50 things you must drink in Philadelphia

...and what to eat with them

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At Emmanuelle, chief bartenders Christian Gaal (pictured) and Phoebe Esmon mix serious seasonal cocktails named for pop-culture esoterica. (Photo by Felicia Perretti)

Reader response to PW's "50 things you must eat in Philly" last fall was so overwhelmingly positive that we knew what this year's special food & drink showcase would have to be. So without further ado, here's our liquid checklist of the 50 cocktails, beers, wines and nonalcoholic beverages you really ought to taste while they're still on city menus. (And speaking of tasting: You won't want to miss next week's big PW Taste of Philly sampling party, featuring a diverse spread of fantastic bites, beers, cocktails and more!)

(*And coffee drinkers, don't despair — your day is coming soon!)

The Honey, I’m Home at Twenty Manning Grill
261 S. 20th St. 215.731.0900. twentymanning.com
Why it’s great: Tucked away mere steps from Rittenhouse Square, Jillian Encarnacion’s been quietly running one of the best cocktail programs in Center City. She tries odd combos and riffs on classics, and this new guy’s ($12) real nice: Bulleit Rye, cold brew coffee, Combier, St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram and Dolin Rouge. There’s a little kick, and the orange flavor ties everything together quite nicely.
What to eat with it: Twenty Manning’s got a good snack game, and the darkness of the drink makes rich-and-savory sing; try it with their buttery escargot ($12) or simple and delicious pot-stickers ($9).

The Zouave at Emmanuelle
1052 N. Hancock St. #67. 267.639.2470. drinkemmanuelle.com
Why it’s great: It takes chutzpah to offer up a cocktail composed of rose and cucumber gin, a savory beet soda, ginger syrup and lemon—and serious talent to make it sing the way this one does ($12).
What to eat with it: Spend a civilized few hours in NoLibs sipping on the fruits of Christian Gaal and Phoebe Esmon’s mixological labors, and then absorb it all by throwing down a few burgers from nearby PYT.

Russian River beers at The Industry
1401 E. Moyamensing Ave. 215.271.9500. theindustrybar.com
Why it’s great: Fans of Russian River’s brews are as passionate as they come—and justifiably so. The Industry features not just one but four of them, all in 12.7-ounce bottles: the Supplication ($22), the Salvation ($18), the Consecration ($27) and the Damnation ($12).
What to eat with it: The menu here is packed with exactly the sort of items you crave when drinking great beer: wings with General Tso’s sauce ($12), duck confit beignets ($10) and more.

Mencia at Fitler Dining Room
2201 Spruce St. 215.732.3331. fitlerdiningroom.com
Why it’s great: Spain’s most famous wines are justifiably beloved, but there is a mind-bogglingly huge range of other examples from this great grape country worth learning about. Mencia is one of them, a standout that’s wonderful on its own and incredibly versatile at the table. Luna Beberide Mencia 2011 from Bierzo, Spain ($60 per bottle) is a must-try.
What to eat with it: The beauty of Mencia is that it pairs brilliantly with a range of foods, but alongside the gloriously pig-tacular “Ozark Mountain Pork” dish ($27), with belly, shoulder, sau-sage, pistou and beans, it’s stunning.

The Clasico hot chocolate at Sazon
941 Spring Garden St. 215.763.2500. sazonphilly.com
Why it’s great: The things Robert Campbell does to cacao beans to turn them into the most life-altering hot chocolate you’ve ever had cannot be described briefly. Go. There are a number of exotic variations on the menu, but you’ll want to start with the Clasico ($7.50) so your mind is merely blown rather than outright demolished.
What to eat with it: Sample chef Judith Suzarra-Campbell’s home-style Venezuelan cuisine with the appetizer platter of arepas, empanada and tequeños ($9.50).

