A full pint for me, please, of cask bitter or similar. Timothy Taylor's Landlord is number one, followed by Deuchars IPA, Orkney Red MacGregor, Black Sheep, and countless others. The bottled versions just don't cut it in my book--they taste stale and dead, despite the extra fizz. I order a pint and a dram at the same time, and let the pint sit while I enjoy my dram. They complement one another very well, each setting me up for the next. The pint offers some dilution as well, which is why I'm glad to have something in the 4% range. I don't say it too loud around here, but I can't drink just whisky all night long.
Cask ale is rare on this side of the pond, and rarely measures up to the real thing in Britain. Draft versions of good American micros are fine with me. They are a completely different beast to the British beers, apples and oranges for sure; each charming in its own way. Unfortunately, most brewpubs around here serve bitters and IPAs at 6% and up, so I rarely have a dram out.
Gosh, I'm thirsty! Wonder what they'll have on at the Steampacket Inn in Isle of Whithorn when I arrive?