J D Wetherspoon has introduced a new minimum quality control standard for all of its cask ale across the UK.
The Food Safety and Quality Standard is administered by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), the trade association for independent craft brewers in the UK.
Under new rules introduced by Wetherspoon and put into place at the start of May, any brewery supplying real ale to Wetherspoon must have the quality standard in place, or an equivalent accreditation of equal weight.
SIBA chairman, Ian Fozard, said: “Real ale is unique to the UK and a huge part of our cultural heritage, in fact it’s the number one thing which tourists want to try when visiting the UK — a proper British pint in a real British pub — so it is great to see Wetherspoon putting quality first and adopting SIBA’s accreditation as their minimum standard.”
Wetherspoon chief executive, John Hutson, added: “The quality of the beer we serve in our pubs is of the utmost importance to us. Our pubs receive checks from Cask Marque to ensure this is the case, and that will continue. The addition of SIBA’s quality control system further highlights our commitment to real ale served in our pubs.”