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.Read More
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.Read More
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. We have trained over 7,500 in this Bii qualification with a success rate of 95%.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Cask Marque’s Annabel Smith is the UK’s only female beer inspector. She’s keen to dispel many of the myths that surround cask beer, such as it being fattening, and just a drinkfor men and help men and women pick, pour and enjoy a mouth watering pint.
Watch the following video where Annabel explains the difference in taste and range of beers on offer.
Alongside her is Kevin Steppe, menu development chef from pub restaurant group Chef & Brewer to tell you how to match the perfect pint with the perfect dish.
Over the last 12 months Robinsons Brewery have invested heavily in a beer quality programme within their 385-pub Tied Estate and part of this commitment is to become a corporate member of Cask Marque.
The technical services support team has now increased to 6 with the appointment of Paul Crolla as Beer Quality Manager. All tenants in future will be part of an unannounced twice yearly cellar audit programme and from these assessments they will be allocated a gold, silver or bronze rating. The objective is to raise knowledge and practice of all tenants ultimately to gold standard. The beer quality programme will be monitored by Cask Marque to ensure compliance to best practice.
To support tenants to achieve the gold standard Robinsons are spending over £1 million developing an in-house “centre of excellence” which delivers BII Award in Beer and Cellar Quality (ABCQ). The brewery are also investing heavily in new dispense equipment and cooling from cellar to bar on cask beers.
The return for the tenants will be improved beer quality and consequently beer sales with reduced wastage. All gold level tenants will be 100% funded into Cask Marque so they enjoy the benefits of membership ie increased consumer awareness. Those achieving silver will get 50% funding
Oliver Robinson, Director of Robinsons enthused about the programme “we all recognise that one of the few things that is going to make a pub stand out in 10 years is the range and quality of beers- cask and otherwise. Therefore this series of investments in beer quality is complimentary to our long-term vision of sustainable growth for the brewery. The reality is that we feel like we have the “quality” aspiration underway but Cask Marque offer our pubs so much more in marketing support and we feel the consumer understanding of this is only going to grow so why reinvent the wheel.”
Paul Nunny was very pleased to have Robinsons as a corporate member and is also to work with them to maximise the benefits of their investment programme. “Consumers who are under pressure on their leisure spend are demanding better retailing standards from licensees, particularly in the quality of their pint. The programme put forward by Robinsons will ensure that the licensees meet this challenge.”
Every month we run a competition on twitter, facebook or both, giving away cases of free beer. The last three winners, who have all come via twitter are
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Premier Event Bars is the first mobile bar company in the country to be accredited with a Cask Marque award.
The bar company is owned by Mark and Sharon Hopkins from Harrogate, and the four bars travel around outdoor events and were recently seen at the The Knaresborough Bed Race.
Premier Event Bars were presented with the award by David Croft, Sales Manager at Black Sheep brewery and Britain’s only female cask beer inspector, industry renowned Annabel Smith, at The Knaresborough Bed Race.
Jo Theakston, Sales Director for Black Sheep brewery said, “The Black Sheep brewery is proud to be sponsors of the Cask Marque award presented to Premier Events Bars; they deserve to be officially recognised for the quality cask ale they provide and the expert service of their staff.”
Mark Hopkins said “We hope to grow as an events business and having the Cask Marque award will demonstrate the high and professional standard of our mobile facilities and pint-pulling skills.”