Stout or Mild Ale from Cragg Vale

A beer for the Tour ‘d’Yorkshire one of many on the route, try Ginger Pale Ale at 4%
At 4.8% abv this Little Valley stout will make you stout if you don’t watchout. It is too late for me but I dream of one day inventing a slimming beer but not too soon eh?
‘Rich black stout containing chocolate malt mixed with oats and wheat. Stoodley Stout has a rich and creamy roasted flavour with aromas of orange, citrus and berry’ says the advertising puff from Little Valley Brewery in Cragg Vale Hebden Bridge. Well my last pint was a good taste and I didn’t get much of the promised yeasty sediment (what there was went in my slug traps so they drown happy).
Little Valley is one of the new micro breweries and there is not much spit and sawdust about in fact all the beers are that modern ‘Organic type’.

What is Stout

‘Stout is a specialist variety of ‘Porter’ named after the porters who worked on London’s docks, who favoured the drink over other ales – a dark beer made from dried malt, roasted unmalted barley, hops and soft water. It is characterised by a smooth consistency with a creamy head’ according to the beer expert. It is an Ale i.e. made with top fermenting yeast.
Milk stout is a stout containing lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Because lactose is unfermentable by beer yeast, it adds sweetness, body, and calories to the finished beer. Jubilee Stout from Sheffield brewers Carter Milner & Bird, originally brewed for the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935. Popular with my wife it eventually became a national brew in the Bass Charrington empire.

What is Mild

Milds are black to dark brown to pale amber in colour and come in a variety of styles from warming roasty ales to light refreshing lunchtime thirst quencher or session ales. Malty and possibly sweet tones dominate the flavour profile but there may be a light hop flavour or aroma. Alcohol levels are typically low and pale milds tend to have a lighter, more fruity aroma with gentle hoppiness whilst dark milds may have a light roast malt or caramel character in aroma.

Yorkshire Brewed Milds forĀ  May 9th 2009 which will be National Mild Day . So why not give it another try from one or severalĀ  Yorkshire Breweries on this Camra list of milds:
Atlas Mill Mild
Briscoe’s Dalebottom Dark
Brown Cow Captain Oates Dark Oat Mild
Carlsberg (Thwaites) Ansells Mild
Carlsberg UK Tetley’s Dark Mild
Carlsberg UK Tetley’s Mild
Concertina Old Dark Attic
Cropton Balmy Mild
Crown Middlewood Mild
Eastwood & Sanders First Light
Fernandes Malt Shovel Mild
Golcar Dark Mild
Little Valley Midgley Mild
Mallinsons Emley Moor Mild
Marston Moor Matchlock Mild
McGivern Matthew’s Mild
Naylor’s Pinnacle
Oakwell Old Tom Mild
Old Mill Mild
Riverhead Sparth Mild
Rudgate Ruby Mild
Ryburn Best Mild
Theakston Traditional Mild
Tigertops Dark Wheat Mild
Timothy Taylor Dark Mild
Timothy Taylor Golden Best
Wensleydale Lidstone’s Rowley Mild
Whalebone Diana Mild

You haven’t been drinking too much if you think you are seeing double in the picture.

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