The Voodoo Dreams at Zahav
237 St. James Place. 215.625.8800. zahavrestaurant.com
Why it’s great: Bringing together Fernet Branca, ginger root and lime results in a layered dream of a drink that confounds expectations and rewards your adventurousness ($10).
What to eat with it: Chef Michael Solomonov helms one of the finest kitchens in the city, cooking up food as complex and interesting as anywhere. Gorge yourself on as much of the menu as you can, and wash it all down with this perfect meal-ender (prices vary).

Victory Storm King at Royal Tavern
937 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.389.6694. royaltavern.com
Why it’s great: A locally brewed beer, its inky black flavor attacks rich with notes of chocolate, tobacco, licorice and charred toffee before dosing you with pungent American hops.
What to eat with it: Storm King’s richness will complement the pan-fried gnocchi ($15) or serve as a sparring partner for the duck confit potato skins ($12), but for a twist on tradition, try it with the mussels ($11).

The Wildfire at a.bar
135 S. 18th St. 215.825.7030. akitchenphilly.com
Why it’s great: If you’ve never had a pisco sour, you’re missing out. The (typically) Peruvian spirit, essentially a grape brandy, is worked into the mix of absinthe, Paychaud’s and Angostura, sugar and pisco. This one’s ($15) more like a sour wrapped in a sidecar—but it’s smooth as silk.
What to eat with it: You should probably hit up their oyster happy hour, which is just plain nuts. Every oyster is $1.50 every day (yes, including weekends) from 3pm to 6pm.

Jarritos Tamarindo at Taqueria La Veracruzana
908 Washington Ave. 215.465.1440.
Why it’s great: Man cannot live on American soda alone, nor should he try. Jarritos, one of the great producers of Mexican soda, is responsible for a number of fantastic fruit-flavored bottlings, including the sweet and gently tangy tamarind-flavored one ($1.75).
What to eat with it: One of the greatest food-and-beverage matches you can treat yourself to is a glass of Jarritos Tamarindo and an order of tacos al pastor: The pineapple matches up with the sweetness of the soda, and the fat of the pork softens up the carbonation (3 for $6).

The Island Lady at American Sardine Bar
1800 Federal St. 215.334.2337. americansardinebar.com
Why it’s great: Beer and liquor work wonders together, not just one after the other, and this one’s a humdinger. Cisco Grey Lady’s a witbier with big chamomile tea flavors in it; add some lemon juice, honey simple syrup and Myer’s rum, and you’ve got yourself one of the finest beer cocktails ($9) in all of South Philly.
What to eat with it: ASB’s sweet bologna sliders ($3) are delicious, and they sell out fast. Starring sweet Labanon bologna, pickles, fried tomato, American cheese, mustard and a warm Martin’s potato roll, it’s three bills well spent.

The Queen Bitch at the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
112 S. 18th St. 267.467.3277. franklinbar.com
Why it’s great: Like the Franklin itself, this cocktail is classy and refined without being terribly pompous: Guyanese rum, Cocchi Americano, genever, blanc vermouth and absinthe, served up tiny with an orange peel garnish. Sip it over conversation; even if it rotates off the menu, the talented staff will make it anyway.

Pineau d’Aunis at Vedge
1221 Locust St. 215.320.7500. vedgerestaurant.com
Why it’s great: The red wines of the Loire Valley are some of the finest, not just in France but on the planet. And Pineau d’Aunis ($13), a grape unfamiliar to most people, is one of the unsung greats of the region.
What to eat with it: Anything you want: fingerling fries with creamy worcestershire ($7), shawarma-style carrots ($14), the lovingly roasted maitake mushroom ($15), or any of the other stunning creations here. The team of Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby is tough to beat. 

The Santa Muerte at Lemon Hill
727 N. 25th St. 215.232.2299. lemonhillphilly.com
Why it’s great: It’s a marvel when tequila and mescal can co-exist in a cocktail, and these brilliant brains (the same ones behind Franklin Mortgage) threw in some Dolin dry vermouth, orange bitters and green Chartreuse. It’s a complex and slow-burning affair ($13) nicely suited to meticulously curated ice and glassware.
What to eat with it: Any of their sophisticated small plates but especially the grilled prawns with BBQ black beans ($15) or the cripsy chicken livers with pickled celery and bacon aioli ($6).

