Cask Marque: the sign of a great pint of cask ale
The ‘Cask Marque‘ is a sign that appears outside pubs guaranteeing that inside you will get a great pint of cask ale. All the beers must reach the required standard for the pub to pass and it then receives a plaque, framed certificate and merchandising material to inform its customers of the award and their rights.
Pubs that join the scheme are visited by an independent assessor at least twice a year. In the first year they are visited twice in the first three months, and in subsequent years they are visited once in the summer and once in the winter.
The Cask Marque scheme is operated by an independent body called Cask Marque Trust which is a limited company, limited by guarantee, and a non-profit making organisation. The company is run by a management committee elected by its members. The members who pay a subscription include representatives from brewers, retailers, trade bodies and consumer groups.
There are over 9,700 pubs showing the Cask Marque plaque across the UK.
In addition to the accreditation scheme for pubs, Cask Marque runs:
Training – assessment and training for pubs, covering all aspects of bar and cellar management, through to bar excellence and beer engagement
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