Great piece from Sir Quinno on this “mild” fad sweeping the nation.
Mild: isn’t that what grandad used to drink? A beer without much, if any, in the way of hops that’s gone the way of the dodo?
Up until a few months ago, most people who fancied themselves knowledgeable about beer and brewing would have given you a caveated yes to that question. But things are stirring for this oft-neglected (and mocked) style in 2022.
While a small handful of traditional cask breweries have kept a mild on their portfolio this century, often as a seasonal beer, the style itself has had little traction in the mainstream, or any real interest from the emerging craft beer sector. But that seems to be changing.
We should begin with a potted history of the stuff.
Mild can trace its roots back to the 1700s. But the mild of then and the mild of now are different beasts. Often, it was nothing to do…
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