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  • Ale Trail

    Become part of the World's Biggest Ale Trail using the free CaskFinder app. Every Cask Marque pub should be displaying a certificate with a QR code on it.

    Register using the app and then scan these codes. The more you scan, the more prizes you win!

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  • Free Caskfinder App

    Available free for iPhone and Android phones, CaskFinder has been downloaded by over 80,000 people and is used over 50,000 times each month to find Cask Marque pubs selling great quality real ale. 

    View tasting notes for over 1,400 cask ales, brewed by over 200 British breweries, as well as details of beer festivals around the country and more.

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  • The Independent Award for pubs serving great quality cask ale

    Since 1997 Cask Marque has been ensuring that the real ale you drink in pubs in the UK has been in perfect condition. Our 45 qualified assessors make over 18,000 visits to pubs in England, Scotland, Wales and even Europe to check the temperature, appearance, aroma and taste of Britain's favourite drink.

    Visit a Cask Marque accredited pub and you are guaranteed to receive a great pint of cask ale.

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  • Find Cask Marque Pubs

    Find real ale pubs with our easy to use pub finder. There are over 8,000 to choose from so why not see which pubs near you are serving great quality cask ale?

    You can see who owns pubs and find similar pubs from a chain, or even see what beers were on sale when we last visited. All pubs are regularly visited by our qualified assessors to ensure you are guaranteed a great pint, every time.

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  • NOP-Survey

    In a recent NOP Survey, 57% of cask ale drinkers recognised the Cask Marque plaque and 62% related the sign to beer quality.

    Interestingly, awareness is higher; 67% in the 21 to 44yr old category, which must in some part be due to the CaskFinder app, which is used over 60,000 times per month to find Cask Marque Pubs.

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  • Beer is the most profitable part of your business, but do you know that 34% of customers would not return if the quality of the pint served was poor?

    The Award in Beer and Cellar Quality is a Bii accredited training course and is designed to help you improve yields (by up to 7%), increase sales (3%) and decrease wastage.

    Cask Marque are the UK’s No 1 provider of Cellar Management Training with a team of experienced trainers passionate about getting beer quality right, first time.

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Charters and Standards

Cask Marque have put together a number of different charters taking advice from experts throughout the industry. These can be viewed or downloaded below. We have also included ten top tips to serving great cask beer.

Ten tips to improve beer quality:standards

  1. Beer when delivered must be kept in a cold store or cellar and not left in direct sunlight
  2. Maintain cellar temperature between 11°-13°C
  3. Install temperature controlled equipment from cellar to bar
  4. The cellar must be kept spotlessly clean
  5. Monitor closely stock rotation and selling dates and allow time for the beer to condition before serving
  6. Clean the beer lines at least every 7 days and keep records for health & safety purposes
  7. Train staff on how to serve a pint ensuring good presentation and less wastage
  8. Ensure your glass washer leaves no film on the glasses as this will damage head retention
  9. Do not have too many beers on sale as beer when broached must be sold within 3 days
  10. At closing time always insert a hard peg unless using an auto cask breathercellar card

Charters

The objective of the charter is to highlight best practice in the supply chain to ensure that there are the highest levels of service standards, thus ensuring beer is delivered in prime condition.

In order for a distributor to hold the charter every one of their depots must be able to meet all the criteria. The following companies currently hold the charter:

The objective of the charter is to highlight best practice in the supply chain to ensure that there are the highest levels of service standards, thus ensuring beer is delivered in prime condition.

Any distributor must adhere to the following criteria in order to gain the charter:

  • st austell dist charterWarehouses should have a refrigerated area for the storage of cask ale with temperatures maintained between 11°C – 13°C. This will ensure that the beer, when delivered to the licensee, is in the best possible condition
  • Always operate a first-in first-out policy with stock
    Goods received into Primary Warehouse should be a maximum seven days from rack to give the supply chain the best opportunity to fulfil the date requirements
  • Delivery to outlet must be at least 14 days before 'best before' / 'sell by' date to ensure licensee has adequate time to condition and dispense
  • No fining on premises to ensure no contamination takes place
  • Maximum number of movements between warehouses is three – ensuring finings work most effectively
  • Ideally you should load on the day of delivery to ensure no heat pick-up
  • To have a quality control procedure that enables both suppliers and customers to audit
  • To make all deliveries within Health & Safety Standards draymen should be appropriately trained in the handling of cask ale
  • To ensure, on uplift, all casks are properly sealed and have available for the licensee keystones, corks and spiles
  • To ensure the brewers ullage procedures are adhered to so that quality problems can be quickly identified and addressed
  • Draymen should stillage casks when appropriate

In order for a distributor to hold the charter every one of their depots must be able to meet all the criteria. The following companies currently hold the charter: