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11th October 2018

Cask Marque’s Newest Training ‘Centre of Excellence’

Bowland Brewery has 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.

The brewery, based at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe, Lancashire will host four courses in 2019. Attendees will experience a tour of the brewery, in addition to learning best cellar practice, how to handle cask ale correctly and managing keg dispense systems. All classroom based activity is held in the Beer Hall at Holmes Mill, and delegates will get chance to explore a range of Bowland Brewery beers.

Bowland Brewery joins nine other Centres of Excellence in the UK strategically placed to cover the whole of the UK. Other Centres include Brains, Arkell’s, T&R Theakston, Fuller’s, Robinsons, Marston’s, and Palmer’s.

Paul Nunny, Cask Marque Director said

“We are delighted to bring on board Bowland Brewery as one of our training venues. The facilities offered by the brewery, and the Beer Hall at Holmes Mill, are amongst the best in the country and this venue is a welcome addition, joining our other Centre’s Of Excellence throughout Britain”

Cask Marque are the leading provider of Cellar Management training courses in the UK and during 2018 they delivered over 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’.

Delegates attending an ABCQ course are trained how to handle both cask and keg beers to improve quality, reduce wastage and increase yields. All learning is tested with a 30 question exam.

Andrew Warburton, Managing Director at Bowland Brewery said

“We are delighted to have been chosen as a venue for Cask Marque’s industry standard training courses. Bowland are totally committed to the highest quality levels of brewing and cellar management and so to be able to combine both these aims within our facility in Clitheroe is a source of great pride. Cask Marque have revolutionised consumer perceptions of cask beer and are instrumental in the resurgent interest across the UK in great tasting cask ale. We are very pleased to be associated with them in this excellent initiative”


Notes to the Editor

  • Cask Marque are a not for profit organisation which champions beer quality.
  • As well as delivering the Bii cellar training courses Cask Marque offer licensees 1-2-1 training in their own pub.
  • Training is offered throughout the country
  • Annabel Smith Cask Marque training manager won Imbibe personality of the year
  • To find out more about Cask Marque’s training options, or book a place on one of their courses, visit or call 01206 752212


Contact details:

Paul Nunny – Director

Tel: 07768 614065