Milds & Brown Ales - Milds were one of the most popular style beers in Britain up until the 1950’s. This ale was associated with industrial workers such as miners, steelworkers, farmers and foundry workers. The name Mild, referring to mild in alcohol, was considered a welcome change being both refreshing and also nourishing. After a full day’s work the workers could drink without the drinker feeling worse for wear. Despite this, historically milds have tended to be much stronger than they are today. Brown ales have a malty character but on the whole are they are mellow and sweeter on the palate. Strengths range from 3% to 3.5% ABV for a standard mild and southern brown ales, but higher for strong milds and northern brown ales.