Mom’s PB&J Smoothie at Scoop DeVille
1315 Walnut St. 215.988.9992. scoopdevilleicecream.com
Why it’s great: Too busy to eat an actual sandwich—and/or just recovering from dental surgery? Try out the richest thing in Philadelphia not living on Delancey Street: this unique $6 creation blending chocolate or vanilla ice cream with peanut butter, jelly (strawberry or grape) and graham crackers.
What to eat it with: Grab some gummy worms at Nuts to You across the street.

The Blood Orange Margarita at North Third
801 N. Third St. 215.413.3666. norththird.com
Why it’s great: They serve ‘em by the pitcher ($18, $8 for single-serve). Oh, yeah—they’re also outright divine: bright in hue and flavor, kicked up by fresh lime juice and a glass rimmed with white sugar.
What to eat with it: A one-pound pile of Thai chili glazed chicken wings ($10), dripping with tang and accented by crushed peanuts and cilantro.

Rodenbach Grand Cru at Eulogy
136 Chestnut St. 215.413.1918. eulogybar.com
Why it’s great: Deep red with upfront sourness offset by hints of oak and acidic fruit, Ro-denbach’s legendary Grand Cru has as much in common with a hearty wine as it does beer, yet is also unlike either.
What to eat with it: Red sour ales intermingle nicely with shellfish, making the crab cakes ($22) a fine match. Or go traditionally Belgian with the Moules Au Jus (mussels and herbs).

The Pine Fin Martini at Ocean Prime
124 S. 15th St. 215.563.0163. oceanprimephilly.com
Why it’s great: Sheer, simple deliciousness. Fresh pineapple is soaked for 10 days in huge, visible Finlandia-filled glass urns, resulting in a crisp, clean treat for the palate. ($11)
What to eat with it: Since the cost of an average OP dinner could equal your cable bill, hit happy hour and pair that martini with the juicy parmesan broiled oysters ($7), savory crab cake sliders ($7) or both.

The Fuggetaboutit at Hop Sing Laundromat
1029 Race St. hopsinglaundromat.com
Why it’s great: This is easily one of the most refreshing cocktails in town ($12), a bracing, vivid drink, from the ever-astounding mind of Lêe, that tastes exactly like fresh-squeezed grapefruit—only better. Amazingly, the only fruit juice in it is fresh lime. The rest—Aviation American gin, St.-Germain, Campari and ice—join forces to create an exuberantly delicious cocktail, a stunning evocation of winter’s classic citrus with no hint of booziness at all. Genius.
What to eat with it: Head down the street for noodles at David’s Mai Lai Wah (prices vary).

The Not Toddy at Sbraga
440 S. Broad St. 215.735.1913. sbraga.com
Why it’s great: ‘Tis the season for drinking the sort of warming, soulful cocktails that speak of snow, family gatherings and creepy dudes in Santa outfits. But at Sbraga, the ever-creative Jesse Cornell has created this riff on the hot toddy, with spice- and tea-infused bourbon, lemon and honey syrup, shaken and served as cold as the weather ($12).
What to eat with it: Chef Kevin Sbraga’s food is incredibly drink-friendly, and GM Ben Fileccia’s pairing acumen is unrivaled. Here, it’s served as part of the tasting menu with the bourbon-poached apple dessert, as well as a la carte ($9). Either way: Yum.

Wine from the Cruvinet at Ristorante Panorama
14 N. Front St. 215.922.7800. pennsviewhotel.com/panorama
Why it’s great: Not only does Panorama boast one of the finest wine cellars in the region, but it also is home to the legendary Cruvinet system that allows them to offer 150 wines by the glass, from bargain priced to mortgage-worthy (prices vary).
What to eat with it: Depending on what you’re drinking, the menu is yours for the picking: Pastas, meats, cheeses, whatever: The pairing possibilities are infinite (prices vary). Ask wine maestro William Eccleston for advice, and then follow it.

