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Award in Beer and Cellar Quality

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Course Overview


The BIIAB Award in Beer and Cellar Quality, also known as ABCQ, is an award designed to help candidates ensure that their beer is consistently served in an optimum condition - which aims to increase sales and decrease wastage

Who is the course for?

The Award is aimed at businesses and candidates required to handle and care for cask and/or keg beers - as well as anyone required to maintain a safe and hygienic cellar.

What does the course cover?

Cask and Keg:

  • Understanding beer products
  • Define different types of beer and the business benefits of serving beer correctly
  • Maintaining hygiene in the bar
  • Learn personal and food hygiene procedures relating to the bar
  • Glassware
  • How to clean, maintain and store glassware
  • Selecting the appropriate glassware for beer products
  • How to operate and maintain glass-washing equipment
  • The Perfect Pint
  • How to pour the perfect pint
  • Identify and rectify dispense problems
  • Know the in-glass service temperatures for various beers
  • Learn how to clean beer lines
  • Maintaining a safe and effective cellar
  • Learn how to receive, store and control stock
  • Learn how to maintain a safe and hygienic cellar
  • Conditioning cask ale
  • Learn how to manage and dispense cask ales
  • Understand how to clean and maintain lines for cask products
  • Dispense systems
  • Know about the different types of cooling equipment
  • Understand how dispense systems should be maintained
  • Bottled Beers
  • Learn how to store and serve bottled beers.


Assessment is by a 25 question multiple-choice exam.

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