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Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Mike Scott -

Mild is an excellent ale style. The Pudsey Beer Festival in Leeds, UK always promotes mild by offering a 'mild trail' whereby your seventh half is free. It's an excellent way of trying this once popular but now sadly declining beer type.

"Sadly declining", I say! The five milds that I tried were very diverse and every one was excellent.

Keep up the good work! :-)

Alan -

More information about milds here at CAMRA.

Stonch -

This is great news. I will let the folks at CAMRA know we are doing this.

Alan -

Excellent plan.

Knut Albert -

I had plans to be more active in the Session. But there is no mild to be had here in this country. So, I'll sadly have to pass.
On the other hand I have plans of visiting a brew pub in Cyprus on Sunday. Which isn't half bad, either. Want a report, Alan?

Alan -

A review for a Maltese brew pub would be great. I am having mild issues myself. If I do not get to the states and a good beer shop, I may have to review my own homebrew.

Stonch -

Surely we can classify certain bottled brown ales as milds? I believe it was often the practice of English brewers to sell bottles as brown ale, were the same ale, if served on draught, would have been labelled "mild".

Also, an article about homebrewing a mild would be just as interesting (possibly more interesting) than the review of a commercial product. After all, we're trying to raise awareness of the style and its origins, and by talking about how you brewed one, that purpose is certainly served.

Indeed, would it be great if every month someone came up with an article for The Session based on homebrewing the style in question?