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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Champion Beer of Britain ... Another Mild

I'm a bit slow getting to this, but apropos of Mighty Mites, I should point out that once again a mild was crowned the Champion Beer of Britain.
After a year of local tasting panels and regional heats leading up to the finals, CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is today proud to announce that Mighty Oak brewery's Oscar Wilde has been crowned the 'Best Beer' in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court, London.

Oscar Wilde, which has an ABV of 3.7%, is described in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2011 as a 'roasty dark mild with suggestions of forest fruits and dark chocolate. A sweet taste yields to a more bitter finish'.
That makes three of the past five years. The intervening years were won by bitters. None of the past five winners was north of 4% and in fact, you have to go back to 2004 to find a beer that exceeded 5%.

I'm not going to make the argument that American hopheads are about to start falling down for three-and-a-half percent 15 IBU milds. But it goes to show that serious beer fans can be serious about something other than double IPAs. Bully for them.



  1. Though, to be fair, when you start with a definition of what real ale is and then lace it with expectations that the best "should" be in a certain range of strength and style it is pretty likely that you are going to find your winner where you expect to find it.

    A Good Beer Blog

  2. I'm not sure that's an accurate criticism, Alan. They have categories for stronger beers, and one of them won a medal.

    What's immediately obvious is that even the "Stronger" beers are a fraction as strong as our outrageously high abv in NA "craft brew."

    The other day I was complaining that saisons, like the allagash one whose name I've forgotten, were far too high abv. I pointed out that there's no way a 'farmhouse ale' meant for everyday drinking would be anywhere close to 8%, it would be like 3-4. Tops. His response? "Well, I wouldn't pay for that..."