Mild Ale - David Sutula
Once a designation for an entire class of beer, mild ale now refers to a beer style some describe as the "elixir of life for the salt of the earth." Mild is a beer that can be at once light or dark, very low or very high in alcohol, and either rich in dark malt flavour or light and crisp with a touch of hop flavour or aroma. The recipes included offer a wide range of interpretations for a style that has unparalleled flexibility.
From the Author
Mild Ale is the style from which all other styles sprang.
Mild ale is today on the brink of extinction. it is at the same crossroads that Porter, it's stronger little brother was at in the mid 1970s. Every week another mild ale brand is discontinued and mild ale looses market share to bitter and lager. It would be a shame if Mild Ale did not enjoy some success in the revivalist brewing movement that has saved other once obscure styles like Porter and Stout. In my book, you will learn a little about the history of mild - which is inextricably entagled with the histories of Porter, Stout, Pale Ale and every other British Style of Beer. The Story of Mild Ale is the story of British Beer. The book is a good primer on the uniquely british brewing methods common to most styles of beer while looking at those methods from a mild point of view.
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