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.
CAMBRIDGE 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.
- Faint ester, hoppy
- Full hop malt blend
DARK MATTER 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.
- Coffee, chocolate, fruit
- Roasted, liquorice, rich
DAVENPORTS RED BARON 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
- Fruity, Hoppy Toffee
- Rich, Malty, Biscuity
EXCISEMAN’S 80 ABV 4.6%
A classic, award winning, full bodied, malty and fruity 80/-
- Malty, fruity
EXMOOR SILVER STALLION 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.
- Pale Amber
- Fruity, malty, spicy
- Citrus, spice, biscuity
FARMERS WIM-BULL-DON ABV 4.5%
A pale coloured fruity ale with a burst of summer fruit flavours.
- Pale, light
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.
- Golden yellow
- Spicy hop, aromatic herbs
- Malty, zesty, delicate citrus
HOWZAT ABV 4.3%
A bright intense bitterness that mellows out to a dryer slightly fruity aftertaste.
- Light golden
- Carmel and fruity
- Fruity dry bitterness
LANCASTER GOLD ABV 4.2%
A fruity fusion of hops create a powerful fresh citrus flavour. Leaving a dry crisp aftertaste.
LIONS SHARE ABV 4.4%
Solid golden ale, powerful citrus and zesty aroma, fulsome hoppy finish.
- Solid Gold
- Hoppy and floral
- Bitter and citrus
LIQUID SUNSHINE ABV 3.9%
Distinct golden honey ale with plenty of hops with a citrus flavour, dry finish and great balance.
- Orange, grapefruit
- Clean citrus
LIQUORICE LADS STOUT ABV 4.3%
Deep dark stout rich with the flavour of real liquorice.
- Coffee, roast malt, Resin Hop
- Liquorice, burnt coffee, smooth
LISKA 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!
- Light hop; light citrus
- Refreshing, clean, light
SOLSTICE ABV 5%
A beer with a slightly floral and spicy nose producing a well balanced bitter/sweet beer with hops and biscuit overtones.
- Pale Copper
- Floral, spice
- Hops, biscuit
SUMMER DAZE ABV 4.1%
Light pale copper ale with a refreshing bitterness and citrus hop burst of aroma.
- Pale Copper
SUMMERLEAZE ABV 4.7%
Slightly sweet and malty with notes of biscuit and honey. Refreshing and always well received.
- Golden Ale
- Malty, hoppy