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16-05-2010, 07:36
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I had been getting all complacent. Thinking that writers were fiinally waking up to the nonsense that's been peddled abour beer history. Then my copy of "Beer" arrived yesterday.

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"Originally, in the 18th century, milds were a welcome and refreshing alternative to the more intense, darker beers usually offered to the urban workforce. Milds also contained unfermented sugar, which provided a useful source of calories to exhausted factory workers. They were certainly not weak beers: six or seven per cent ABV was common, but around the time of World War II, brewers were producing less potent styles, probably as a cost-cutting measure, ignoring the rule that milds should be light in flavour, not alcohol."
"Beer" summer 2010, pages 19 and 20.
It's enough to make a grown man cry. There's the odd bit that's almost right. But not much. Charmingly fact-free, you could call it.

If it weren't in a supposedly serious beer publication, it would be easy to laugh off. But it isn't. It's in CAMRA's magazine. Mild is the topic of the article, but the author couldn't even get the history vaguely right. My work is clearly not yet done.

Maybe I should send the author a copy of "Mild!".https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5445569787371915337-44745314648192683?l=barclayperkins.blogspot.com

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