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Beer Scooping (Beer Ticking) FAQ

What is Beer Scooping / Beer Ticking?
How do I record beers that I have had?
Where are the best places to find new beers?
Where are the best pubs for scooping?
Is scooping restricted to beers brewed in the UK?
How much beer do I have to drink to count it as a scoop?
Who is the top beer scooper?
Where can I find more information about scooping?
Where can I find more information about all the different UK breweries?
Which breweries produce the best beer?

 

Q - What is Beer Scooping / Beer Ticking?

A - It is the wonderful hobby of finding, drinking and then recording new draught beers (real ale or craft ale) People who indulge in this hobby are referred to as "Beer Scoopers" or "Beer Tickers".

 

Q - How do I record beers that I have had?

A - Most scoopers record beers they have had in a notebook or on a smartphone and then update a spreadsheet or database with their "winners" once they get home. It is useful to refer to the spreadsheet / database (or a printout from it) whilst out and about, in order to check if a beer is "required". Specialist Social Media platforms such as Untappd are also very useful.

 

Q - Where are the best places to find new beers?

A - Beer festivals (usually organised by CAMRA - The Campaign for Real Ale) as well as some (but not all) pubs.

 

Q - Where are the best pubs for scooping?

A - The best national pub chain for scooping is Wetherspoons and the Craft Beer Co pubs are also very good. There are also many excellent independent pubs, as found in the Good Beer Guide published by CAMRA. Google maps showing the top scooping pubs at various locations can be found on Gazza Prescott's scoopergen maps page, although these are now slighty out-of-date.

 

Q - Is scooping restricted to just Great Britain?

A - No, many scoopers have ventured to other countries in search of new scoops. For example: Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany and the USA.

 

Q - How much beer do I have to drink to count it as a scoop?

A - Most beer scoopers take this as being a third of a pint, which is the minimum measure of draught beer that can be legally sold in the UK.

 

Q - Who is the top beer scooper?

A - Brian Moore (70,000+ scoops) who features in a documentary film called Beertickers: Beyond The Ale

 

Q - Where can I find more information about scooping?

A - Take a look at Gazza Prescott's scoopergen page, which contains more background on scooping as well as details of the best scooping pubs.

 

Q - Where can I find more information about UK breweries?

A - The excellent Quaffale site is regularly updated with details and locations of new breweries as well as changes and closures. There are currently over 1200 breweries in the UK.

 

Q - Which breweries produce the best beer?

A - This is quite subjective, but my personal favorites include Hop Craft and Weird Beard. These brewereries produce some fantastic tasting beers.

 

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real ale pumps
A good selection of ales on offer at this place!

 

beer tickers film
Beer Tickers - A documentary film about beer scooping / beer ticking

 

A tray of beers
A selection of different ales just waiting to be scooped!   


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This cartoon appeared in Private Eye following the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) in 2016


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A cartoon highlighting the dangers of alias beers