Ides 49: Metros Mild

English Dark Mild 3.5%

As the days grow longer, warmer & sunnier, it’s hard not to miss sports, whether that means watching a favourite pro team with a few thousand friends or getting under a pop-fly at your local diamond. Sports have been part & parcel  of the arrival of summer forever, so we thought we’d use this month’s Ides to tell another story about a forgotten Toronto team.

The Toronto Metros were the third in a string of unsuccessful professional soccer teams in Toronto. Joining the North American Soccer League in 1971, the Metros teetered on insolvency until 1975 before merging with amateur club Toronto-Croatia.

Metros players had their salaries paid for by their fans from the basement of a Toronto church, landed one of the world’s greatest players (Eusébio) & went on to win the 1976 NASL championship – the first major title won by a Canadian football club. Alas, from there, both the Metros and the entire NASL limped along for a few more years before folding at the end of the 1984 season.

To toast this forgotten football franchise we present this classic forgotten beer: an English Dark Mild. Perfect for a day on the pitch, this is a delicate, malt-forward session ale with subdued hop bitterness & refreshment to spare.

OG: 9.0
IBU: 20
SRM: 23
Carbonation: 2.3 Volumes (Medium-Low)
Malts: 2-Row, Munich II, Flaked Oats, Crystal Malt II, Brown Malt, Carafa Special III
Hops: Magnum, Bramling Cross
Yeast: English Ale
Appearance: Deep Amber, Tan Head
Aroma: Toasty malt, chocolate, coffee, fruity esters, currants
Taste: Sweet malt, coffee, light roasty, fruity yeast character
Mouthfeel: Round malt, creamy body, clean finish
Overall impression: An easy drinking but flavourful dark ale with fruity notes and a clean finish. Great session beer.

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