Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Yep, Another Post About Milds

Sorry, Pete. Luckily I don't really consider myself a 'beer writer' (on account I've not published any books on the subject), so I thought I'd add to the hundreds of 'repetitive' posts about CAMRA's Mild Month out there.

Actually, the reason for this post isn't simply to wind up Pete. I was at work yesterday talking about beer (as often happens), and a quick poll revealed that more of my buddies knew what Wheat beer was, and could identify one at a bar (Erdinger being the ubiquitous one) than Mild. That's a shame - and it probably applies to other styles, too. As we've all said before, maybe it's a little silly to promote one beer during one month, but I think the campaign works, and anything that serves to promote and advertise the good work our breweries do is ok by me. That is, after all, the point of TGS.

Pubs in Leeds are doing their bit, without a doubt. But for the sake of all those casually curious people out there (I know you're there, hiding behind those emptying pint glasses, wondering whether to take the plunge or order another Tuborg), here's a quick rundown of some Milds being produced this month and throughout the year by (mostly northern) breweries:

If it's the stronger, darker end of the market that's your taste, then look no further than Leeds's Midnight Bell or York's Centurions Ghost. Both are loaded with dark chocolate and sweet smoke, and despite their moreishness (which is a trait of all good dark milds), both pack a hefty alcohol wallop. Rudgate's excellent Ruby Mild combines an even smokier taste with a hint of red fruits, as does Nottingham's wonderful Rock Mild. Abbeydale's Daily Bread is slightly paler, with a much more pronounced peppery hop nose and is one of those beers you could drink all day - as is Timothy Taylor's smooth, satisfying Dark Mild. Elland are also brewing Born To Be Mild this month.

Alongside regular Emley Moor Mild, Mallinson's are producing Denby Light Mild this month, and although I've not tried it yet, Mallinson's simply don't seem to make bad beer. Neither do Acorn, whose is Darkness is as suppable as their classic Yorkshire-style bitter. Cropton's Balmy Mild is another lighter-hued, slightly hoppier affair, and if it's a pub-brewed beer you're after, Fox Brewing's Clarendon Dark Mild is a really tasty affair, and available at The Fox & Newt Brewpub on Burley Road, Leeds.

All these locally-brewed gems are in addition to the more established beers popping up as well, such as Fuller's Hock and Festival Mild, Elgood's Black Dog, Thwaites Nutty Black, Harvey's Knots Of May, Hydes Light and Traditional Milds, Okell's Mild, Moorhouse's Black Cat and Cain's Dark Mild.

So - simply get out there, and try some. If you like a pint of mild, try something else from that brewery. Before you know it - you're a beer drinker. Huzzah!


TIW said...

I must admit to being typically ignorant of milds, but that's just another style to explore.

Taylor's Golden Best is still the brewery's biggest-selling beer in their home market (or was until at least a year or so back). I often wonder if this is down to it being a mild without actually being called 'mild'.

Bailey said...

I managed to have an impromptu session with a mate from work last night and, because the pub we went to had three decent milds on, drank nothing else all night. The best was 3% and as full flavoured as many stouts.

Tim Taylor's mild would convert many people, I reckon.

Leigh said...

TIW - you're probably right - like the spirit of post suggests, the problem is the term, not the beer itself. Bailey - Dark Milds are awesome, and (just in my opinion) can have more depth of flavour than stouts - take York's Centurion's Ghost or Nethergate's Umbel Magna, for example. Interesting you both point out TT's!!

MicMac said...

Leigh, I though Umbel Magna was Nethergate's Old Growler Porter spiced up with coriander, rather than a mild?

It's certainly a cracker of a beer, mind.

Leigh said...

MicMac - in terms of style, you are spot on - as in the previous post about Skipton Beer Fest, Umbel was just one beer that really blew me away. It's not a mild - however - I do think it could cross over to people who want to try something a little more from tasty, moreish, dark beers? You know what I mean?

MicMac said...

Yeah, it's a really lovely combination of the spice & the choc/roast malt flavours & not bone dry like an Irish Stout, so perhaps not too harsh for someone new to the wider world of beer.