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Cask Marque Assessor Gains Beer Sommelier Award

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Congratulations to Cask Marque's only female beer assessor & training manger Annabel Smith, who has today achieved Beer Sommelier status, accredited by the Beer Academy.

Annabel-Smith-Beer-SommelierThe Beer Academy Sommelier scheme tests candidates on their recognition and knowledge of a wide spectrum of beer styles, how to maintain great beer quality, and beer and food matching. Successful Sommeliers become ambassadors with the knowledge, communication skills and, most importantly, the passion to inspire people to discover, respect and enjoy all types and styles of beer.

Annabel said “I’m absolutely delighted to have achieved the Beer Sommelier accreditation with the Beer Academy, and it’s an honour to be recognised as an ambassador for beer. I have an absolute love for the beer industry and the wide range of styles and flavours it produces.”  

To achieve Beer Sommelier status, Annabel was required to attend and pass a number of Beer Academy training courses. The courses covered in depth knowledge of beer production, understanding raw ingredients and how they contribute to flavour, identify different beer styles from around the world, and understand what types of beer paired best with food.

She had to submit a portfolio of evidence illustrating her practical competence of using beer menus in retail outlets, her knowledge of beer and food pairings and demonstrations of high end beer retailing and image standards through cellar hygiene standards and training retailers.

At the assessment with the Beer Academy on 10th July Annabel had to identify a number of beer styles and differentiate between them and illustrate her knowledge of the principles of Beer and food matching

Annabel has been training manager at Cask Marque, the body formed to improve the quality of cask ale and to promote its values, for 7 years. In that time Cask Marque have trained over 12,500 retailers in Cellar Management and Beer Quality. She is a founder member of Dea Latis, an independent, industry-wide forum for everyone involved in trying to make beer a more appealing drink for women. She is also a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers.

Well done Annabel!

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The Beer Academy is an educational body dedicated to helping people understand, appreciate and enjoy beer sensibly. Founded in 2003 by a small group of beer enthusiasts, it quickly attracted support from brewers (large and small), beer retailers, trade associations and consumer groups who funded the start-up costs and enabled the Academy to put together a series of courses and training materials delivered by a small group of experienced and knowledgeable tutors with a real passion for beer. The Beer Sommelier accreditation scheme was established in 2011. www.beeracademy.co.uk

Cask Marque is an industry body founded to improve and recognise the quality of cask ale in pubs. Currently over 8,000 pubs display the coveted Cask Marque plaque which guarantees consumers a great pint of cask ale.


Dea Latis is an independent industry wide forum designed to promote beer specifically to women