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September 11, 2017

Another notch in our belt…

We’re delighted to announce that Cask Marque accreditation, the beer industry’s kite mark of excellence, has been achieved across the whole of our estate. In addition, all our pubs have passed Cask Marque’s stringent ‘Scores on the Cellar Doors’ audit.

Each pub was subjected to a number of unannounced inspections from one of Cask Marque’s qualified inspectors, who tested the quality of all the cask ales on sale for temperature, clarity, aroma and taste. Cellars were also inspected to ensure they met rigorous standards of hygiene, temperature control and the correct handling of cask ale.

Following this, we’ve become Cask Marque’s latest Centre of Excellence, hosting training courses for the British Institute of Innkeeping Award in Beer and Cellar Quality (ABCQ) qualification.

We’re going to be offering cellar management training for all our pub managers and tenants starting in this month. Attendees will experience an in depth tour of the brewery and technical training on the best way to manage beer, including best cellar practice, how to handle cask ale correctly and managing keg dispense systems.

This follows us being the first brewer to receive full grain to glass accreditation from Cask Marque last year, demonstrating our commitment to beer quality throughout the whole brewing and serving process.

Jayson Perfect, Managing Director at Butcombe Pubs and Inns said

“We’re dedicated to providing our customers with the best beer. It’s fantastic to receive this recognition for the quality of our beer. We’re investing to guarantee all our managers and tenants receive the best training possible. We’re totally committed to the highest quality levels of brewing and cellar management and so to be able to combine both these aims within our brewery at Wrington is a source of great pride.”

Butcombe Brewery joins 10 other Centres of Excellence in the UK strategically placed to cover the whole of the UK.  Other Centres include market leaders and much larger companies such as Brains, Arkell’s, Fullers, Robinsons, Marstons, T&R Theakston, Hook Norton, Thwaites and Palmers.  Over a thousand delegates a year attend the Cask Marque 1 Day Cellar Management Training course.

Paul Nunny, Cask Marque MD said

“We are delighted with the firm commitment Butcombe brewery has made to ensure the quality of the beer in their pubs is excellent. Butcombe Brewery has a clear programme of ensuring their managers and tenants are fully equipped with the skills and knowledge it takes to offer their customers the best quality beer possible. They have already demonstrated their dedication to beer quality by achieving Cask Marque accreditation in their pubs. The training facilities offered by the brewery are amongst the best in the country and this venue is a welcome addition to our other Centre’s Of Excellence throughout Britain”

Cask Marque are the leading provider of Cellar Management training courses in the UK and during 2016 they delivered almost 200 training courses. Pass rates for candidates attending a Cask Marque ABCQ course stand at over 98%, and 95% of delegates rated the trainer performance and delivery as ‘excellent’.

We look forward to welcoming you to the brewery via the Cask Marque training course.

Cheers, Team Butcombe 🙂

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