The Deep Blue Sea at 1 Tippling Place
2006 Chestnut St. 215.665.0456. 1tpl.com
Why it’s great: One of this seasonal cocktail’s three ingredients is Creme Yvette, the ultra-floral, berries-imbued liquor that’s found new life after a 40-year production halt, and the other two—American Harvest vodka and a sweet Lillet—are nothing to front on either ($14).
What to eat it with: Anything from the Rittenhouse Square spot’s hors d’oeuvres menu will do; go with the sweet-and-spicy bitter nuts ($5).

The Cerveza de Margarita at La Calaca Feliz
2321 Fairmount Ave. 215.787.9930. lacalacafeliz.com
Why it’s great: For some peculiar reason, this happy marriage of beer, tequila, salt, lime and rocks ($8) is tough to find in this city. And these guys nail it. Imagine a frosty, light wheat beer spiked with a margarita—it’s a giant sea spray of paradise on your tongue.
What to eat with it: In the warmer months, it’d be wise to keep it simple with guac ($9.95) or their beautiful ahi ceviche ($12.95). But for the impending wintry months, go all the way with jumbo crab fundido ($11.95).

Power Special Smoothie at Enerjuicer
Suburban Station Concourse. 215.771.1885. theenerjuicer.com
Why it’s great: No syrups—just pure fruit-nutty oomph by way of a blenderful of fresh cherries, walnuts, bananas, pineapple, strawberries, mango and protein ($4.75).
What to eat with it: It’s so substantial a smoothie that a food pairing would seem to defeat the purpose—but if this is your liquid-breakfast-on-the-go, consider double-fisting with a strong espresso drink from Passero’s right across the concourse. 

The Negroni at Little Nonna’s
1234 Locust St. 215.546.2100. littlenonnas.com
Why it’s great: It’s difficult to imagine a better venue in the city for a negroni than this remarkable homage to all things wonderful about the Italian-American culinary tradition; plus, well, it’s a really good negroni ($10).
What to eat with it: Start with the negroni to whet your whistle and build your appetite, and then dive face first into one of the best plates of spaghetti and meatballs in town ($16).

Fegley’s Hop’solutely at City Tap House
39th and Walnut sts. 215.662.0105. citytaphouse.com
Why it’s great: An explosion of citrus- and pine-laden hops are only barely held in check by a sweet caramel malt backbone and a slight sour tang, yet this massive 11.4-percent triple IPA still drinks easily.
What to eat with it: An aggressive beer needs food aggressive enough to match, so pair with the pulled pork nachos ($14) or ten-spiced wings ($10) to show those hops who’s boss.

The House of Leaves at Stateside
1536 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.551.2500. statesidephilly.com
Why it’s great: Instead of the classic addition of sweet vermouth, the whiskey brainiacs at Stateside replace it in this cocktail with Breckenridge Amaro, changing the character of the standard ($12) while maintaining its lovely soul: Not an easy trick to pull off.
What to eat with it: Play off of the cocktail’s Bulleit Rye with the sweet-savoriness of State-side’s foie gras torchon with golden raisins, apple and granola ($15).

Unfamiliar wines at Fork
306 Market St. 215.625.9425. forkrestaurant.com
Why it’s great: Life is too short to drink the same few grape varieties all the time. Fork’s new list offers the perfect opportunity to sip outside the box, with a huge range of stellar wines made from grapes, regions or producers you may not be familiar with, but are guaranteed to love (prices vary).
What to eat with it: Chef Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin’s menu here is among the most ambitious, brilliantly executed in the region. Ask for pairing recommendations from GM and drinks rock star Paul Rodriguez, and sip with joyous abandon, no matter what you choose (prices vary).

