Cask Ale


The Cask Ale course is designed to equip you with all the knowledge and skills required to work effectively with cask ale, covering topics such as the history of cask ale, cellar maintenance, pouring the perfect pint and pairing cask ale with food.  This course has been endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality [IOH], the Scottish Qualifications Authority [SQA] and Quality Marked by the Hospitality Guild. 

As the popularity of cask ale has been steadily increasing, there is a great importance to understand how to store, prepare and serve it correctly. This Cask Ale online training is perfect for anyone who is considering a career in the Hospitality sector or new members of staff who will be serving, storing or preparing cask ale. The course is also ideal for more experienced staff who need to refresh their skills.


Through market leading graphics and interactions, as well as up-to-the-minute content, you will:

  • understand how cask ale is produced

  • know how to receive and store cask ales

  • know how to pour the perfect pint

  • be able to pair cask ale with food.

The course will enable employers to demonstrate that appropriate training has been conducted, and will provide a valuable support for employment opportunities in this area of work.

You can learn at your own pace and you'll have 6 months to complete your training. Your access to the course finishes once it has been fully completed.


The course covers the following topics:

Section 1 - Defining Cask Ale

  • History of Beer - Beer timeline

  • The essential ingredients cask ale...a definition

  • Producing Cask Ale

  • Casking

  • Styles of Cask Ale

Section 2 - Storing Cask Ale

  • Storing Cask Ale

  • Taking Deliveries

  • Cellar Equipment

  • The cask and the beer engine

  • Cellar Safety

  • Cellar Hygiene Beer line cleaning

  • Beer line cleaning procedures

Section 3 - Preparing Cask Ale

Six steps to preparing a cask

  • 1. Stillaging

  • 2. Venting

  • 3. Tapping

  • 4. Sampling

  • 5. Serving

  • 6. Tilting

Section 4 - Serving Cask Ale

  • Glassware

  • Pouring Cask Ale

  • The Perfect Pint

  • Beer and Food Pairing - Classic combinations

  • Accreditations and Awards


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