THE CHAMPION BEER OF BRITAIN: A DARK MILD
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The Champion Beer of Britain chosen at the Great British Beer Festival in London today is a mild, an ancient style of low alcohol, malty brew popular in workingman bars in the 19th Century that is undergoing a bit of a revival, thanks to the Campaign for Real Ale.
Here’s the winning announcement from CAMRA:
“Hobsons Mild from Hobsons Brewery in Shropshire was today judged to be the best beer in Britain by a panel of brewers, beer writers and journalists at the Great British Beer Festival at Earls Court.
“The Shropshire brewed mild beer was chosen as the overall winner from over fifty finalists in eight categories, including beers from tiny micros to major regional brewers.
Nick Davis, Director of Hobsons said:
“What a great surprise! It’s a nutty mild and despite being only 3.2% abv it’s packed full of flavour.”
Complete results of today’s judging can be found here . Problem is – as far as I can tell none of the winning beers are imported to the U.s. But if you’re headed to the UK, it’s a handly list to take along for sampling.
But, if you’re within striking distance of London, the Great British Beer Festival is running all week. For a schedule, location, tickets, more info, go here.
So what’s a mild? It’s a style of low alcohol, malty beer that was popular in workingman’s bars a century ago. The style was eclipsed in recent years by the erosion of the industrial age and cold lager. But there’s been a revival in recent years – thanks to CAMRA.
Want to try a mild? If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, the best place to go is Magnolia’s Pub & Restaurant , 1398 Haight St. in San Francisco. Proprietor, brewmaster Dave McLean is a fan of the style and almost always has a mild on handpump.
Another option to is to find Anchor Small . Technically, it’s not a mild, but it’s low alcohol and quite malty – just like a mild. It’s hard to find, but worth the search.