A tested method of clearing out those pesky fruit flies without using tons of chemicals is to make a fruit fly trap.
Simply take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sugar, a few drops of dish soap, 1 liter of water, and put it in a container.
Mix it well and place the container in the location you notice the most gnats. They are attracted by the vinegar but die after touching the soap. You can setup multiple of these traps around the bar for a non toxic sure fired solution.
Bill's Tip- run water over pourers before placing or replacing in liquor bottles. It makes them much easier to remove especially with Baileys and other thicker liquors. You should clean pour spouts between each bottle change. Keep a bucket of fresh spouts for new bottles, and a bucket for old spouts, that you can soak and clean at the end of your shift. This way you don't waste time during the shift.
1. Deep clean your bar - When you step back from the bar and really look at it from a patrons standpoint, you might be surprised. In addition, when was the last time you cleaned the back side of the beer cooler. (Probably not this week) This step might have just solved your fruit fly problem. The point is, that you need to clean all surfaces of all equipment behind the bar weekly. This will keep smells, insects, and mold at bay. Just wiping down the surfaces you see is not enough. If you don't have enough pride in your bar to think this is important, you might be in the wrong industry.
- 1.Keep a clean bar during the shifts.
I have seen a lot of bartenders that think since they are busy it is OK to make a mess of the bar (because they think it makes them faster). In reality they will misplace items and have to search for them on the next drink slowing them down. There is a simple formula for this. 1. Pre stock correctly. 2. Everything has a place. 3. Everything in its place 4. Wipe down surfaces. Just following those 4 rules will help to keep order and a clean bar during the madness.
- 2.Make it a point to remember names and drinks.
Customers like to feel special and when you remember their name and drink it can go a long way. Face it your in the service industry and that is good service which will help increase your tips. I tip more to a bartender that remembers my name and drink at the establishments I frequent.
For years draft beer has been rumored to cause headaches, even with low consumption (1 or 2 beers). To date the case has been made by many but the cause has not yet been found. Some people suspect it is from dirty beer lines filled with bacteria that cause a bacterial infection. They claim the intense hangover is actually your body fighting the infection, but according to a spokes person from the Nationwide Brewers Association, there is no correlation.