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What is Finest Cask?

The Finest Cask scheme is a guest ale programme that has been running for over 10 years in some of the best cask ale pubs around the country.

The scheme has grown to include around 800 pubs and being a part of Finest Cask enables the pubs involved to choose from around 16 guest ales every eight weeks to serve on their bars.

The beers on each Finest Cask rotation are a mixture of styles and alcoholic strengths and come from brewers who are based all around Great Britain - some of whom are well known regional brewers and others who are newcomers to the brewing industry. What they all have in common is a passion for great quality cask ale and we hope you are inspired to visit the Finest Cask pubs serving their ales.

A large number of the ales that have proven popular on Finest Cask have gone on to become permanent choices for Finest Cask pubs and several beers that were launched exclusively on Finest Cask have become permanent brewers’ brands that you are probably already familiar with.

Finest Cask aims to bring you the very best cask ales via the bars of pubs that share the same enthusiasm for great ale.

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Find your nearest Finest Cask pub

With over 800 Finest Cask pubs around Great Britain you are never too far away from finding a perfect pint of cask ale.

Colour Guide

Each of the beers shown features a number which is a guide to the colour of the beer. There are eight colour classifications, designed to give you an indication of the colour of the beer before ordering.

beer colour guide

Please note: this list is the entire range of current Finest Cask beers and as they are guest ales, you should expect to see only 1 or 2 of these in the majority of our pubs.

ADNAMS REGATTA pumpclip

ADNAMS REGATTA

Style: Golden Ale
ABV: 4.3%

A 4.3% golden ale brewed with East Anglian pale ale malt, it’s light and crisp with a lovely biscuit backbone.A refreshing thirst-quenching pint, perfect for the summer.

sight smell taste
  • Straw
  • Gentle malt
  • Slightly dry, biscuity
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Brewer: Adnams

Location: Southwold, Suffolk

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BAA BAA

Style: Pale
ABV: 4.0%

A juicy pale ale that delivers a generous hoppy tone with a subtle zesty twang. Low in bitterness so it makes a great seasonal ale.

sight smell taste
  • Straw Bright
  • Citrus Fresh Hoppy
  • Zesty Crisp Moreish
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Brewer: Black Sheep Brewery

Location: Masham, North Yorkshire

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SANDCASK ALE

Style: Speciality
ABV: 4.2%

A dark copper ale, malty and spicy with a hint of grapefruit zest.

sight smell taste
  • Deep Copper
  • Malty / Fruity
  • Full Bodied, Malty, Clean
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Box Steam Brewery

Location: Wiltshire

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THE REV JAMES RYE

Style: Speciality
ABV: 4.3%

The Rev. James Rye is dark, dry and distinctive, brewed for a full flavour and bitter finish with unexpected glimpses of citrus and spice.

sight smell taste
  • Dark Oak
  • Spicy hop, Citrus, Malty
  • Fruity, Bitter, Dry
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Brewer: Brains

Location: Cardiff

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MOTORHEAD ROAD CREW

Style: Golden Ale
ABV: 4.5%

Road Crew is an American pale ale packed full of hoppy citrus and blackcurrant flavours delivering a crisp, refreshing, superior taste to celebrate the spirit of the song and those who inspired it. Motorhead For Life…

sight smell taste
  • Golden
  • Citrus, hoppy
  • Crisp, Hoppy, Citrus, Blackcurrent
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Brewer: Cameron’s Brewery

Location: North East coast

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SEAFARERS ENGLISH ALE

Style: Standard Bitter
ABV: 3.6%

Fruity on the nose, this light amber beer sails a steady course through well-developed malt character towards a satisfying, hoppy finish.

sight smell taste
  • Tawny
  • Malts & hops
  • Balanced malt, clean and hoppy
  • Bitter:
  • Sweet:
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Brewer: Fuller’s

Location: Chiswick - London

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SUMMER BREEZE

Style: Standard Bitter
ABV: 3.7%

Fantastic, crisp amber session bitter whose rich character belies the low abv, delivering delicate fruitiness from Cascade balanced with biscuity maltiness. Summer Breeze has a clean and citrusy finish, late hopped with Saaz.

sight smell taste
  • Pale Copper
  • Pineapple, Fruity, Sweet
  • Fruity, Citrus, Refreshing
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Brewer: Hanlons Brewery

Location: Exeter, Devon

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JOHN WILLIES

Style: Premium Bitter
ABV: 4.5%

A robust beer combining pale ale and crystal malt to give a deep auburn colour and a spicy, nutty finish.

sight smell taste
  • Deep Auburn
  • Malt
  • Clean, Nutty
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: J W Lees

Location: Manchester

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PRIORY MILD

Style: Mild
ABV: 3.5%

A heavenly, thirst slaking Mild in association with Clare Priory in Suffolk.

sight smell taste
  • Black
  • Nutty
  • Roasted, Smooth
  • Bitter:
  • Sweet:
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Brewer: Nethergate Brewery

Location: Suffolk

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OTTER PALE ALE

Style: IPA
ABV: 4.9%

Pale Copper in colour with hoppy highs and malty depths. It is an authentic American style craft IPA. Eldorado,Summit & Calypso Hops delivering a real hoppy punch.

sight smell taste
  • Pale Copper
  • Serious hop notes
  • Bittersweet OPA balanced blend
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Brewer: Otter Brewery

Location: Devon

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LEMON DREAM

Style: Speciality
ABV: 4.5%

A shimmering golden ale that is brewed using organic lemons which adds beautifully subtle zesty aromas and a citrus filled fruity finish.

sight smell taste
  • Golden
  • Zesty, Lemon, Citrus
  • Citrus, Refreshing
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Salopian Brewery

Location: Shropshire

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HAKA

Style: Premium Bitter
ABV: 5.2%

A true New Zealand Pale Ale, brewed with New Zealand hops and dry hopped for an extra aromatic finish.

sight smell taste
  • Deep Gold
  • Floral, Aromatic
  • Sweet, Floral, Hoppy
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Slater’s Ales

Location: Staffordshire

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DROP O’ THE BLACK STUFF

Style: Mild
ABV: 4.0%

Our stunning porter is ominously dark but not heavy with the lingering finish of roasted barley. It is beautifully smooth and easy-drinking. Suitable for vegans and vegitarians.

sight smell taste
  • Black
  • Burnt coffee, molasses
  • Soft, rich coffee
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Brewer: Springhead

Location: North Notts

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FLAWLESS

Style: Golden Ale
ABV: 3.9%

Deep gold in colour, slightly dry in flavour allowing the citrus bitterness of the hops to come through.

sight smell taste
  • Deep gold
  • Floral
  • Citrus bitterness
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Brewer: St. Peter’s Brewery

Location: Suffolk

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MAD HATTER

Style: Standard Bitter
ABV: 3.9%

A great session beer, brewed with Amarillo hops from the USA to give spicy and floral character.

sight smell taste
  • Red-Brown
  • Spicy, floral
  • Fruity, malty
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Weetwood Ales

Location: Cheshire

MR SWIFT’S PALE ALE pumpclip

MR SWIFT’S PALE ALE

Style: Golden Ale
ABV: 4.0%

Brewed using our new hop rocket, this English Pale Ale is light and easy drinking with herbal aromas and a clean finish - perfect for summer!

sight smell taste
  • Straw
  • Herbal, fruity
  • Light, biscuit
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: West Berkshire Brewery

Location: Berkshire