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And all because the lady loves…beer

ICIP is feeling a little bit intimidated. Sitting on our table alone are a beer sommelier, an owner of a successful gastropub, an editor of an industry magazine and a brewer. And they are all women.

“A group of us got together to try to regain our voice in the beer world,” says our MC for the afternoon, Annabel Smith,...

The Excitement of Live TV

Annabel Smith, Cask Marque Training Manager & Beer Sommelier talks about her appearance on TV on 'This Morning' to talk about matching stouts and food for St Patrick's Day.

Live Beer Tasting on ITV’s This Morning

The day before…

The call came through on a Tuesday afternoon, just less than a week before the event. Could I go on ITV’s...

What’s your favourite pub?

By Annabel Smith, Cask Marque Training Manager.

I’m always a little wary of being asked the question “which is your favourite pub?” as it leads to lots of complications. If I name one particular pub, I risk offending a hundred others who inevitably demand to know why I haven’t named them.

It’s a bit like asking me what my favourite...

Tale of Two Cities

By Annabel Smith, Cask Marque training manager and Beer Sommelier.

Earlier on this year, I went to Bruges for the weekend with my lovely other half. I had heard many other beery people talk about how fantastic Bruges is, and we both felt it was a gap in our beer education. So under the guise of widening our knowledge we...

New release of CaskFinder App

For those of you lucky enough to have an iPhone or Android powered smartphone, a new version of our CaskFinder app was released today. So this seemed like a good time to tell you what has changed and how we have worked to address some of the valuable feedback we have received from our app users since the last release.


Educating Rita?

There is a scene in the film ‘Educating Rita’ which I’ve always remembered. Rita is asked to write an essay about how best to stage a production of Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’. Her essay consists of five words: “Do it on the radio”. Always makes me laugh.

Every year I get contacted by university students who are about to embark on...

For mash get Smash

Do you remember the ‘Smash’ adverts from the 1970’s? The ones where a group of Martians would watch in astonishment as humans prepared mashed potato the traditional way, using real potatos , and then roll around laughing in mirth? It always made me giggle (it still does), and the adverts were voted number one in ‘ITV’s Best Ever Ads’.


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