We all do it – stack our glassware on top of each other behind the bar. Especially our draft beer glassware. But did you know that this practice allows bacteria to grow? When you don’t allow the glass to fully breathe while it’s drying it traps in moisture and allows bacteria to grow. A Head For Profits wants you to know that you should find a place to allow your glasses a place to dry.
Keeping your glassware “Beer Clean” is key to serving your customers good draft beer. To achieve this:
- Maintain strict sanitary conditions in the glass washing area.
- Glassware should be washed using a high-temp dishwasher if you use one at all.
- Never wash glassware with utensils or dishes that are used to serve food. Food particles and residue can affect the quality of draft beer.
- Do not use regular household dish washing detergents for glassware. They are oil based and will leave a slight film on your glasses. This causes beer to go flat quickly. Use a detergent designed specifically for beer glass cleaning.
- Store glasses at counter height or lower. Smoke and cooking odors tend to rise. If you have overhead glass racks, use them for liquor and cocktail glasses. These drinks are not affected the way draft beer is.
- Never dry glassware with a towel. Towels are used frequently at the bar so it is hard to keep them clean and lint free.
- Always allow your glassware to dry thoroughly before you place it in a glass chiller. If you don’t your glass will transfer detergent or bleach flavor to the beer.