The Sazerac at Rex 1516
1516 South St. 267.319.1366. rex1516.com
Why it’s great: Because if you’re a Southern- inspired destination, this is the one cocktail—in addition to a mint julep—that you’d better get right. And they do here, the classic components all perfectly balanced, the lily blessedly not gilded ($12).
What to eat with it: Fried chicken ($18) with all the traditional sides: collard greens, mashed potatoes, gravy and a homemade hot sauce; plus, and why not, an order of the excellent mac and cheese, too ($7). 

The Vesper at R2L
50 S. 16th St., 37th floor. 215.564.5337. r2lrestaurant.com
Why it’s great: The vesper ($18) is one of the unsung heroes of the repertoire, and here, at R2L, you can feel a little like James Bond yourself, sipping on this dandy and gazing out over the city.
What to eat with it: The hot and cold seafood platter ($75, good for 2 to 4 people) will offer a wealth of pairing possibilities, from the infinite pleasures of oysters and clams on half-shells to absolutely gorgeous paella skewers.

Iced Americana at Green Line Café
4239 Baltimore Ave. 215.222.3431. greenlinecafe.com
Why it’s great: Unlike many other iced coffees, Green Line’s full-bodied brew breathes enough caffeine into you to get you going. What’s more, drinking it black makes you a tough guy.
What to eat with it: “The Steve” sandwich, a marinated slice of tofu on a ciabatta ($5.50).

The Lemon Drop at Positano Coast
212 Walnut St., 2nd floor. 215.238.0499. positanocoast.net
Why it’s great: A secret blend of lemon-infused vodka and a creamy limoncello made in-house, the Lemon Drop manages to refresh and invigorate with a single sip.
What to eat with it: Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake ($8) makes an excellent complement: rich devil’s food chocolate cake sandwiching dark, milk and white mousses, garnished with drops of blood orange sauce and served with a scoop of vanilla gelato.

The CL Smooth at Vernick
2031 Walnut St. 267.639.6644. vernickphilly.com
Why it’s great: Few cocktails in the city walk the razor’s edge between as many unique, addictive flavor profiles: Turns out the combination of El Dorado 3-year-old rum, grapefruit, peat and Cocchi Americano is nothing short of transfixing ($12).
What to eat with it: The menu is yours for the pairing: Pea and bacon toast ($8)? Absolutely. Chicken liver with red onion chutney toast ($10)? No doubt. Asparagus with lemon, charred green onions, and romesco ($12)? More, please.

Lindemans Pêche at the Belgian Cafe
2047 Green St. 215.235.3500. thebelgiancafe.com
Why it’s great: An aromatic, dry lambic beer, deliciously frothy and loaded with sumptuous peach essence? Sold. (Fridges in the various Foodery shops carry it, in corked 12- and 25.4-ounce bottles.) And it’s only $7 a glass.
What to eat with it: The grilled brie appetizer, creamy, dreamy and served with French bread and seasonal fruit ($11.95): the perfect 11am-on-a-weekend nosh.

The Cynar Spritz at Osteria
640 N. Broad St. 215.763.0920. osteriaphilly.com
Why it’s great: Before gorging yourself on the always-phenomenal food here, you’ll need to prep your palate and your belly. The gently bitter fizziness of this perfect Cynar spritz is among the very best ways to do so.
What to eat with it: Either snack on a plate of homemade salumi ($14) or go all in on the arti-choke (which is more or less what Cynar tastes like) and pair it with the wonderful artichokes alla giudia ($10). Either way, you’ll be very happy, indeed.

The Tequila Education at Tequila’s
1602 Locust St. 215.546.0181. tequilasphilly.com
Why it’s great: This spirit’s star has risen in recent years, but there is still a fair bit of confusion among consumers. Head to Tequila’s, then, and start your education, sipping any of the countless examples they feature here and picking the brains of the supremely well-versed staff (prices vary).
What to eat with it: Everything on the menu here, year after year, seems to embody all that makes true Mexican cuisine one of the greats of the world. Alongside a great tequila or three, it’s even better (prices vary).

