Every year, CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, celebrates May as Mild Month, to champion Britain’s traditional mild beers.
Once the pride of the pubs up and down the country, mild has taken quite a beating over the last few decades. It’s actually pretty hard to get your head round the fact that, up until the mid-1970s, it was the UK’s favourite beer.
Despite a resurgence in recent years, the typical mild beer drinker still conjures up images of old men in flat caps, sat by the fireside playing dominoes with a whippet in tow.
But mild is making a comeback thanks to dedicated micro-breweries up and down the country and it’s no surprise as it was always dubbed the original session been.
Old School Brewery, based in Warton, Lancashire is joining in with helping to revive this 200-year-old malty, low-hopped, low-alcohol, and light-bodied beer style, by brewing a special batch of its top selling dark, mild beer, Blackboard.
It is sending out the brew to pubs across the north west; including Tib Street Tavern, Manchester, The Factory Tap, Kendal and The Crossing, Hest Bank, to mark May’s Mild Month festivities.
To add to the fun and to mark the occasion in real style the team at the Old School Brewery have also squirrelled away a little stash of Blackboard to serve up to their guests when the Brewery throws open its hallowed doors for their next band night on Friday 10th Mayion of mild drinkers groove the night away.