Pick One Draught Service Company
It Makes Things So Much Easier
It's time to settle down. No more playing the field.
It's time to pick that someone special that you will build a relationship with based on trust, mutual respect, and clear communication.
Yes...it's time to pick one draught service company.
Chances are that you have several draught technicians coming in to clean your beer taps and maintain your beer lines.
Most of the microbrewers clean their lines as a value-added service. (Note: it is illegal in some areas for brewers to clean their lines - silly law, I know. You need to know what the laws are; I'm not responsible for you if you break the law!)
The problem with multiple people cleaning your beer lines:
There is no one point of responsibility.
If something breaks, they all point a finger at each other.
Some service technicians have their way of doing things, which isn't always the correct way.
In several markets, we can tell you who cleans your lines just by looking at them - it's that bad.
Most professional line cleaning companies charge a minimum truck charge to show up and clean one line. Economies of scale - once you get up to 6+ lines, the price per line drops. Having one company come in to clean a couple of lines is a waste of time and money.
Tell the micro brewery that you would prefer to use your line cleaner to clean their line(s). They do a great job and you trust them. It will be done consistently, promptly, and they will be able to troubleshoot any problems you may encounter because they will know your system inside and out.
But...you want $150 per year from them instead of their cleaner coming in.
What nobody will tell you:
Most brewers who clean their own lines don't want to be in the line cleaning business.
They make money selling and delivering beer, not cleaning lines.
Let's do some math:
It costs about $60k a year to put a tech in a truck and have them drive around town cleaning lines.
If they work the typical 250 days a year (50 weeks x 5 days), they costs the brewery $240 per day or $30 per hour.
Assuming travel time plus line cleaning time, let's say they can clean six accounts per day, so $40 per account.
It costs them $480 each year to send their guy in every month to clean their lines in your bar.