There have been many famous rock musicians called Peter: Peter Gabriel, Pete Townsend, Peter Green (founder of Fleetwood Mac) and Peter Tosh (The Wailers). My favourite Peter is Peter Frampton who in 1976 released one of the best live albums ever, Frampton Comes Alive, which got to No 6 in the UK charts and No 1 in the USA. I never tire of listening to this great record which really captures the live atmosphere of a rock concert.
I’ve decided to pair this with a St Peter’s Mild. St Peter’s pours a dark brown colour with a roasted malt aroma and a wonderful caramel and chocolate flavour. Milds are traditionally fairly low in alcohol but the big caramel flavours ensure that it has plenty of body. It’s slightly sweet but this is a normal characteristic of Mild ales.
If you find stouts/porters a bit too bitter and are tired of heavily hopped Pale Ales then do give Mild a try. It is completely different from other beer styles but not in a quirky way. Mild is a beer to sip slowly and appreciate the big malty caramel and chocolate flavours. This is an ideal beer to have with a traditional English meal such as sausages with onion gravy and mash.
The craft beer revival has re-introduced many old styles of beer to the market. We now drink Porters, Sour beers and barrel aged beers that have not been popular since Victorian times. However, one old style beer which awaits rediscovery is Mild. Up until the 1960’s it was one of the most popular types of beer sold in pubs but was eclipsed by bitter and lager. Mild is still popular in the West Midlands but is very hard to find anywhere else in the UK, either on draught or bottle.
I think the problem is with the name rather than the drink. Mild, when referring to the beer originally meant a younger beer as opposed to matured beers such as porters. Mild was also used as a term to differentiate it from its hoppier rival, Bitter. Today the term mild is used to describe foods that have little discernible taste such as mild cheddar cheese. No one wants to drink a dark craft beer which might be perceived as being bland. Mild in fact is a very flavoursome beer which is very malt forward with little hop taste.
St Peter’s Brewery was founded in 1996 and is based near Bungay, Suffolk. Most of the production is dedicated to keg and bottled beers but is now expanding its cask range. St Peter’s beers are easy to find in supermarkets and bottle shops thanks to their distinctive flask shaped bottles which are based on a 18th Century design. They brew a good range including: Christmas Ale, Stout, Porter, IPA, Ruby and gluten free beers.
Cook yourself a nice plateful of English sausages, pour a big glass of St Peter’s Mild and sign along with Peter to, ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’. This video (above) from 1977 features a 24 minute version of the song including the famous Talk Box vocals.