Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Danny Boy


Daniel Thwaites has been brewing in Blackburn for 202 years. Their cask beers are starting to reappear more widely after a long (and most would say unsuccessful) love affair with nitrokeg. Now they are picking themselves up and getting over it. Good.

Though, as is common these days, it isn't actually called a mild, Thwaites have brewed a four per cent cask mild for May. I had some last night at the Bury Beer Festival Organising Meeting. Highwayman is rich, dark, chocolatey with decent roast malt and a creamy head. Most of us drank it.

Must have been all right then.

7 comments:

ChrisM said...

How does it compare with their regular cask mild, Nutty Black (nee, wait for it, 'Mild'!!)??

RedNev said...

As the 'M' word becomes increasingly taboo, perhaps the slogan should now be, "Make May Shadowy Dark Smoky Month."

Tandleman said...

Chris. It is fuller and stronger I'd say. I'd guess it's a different brew altgether

RedNev

"Make May the Beer formerly known as Mild Month?2

Ten Inch Wheeler said...

I'd drunk Taylor's Golden Best for half my life before I even realised it was a mild.

haddonsman said...

Far from being promoted in this CAMRA campaigning month, I'm find 'mild' is being marginalised - I've had a dozen milds in the last few weeks, none of which had the word 'mild' on the clip. Does mild as a style have too much baggage? Is the style itself too loose - a range of colours and strengths that leads to style confusion amongst beer drinkers?

Tandleman said...

Well I guess its the style that's important, not the name. I don't personally think the style is too loose as most do choose to interpret it in a single way.

Barm said...

I think there is far less variation within the 'mild' category than among the vast array of different beers that still call themselves 'bitter'.