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  • Ale Trail

    Become part of the World's Biggest Ale Trail using the free CaskFinder app. Every Cask Marque pub should be displaying a certificate with a QR code on it.

    Register using the app and then scan these codes. The more you scan, the more prizes you win!

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  • Free Caskfinder App

    Available free for iPhone and Android phones, CaskFinder has been downloaded by over 80,000 people and is used over 50,000 times each month to find Cask Marque pubs selling great quality real ale. 

    View tasting notes for over 1,400 cask ales, brewed by over 200 British breweries, as well as details of beer festivals around the country and more.

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  • The Independent Award for pubs serving great quality cask ale

    Since 1997 Cask Marque has been ensuring that the real ale you drink in pubs in the UK has been in perfect condition. Our 45 qualified assessors make over 18,000 visits to pubs in England, Scotland, Wales and even Europe to check the temperature, appearance, aroma and taste of Britain's favourite drink.

    Visit a Cask Marque accredited pub and you are guaranteed to receive a great pint of cask ale.

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  • Find Cask Marque Pubs

    Find real ale pubs with our easy to use pub finder. There are over 8,000 to choose from so why not see which pubs near you are serving great quality cask ale?

    You can see who owns pubs and find similar pubs from a chain, or even see what beers were on sale when we last visited. All pubs are regularly visited by our qualified assessors to ensure you are guaranteed a great pint, every time.

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  • NOP-Survey

    In a recent NOP Survey, 57% of cask ale drinkers recognised the Cask Marque plaque and 62% related the sign to beer quality.

    Interestingly, awareness is higher; 67% in the 21 to 44yr old category, which must in some part be due to the CaskFinder app, which is used over 60,000 times per month to find Cask Marque Pubs.

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  • Beer is the most profitable part of your business, but do you know that 34% of customers would not return if the quality of the pint served was poor?

    The Award in Beer and Cellar Quality is a Bii accredited training course and is designed to help you improve yields (by up to 7%), increase sales (3%) and decrease wastage.

    Cask Marque are the UK’s No 1 provider of Cellar Management Training with a team of experienced trainers passionate about getting beer quality right, first time.

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If you are wondering how to tell a great pint from an average or a duff one, then here are some tips.pint-of-beer

1. Unless advertised as being hazy, cask beer should be clear and bright in appearance in the glass, this even applies to the dark milds and stouts.

2. Always look for a good head on the beer, either tight and creamy traditionally served in the North, or loose and foamy with the traditional half pint pull in the south. In all instances the head should leave 'lacing' down the glass as it is drunk.

3. Contrary to what some people think, cask beer is NOT ‘flat’. When cask beer is fresh and in good condition it should leave a tingle on your tongue, from naturally occurring carbon dioxide in the product. Flat beer is normally a sign of beer that has been on sale for too long and lost all its ‘condition’.

4. Glassware can affect the appearance, aroma and taste of cask beer. A dirty glass causes the beer to lose its head.

5. If your beer smells vaguely damp, stale or of vinegar, but is clear, this is an inevitable consequence of the cask being on sale for too long. Generally the beer will have an unpleasant taste ranging from a hard metallic taste to sour. Beer in this condition should be returned to the retailer.

6. Cloudy or un-naturally hazy beer is generally a sign that the cask has been knocked (disturbing the sediment) or has been put on sale too early in its life. In these instances the pint should be returned to the retailer and exchanged for a different beer.

7. Cask beer is normally designed to be conditioned and served between 11-13°C. Warm beer generally throws off unpleasant esters that take the clean edge off the beer. If the beer is served too cold it will often appear hazy (called a ‘chill haze’) and the clean, fresh, vibrant tastes in the beer will be lost.

barpersonsdvdcoverCask Marque have produced a training DVD called "Real Beer: A bar persons guide to real beer" which teaches more about what goes on behind the scenes, both at the brewery and in the cellar of the pub. Use it to increase your staff's product knowledge and how to reach your customers' expectation.

To order this DVD please either phone us on 01206 752212 and pay by credit card over the phone or send us a cheque with your name and address requesting the "Bar Person's DVD". The DVD costs £7.50 if you work for a Cask Marque accredited pub or £13.50 including VAT and delivery if you are not a Cask Marque member. A VAT receipt will be included with your order.

Congratulations if you have made it onto the leaderboard below, which now shows everyone who has scanned 50 or more certificates! View all those who have reached 100 scans and are official Cask Marque Ambassadors.

Last updated 21st July 2014. If this leaderboard is not TURQUOISE, try pressing CTRL + F5 to clear your browser cache.

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28/4/14 A new record as Alison & John Graham reach their 2000th scan, completed at Spouter's Corner in Wood Green. Great stuff!

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6/1/13 What a way to start the new year, reaching your 1000th scan. Well done Alan Ash!

5/11/13 Congratulations to Andy Bateson on being the latest recruit to the millennium club!

2/9/13 Well done to our new leaders Alison and John Graham. JP, do you have it in you to fight back???

1/7/13 We now have 4 people who have reached 1000 scans, unbelievable! Congratulations to them and to all you budding ale trailers out there!

8/4/13 Well done to JP Russek on reaching 1000 scans last week, an amazing achievement. But watch out, there are plenty of people snapping at your heels!

JP Russek 1000 scans

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After nearly a year as the top ale trail scanner it is with mixed feelings that I announce we have a new leader. Congratulations to Jean-Paul Russek who has now replaced Carl Griffin as the highest scoring scanner. I await a photo JP!

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