ABCQ Cellar Management

Increase sales and decrease wastage by attending a one-day course which delivers an understanding of how to handle and maintain quality of cask and keg beer from delivery to serve. This course is a mix of classroom based learning, practical assessments and interactive exercises. A brewery tour is included on the day.

The BIIAB Award in Beer & Cellar Quality (ABCQ) is a recognised qualification by the industry  demonstrating the candidates’ ability to handle and care for cask and/or keg beers – as well maintain a safe and hygienic cellar.

Courses are run in breweries across the UK in: South East (London), South West (Bridport or Devizes), Midlands (Burton on Trent), North (Masham), North West (Stockport or Blackburn), Scotland (Edinburgh). 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the course?
• The Award in Beer & Cellar Quality
• A one day course delivered by a team of experienced Cask Marque trainers
• Practical assessments throughout the day followed by a multiple choice test
• Content devised by industry experts
• Designed to ensure all beer is consistently served in perfect condition.
Why would I want to take the course?
• To help increase sales of beer
• To decrease beer wastage
• To improve your beer handling skills
Who is it for?
• Experienced and novice licensees
• All staff involved in beer handling
• As part of an induction programme for new staff
I’ve been in the industry for years. Why would I need a cellar management course?
Dispense equipment has changed a lot in the last few years. This course brings you the most up to date knowledge and information to help you improve your skills and increase your profitability.
I don’t stock cask ale – is this course suitable for me?
Yes – the course is about total beer quality, both cask and keg beers
What qualification do I get?
• On passing the test delegates receive the Certificate in Award in Beer and Cellar Quality
• A full colour training and reference manual is provided during the training
What is the pass rate for the test?
Delegates require a minimum of 23 correct answers out of 30 questions
Where do you train?
- Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, North Yorks
- Caledonian Brewing Company, Edinburgh
- Fullers Brewery, Chiswick, London
- Greene King, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
- Marston's Brewery, Burton on Trent, Staffs
- Palmers Brewery, Bridport, Dorset
- Robinsons Brewery, Stockport
- Thwaites Brewery, Blackburn, Lancs
- Wadworth & Co, Devizes, Wiltshire
What does it cost?
• Full day course per delegate: £80 + Cost of exam (£16.50) = £96.50 + VAT
• Rent a trainer - Full day course: £650 + Cost of Manuals (£10 per person) + Cost of Exam (£16.50 per person) + VAT. If you want us to invite, chase up and send out certificates to the delegates there is a £50 charge. There is a £50 supplement per course for non Cask Marque corporate members.
What should I do now?
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  • "It was a well structured course, received lots of information which will help me improve my work performance"

    Simone Rapisarda, Horse and Groom

  • "I found the Trainer Excellent and kept my attention throughout and it was all explained brilliantly"

    Annmarie McGlynn, Psalter, Sheffield