SALSA plus Beer

“Quality is at the heart of what we want to achieve with our Tapster’s Choice programme. We would like all of our brewers to hold Cask Marque’s “SALSA plus Beer” accreditation scheme as a minimum standard.”
David Gwilliam, Beer Buyer, Carlsberg UK


With nearly 1500 breweries now producing beer in the UK there is a bewildering choice for the retailer whether they are a supermarket, off license or pub group.  The SALSA plus Beer accreditation will give the buyer confidence about the product they are buying and will also be of significant commercial advantage to a brewer himself who will be able to use this accreditation as part of his sales presentation. Benefits to the industry include:

  • The industry has one nationally recognised accreditation scheme for medium to small breweries recognised by retailers. This accreditation will then be accepted by retailers.
  • It is focussed on small to medium sized breweries and is tailor made for their requirements unlike the more widely known BRC scheme.
  • The assessors are highly qualified and understand fully the brewing process.
  • The scheme is under the SALSA umbrella which already has credibility in the retail sector.
  • A brewer with the accreditation will have simple access to market as they have proved their product is of quality.
  • There will be significant commercial benefits to those breweries with the accreditation as it is a quality mark.
  • The scheme offers a mentoring service to support brewers to gain the accreditation.
“At Punch we encourage our supply base to be SALSA plus beer brewery accredited, as it provides ourselves with the confidence that the product delivered into outlet and dispensed to the Consumer will be of the highest quality.”
Danny Hawkins, Head of Commercial, Punch Taverns


The SALSA standard was written by experienced food safety experts to reflect both the legal requirements of producers and the enhanced expectations of ‘best practice’ of professional buyers. SALSA plus Beer is the main SALSA food safety audit plus an extensive module on brewing, created by SALSA and Cask Marque.

Additional criteria contained in the SALSA plus Beer Standard were developed to:

  • encourage excellence in the brewing & bottling industry
  • raise the profile of processors within the brewing industry
  • provide a forum for exchange of ideas and
  • give clear guidelines for approval to Brewers & Bottlers

The SALSA plus Beer Audit Standard also details a number of additional Requirements to reflect specific aspects of the brewing industry. These are included in:

  • Section 1.2 Personal Hygiene
  • Section 1.3 Cleaning
  • Section 1.4 Contamination/Cross-Contamination Prevention
  • Section 1.6 Control of Raw Materials
  • Section 1.8 Waste Control
  • Section 5 Legal Requirements
  • Section 6 Quality Requirements

Approval certification is only granted to suppliers who are able to demonstrate to a SALSA auditor that they are able to produce safe and legal beer and are committed to continually meeting the requirements of the SALSA plus Beer standard.

“The SALSA plus Beer audit demonstrates a brewery’s commitment to quality and consistency in their brewing process and the beers they create. Retailers and ‘on trade’ are now able to provide their thirsty customers with the confidence that they are choosing a great beer every time.”
Oliver O’Mara, Waitrose Local and Reginal Buyer


Below is a list of brewers who have gained the SALSA plus Beer accreditation. There are two other brewery audit schemes more in-depth than SALSA plus Beer and breweries who have achieved this are listed too.

SALSA plus Beer – updated end January 2017

Andwell Brewing Co
Bath Ales
Brentwood Brewing Company Ltd
Butcombe Brewery
Conwy Brewery
Cumberland Breweries
Everards Brewery Ltd
Exmoor Ales
Firebird Brewing Co. Ltd
Fourpure Brewing Ltd
George Bateman & Son Ltd
Hadrian & Border Brewery
Hambleton Ales
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd
Hobsons Brewery & Co Ltd
Holden’s Brewery Ltd
Isle Of Skye Brewing Co Ltd
Joule’s Brewery
Lancaster Brewery Ltd
Langham Brewery
Liberation Brewery Jersey
Little Critters Brewery
Little Valley Brewery
Meantime Brewing Co
Moorhouses Brewery
Oakham Ales
Old Mill Brewery
Ossett Brewing Company
Otter Brewery
Purity Brewing Co
Quartz Brewing
Red Rock Brewery Ltd
Roosters Brewery
S.A. Brain & Co. Ltd
Salopian Brewery
Sambrook’s Brewery
St. Austell Brewery
Tempest Brewing Co Ltd
The Durham Brewery Ltd
The Friday Beer Co
The Hook Norton Brewery
The Hurns Brewing Co Ltd
The Little Beer Corporation Ltd
The Redchurch Brewery Limited
The West Berkshire Brewery
Thornbridge Brewery
Titanic Brewery Co. Ltd
Tynemill Ltd t.a Castle Rock Brewery
Vocation Brewery
Wadworth & Co Ltd
Westerham Brewery
Williams Bros Brewing Co.
Windsor Castle Brewery Limited
Windswept Brewing Co Ltd
Wold Top Brewery
Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales
Wye Valley Brewery

ISO Standards

AB InBev
Carlsberg UK
Heineken UK
Molson Coors

BRC – British Retail Consortium

Carlsberg UK
Charles Wells
Greene King
Shepherd Neame
Timothy Taylor
“SALSA provides supportive auditors for the plus Beer standard who are there to facilitate improvement. Coming from the brewing industry, they don’t blindly enforce a set of generic rules (some of which may be relevant to open food production but not brewing) but rather see production from a brewers perspective and can advise on elements specific to brewing (HMRC, micro control, specific due diligence etc).There is a wealth of information on the SALSA website which is always being added to and the auditors themselves are often on hand and happy to offer advice. Most importantly, the SALSA plus Beer accreditation is highly valued by customers and distributors, without whom we would not be able to get our beer to market.”
David Barr, St Austell Brewery


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