The Tapsters

  • The Tapsters 2018 is open for entries!

    Think your place has the best beer & cider team in the country? Prove it!

    The Tapsters, the nation’s liveliest bar team competition, returns in partnership with Franciscan Well, The Beer & Cider Academy and UKHospitality.

    This contest champions people around the country who not only know their beers and ciders but also understand how to look after them, and how to serve and sell them.

    Entries can come from one establishment, or from a group, so gather up a team of four and appoint a Captain. Pubcos and restaurant groups can enter more than one team. While the individuals involved in the 2017 Final are not eligible to enter, their companies are welcome to enter a different team.

    The victors will win an all-expenses paid trip to Cork in Ireland, home of Franciscan Well and its flagship IPA, Chieftain, as well as £500 spending money.

    Beer sommelier Annabel Smith will MC the Final at Imbibe Live on 3 July, with both the audience and an expert panel led by award-winning writer Pete Brown casting their votes.

    Any queries, please contact the Competition Manager, Susanna Forbes, 07811 913971, susanna@drinkbritain.

  • Judgement Days

  • 30 May: Online Entry Deadline

    Make sure you get them in on time. An expert panel will select four teams to go through to the Semi-Final.

    20 June: Semi-Final, The Beer & Cider Academy, London

    Training led by beer sommelier Annabel Smith and The Ciderologist Gabe Cook to set you up for the Semi-Finals at the end of the day. Our expert panel will select the best two teams to go through to the Final.

    3 July: The Final, Centre Stage, Imbibe Live

    It will comprise a number of rounds, including a University Challenge-style Q&A, and a chance to show off skills, techniques and knowledge. The expert panel will include award-winning writer Pete Brown, beer sommelier Ed Hughes, and Mary Topp, owner of The Cider House, Borough Market.

  • The Prize

    A trip for the winning team plus their manager to Franciscan Well in Cork, Ireland.

    Franciscan Well was the forerunner of the Irish craft beer scene, with its founder, Shane Long, both an inspiration and a mentor to many of Ireland’s brewers. Now part of Molson Coors, the new brewery on the outskirts of the city has enabled a ramping up of production to meet worldwide demand. Flagship brands include Chieftain IPA, whose recipe was famously developed based on customer and consumer insight and feedback, and Rebel Red and Shandon Stout.

  • The Franciscan Well Tapsters’ trip for team and manager includes return flights from Heathrow to Cork plus overnight accommodation on a shared basis. The winners will enjoy a brewery tour with head brewer Peter Lyall, a tasting and dinner at the Franciscan Well brewpub. For those who want to explore further there will be a Pub Safari itinerary on offer plus time on the second day to explore the foodie mecca that is Cork.

    Franciscan Well will liaise with the winning Captain after the Final to fix dates and travel.

  • Sponsors

  • UKHospitality

    UKHospitality is the new trade body representing the UK’s hospitality sector, following a merger between the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA). UKHospitality represents over 700 companies, encompassing 65,000 venues in a sector that employs 2.9 million people.


    The Beer & Cider Academy

    The Beer & Cider Academy runs courses for trade and consumer alike on all aspects of beer and cider appreciation, leading up to the awards for Beer Sommelier and Cider Pommelier. Since opening in 2003, over 10,000 delegates have completed its courses, including 174 Beer Sommeliers from 26 countries. In 2018, it looks forward to awarding its first Cider Pommelier as well as introducing its How to Judge Cider course.

    The Beer & Cider Academy

    Franciscan Well Brewery

    Located in Cork City, Franciscan Well Brewery is Ireland’s No.1 craft brewery. 2018 marks 20 successful years of innovative brewing for Franciscan Well, founded by Shane Long on the site of an ancient Franciscan monastery and well. Now part of Molson Coors, the purpose-built Brewery combines modern technology with age-old tradition, brewing classic beer styles including lager, ale, stout and wheat beer.

    Franciscan Well Brewery

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