Into The Mild Brew Yonder – Tuesday 24th May

Written by Les Middlewood

May must surely mean just one thing – time for a pint of dark mild. Our annual Hertford celebration of dark mild (started in 2006) is soon to be with us once again after a Covid hiatus. On Tuesday 24th 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.

Our itinerary is:

7.45pm – Black Horse, West Street
8.30pm – Crafty Duck, Parliament Square
9.15pm – Old Barge, The Folly
10.00pm – 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 the award-winning Greene King XX Dark Mild, leading to the beer being retained, though it survives today on as one of the company’s occasionally-brewed seasonal beers. 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.

Is The Outlook 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 24th May?

If you fancy finding out a little about Mild and the differing flavours it can offer why not pencil in our date and come along and join us.

Brave the Walk Into The Mild Brew Yonder

Everyone welcome!

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