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Robert Cains & Company Limited, Stanhope Street, Liverpool  L8 5X0
Tel. 0151 7098734  Fax. 0151 7088395  email: website 


Cains Finest Bitter

Cains Dark Mild

Cains FA

Cains IPA

A regular winner of awards for quality and flavour, and winner of the silver medal at the International Brewing Industry Awards 2002, this refreshing yet full-bodied bitter is a favourite with beer drinkers everywhere. The rich flavours of premium malt and goldings hops are unmistakable in this well balanced, traditionally brewed bitter.

A Gold medal winner in the international brewing industry awards 2000, and a three times bronze medal winner at the Great British Beer Festival in the Best Mild category, this is a smooth, full flavoured, truly dark mild with a rich creamy head. It has a full body and distinctive roasted malt taste, balanced by its fresh hop character. Complex flavours and aromas are achieved by blending deeply roasted malt and adding a selected blend of English hops, including dry hops, to the cask conditioned beer.

CAINS FA (Formidable Ale)
Cains FA is no small beer: despite its deceptively pale golden colour, it boasts a big, smooth flavour and strong punch. Brewed with the finest English malts, and conditioned in cask with dry hops to produce fresh hop aromas and a fuller flavour, delighting the mouth and stimulating the tongue.

WINNER SILVER AWARD AT THE W&SI International Beer Challenge 2005.
Did you know that IPA stands for Indian Pale Ale, and that it was originally brewed for sale in India, becoming popular in the UK following a shipwreck in the Irish Sea in 1827, when barrels of IPA were auctioned off in Liverpool? IPA is one of Cains’ best selling cask ales: a refreshing session beer, with a subtle hop aroma and a light, yet full flavour.

We also offer a range of seasonal ales. See our own website for details.


Born in County Cork in 1826, Robert Cain first arrived in Liverpool at the age of eighteen. From his modest pay as a merchant seaman he managed to accumulate sufficient funds to buy a pub with brewhouse attached in Limekiln Lane. He rapidly gained a reputation for his brewing skills and quickly became known throughout the city for the exceptional quality of his beers. By 1878 demand for his ales was such that he acquired an old established brewery on the current site. A new brewery was built between 1883 and 1902 and was considered to be the most modern of the time.

This is the landmark red brick brewery where Cains Ales are still brewed to this day. In 1911 Cains was merged with Walkers of Warrington. This formed a new company known as Walker Cain Ltd. All production was transferred to Warrington and in 1923 the Stanhope Brewery was sold to Daniel Higson.

In 1985 the Brewery was acquired by Boddingtons and in 1990 the Boddington brands were acquired by Whitbread, leaving the Brewery to close.

In 1990 the Brewery was reopened by G.B. Brewers ltd and in 1991 was renamed Robert Cain & Co Ltd and is still dedicated to producing award winning ales in the tradition of those originally brewed by Robert Cain himself.

As a legendary brew master, Robert Cain used only the finest malt, hops and yeast to brew exceptional beers which he proudly advertised as “Superior Ales and Stouts”. Cains range of traditional ales are a local favourite across Mersyside and have become established across the UK and in export markets. The discerning drinker who enjoy Cains cask-conditioned ales will immediately recognise the rich flavours and individual character of Cains packaged beers, because they are all brewed with exactly the same skill, dedication and only the very best natural ingredients.


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