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.
You can find your nearest Finest Cask pub here.
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.
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.
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.
85 SHILLING ABV 4.1%
A smooth, dark ale, coffee and blackcurrant flavours, perfect with a bar stool and a bag of crisps.
- Smooth, creamy bitter
CHESHIRE GOLD ABV 4.1%
A deep gold coloured beer with a fresh citrus hop aroma, Chinook Hops impart a pine lemon crisp finish.
- Fresh Citrus
- Bitter Crisp
CLOGWYN GOLD ABV 3.6%
Golden session ale hopped with Galaxy, Cascade & Citra. Beautiful hoppy citrus aroma & flavour.
- Fresh hops, tropical fruit, citrus
- Citrus, refreshing, hoppy
FALLING STAR ABV 4.2%
Brewed using floor malted Maris Otter barley. Distinctive and complex flavours and aromas are delivered through a blend of Cascade, Willamette and Mittlefruh hops. The resulting balanced and refreshing finish.
- Citrus, floral, zesty
- Light malt, smooth, grapefruit & pineapple
FUGGLE DEE DUM ABV 4.8%
A chestnut, tawny red premium ale. Brewed with roasted malts, English Fuggles Hops, to give a smoky spicy hoppiness on the nose, leading to a molasses, nutty palate with a light fruity hop dryness.
- Smokey Roasted
- Treacle Nutty Hoppy
HEATHCLIFF ABV 4.6%
Herbal, spicy and blackcurrant notes from the exclusive use of English Hops balance the amber and crystal malt sweet biscuit characters. Bitterness is sublime, yet soft and balanced.
- Herbal,spicy, blackcurrant
- Biscuit, caramel, malt, bitter
HOPPING MAD ABV 4.4%
Brewed with a single hop variety, progress, to produce a golden ale with a zesty bitterness to celebrate the arrival of spring!
- Zesty bitterness
KNOWLE SPRING BLONDE ABV 4.2%
A 4.2% easy-drinking blonde beer, with floral and grapefruit aromas, complex depth of flavour and aromatic citrus hops.
- Pale Golden, Straw
- Citrus, grapefruit, floral
- Zesty, spiced orange
LAST SUSPECT ABV 3.8%
Crystal clear, chestnut ale. Soft flavour and colour. Smooth, easy drinking. Predominately Maris Otter, sprinkling of amber ale, aromatic and light crystal malts. Hopped using UK grown hops.
- Hedgerow hops and cut grass
- Malty sweetness with a delicate hop bitter finish
MOLES DARK ABV 4.5%
Dark and smooth with a rich fruity palate and balanced hop character from traditional English hops.
- Full Bodied Dry
PINT OF THRONES ABV 4%
King in the North! A traditional amber ale, full blooded, reliable & down to earth with a warm heart of spicy cedar. Level headed & big hearted that always wins the day. Taste is coming.
- Citrus & fruity
- Malty & crisp
RUTTERKIN ABV 5%
Golden ale with zesty hop flavours from a blend of US hops combined with a touch of malt sweetness to give a rich full bodied beer.
- Pale gold
- Zesty, full bodied
SPRING SPRINTER ABV 4%
Spring Sprinter is refreshing to the palate and bursting with zesty hop flavours that pick out citrus and gooseberry. Balanced, with distinctive biscuity sweetness.
- Pale Copper
- Light, clean, hoppy
STAGE WINNER ABV 3.5%
Light and refreshing. A lightly hopped ale with a nicely balanced bitterness and smooth malty texture.
- Delicate hop, citrus, gentle malt
- Light, refreshing, gentle bitterness
WEETWOOD BEST BITTER ABV 3.8%
Brewed with Maris Otter malt and a range of British hops to produce the rounded flavour and sharp bitterness of a classic British best bitter.
- Malty, caramel
- Full, bitter finish
WHITSTABLE BAY RED ABV 4.5%
Deep russet in colour, Whitstable Bay Red IPA combines the citrus fruit and pine aromas of an IPA with roasted and caramel malt flavours.
- Citrus, pine sweet malt
- Toffee, fruits rich