From Riot Brewing in Chemainus on Vancouver Island comes their “Working Class Hero Dark Mild”. The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts and sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, nuts, caramel, chocolate, mild earth, sweetness and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% with an IBU of 14. You have to love a good mild ale that is full of flavour and this one is just that!
Andina Brewing Company in East Vancouver is well under way in their construction now and I was able to get a growler fill of their test batch of “Melcocha Andean Mild Ale”. This is the same beer that was served at the BC Beer Awards Recently. The beer pours a cloudy orange copper colour with an off white head. The aroma is of toffee, caramel and fruit. The flavour is of some bitterness up front, stone fruit, citrus rind, caramel and toffee. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 27. With the depth of flavour in this test batch mild ale you would never guess that it had an ABV below 5%!
From Real Cask Brewing in East Vancouver part of the Callister Brewing a co-operative brewery comes their “Figgy Puddin’ Mild”. The beer pours a cloudy copper/brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of figs, dark fruits, and sweet toffee. The flavour is of brown sugar, dark fruits, figgy pudding and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 3%. While not personally liking figgy pudding this beer is quite pleasing and well worth a pick up especially if you like a good figgy pudding.
From Ravens Brewing Company in Abbotsford comes their “English Dark Mild”. The beer pours a deep chestnut brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasty malts, chestnuts and earth. The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, nutty, earthy and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 20. I am very happy to see this style of beer pop up in British Columbia as the alcohol content comes in low but the flavour is high.
Commercial Description: Deep toffee and malt aromas, with hazelnut and dark roast undertones, our English Dark Mild is hardy yet sessionable. Delicate UK Fuggles hops add a hint of grassy earthiness, giving this brew a more traditional characteristic. With lunch or after work, the mild is a true everyday beer.
Food Pairing as Per the Brewery: Gouda, roasted pork, split pea soup, herb crusted lamb
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “Mild Ale”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, mild coffee and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of burnt coffee, roasted malts, earth, chocolate, caramel, citrus, herbal and grassy hops and a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 3.8% with an IBU of 32. I found it hard to believe that there was so much flavour to this beer with a sub 4% alcohol content. This is a great beer and I will be hunting down more bottles of it for sure!
Commercial Description: A traditional English Mild which came to the height of its popularity in the early 1900’s when this style accounted for the majority of the beer brewed in the U.K. Red Collar Mild is brewed with Kamloops water, Canadian malt, Ale yeast, Ahtanum and Mosaic hops. Unpasturized, unfiltered and naturally carbonated.