May is Mild Month
As it has done for a number of years now, CAMRA will be promoting Mild throughout May.
National Mild Day is on Saturday 8 May. The aim of this campaign is to encourage pub licensees
to stock Mild and persuade pub-goers to try one of Britain's finest styles of beer.
What is Mild?
Mild doesn't mean 'weak': it means 'not bitter'. Most Milds are indeed of low gravity, but the
most important characteristic of this style is that is has a low hop rate. So it is rounder, normally
slightly sweeter, and distinctly less bitter on the palate and in aroma than more highly hopped
bitters. Mild is usually (but not always) darker in colour than bitter, thanks to the addition of
darker malts or caramel to the brew.
This traditional style of beer, dating back over 400 hundred years, has disappeared from many
pubs and is in danger of becoming extinct in certain areas of Britain. For the last few years,
CAMRA has chosen May in which to focus on promoting Mild, to encourage pub licensees to
stock Mild and to persuade pub-goers to give one of Britain's finest styles of beer a try
John Norman, CAMRA's Light and Dark Supporters spokesperson, said:
"Mild is one of Britain's finest styles of beer but it can be difficult for the beer drinker to locate
pubs that regularly serve it. Unfortunately this means that many discerning beer drinkers never
get the opportunity to try the delights of Mild. I would urge all licensees to put on some Mild in
May, promote it to the local pub-goers and this will hopefully benefit the pub, the consumer and
go some way to saving this wonderful drink from disappearing from British pubs forever!"
Mild with food
Mild can be enjoyed in different dishes and compliments many foods. Tony Jerome, CAMRA's
press manager, said:
"Mild is a lovely beer style that compliments a number of meals and is ideal to cook with. It can
either be drunk or cooked with a variety of different foods including beef, lamb, pork sausages,
black pudding, rabbit and bramley apples!"
A selection of recipes which include Mild can be found on the
CAMRA web site during Mild Month.
There will be many Milds available at the
Cambridge Beer Festival.
So go on, try some: your taste buds will love you for it!
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