The top cask brands to stock

By The Morning Advertiser

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Figure show: the top selling cask brands of the year are unveiled (image: Getty/Rouzes)
Figure show: the top selling cask brands of the year are unveiled (image: Getty/Rouzes)

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Sharps Doom Bar was the best-selling cask ale brand in 2023, data from The Morning Advertiser’s The Drinks List has found.

The brand had the highest sales even with a drop of 11.7% in volume to 144,133hl and 9.2% in value to £91.8m.

Second place was again Timothy Taylors Landlord, which had an increase in both volume and value – up 6.4% and 11.1% respectively.

Greene King IPA kept its place in third this year despite seeing volume sales slip by 7.8% to 84,708hl and value by 4.6% to £57.3m.


Greene King

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At Greene King, our heritage is embedded in the craft of cask beers and providing pubs with fresh, tasty, and quality beer.

With some of the nation’s favourite cask beers in our portfolio, we have our flagship Greene King IPA, which is crisp and clean, Old Speckled Hen, a deliciously smooth refreshing ale for the curious, and Abbot Ale a rich and malty traditional cask ale to enjoy while relaxing. 

We’re also passionate about developing new beers to show the variety cask has to offer, with our seasonal calendar, Fresh Cask Releases. The calendar includes limited-edition ales with new collaborations, tastes, flavours, and styles of beer for the hospitality industry.

In July, we announced the launch of our cask pins, the 4.5-gallon (36 pints) unit container, to customers with our seasonal calendar and were the first major brewer to do this.

Visit www.greeneking.co.uk​ to find out more about our beers.

Volume sales of fourth place Fullers London Pride were fairly flat compared to the previous period (down 0.4%) at 71,986hl while value increased to £56.1m (a rise of 3.9%).

At the halfway point was Wainwright, which rose up the ranks by two places this year from number seven previously.

Number eight remained the same with Marstons Pedigree. Volume sales remained fairly flat (up 0.4% to 33,417hl) while value sales increased more (4.7% to £21.3m).

Meanwhile, there were two new entries to the top 10 – Butcombe Original came in at number nine with a 20% rise in volume sales to 26,826hl alongside a 21.8% increase in value to £17.3m.

Rounding off the top brands was Harveys Sussex Best Bitter at number 10 – the second new entry.

The brew saw the biggest sales rise of the group reaching 23,982hl in volume (up 52.6%) and £19.4m in value (a rise of 61.2%).

Overall, half of the listed brands saw a rise in volume sales while six had value sales increase.

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