Many beer drinkers have experienced the disappointment that comes from ordering a pint of a craft-brewed IPA or seasonal draft only to discover it tastes like a down-market light beer past the sell-by date. Usually, that is because the line between the keg and tap has not been cleaned.
David Buckley, a local entrepreneur originally from Ireland, wants to change that. He is working on the US launch of an automated beer line cleaning system called Glanola that was first developed in Dublin. A part owner of the Port Tavern in Newburyport, where he lives, Buckley recently installed the system there, and has since introduced it in pubs in Reading and Medfield. Word of mouth has been so enthusiastic that he is already fretting about supplying the demand.