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.
COUSIN JACK ABV 4.0%
Using Cornish malt and a selection of hops from around the world this produces a sessionable beer of real depth and character.
Tasty sausages and mustard mash
- Grapefruit, toffee
DANISH DYNAMITE ABV 5.0%
Good hop and fruit aromas and complex flavours developing into a beautifully balanced full-bodied aftertaste with hops and fruit to the fore.
Matched with spicy and wholesome dishes
- Pale Gold
- Rich, aromatic
DIRTY RUCKER ABV 3.9%
A full bodied ruby beer. Fruity on the palate, a malty sweetness leads to a peppery smooth finish.
Lighter meals, salads, nuts and chocolate
- Dark copper
- Malty, fruity
- Full bodied, peppery
ENGLISH PALE ALE ABV 4.6%
A light refreshing English Pale Ale using only the finest English Hops.
Matched with lamb hotpot
- Malty, spicy, blackcurrant
FARMERS BROWN COW ABV 4.2%
Rich, deep chestnut coloured ale with a smooth creamy head. A citrus aftertaste which gives way to a long dry finish.
Matched with meat & vegetable dishes, pies & roast dinners
- Chestnut Brown
- Smooth, dry citrus
HAIR OF THE DOG ABV 3.9%
A bright sparkling blonde with a delicate roasted caramel flavour and a smooth sweet refreshing aftertaste.
Matched with pasta dishes or chicken and fish
- Dark Blonde
- Roasted caramel
HOG ISLAND ABV 4.8%
Citrus, pine, and fruit aromas meld with light caramel notes and a robust bitterness.
Gourmet burger & fries, cheese & biscuits and American style food
- Deep Gold
ICE WITCH ABV 4.3%
A light gold ale, single hopped with citrus to showcase this hops icy intense aromas of tropical fruit, mango and pineapple. Maris Otter provides a hint of background biscult malt flavour, leading to a strong yet easy drinking bitterness.
White fish and grilled chicken dishes
- Light Gold
- Biscuit malt, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple
- Balanced, moreish, fruity
MAGNUM IPA ABV 4.1%
Golden, like a Polynesian sunset with hints of lemon, lime & exotic flora. This crisp, Hawaiian shirt of a brew packs a punch and always gets its man. A worthy addition to any moustache.
Matched with chicken and white meat dishes
- Dry & fruity with a long bitterness
MARKET PORTER ABV 4.6%
Rich velvety beer with flavours of coffee, chocolate and hazelnut with a smooth finish.
Sticky toffee pudding
- Coffee, dark chocolate
- Coffee, hazelnut
NELSON’S REVENGE ABV 4.5%
Rich and floral aromas, sweet Norfolk malt and a burst of ‘citrus’ hops characterises this award winning beer.
Delicious with cottage pie, steak and ale pie and rich meat dishes
- Rich floral, fruit
- Citrus, dried fruit
PINNACLE MILD ABV 3.4%
This dark mild expertly balances sweet flavours of chocolate and cocoa, with a subtle bitterness and a fruity, floral hop finish.
Complements red meat dishes & also chocolate
- Russet Brown
- Chocolate, fruity, floral
- Cocoa, sweet, barley
RYE IPA ABV 3.8%
A slightly spicy note from the Rye malt and sweetness from Maris Otter provide the backbone for the super-charged addition of Columbus, Chinook and Cascade hops.
Perfect with Mexican & Indian dishes
- Oaty, biscuity
SHADOW WOLF SMOKED STOUT ABV 5.0%
Smoked oat stout inspired by German rauch bier of Bamberg. A creamy and full bodied brew with distinctive sweetness, the smoky aftertaste achieved with Beechwood smoked malt.
Barbecued meats and rich desserts
- Dark, Black
- Smoked, dark chocolate, coffee
- Sweet, malty
SIN BIN ABV 4.5%
A rich, dark copper bitter with citrus and currant flavour, berry aroma and smooth, malty taste.
Complements roast or grilled beef, lamb or game, aged cheeses and chocolate desserts
- Dark Copper
- Wine, berries
- Lemon & blackcurrant
TIGHT HEAD ABV 4.2%
Specially crafted beer for the greatest of rugby occasions. Muscly and delicious thirst-quencher with vigorous, malty flavours and fresh, fruity and floral aromas.
Matched with grilled beef & chicken dishes
- Fresh Fruit
- Zesty, crisp, smooth
TOFFEE PORTER ABV 4.1%
A traditional Railway Porter made with the finest of British ingredients, with carefully selected toffee added during the brewing process to give a smooth dark velvet experience.
Bar snacks & low and slow food dishes
- Roasted malt, toffee
- Rich smooth toffee notes