Join the World’s Biggest Ale Trail and visit some of the best pubs in Britain. You have over 9,900 to choose from and they have all won the Cask Marque Award for the quality of their cask beer.
CaskFinder is designed to help you enjoy and appreciate Cask Ale wherever you may be in the UK! Combining data from The Cask Marque Trust’s pub quality inspection scheme and The Cyclops® Beer standardisation initiative, both industry sponsored bodies, CaskFinder uses the location-awareness of your phone to show you nearby pubs, brewers and events.
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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 Ale ambassadors course was fantastic, the day was packed with learning fun beer facts, going on an informative brewery tour, and gaining useful information on the brewing and beer industry. My favourite part of the day was highlighting the potential off flavours in beer, this interested me the most as it ties in with my day to day job, I am currently studying for a PhD in physical chemistry, mainly focusing on water research, My research focus over the past few months has been taste and odour compounds in drinking water, so looking at off flavours in beer on the course really interested me.
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 9,600 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 1,500 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 week.
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!
• Easily see on the pub map those pubs which you have already scanned on the ale trail
• Rate pubs on beer quality, welcome and whether they offer try before you buy
• Add beers and pubs to your own favourites list
• Report any problems you have scanning certificates in pubs
• View beer festivals on a map
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.