Quantock Brewery is celebrating being awarded the Salsa plus beer standard, a specialist accreditation which includes an intensive audit of food hygiene, safety, quality, and control processes.
Quantock Brewery managing director and co-founder, Cheryl Ford, celebrating the Salsa accreditation with her so, trainee brewer Rhys Ford
The SALSA plus beer standard was developed in association with Cask Marque, the industry-funded quality checker, to offer small and micro-sized brewers a standard tailored to the scale and systems of their particular operation. Currently, only around 200 UK breweries have achieved the accreditation.
The assessments are undertaken by specially trained auditors with extensive experience of the brewing industry. To be awarded SALSA plus, breweries have to demonstrate excellence in a wide range of areas including the brewing and bottling of beers, personal hygiene and cleaning standards, control of raw materials, prevention of contamination and cross contamination, and waste control.
Cheryl Ford, managing director and co-founder of Quantock Brewery, said: “Getting confirmation that our team is consistently creating the perfect pint, day in and day out, is brilliant news. There aren’t many microbreweries that have this accreditation, and it feels like we’ve achieved the brewing world’s equivalent of a Michelin star.
“It’s another way to demonstrate to our customers they can be confident buying our beer. As we start 2021, receiving the accreditation gives Quantock Brewery the opportunity to target larger national and international retailers who regard SALSA plus as a crucial quality and compliance measure.”