Friday, 16 August 2013

North Sussex Branch of CAMRA Mild Day

In conjunction with the CAMRA Mild in May promotion, the North Sussex Branch Mild Day was this year, once again, held at the Swan, West Green, Crawley, on Saturday 11 May. Landlord Rob Brindley did everyone proud as he promoted eleven examples of this beer style at a festival covering the Thursday through to the Sunday. The Swan is an excellent two-bar community pub just a few minutes walk from Crawley railway station and town centre. It has LocAle accreditation and was the local branch 2012 Pub of the Year.

We were spoilt for choice with a mild menu from across the country, namely: Goacher’s Real Mild (3.4%, Kent); Tring Mansion Mild (3.7%, Herts.); Green Jack Albion Mild (3.8%, Suffolk); Pilgrim Moild (3.8%, Surrey); Ramsgate Gadds’ Old School Mild (4.0%, Kent); Lytham Twilight (4.0%, Lancs.); Nelson Dover Patrol (4.4%, Kent); Kissingate Gardenia Mild (4.5%, West Sussex); Nottingham Centurion ND (4.9%, Notts.); Milestone Sherwood Ruby Mild (5.6%, Notts.); and Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby (6.0%, West Mids.).

As we supped our mild ales we were treated to a entertaining and informative talk by Dave Roberts (pictured) of the Pilgrim Brewery, Reigate, Surrey, whose own (3.8%) Moild was represented at the festival. Dave, armed with a copy of The Brewer’s Art, and against a backdrop of blue, fluttering Milds in May pennants, took us through the history of mild ale in his own delightfully animated and inimitable style. In spite of the inclement weather, the day was a great success and very well attended. If you are a mild fan and have not previously attended the North Sussex Mild Day, do give it a try next year. You will not be disappointed.

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