Fine Handpulled Ales

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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.

CAMBRIDGE BITTER pumpclip

CAMBRIDGE BITTER

Style: Standard Bitter
ABV: 3.8%

A russet brown beer brewed with Fuggles and Challenger hops balanced with finest Maris Otter malt for a satisfying session beer.

sight smell taste
  • Russet
  • Faint ester, hoppy
  • Full hop malt blend
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Elgoods Brewery

Location: Cambridgeshire

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DARK MATTER

Style: Porter/Stout
ABV: 4.4%

Easy going, rich and smooth with liquorice and chocolate notes from the complex dark roasted malt recipe, balanced perfectly by the late addition of Bramling Cross hops.

sight smell taste
  • Black
  • Coffee, chocolate, fruit
  • Roasted, liquorice, rich
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Brewer: VOG Brewery

Location: Vale of Glamorgan

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DAVENPORTS RED BARON

Style: Premium Bitter
ABV: 4.8%

Dry hopped red ale with sensational rich, malty, toffee and biscuity flavour, with a strong hoppy after taste and aroma from dry hops.

sight smell taste
  • Russet
  • Fruity, Hoppy Toffee
  • Rich, Malty, Biscuity
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Brewer: Blue Bear

Location: West Midlands

EXCISEMAN’S 80 pumpclip

EXCISEMAN’S 80

Style: Premium Bitter
ABV: 4.6%

A classic, award winning, full bodied, malty and fruity 80/-

sight smell taste
  • Coppy
  • Nutty
  • Malty, fruity
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Broughton Ales

Location: Scotland

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EXMOOR SILVER STALLION

Style: Premium Bitter
ABV: 4.3%

A crisp and complex taste, malty with citrus and spice overtones. Using four English hops and a blend of chocolate and pale malts … a true thoroughbred.

sight smell taste
  • Pale Amber
  • Fruity, malty, spicy
  • Citrus, spice, biscuity
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Exmoor Ales

Location: Wiveliscombe, Somerset

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FARMERS WIM-BULL-DON

Style: Golden Ale
ABV: 4.5%

A pale coloured fruity ale with a burst of summer fruit flavours.

sight smell taste
  • Pale, light
  • Fruity
  • Sweet
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Bradfield Brewery

Location: Sheffield

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GOLDEN ALE

Style: Golden Ale
ABV: 4.2%

A golden coloured ale with good hop character throughout from two of the finest English hop varieties - Goldings and Fuggles.

sight smell taste
  • Golden yellow
  • Spicy hop, aromatic herbs
  • Malty, zesty, delicate citrus
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Wye Valley

Location: Herefordshire

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HOWZAT

Style: IPA
ABV: 4.3%

A bright intense bitterness that mellows out to a dryer slightly fruity aftertaste.

sight smell taste
  • Light golden
  • Carmel and fruity
  • Fruity dry bitterness
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Pennine Brewing Co

Location: North Yorkshire

LANCASTER GOLD pumpclip

LANCASTER GOLD

Style: Speciality
ABV: 4.2%

A fruity fusion of hops create a powerful fresh citrus flavour. Leaving a dry crisp aftertaste.

sight smell taste
  • Gold
  • Citrus
  • Fruity
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Lancaster Brewery

Location: Lancashire

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LIONS SHARE

Style: Standard Bitter
ABV: 4.4%

Solid golden ale, powerful citrus and zesty aroma, fulsome hoppy finish.

sight smell taste
  • Solid Gold
  • Hoppy and floral
  • Bitter and citrus
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Caledonian

Location: Edinburgh

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LIQUID SUNSHINE

Style: Golden Ale
ABV: 3.9%

Distinct golden honey ale with plenty of hops with a citrus flavour, dry finish and great balance.

sight smell taste
  • Golden
  • Orange, grapefruit
  • Clean citrus
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: St Austell

Location: Cornwall

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LIQUORICE LADS STOUT

Style: Porter/Stout
ABV: 4.3%

Deep dark stout rich with the flavour of real liquorice.

sight smell taste
  • Black
  • Coffee, roast malt, Resin Hop
  • Liquorice, burnt coffee, smooth
  • Bitter:
  • Sweet:
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Brewer: Great Newsome Brewery

Location: East Yorkshire

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LISKA

Style: Speciality
ABV: 4%

This blonde lager-style cask beer, is brewed with a combination of English and Continental malts. Classic Saaz and Kazbek Czech hops give an authentic lager taste. Liska is Czech for fox!

sight smell taste
  • Pale
  • Light hop; light citrus
  • Refreshing, clean, light
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Charnwood Brewery

Location: Loughborough

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SOLSTICE

Style: Premium Bitter
ABV: 5%

A beer with a slightly floral and spicy nose producing a well balanced bitter/sweet beer with hops and biscuit overtones.

sight smell taste
  • Pale Copper
  • Floral, spice
  • Hops, biscuit
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Hydes

Location: Media City, Salford

SUMMER DAZE pumpclip

SUMMER DAZE

Style: IPA
ABV: 4.1%

Light pale copper ale with a refreshing bitterness and citrus hop burst of aroma.

sight smell taste
  • Pale Copper
  • Hoppy
  • Hoppy
  • Bitter:
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Brewer: Andwell Brewing Co

Location: Hampshire

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SUMMERLEAZE

Style: Golden Ale
ABV: 4.7%

Slightly sweet and malty with notes of biscuit and honey. Refreshing and always well received.

sight smell taste
  • Golden Ale
  • Caramel
  • Malty, hoppy
  • Bitter:
  • Sweet:
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Brewer: Bude Brewery

Location: Bude