I was excited when I spotted it. As it's clearly another Mild. But what on earth could the EL stand for? My first guess was Extra Light Mild. Then I noticed the colour. It's darker than the standard Boddie's Mild. Funnily enough, it was Kristen who came up with what I believe may be the right answer: East Lancashire Mild.
As soon as he mentioned it, my brain started ticking away. I was sure I could remember a Mild that was specially brewed for Blackpool. This is another of the times I've been grateful for my obsessive nature. Obsessive about collecting beer details. That's why I went through half a dozen editions of the Good Beer Guide ripping out beer gravities. It's proved dead handy. I quick search in my spreadsheet and the answer was spat out: Blackpool Best Mild from Bass's Tadcaster brewery. Brew Ten with added caramel. Sounds lovely.
Why Boddie's should suddenly start brewing this beer, I've no idea. Unless, of course, they'd been brewing it for a long time and then phased it out. Could be that, too. All I know is that it doesn't crop up often in the brewing records.
On that vague note, let's go to Kristen . . . . . .
Notes: See the Oldham mild (2012.5.9) and Boddies mild (2012.5.16) for notes. Same for all these babies.