May must surely mean just one thing – time for a pint of dark mild. Our annual Hertford celebration of dark mild (now in its 13th year) is soon to be with us once again. On Tuesday 15th May four friendly town centre pubs will be presenting at least one mild – a chance to reacquaint ourselves with the varying flavours of the dark stuff.
- 8.00pm – Black Horse, West Street (including the Branch Pub of the Year Competition – Bronze Award Presentation at 8.15pm)
- 8.45pm – White Horse, Castle Street
- 9.30pm – Old Barge, The Folly
- 10.15pm – Old Cross Tavern, St Andrew Street
South Hertfordshire Branch was in the vanguard of Mild campaigning in the mid-1970’s when, with the slogan “Make May A Mild Month”, we fought to save Mild from extinction, as the big brewers constricted their brewing operations to the brewing of standard bitters. The branch spearheaded a successful campaign to save Greene King XX Dark Mild leading to the beer being retained – and it survives today as one of the company’s best beers, recently winning the Mild category in the East Anglian leg of the 2018 Champion Beer of Year competition. Mild may still remain a minority style of beer but with so many small breweries now around there are some tasty options to be found.
The Outlook is Mild
In these days of golden beers we need to protect Mild and promote it – the perfect counterbalance to a citric ale – or just a great beer in its own right. We would like to see Mild available on a much wider basis and certainly relish a pint when it is available. Examples include Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde, Rudgate Ruby Mild and Crouch Vale Blackwater Mild. From Hertfordshire there’s Tring Mansion Mild and 3 Brewers Dark Mild. But what will you find on Tuesday 15th May?
If you fancy finding out a little about Mild and the differing flavours it can offer why not pencil in out date and come along and join us.