Drink This Now: Citywide Special at the Sidecar

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It’s the pickleback that makes the Sidecar’s Citywide Special.

The Citywide or Special has become a Philadelphia tradition. The term is generally considered to have been coined on South Street at at Bob & Barbara’s and then the Tritone. At B&B’s, it lives on as a shot of Jim Beam and a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Over the years, we’ve begun to seen riffs on the Citywide. Mexican-themed bars offer a shot of Tequila and a Tecate. When Petruce et al was around, Tim Kweeder even put the “Balling Citywide” on his menu. That luxury version of the drink was a can of barleywine and a shot of Angel’s Envy for $25.

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The Beer Spear: A New Snack to Relish

Beer Spears by Brine Street Picklery

Beer Spears by Brine Street Picklery

Beer and pickles? Delicious. But beer pickles? A potential stroke of genius.

On Friday, June 3rd at Philly Beer Week’s Opening Tap, Yards Brewing Company and Brine Street Picklery will debut their newest collaboration: the Beer Spear.

“Everyone knows that beer and pickles pair well,” says Gina Vasoli, Yards’ Art and Marketing Manager. “What we’ve done is eliminate the annoying extra step of having to chew a pickle then take a sip of beer.”

The Beer Spears mix Yards IPA, rosemary and chili de árbol, to create a spear that strays far from the typical dill or garlic. P. J. Hopkins, the Head Pickler at Brine Street Picklery, says the “floral, hoppy flavors” really stand out.

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Love Pickles? Meet Brine Street Picklery, Philly’s Newest Pickler

Photo by Jillian Guyette

Photo by Jillian Guyette

If you’re a bit of a pickle addict like me — yes, I do stand in front of an open refrigerator door and eat them straight from the jar, thankyouverymuch — you’re about to get very excited about Brine Street Picklery, a just-launched local business helmed by five friends who are just as pickle obsessed as you are.

“It all started with green beans,” says Brine Street cofounder Kristen McManus, who lives in Fitler Square.

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