The Beer Scanner will be joining the World’s Biggest Ale Trail as the most popular features on the app with over 3,500 people scanning certificates each week with their phone in accredited pubs.
25,000 drinkers in Britain are signed up for the ale trail and win prizes by scanning the certificates which contain unique QR codes.
Scan the Cask Marque certificates in Cask Marque pubs to win prizes! Scan 50 barcodes and receive a Cask Marque fridge magnet bottle opener and 100 barcodes for a Cask Marque t-shirt and 100 scan badge. If you scan 250 barcodes you win a branded pint glass. At 500 scans you become a Cask Marque ambassador and are invited to attend a 1-day course where you can learn how to become a beer taster. At 750 scans you win a fleece and at 1,000 you win special ale trail glasses, a 1000 scan badge and a personalised certificate. The final prizes are at 2,000 scans where you earn a CaskFinder hat, CaskFinder pen and pack of 6 drinks coasters.
(If for any reason there is no Cask Marque certificate showing in the pub please ask the bar staff where it is. All Cask Marque pubs will have been sent one.)
“I first started using the cask marque app in October 2014, visiting different pubs is great fun, by doing the ale trail i’ve stumbled upon little gems of places, cask marque pubs tend to be very well run, with decent beer. Through the cask marque ale trail I’ve walked into pubs with 20+ choices of beer, others with just one really good ale, and every pub has its own unique feel. I find the app most useful when in cities that I’m not familiar with, I use the app to find a decent pint, and alas I am now on 145 scans. As a 23 year old female with a slim figure, I probably don’t fit the ‘ale drinker’ stereotype, and as a student I used to drink a lot of cider, when I started drinking blonde ales I soon became an ale lover as I found the drink so refreshing, I also noticed my hangovers improve significantly.
The cask marque ale trail has become a great hobby for me and my other half, visiting new places with great beer, we love cask marque!”. Helen C.
Finding a Cask Marque quality approved pub couldn’t be easier – there are over 9,900 in the UK and rising all the time – click on the Cask Marque pub icon and CaskFinder shows you automatically on a map where your nearest pubs are. Once you have found a pub, you can click on its icon and find out what beers it serves, based on its Cask Marque quality inspection. If you are unfamiliar with the beers or just want to try something new, you can click on the beer logo and immediately view the Cyclops® Beer database information held for over 2,000 beers. The Cyclops® database contains standardised tasting information compiled by trained inspectors, including Head Brewers, so you’ll know they know what they are talking about! However, you can rate your favourite beers yourself so that you can keep a record of beers that you specially like.
If you like a particular brewer’s beers, you can find out more about the brewer and even see what other beers they produce – and find out which pubs you can drink them in. Or you could just browse through the database and choose any one of the beers at random!
Beers and brewers are constantly being added to Cyclops and the database is updated on an almost daily basis. Similarly, Cask Marque inspectors are active 51 weeks a year and their results are added to the database every day.
In addition to finding pubs and beers, CaskFinder includes a number of other useful features – a list of Beer Festivals complete with contact details, admission prices and maps to show you where to go – a Beer Blog from award winning writer Pete Brown that gives you an inside track on the beer industry – and Beer of the Week, a featured beer of interest from your region.
CaskFinder is not just another list of pubs – it is an indispensable tool for every beer lover!
Please note that many pubs stock small quantities of beers and once they are sold out, change them for another. Cask Ale, by its nature does not have a long shelf life, and is best served fresh from the Brewer. Accordingly, some pubs may not have the same beers in stock today than when they were last visited by a Cask Marque assessor, so if you are travelling a long way to sample a particular beer, phone ahead to check before you set out to avoid a wasted trip – you can access the pub’s phone number from CaskFinder automatically from the pub details page.
We heard you - even though the red pin for visited pubs does not return, we improved it together with one of you to a clearly visible green pin. We hope this is OK for everyone.
Also new: Get to the brewery details directly from the beer details page. This way you can also quickly find other beers by the same brewery.
So much better now it's gone back to being fully highlighted in one colour, it was much easier to find the pubs today while on ale trail
Much better map with Blue and Green Icons. Well done Cask Marque keep up the great work.