We haven’t hosted the monthly beer blogging Session since 2008 and, noticing that there was still a vacancy for 6 June with only weeks to go, decided it was time for another go.
The topic we’ve chosen is traditional beer mixes.
In his 1976 book Beer and Skittles early beer writer Richard Boston lists several:
- Lightplater – bitter and light ale.
- Mother-in-law — old and bitter.
- Granny — old and mild.
- Boilermaker — brown and mild.
- Blacksmith –stout and barley wine.
- Half-and-half – bitter and stout, or bitter and mild.
We’d like you to drink one or more from that list and write about it on Friday 6 June… and that’s it.
We’re deliberately aiming for something broad and accessible, but there is one rule — no ‘beer cocktails’! It’s been done, for starters. So, mix two beers, not four; and steer clear of syrups, spirits, flavourings and crushed ice.
If you need further inspiration…
- Try ordering them in a pub — do bar staff still know the ropes?
- Use your own sources to find a traditional mix not on Boston’s list, e.g. Ram’n’Spesh in Young’s London pubs.
- Make the same mix with several different beers — are there rules for the optimal Granny?
- Experiment — Blacksmith IPA with black IPA, anyone?
And here’s more food for thought, from T.E.B. Clarke’s What’s Yours? (1938):
If, as usually occurs, you have found bitter too bitter and mild too sweet (as well as too uneconomic), you might well resort to “mild and bitter”…. Should you have discovered that you like Burton, or “old”, except for its slightly metallic flavour — another verdict common among beginners — make “B.B.” your next order.
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More inspiration from Twitter, some people have suggested beer mixes that have worked for them in the past:
- Matthew Curtis — “Mikkeller beer geek breakfast with Odell IPA has been my greatest success.”
- Ghost Drinker — “mix a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout with a Mort Subite Kriek…”.
- Martyn Griffin — “Oakham Citra and Sarah Hughes Ruby (or a clone I HB’d) is an absolute winner.”
- Al ‘Hopsinjoor’ — “The aforementioned Hardcore and Paradox… [Brewdog] Hardcore and Riptide (a RipCore if you will- thanks to @BeerBitchBecca) [Magic Rock] Unhuman & [Buxton] Tsar Bomba, [Magic Rock Cannonball & Bearded Lady… [Summer Wine] Diablo & (again) Bearded Lady, all good mixes. [Buxton] Axe Edge & any good stout!”
- Alan McLeod had some success with a 50/50 mix of Orval “as sort of a brett concentrate” with a ‘farmhouse cream ale’.
- Rowan Molyneux — “Best mix I’ve found: 1/2 Hardcore IPA with 1/3 Paradox Heaven Hill (both BrewDog). Not tried with low ABVs yet…”