About Cask Marque

The Cask Marque scheme is operated by an independent body called Cask Marque Trust which is a limited company, limited by guarantee, and a non profit making organisation. The company is run by a management committee elected by its members. The members who pay a subscription include representatives from brewers, retailers, trade bodies and consumer groups.

Pubs that join the scheme are visited unannounced by an independent assessor at least twice a year. In the first year they are visited twice in the first three months and in subsequent years they are visited once in the summer and once in the winter.

The assessor checks all cask ales on sale for – temperature, appearance, aroma and taste.

All the beers must reach the required standard for the pub to pass and it then receives a plaque, framed certificate and merchandising material to inform its customers of the award and their rights.

Consumers are encouraged to comment independently on the quality of cask ale in the pub to the Cask Marque organisation and further visits are made if required.

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Who Runs Cask Marque?

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Our Sponsors

Cask Marque is supported by many companies in the brewing industry. Sponsors support their pubs or customers by sponsoring them to try and gain Cask Marque Accreditation. Should they fail an inspection then the sponsor will provide advice on how to remedy the problem. These are the companies which are currently Cask Marque sponsors. If you stock beers from or are owned by the companies there is a possibility they will sponsor you. All sponsorship must be agreed with the brewers/pub owners but can often be done via Cask Marque. Call us on 01206 752212 for more information or email angie@cask-marque.co.uk.

How Pubs Gain Cask Marque

The process that happens for a pub to gain the award is as follows. If you are a pub which is interested in finding out more about Cask Marque and how you can get involved register today.

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    A pub must apply to gain Cask Marque membership. There is a nominal fee involved but as a not for profit organisation any money made is reinvested promoting the pubs in the scheme. If you think your pub deserves to be recognised by Cask Marque please let us have details of the pub and the name of the licensee and we will contact them directly.
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    Within 4 weeks of applying to join, the pub will receive an unannounced visit from one of our 45 qualified assessors. Assessors are qualified brewers with significant industry experience in all aspects of beer and cellar management. All the beers on sale (up to a maximum of 6) will be tested for temperature, appearance, aroma and taste. If each beer reaches the required standard then the pub will pass the visit. A further visit will be made within another 4 weeks and if this too is passed the pub will gain the award and will be sent the plaque for outside the pub and a framed dated certificate and other point of sale materials for inside the pub.
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    For a beer to score 100% on the visit it must be dispensed at between 10 and 14°C. These temperature guidelines are recommended by virtually all major brewers. Occasionally a brewer will stipulate that their beer should be dispensed at slightly different temperatures (cooler) in which case we will take this into account. All beers should be served to the Cask Marque assessor exactly as they would be served to a customer.
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    The award is renewable every 12 months and a minimum of 2 visits will be conducted each year , ideally one in the summer and one in the winter to ensure that the equipment installed can cope with both warm and cold temperatures whilst still dispensing beer correctly.
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    If any beers fail the audit then the assessor, where invited, will always try and identify the cause of the problem and where possible rectify it and/or provide on site training and guidance in how to avoid the problem in the future.
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    We actively encourage members of the public to feed back the quality of cask ale they come across in accredited pubs, both good and bad. If we receive complaints on poor beer we will send in an assessor to investigate and to try and highlight the cause of the problem. If the problem persists or the necessary investment is not made then the plaque will be removed from the pub. To comment on beer quality please email info@cask-marque.co.uk with full details. All complaints will be dealt with confidentially.