Tue. Jul 23rd, 2024


Lift Bridge Brewery was at 1119 Lake Avenue, Ashtabula, OH 44004

I first found the products from this micro in the early 90s. I was quite impressed. Over the years I became less impressed. I was told by several pro-brewers in Ohio that they started out with a bang but the owner seemed to become somewhat disinterested and even vended out for a while. All of this I can’t verify. I never even had a chance to visit the tasting room. I hadn’t known they had closed when I tried in 1998 and… well, no matter how hard I banged on the door no one opened it. Gee, I wonder why.

The bottle I have before me is Left Bridge Brewing Company Extra Special Bitter. (It’s on its side because for some reason the software won’t store it flipped upright.) I know I had some of their other offerings. I seem to remember that the body was a little heavier than your typical ESB and the hops just a little higher. It was also a bit out of balance with the body commanding the hops a bit too much.

It was still well brewed and a pleasure to drink.

There is a Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater, Minnesota, but I have no idea if it’s related. I doubt it. I haven’t tried anything from that brewery.

By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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