Good morning to you all, how are you all keeping through lockdown 3! It honestly feels a very long time since I last went to a pub for a pint of beer, I have to admit I am missing going out for a beer and a bite to eat, let’s hope it won’t be too long until we reach some sort of normality.

In my previous posts from last week, I focused on two outstanding beers which are brewed by Burton Town Brewery, the second youngest microbrewery based in Burton Upon Trent, the beers featured were Modwena Oatmeal Stout and Albion Pale Ale.

I briefly mentioned how Modwena Oatmeal Stout, is a luxurious stout which is packed full of chocolate and the recipe uses some of the finest oats to deliver that malty oat texture.

Furthermore, I insisted that the Albion Pale Ale is a marvellous beer that makes you feel that spring is on the horizon, the beer was completely sweet and full of tropical fruit flavours, especially citrus!

Anyway, I’ve taken the decision for this week alone, I will be focusing on two more beers from Burton Upon Trent and then I’ll be moving on to a different county, or maybe a new country!

In Today’s post, I am bringing you this fantastic review on a superb beer called, Bridge Bitter (4.2% ABV) which is proudly brewed by Burton Bridge Brewery!

History

Burton Bridge Brewery takes its name from the Burton Bridge (A511) which is a historical structured bridge that connects Staffordshire to South Derbyshire, majority of people who live in Burton Upon Trent will call this bridge the old bridge.

The current bridge which stands today dates back to 1864 and was formally used as a tram line which transported people from Burton Upon Trent to South Derbyshire, the bridge was also used to transport beer between both counties.

Burton Bridge Brewery has such valuable history to Burton Upon Trent, as you look at the building from the front, it’s a unique and classic British pub which stocks all beers brewed by Burton Bridge. Originally, the pub was known as Fox and Goose Inn, but after so many years the name was changed to Burton Bridge Brewery, however, the pub sign which is located on the front of the pub still shows the former name and inside the pub, you’ll be able to find some amazing pictures of what the pub formally looked like.

To the rear of the building is where the magic happens, this is main-site for the brewery, although if you are looking at the building from a distance it may look small, but if you get right close up to the building, you’ll witness and see how massive the site is.

Burton Bridge Brewery has such a fantastic range of cask ales/bottled beers and many people will know that Bridge Bitter is the most popular, it’s one of the many locals favourites!

Bridge Bitter has been listed as the flagship beer for the brewery and it’s been said that majority of the sales from the brewery is from this classical best bitter.

Bridge Bitter is widely available in many pubs around Burton, out of all the pubs I’ve been into, there is always a beer on tap that’s from Burton Bridge Brewery, it certainly shows the brewery is one of the top dogs out of the whole of Burton’s Brewing Industry.

Bridge Bitter is such a historic beer, the beer has been produced to the same recipe for over thirty years, it’s a true classic and I can’t wait to tell you all what I thought of it in my review section of this post.

Tasting Notes

A classic and traditional Burton Bitter which has a sensational hoppy aroma, this then leads to a lingering dry bitter finish which is completely balanced with the malty texture.

Review

I’ve tried so many sweet beers over the past couple of weeks now and it just made me think I really wanted to try something different, a beer which contains slightly more powerful flavours, I’ve only tried Bridge Bitter once and that was when I turned eighteen, I didn’t really understand my palate back then, so I wasn’t to sure if I enjoyed the beer or not.

Now though, if I am presented with a glass of beer or whisky, most of the time I understand the flavours and how my palate reacts to each drink.

I managed to find Burton Bridge Bitter available from Brews Of The World, the beer though is only available in cask ale form and there have been no intensions of Burton Bridge Brewery producing this beer in bottles for the years to come.

Next, I decided to purchase one pint worth of Bridge Bitter from Brews Of The World, the beer is available for takeout and is retailed at £2.50 per pint which I personally think is an astonishing price for a pint of beer, especially if the quality of the beer is excellent!

On Monday evening, I decided to try out my pint of Bridge Bitter, I was really looking forward to sampling it, as soon as I screwed the cap of the container, the malty aromas smelt absolutely wonderful, it wasn’t just the malt, the hops which were used also delivered some fascinating aromas.

Wow, what a beer!

In my own honest opinion, at first, the beer tasted quite sweet and fruity, but there was an enormous amount of bitterness combined with the sweetness, throughout the sample, the taste changes it becomes slightly spicy and the overall aftertaste is dry, which in my mind makes this beer absolutely remarkable.

This beer was so enjoyable, I loved the combination of flavours which were delivered, everything was delicately matched and it’s certainly a beer which is going to be around for many years to come.

Finally, I just want to say how much I recommend this beer to you all, I mean if you are interested in your best bitters, then I can guarantee you that Burton Bridge Bitter is the beer to go for!

I really hope you’ve all enjoyed this post and I hope this post has potentially persuaded you to try this beer in the future.

If you have any questions on this particular beer or the brewery itself, then please do post them in the comments and I’ll answer them as best as I can.

I wish you all a fantasic week and I shall look forward to seeing you all at the weekend!

Stay Safe

Cheers

The Cask Connoisseur 

This is a collaborative post with Brews Of The World, all beer review posts are subject to my own honest opinion. 

13 Comments on “Bridge Bitter – 4.2% ABV”

  1. I never heard of this brewery and really liked that you added a bit of history behind! It sounds like a beer to try with a mix of sweet and bitter flavour notes! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. Love that you decided it was time to try something totally different. Sweet beers have their experiences and more bitter beers offer another; love that this one was still good to the tongue. 🙂

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