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About our Cellar Management Course

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 at most of our venues.

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 and Bristol), Midlands (Burton on Trent), North East (Masham), North West (Stockport and Blackburn), Scotland (Edinburgh).

Course Content
Getting it right in the cellar provides the foundation to the perfect pint. But the Award in Beer and Cellar Quality Course covers far more – from how beer is made to serving the perfect pint.

Cask Marque training courses are a mix of classroom based learning, practical assessments and interactive exercises and cover the following areas.Introduction to Profit Through Quality

  • The importance of beer to your business
  • How poor quality beer can affect profit and impact on yield
  • The main characteristics of each type of draught product
  • How beer is made
  • The key differences between cask and keg
  • Managing a beer cellar effectively
  • Hygiene, Temperature & Stock Control
  • Conditioning cask ale from delivery to serve
  • Keg Dispense Systems
  • Line cleaning procedures
  • Glass washing and glass care
  • Dispense – serving the Perfect Pint

Learners are assessed with a 30 question multiple choice test. The pass mark is 23 out of 30. On passing the test, learners will receive the ABCQ certificate and a Level 2 qualification accredited by the British Institute of Innkeeping.

What should I do now?

View the below training event locations and dates, then book a course

Contact us by email to ask any questions

Phone us on
01206 752212 to book or with questions

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22apr(apr 22)10:00 am23(apr 23)12:00 pmVirtual Cask Masterclass — Online Course


06may(may 6)10:00 am07(may 7)12:00 pmVirtual Cask Masterclass — Online Course

20may(may 20)10:00 am21(may 21)12:00 pmVirtual Cask Masterclass — Online Course

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: £83 + Cost of exam (£16.50) = £99.50 + VAT = £119.40
  • 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?
  • View venues & dates at top of page to book onto a course online
  • Email us to ask any questions carol@staging-caskmarque.kinsta.cloud
  • Phone us on 01206 752212 to book or with questions

What Our Members Say

“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