The Cask Project

The Cask Project

The Morning Advertiser launched The Cask Project in a bid to re-energise the category and reinstall it in pride of place on the bar of pubs throughout the country.

Cask beer is in long-time decline and, having joined forces with some of the UK’s leading cask beer suppliers – Greene King and St Austell – we want to reinvigorate attitudes within the trade to a product which should be rightly cherished by operators.

Cask beer is a unique product that can only be replicated successfully within pubs but the perception of cask, particularly among younger drinkers, is that it is made and loved only by an ageing male population.

We want to create a real buzz about cask to get pub owners, operators, general managers, bartenders and all pub staff on board and debunk the myths surrounding the drink and educate them on how to make cask work for their business. And by doing this, we can pass on that knowledge, care and skill into cask beer at the bar for customers to get excited about too.

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CASK WEBINAR

How to improve your cask offer – free webinar

By Gary Lloyd

Whether you’re a licensee wanting to start serving cask beers or a pub company looking for a few tips to improve the offer you already have – this free webinar is one you won’t want to miss.

Arkell's shows support for Cask Ale Week

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Arkell’s is on board for Cask Ale Week

By Gary Lloyd

Wiltshire-based Arkell’s Brewery is making the most of Cask Ale Week and its head brewer is keen to tell people why we should all be quaffing the beer in its finest form.

What are you doing for Cask Ale Week?

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Bring in the customers with Cask Ale Week

By Gary Lloyd

It’s the time of year when licensees across the land need to be pushing their hand-pulled beers as Cask Ale Week begins on Thursday 21 September and runs until Sunday 1 October.

Nicholson's and Gipsy Hill Brewing Co collaboration for Cask Ale Week

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Nicholson’s & Gipsy Hill join forces for Cask Ale Week

By Nikkie Thatcher

Nicholson’s Pub Collection is set to partner with Gipsy Hill Brewing Co to revive the brewer’s original session IPA Hepcat for the first time in more than five years to celebrate Cask Ale Week.

Greene King IPA cask sales boost for women's sport

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Greene King’s £250k pledge for women’s sport

By Gary Lloyd

Suffolk-based brewer and pub operator Greene King has pledged to donate more than £250,000 towards women’s sport after the England Lionesses’ amazing football World Cup campaign.

Susan Chisholm talks about quality control at Greene King

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VIDEO FEATURE: Quality time at Greene King

By Gary Lloyd

Greene King quality control manager Susan Chisholm has worked for Suffolk-based brewer and pub operator Greene King for 45 years so she knows a lot more than most in the business.

Greene King sends out first pins of beer

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Greene King launches new seasonal ales via pins

By Gary Lloyd

Suffolk-based brewer and pub operator Greene King has launched small containers of beers – 4.5-gallon pins – with its latest seasonal cask ales: Ale Fresco and New Tricks.

Is it possible to make cask beer stay fresh for longer?

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Extending the life of cask beer

By Gary Lloyd

One of the biggest challenges around delivering an epic cask offer remains shelf life, so the ability to extend the lifespan of what is a quintessentially British product could be just the silver bullet the category needs.

Greene King food and beer pairings for summer

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Ideal food pairings for golden cask ales

By Gary Lloyd

Suffolk-based brewer and pub operator Greene King has come up with some great food pairings for its golden cask ales to make the most of the hot weather.

Adnams draymen complete cellar training course

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Adnams puts draymen through cellar training

By Gary Lloyd

Brewer, distiller and pub operator Adnams has put 12 draymen through a BII qualification so they can advise their customers with confidence about how to store, handle and dispense cask ales.

SIBA homebrew competition winner picks up national listings

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Homebrew beer winner to hit UK pubs

By Gary Lloyd

A hazy pale ale named the best homebrew in the UK is set to hit pubs and bars across the UK after winning a competition run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Greene King to launch pins in July 2023

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Greene King invests in cask’s future with launch of pins

By Gary Lloyd

Greene King Brewery will launch cask pins to the market this July with the belief the 4.5-gallon unit container will be a key in ensuring quality for its beers – and helping secure the future of cask ale.

Otter Brewery launches 'new category' beer Fresh Ale

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Otter Brewery launches ‘new category’ beer

By Gary Lloyd

Family-run Devon business Otter Brewery claims to have launched a new category of beer that “bridges the gap between craft, cask and lager”.

Black Sheep Brewery to host Drink Cask Beer Festival for second year

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Black Sheep Brewery to host 2nd cask festival

By Gary Lloyd

Black Sheep Brewery is hosting a free-to-attend beer festival this weekend (28-30 April) that will feature beers from Yorkshire brewers such as Timothy Taylor’s and Saltaire.

Demand for Hogs Back Brewery cask from pubs rises

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Hogs Back sees uplift in cask demand from pubs

By Gary Lloyd

Demand for cask ales from Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery is rising towards pre-Covid levels as the brewer has secured listings with a number of pub operators for its brands and new variants.

Big Hug and Greene King release charity beer

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Big Hug teams up with GK for charity drive

By Gary Lloyd

Socially conscious beer brand Big Hug has teamed up with brewer and pub operator Greene King (GK) to launch a collaborative version of its Pave The Way (4.6%) pale ale for GK’s seasonal cask calendar.

Shepherd Neame launches second Cask Club beer of 2023

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Fire power launch from Shepherd Neame

By Gary Lloyd

Shepherd Neame has released a sequel beer for its returning Cask Club initiative called Dragonfire (4.5% ABV).

The importance of quality for the cask beer sector

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FEATURE: Cask gets a bad reputation at times

By Gary Lloyd

Cask beer is vital for north-west-based Robinsons Brewery but it must offer something on keg to boost its brand portfolio that is interesting and innovative – and quality is key to this.

Greene King to launch beer made by apprentices

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GK to launch apprentice-collaboration beer

By Gary Lloyd

Brewer and pub operator Greene King will release its limited-edition Spring Break cask beer, which was created last year in collaboration with the National Brewing Apprentice Programme.

Shepherd Neame launches Cask Club Passport

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Shepherd Neame Cask Club Passport ready for take off

By Gary Lloyd

Kent brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame has launched its Cask Club Passport for 2023, which encourages customers to support the category while offering rewards to drinkers.

How can we get younger people into hospitality jobs?

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A reason for young people to work in pubs

By Gary Lloyd

Making a pub great will, inevitably, make hospitality a more attractive place to work and forge a career – and that goes is true for both management and subordinate staff, according to Robinsons Brewery.

Bruha Brewery announces seasonal cask beers for 2023

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Bruha Brewery to roll out 9 seasonal cask beers

By Gary Lloyd

East Anglia brewer Bruha Brewery will roll out a series of seasonal cask beers throughout 2023 with the aim of broadening the horizons of on-trade customers.

Brewhouse & Kitchen cask and experiences sales up

B&K reports 5.3% lfl cask sales boost

By Gary Lloyd

Brewpub multiple operator Brewhouse & Kitchen (B&K) is bucking the trend on declining cask beer sales by recording a 5.3% like-for-like (lfl) growth across its range.

Craft beer brand Northern Monk talks about its love for cask

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FEATURE: The Northern star watching over cask

By Gary Lloyd

As more cool craft brewers turn their hand to making cask beers, Leeds-based Northern Monk admits there has been some clamour for it to do the same.

Disruption is Brewing wins gold at SIBA south-east final

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Disruption is Brewing wins SIBA regional final

By Gary Lloyd

A cask beer with flavours of mango, blueberry and tropical fruit from Disruption is Brewing has scooped top prize at the SIBA South-East Independent Beer Awards.

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