Apparently I wasn't the only one surprised by this, because as I was sitting near the bar eating lunch, I overheard one of the waitstaff talking to one of the cooks. The cook needed a pitcher of ESB for one of the recipes in the kitchen. "No más," said the bartender. "Not ever." Now, the stout and porter are not a huge loss, but the ESB -- especially fresh on tap or from the firkin -- was a satisfying, sessionable beer, and I'm sad to see it go. I understand the decision to axe the ESB sixers -- I almost never bought one myself -- but it's too bad it won't be offered at the pub.
Here is a summary of the Bridgeport reshuffle:
- ESB: gone
- Stout: gone
- Porter: replaced by Cafe Negro
- Ropewalk Brown Ale: gone
- Haymaker Extra Pale: no longer bottled; still on tap in the Pearl
If you know where to pick up some bottles of Bridgeport ESB, leave a comment. They didn't have any left at the pub, nor the Safeway across the street. I'd like to have a last taste.