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Bristol Mild Month of May 2013 - Bigger and Better than Ever!
The Bristol & District branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) have been working with local pubs to offer an unprecedented coverage of mild during May. The Bristol and District Rare Ales Group (BADRAG), a sub group of CAMRA, has organised a range of events and mild trails to champion this unusual beer style.  

Local Breweries

Local mild Old Sodbury Mild produced by Cotswold Spring Brewery was recently named the Supreme Champion at an event organised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) - one to look out for during Mild Month of May.  Arbor Ales, a Bristol brewer and winner of the Bristol Beer Festival Locale Beer of the Festival are also producing Mild West, another one to look out for.

Organised Events

Mild Month activities actually started slightly early on Saturday 27th April, with an East Bristol Trail starting at the Old Stillage at Redfield.

People are welcome to join the further organised trails during the month of May which are as follows:

  • Saturday 11th May Bedminster and Harbourside - starts noon at the Robert Fitzharding (BS3 1BN) then on to the Hen and Chicken, Tobacco Factory, Orchard, Nova Scotia, Merchants Arms and Grain Barge

  • Thursday 16th May Kingsdown – starts 7pm at the Highbury Vaults (BS2 8DE) then on to the Robin Hood, Green Man and Hillgrove Porter Stores

  • Saturday 18th May South Gloucestershire – Coach departs from the Cornubia, Temple Street (BS1 6EN) at 11.30am. Visiting the Cross Hands, Globe, Rising Sun, New Inn, Grapes, Beaufort Arms, Salutation Inn & The Anchor (please note that booking a place on the coach is advised)

  • Saturday 25th May Clifton - starts 12 noon at the Portcullis (BS8 4LE) then on to the Hophouse, Lansdown, Victoria, Quinton House and Berkeley

Further details are available from the branch diary

DIY Mild Trails

During May real ale drinkers will be able to find mild in 25 pubs in Bristol city centre and outlying areas, so “DIY trails” to pubs stocking mild will be possible.  Alternatively devotees of mild or just those curious to try it would be very welcome to join one of the organised tours.
The following pubs (listed in postcode order starting from the centre of Bristol) will try and stock mild ales throughout the month of May, unless otherwise stated, so please support them:

Commercial Rooms, Broad Street, BS1 1HT.

Bank Tavern, John Street, Broadmead (BS1 2HR) probably all month; see

Gryphon, Colston Street, BS1 5AP.

Three Tuns, St George’s Road, Hotwells, BS1 5UR.

Bag O’Nails, St George’s Road, Hotwells, BS1 5UW.

Cornubia, Temple Street, BS1 6EN – stocking mild ales from available pumps.

Seven Stars, Thomas Lane, BS1 6JG – mild ales every week subject to pump availability.

Bridge Inn, Passage Street, BS2 0JF.

Highbury Vaults, St Michael’s Hill, Kingsdown, BS2 8DE – Thursdays and Fridays.

Green Man, Alfred Place, Kingsdown, BS2 8HD.

Hillgrove Porter Stores, Dove Street, Kingsdown, BS2 8LT.

Volunteer Tavern, New Street, St Judes, BS2 9DX – email to check availability.

Miners Arms, Milna Road, St Werburghs, BS2 9YQ.

Robert Fitzharding, Cannon Street, Bedminster, BS3 1BN.

Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, BS3 1TF – week ending 11th May.

The Victoria Park, Raymend Road (BS3 4QW) probably all month; see

Chelsea Inn, Chelsea Road, Easton, BS5 6AU.

Red Lion, Whitehall Road, Whitehall, BS5 9BP.

Lansdown, Clifton Road, Clifton, BS8 1AF.

Hope and Anchor, Jacobs Wells Road, Clifton, BS8 1DR.

Berkeley, Queen’s Road, Clifton, BS8 1QE.

Victoria, Southleigh Road, Clifton, BS8 2BH.

Hophouse, King’s Road, Clifton, BS8 4AB.

Portcullis, Wellington Terrace, Clifton BS8 4LE.

Kings Arms, High Street Kingswood (BS15 4AB) early in the month; see Pints West 97 page 22

Kingswood Colliers, High Street, Kingswood, BS15 8HP.

Rising Sun, Ryecroft Road, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2HN.

Salutation Inn, Ham Green, Ham, GL13 9QH.

Excuse me, but what is this mild stuff?

are black to dark brown to pale amber in colour and come in a variety of styles from warming roasty ales to light refreshing lunchtime thirst quenchers. Malty and possibly sweet tones dominate the flavour profile but there may be a light hop flavour or aroma. Slight diacetyl (toffee/butterscotch) flavours are not inappropriate. Alcohol levels are typically low. 

Pale milds tend to have a lighter, more fruity aroma with gentle hoppiness. 

Dark milds may have a light roast malt or caramel character in aroma and taste. 

Scottish cask beers may have mild characteristics with a dominance of sweetness, smooth body and light bitterness. 

Original gravity: less than 1043 
Typical alcohol by volume: less than 4.3% 
Final gravity 1004 - 1010 
Bitterness 14 - 28 EBU