Themed Beer Tastings

Beer Tasting Theme - Mild is all about the taste. Find the beer you want to taste by searching through our comprehensive archive, and should we not have a beer you expect, just let us know and we will do our best to taste it. Just email Sophie Donovan.


Elgood's Black Dog

Elgood's Black Dog
75This award-winning Cambridgeshire brew has a rather bitter finish for a mild, but the moreish dryness is an enjoyable feature.

Fox Nina's Mild

Fox Nina's Mild
73A deep ruby, bottle-conditioned mild from coastal Norfolk, with plenty of taste.

Fulstow Marsh Mild

Fulstow Marsh Mild
73A ruby-coloured mild with plenty of flavour, but perhaps a touch too dry and thin to be truly satisfying. Don't be confused by the label that gives the brewery name as Fugelestou. This is an old spell...

Hoggley's Mill Lane Mild Recommended - Winner

Hoggley's Mill Lane Mild
80A very drinkable and satisfying dark mild with clean flavours and excellent body for its strength. A product of a Northamptonshire micro that is turning out some fine bottle-conditioned beers.

Iceni Honey Mild

Iceni Honey Mild
73A strange one: seems more like a dark bitter than a mild, with honey not very obvious at all. Still, a pleasant beer.

Iceni Thetford Forest Mild

Iceni Thetford Forest Mild
70An unusual take on the dark mild style. Somewhat heavily hopped and bitter, with unexpected floral notes. Our second beer this month from a prolific Norfolk brewer.

Oakleaf Maypole Mild

Oakleaf Maypole Mild
78A well-rounded, balanced dark mild, with heaps of dark malt character and not too much in the way of bitterness.

Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Editors Choice - Winner

Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby
83A classic strong Midlands mild that has not been bottled for a few years. This sample was from a new trial bottling.

Teignworthy Martha's Mild

Teignworthy Martha's Mild
75A ruby mild from Devon that knows its strength and saves the best till last.

Tryst Brockville Dark

Tryst Brockville Dark
75CAMRA's Champion Bottle Conditioned Beer of Scotland last year: a nicely balanced, fruity, ruby-coloured mild, with the only downside the slight astringency that puckers the mouth. Otherwise, good fre...

Vale Black Swan Dark Mild

Vale Black Swan Dark Mild
75A beer from rural Buckinghamshire that bottles very well for its modest strength. Lots of flavour for its ABV.

A very British dish
Few things are as well matched as beer and curry, but is it as simple as that? Sally Toms finds out

Wonderful wheat
Ben McFarland looks at wheat beers in all their forms, and how to pair them with different dishes.

Pale and Interesting
Our panel of experts give you their take on what to munch with pale ale.

The sweetest thing
This issue, our panel of experts look at how you can partner fruit beer with food.

Kolsch on the menu
Our panel of experts look at Kolschbier from Cologne, and what best to eat with it to pick out those delicate flavours.

California soul
Ben McFarland visits the beer hot spots of sunny San Diego

Walking the South Downs way
Daniel Neilson goes in search of rural England and some splendid ales on the south coast.

Drinking cerveja in the sun
Joe Strange goes beer hunting in Lisbon, which isn't as difficult as you might think.

Geordie gems
Jeff Pickthall explores the great city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, looking for the best beer hot spots in the North East.

Everything you need to know about cask conditioning
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of the cask in production

Going against the grain
If you're a coeliac or have a gluten intolerance, then you have to avoid cereals like wheat and barley. But what happens if you're a beer lover? Daniel Cooper reports.

Czech Republic: It's Czech, mate
The beers of the Czech Republic have long been revered but in recent years they have become widely available, too. Are they still as good? Ben McFarland reports

Mexico - One upon a time in Mexico
The Aztecs claim to have invented beer, and Mexico's modern brewing scene is thriving. Gary Monterosso reports

Australia - The brewers of Oz
For years we've been told that Australians wouldn't give a XXX

New Zealand's true brew (White Cliffs)
Julie Ihle visits White Cliffs, an organic brewer whipping up a storm Down Under.

Germany - Bier culture
Andy Neil reveals all about the beer styles and culture of one of the world's greatest brewing nations.

Japan: Big in Japan
Matthew Knott gets to grips with the beer scene in Japan.

East Anglia: Full of Eastern promise
East Anglia has emerged from the shadow of one large brewer and is producing some of Britain's most exciting beers. Andrew Burnyeat reports

South West: Beer booming in Hardy country
The South West of England is associated with cider production but it has a thriving brewery industry too. Adrian Tierney-Jones acts as tour guide

North West: Still very much a family affair
The North-West of England is still a healthy area for quality beer. Andrew Catchpole picks out the best buys

Hampshire, Kent and Sussex: In the garden of England
Andrew Catchpole looks at the brewers of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent

The pride of Yorkshire
Yorkshire is one of Britain's finest beer regions. We have extensively covered North Yorkshire in past issues. Here Barrie Pepper goes West and South

London calling
Andrew Catchpole looks at the beers and breweries of Greater London, Middlesex and Surrey

A light in the Black country (West Midlands)
England's West Midlands has long been a beer heartland, built on its industrial past. Roger Protz looks at what is on offer these days

Border brews (Cumbria and Northumberland)
Adrian Tierney-Jones discovers the beers of England's most northerly counties, Cumbria and Northumberland

Where the heart is (Central England)
Dominic Roskrow sees what's brewing in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire

Far from Middling (East Midlands)
Several regions of Britain could lay claim to be its most fertile beer producer. One of the least celebrated is the East Midlands. Dominic Roskrow grew up there

Putting the ales into Wales
Jeff Evans discovers the beers and breweries of Wales

Treasures of the north west
In this issue Dominic Roskrow looks at the family brewers of Manchester as well as Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside

Southern style
Dominic Roskrow gets to grips with the breweries of Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

UK Breweries
Breweries HAMPSHIRE Bowman Ales Ltd, Droxford Tel: +44 (0)1489 878 110 Choice beer: Wallops Wood 4% The Crondall Brewing Co, Crondall Tel: +44 (0)1252 319 000 www.crondallbrewery.c...

Treasures of the North East
There's a lot of very good beer produced between Berwick upon Tweed and Middlesbrough, writes Alastair Gilmour.

Breweries ADNAMS, Southwold, Suffolk +44 (0)1502 727 200 CHOICE BEER: Broadside 6.3% BARTRAMS BREWERY, Rougham, Suffolk +44 (0)7790 596 539 CHOICE BEER: Jest...

Northern exposure
Prosaic images of England's north west – rain, flat caps, black pudding, Vimto, hot-pot, meat-and-potato pies – are easy to bring to mind but are evidence of lazy thinking. Exploration of the nort...

The beers of Eire
Iorwerth Griffiths explains that there's more to Ireland than stout.

God's own country
It covers 6,000 square miles, but does its beer measure up? Alastair Gilmour sets off for Yorkshire.

The Badger set
Dorset brewer Hall & Woodhouse uses the most advanced retailing and marketing techniques to stay competitive. But it hasn't forgotten its roots either. Dominic Roskrow reports

Brewing in the bard's back yard
BREWHOUSE Walsall New kid on the block. Beers only started appearing in May 2008 Tel: +44 (0)759 192 3370 DANIEL BATHAM & SON Dudley Bathams was established in 1882 when D...

Norfolk's big hitter
Norfolk brewery Woodforde's is a long-surviving and much-respected boutique brewery now selling nearly four million pints a year. Dominic Roskrow looks at what has made it so successful.

Beer Styles and Definitions
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World Beer Awards 2011
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