The featured beer painting of the day is of Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewing Co. Okay, so I’ve been to Minnesota, but my parents are members of a Lutheran Church, so I have heard my share of, “Bring a hot dish,” and “You betcha.” While I was sharing this IPA with Erin, the person who brought it from Minnesota, and who also happens to be from there, she informed me that the Hop Dish is making reference to the potluck favorite — the hot dish, which happens to be a staple of Minnesota culture. “Will you bring that hot dish you normally make?” — “You betcha!”
The Lift Bridge Brewery is located in Stillwater, Minnesota. Serendipitously, today is Lift Bridge’s 6th anniversary! I did not intentionally plan to feature this beer on the day of the anniversary, in fact, I didn’t know about the anniversary until I started doing research for today’s blog entry. What an unlikely coincidence! So, happy anniversary!
This IPA was very good. Like a true hot dish, the Hop Dish is a blend of critical ingredients. Made from seven varieties of hops, this beer will satisfy the snobbiest of hop heads. Rich and floral, this beer has a solid malt backbone with lots of hop aroma, just like an IPA should be.
Good job Lift Bridge! Your beer is as tasty as my mother’s cookin’! I hope you keep up the great work and continue on for six more generations, at least!