Y Giler Arms Hotel in Rhydlydan near Pentrefoelas has been named Mild Pub of the Year 2011 by the Abercolwyn branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
When people think about Real Ale they tend to think of Bitter but there are many other beer styles such as stout, porter and barley wine. The often forgotten real ale is Mild. Therefore, every May CAMRA promotes this beer in what they term ‘Mild in May Month’.
The Abercolwyn branch of CAMRA (which covers the county of Conwy) celebrates this often maligned beer style by crowning a Mild Pub of the Year, a pub which has done its best to promote mild and, more importantly, sell the best pint of the beer.
Y Giler Arms Hotel is a Bathams pub and so naturally they sell Bathams Mild Ale which is a dark 3.5% beer hailing from the West Midlands, arguably the home of mild.
Marc and Heather Thorn have been at the Giler for 19 months and were extremely excited to receive their first CAMRA award. Marc said that mild was very popular at the pub and the good sales helped to keep the beer in such good condition.
Ian Saunders, CAMRA Chairman praised Marc and Heather for their good work and declared that their mild was the best in the County.