By Ursula Zerilli | firstname.lastname@example.org
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on May 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM, updated May 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM
Chris Clark | Mlive.com
KALAMAZOO, MI – Before your next beer, perhaps you should ask the bartender when they last cleaned the tap lines.
A recent WWMT investigation reports finding mold and bacteria in beer served from dirty beer tap lines.
WWMT Reporter Ryan Duffy and the I-Team collected beer samples for various establishments and tested them at Summit Laboratory in Grand Rapids. They found high levels of bacteria and even traces of mold in beer samples from three restaurants.
The report does not disclose where the dirty tap lines are located.
The report features Olde Peninsula Brewpub Brewmaster Dan Kiplinger, who said the brewpub's tubes, which are used to serve customers keg beer, are cleaned twice a month.
More than three dozen states have implemented laws requiring establishments to clean tap lines. With a handful of breweries slated to open in downtown Kalamazoo alone,some wonder why Michigan does not.
The issue was recently introduced to lawmakers by Larry Bell, founder ofBell’s Brewery Inc., when he testified in April before the Senate Regulatory Reform Commission to back legislation allowing restaurants and bars to refill beer growlers.
He said the real quality control issue is tap lines not being maintained.
The WWMT investigators contacted the worst offenders about the results. One establishment said they cleaned the tap lines once a month; another said it cleans every eight weeks and the third never responded, according to the report.
Click here to view the WWMT investigation.