These are just a few of the current initatives trying to drive up standards of real ale.
CAMRA has a National Beer Scoring Scheme, based on small cards filled in during
or after trips to pubs, to record the quality as found.
The idea is to record scores for beers and pubs over an exterded period
and then to use that infomation towards CAMRA's various awards, such as
Champion Beers and Pubs of the Year.
Many branches run a local version of the scheme and Cambridge & District Branch
now have our own Web-based one:
Beer Quality Scoring.
We encourage branch members to record their experiences with beers.
Provided we receive plenty of scores, giving a good coverage of pubs
and coverage of any given pub over many months,
we can use the information to help with our own Pub of the Year
judging, with Good Beer Guide selection and with
the Cambridgeshire Champion Beer of the Year competition.
Fullers have launched a customer feedback site and are keen to get reviews
of beer quality across the UK:
The Cask Marque initiative to drive up standards is growing, with
many pub chains encouraging their publicans to improve and gain
The Cask Marque Web site
contains regional guides to accedited pubs and infomation about standards and training.
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