Blending beers

Andy Hamilton

Brewer, forager, broadcaster, spaceman occasional liar

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  1. Ian Allsop says:

    When I was at college in Lancashire in the eighties, it was a common thing to go into a pub and ask for a pint of “Mixed”. Which was half a bitter and half a mild.

    • Andy Hamilton says:

      Thanks for that Ian. I’ve looked up a bit about a pint of “mixed” and think I might update the post. Thanks very much for posting, always good to learn something new. Incidently, I’m a big fan of a pint of Mild and am glad to see that they are making something of a comeback. Any favourites that I should be trying? Down here Arbor do a half decent mild called Mild, Mild west.

  2. @acesabe says:

    Another classic blend that I remember from working in construction in London in the late ’80’s is ‘light and bitter’ which appears to be historically popular. As it’s name suggests, it’s half a pint of draught bitter topped up with bottle of light ale. Nothing to rave about as far as I remember, but I guess it could temper an over bitter pint and further lower it’s already low alcohol level..

    Another ‘blend’ ?still popular today? is snakebite, but let’s not go there!

    • Andy Hamilton says:

      You’ve just reminded me of a mispent evening drinking “k” cider and Special Brew as a teenager. When I woke up and said never again, I stuck to it on that one!

  3. Rob Fellows says:

    When I was around the Midlands in the 1970s a pint of mixed was half bitter half mild. I don’t remember brown ale being involved perhaps that was very localised or before the 70s.

  4. Ian Allsop says:

    It occurs to me also, that after leaving Lancs in the eighties, and heading back to London, there was also a demand for Light and Bitter, being half a bitter and a bottle of light ale.
    And drinkers of Youngs beers would also ask for a Ram and Special.
    So perhaps blended beers haven’t disappeared totally.

    • Andy Hamilton says:

      … and I’m sure they are about due a revival! I wonder what you’d get if you asked for a Ram and Special today; a funny look I imagine. Thanks for the comment Ian.

  5. Andy Hamilton says:

    Will do and you save me the vintage Champagne!

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