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I'm going to a bar this weekend where there is cider on tap. Do you think this is safe? I know that cider is naturally gluten free. The only other thing that this bar serves is beer. Could there be CC for cider on tap? I know nothing about bars and normally order wine but there will sadly not be any there....

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Do bars ever change which spouts are for whatever drinks? Again, I know nothing about bars.

Also are all ciders gluten free? I heard a rumor that some have barley malt?? :-/

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I've been wondering this too. All I can think of is cleaning the lines (if they're shared?) and if they use the same cloth to wipe down all the taps? Must vary by bar I suppose.

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It is true that some ciders may have malt added.  There is a local micro-brewery near me that also makes cider.  They told me they add malt to give it body.  I suspect most ciders are gluten-free, but if it were me, I would ask.  BTW I know that Strongbow is gluten-free.

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Jeez, thanks for the heads up on malt in cider. Whyyyyy?!
I asked my brother, who works in a bar, and he said obviously it would vary by bar but changing the lines between beer/cider taps would be complicated and he doesn't see why it would happen.
No answer on the communal wipe down cloth but having seen the state of his bathroom I'm not hopeful (eww). I suppose with cider, unlike ale, the tap doesn't need to be kept below the surface of the drink? So it could just pour straight into the glass? 

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An update from my trip to the bar - my boyfriend said that sometimes they do not have cider, so we're assuming that they change the taps. I could have probably gotten a bottle of their cider if I knew it was safe, but the bar was packed when we got there. Not the best time to ask someone about ingredients. So I decided to just not drink that night. No big deal. I wasn't really in the mood anyway. I reasoned that I'll save the calories and have a cupcake this week :)

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