For many years now CAMRA have been running a “Mild May” campaign to raise awareness of this classic, and once almost extinct, British beer style. Coming from the West Midlands as I do, a bastion of mild ale drinking, it’s always been one of my favorite beer styles and I spent many happy hours of my student life and beyond in the Nursery Tavern, a stones throw from my flat in Coventry supping pints of mild and playing darts.
I hope that you are already aware that we have traditional English open fermenting vessels here in our subterranean world. There’s no denying that open fermentation is a risky business. The possibilities for contamination are great but obviously we do everything in our power to minimize them. The rewards are greater than the risks in my opinion.
We’ve got some some celebrating to do people … I hope you’re up for it! First off there’s the matter of my birthday this coming Sunday. Turns out that the Ravens have rather selfishly managed to get into the post season and have the small matter of the playoff game with New England to deal with on that day…apparently that “top trumps” my turning 48.
Ah, “If You Want Blood”, AC/DC’s seminal live album, was a mainstay on my turntable along with the likes of Judas Priest’s “Killing Machine” and Kiss’ Alive II when I started seriously getting into heavy rock in 1978. The first live show that I went to was AC/DC at Stafford Bingley Hall on the Highway To Hell tour, November 8th 1979 (with the then teenage Def Leppard as support).