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Cask Marque: The Mark of Quality Cask Ales

Wherever you travel, cask ales differ in quality. Going into a public house can mean taking a chance with your taste buds. It would be nice if you could have a small sample before parting with hard earned money - a sort of "try before You Buy". This would alleviate the often embarrassing situation of asking for a refund. Well now you can with CASK MARQUE.

HEY! WHAT EXACTLY IS "CASK ALE", OR "REAL ALE"?
All is explained at the above link.

THE CASK MARQUE

Founded by the brewing industry, there are now over 2100 premises as part of the Cask Marque real ale quality scheme, with 16 inspectors all of whom are qualified brewers.

B10 Seedbed Centre
Wyncolls Road
Severalls Business Park
Colchester, Essex
CO4 9HT

Tel : 01206 752212
 

CASK MARQUE COMES TO NORTHERN IRELAND 2000/1


Myself with Martin Groundwater, Paul Nunny and Alastair Caldwell behind the bar of the Spinning Mill, Ballymena for the award ceremony.

HISTORY:
Just over two years ago I made a personal representation to Cask Marque about extending their award scheme to Northern Ireland. I spoke to Paul Nunny and he required an ex-brewer as an official CM assessor. Hard to find in a land of few breweries.


Paul Nunny (Cask Marque), Myself with Alastair Caldwell & Martin Groundwater (JD Wethrspoons).


However, I found Raymond Beaton, who once worked at the Bass Glen Road plant and who was willing to take the task onboard. During his training period Wetherspoons, one of the members of Cask Marque who are dedicated to quality, heard that Northern Ireland would soon be having its own assessor. They contacted Paul Nunny to arrange assessment of all their outlets in the province.

One bar (Lisburn) did not have the ale available and could not be included in the program. Wetherspoons thus failed the clean sweep, but Martin Groundwater and Phil Annett from the company have asked for Lisburn to be assessed in the near future now that the ale is back on tap again.

The award took place at The Spinning Mill, Ballymena, and Paul came over specially to present the company with their certificates.

Interest in the scheme has been shown from other parties and I have been discussing the possibility of more outlets achieving certification.

All in all, a great day for cask ales and ale quality in the province.

Cask Marque is asking for customer feedback - which means YOU. Their web site is at www.cask-marque.co.uk

You can e-mail them at info@cask-marque.co.uk

PLEASE, CONTACT THEM NOW!

A final quote from John Cryne, Past Chairman of CAMRA:

"CAMRA sees quality as a key issue affecting cask beer and thoroughly welcomes the Cask Marque initiative as a method of positively tackling the quality issue."


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