightly past its date, vague metallic taste. No thanks.less than a minute ago via Brizzly

The Big Hunt concluded:

@fritzhahn if that's the case I understand. I have always thought it a courtesy (and ask if the customer would like it while they wait)less than a minute ago via Echofon

  • The Twitter screenshots were created using Blackbird Pie. The program didn't get the timing correct, however. The exchange occurred Thursday night/Friday morning.
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  1. so whats your take, mistah c?

  2. Harry,

    I'd have to agree with both sides.

    If the bartender tasted the beer recently (know your product) and was satisfied with its quality, by all means give the short pour to the customer as a courtesy until the new keg is tapped. But, as happens often, if the keg were an older one, the last pours were bound not to be very good and probably should have been discarded anyway. Likewise, the first pour from am already tapped keg (much of it has been sitting in the beer lines overnight) should be discarded.


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