Pub cellars struggle to cope in hot summer, says Vianet study

Vianet's Beer Quality Report found that one in four pubs experienced a 'major temperature issue' last year
02/08/2017 - 07:30
Data from beer quality insight group Vianet has suggested that pub cellars have struggled to cope during this summer’s hot weather, resulting in beer being served too warm to customers.

Whilst several pub groups such as Marston and JD Wetherspoon have benefited financially from the warm outdoor temperatures, the new data suggests that it has had a detrimental effect on the temperature quality of pubs’ beer offering.

Vianet’s data revealed that in June, the hottest since 1976, pub cellars were outside of recommended temperature specification for on average 6.18 days of the month which resulted in 7.4% of all pints of cask ale being served too warm.

Other figures from June found that 10.9% of stout, 8.5% of keg ale and 7.8% of standard and premium lager were served at a temperature too high.

Vianet’s study showed that the trend continued in July with cellars outside of recommended temperature specification for on average 5.15 days.

Mark Fewster, product manager at Vianet, said: “When tracking the ambient temperature of a cellar, our data reveals a clear correlation with beer being served too warm.

“As cellar temperatures rise during the summer months then so does the proportion of warm beer being dispensed.

“Cooling equipment is set up to chill beer to a set specification, so any fluctuations to the ambient temperature puts real pressure on these systems to cope and can result in draught beer being served outside of brewers’ recommendations.

“It also risks shortening equipment lifespan and increasing the chance of a breakdown or maintenance issues."

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