Eclectic wine at Mica
8609 Germantown Ave. 267.335.3912. micarestaurant.com
Why it’s great: Mica has always boasted a lovely wine program (prices vary). Now, under the care of new sommelier and GM Elyse Lovenworth, it’s poised to get even better. The best advice is to tell her your preferred flavor profile and price range, and let her go from there. You will not be disappointed.
What to eat with it: Chef Chip Roman and Chef de Cuisine Yianni Arhontoulis are crafting some seriously accomplished eats, dishes you think about for days after eating them. Whatever wine you order, Lovenworth will pair it with something delicious and often surprising (prices vary).

The Perfect Square at The Library Bar
The Rittenhouse Hotel, 201 W. Broad St. 215.546.9000. rittenhousehotel.com
Why it’s great: In a city with no shortage of great manhattan cocktails, the team at the Library ups the ante with its own homemade Old Fashioned bitters, the addition of Licor 43, and more, rendering this favorite both new and familiar ($20).
What to eat with it: There are too many options to choose from—with the Lacroix brain trust right there, how can there not be?—but you can’t go wrong with the pork belly brochette, a miso-glazed beauty ($8).

Ommegang Hennepin at Grace Tavern
2229 Grays Ferry Ave. 215.893.9580. gracetavern.com
Why it’s great: The Earthy, effervescent beer style known as saison rarely gets better than Hennepin, an herbal, spicy brew that conjures up hints of fresh spring air and open, grassy fields.
What to eat with it: Saison pairs well with most meals, but goes especially well with heady cheese and red meat. Drink with the spinach & feta cheese sausage for a match made in heaven.

The Bloody Mary at Distrito
3945 Chestnut St. 215.222.1657. philadelphia.distritorestaurant.com
Why it’s great: There are plenty of fabulous bloodies in the city, but this one, with Sauza Hornitos Plata tequila (you can also get Svedka vodka if you prefer), horseradish, lime and fresh tomato is one of the finest means available for kick-starting your day and wiping away the cobwebs ($9).
What to eat with it: Alongside the steak and eggs at brunch—skirt steak done up on the grill, refried beans and eggs as you like them—you will whole-heartedly believe you’re in brunch heaven (full brunch is $21 per person).

Chocolate Banana Soy Smoothie at Good Karma Café
923 Pine St. 267.519.8860. thegoodkarmacafe.com
Why it’s great: Soy-based yet rich, this frap-puccino-style smoothie pleases the senses in every way, a light banana aftertaste enhancing its chocolate goodness. Either 16-ounce ($3.95) or 24 ounce ($4.95).
What to eat it with: An actual banana ($1).

The Gin and Tonic at Bar Ferdinand
1030 N. Second St. 215.923.1313. barferdinand.com
Why it’s great: Gin and tonics are the hottest drink in Spain right now, with classic and unique riffs on them available all over the country. Bar Ferdinand is in on the fun now, too, with a lovely selection of them, including the spicy, bracing Guindilla ($11).
What to eat with it: Chef David Ansill is at the top of his game, and the food at Bar Ferdinand is excellent. He’s even doing his own in-house charcuterie, a platter of which ($15) is phenomenal with their G and Ts.

The Mango Margarita at Mexican Post
104 Chestnut St. 215.923.5233. mexicanpost.com
Why it’s great: Unlike your average, run-of-the-mill flavored margarita, the Mexican Post uses actual mango puree as a main ingredient. Served by the glass ($7.25) or pitcher ($24.75).
What to eat with it: Play it safe with a plate of Nachos Grande ($7.45), or try the Camarones Acapulco: shrimp stuffed with spicy Mexican cheese, wrapped in bacon, deep fried and served with chipotle sauce ($8).

Italian beer at Alla Spina
1410 Mt. Vernon St. 215.600.0017. allaspinaphilly.com
Why it’s great: Germany, Belgium and England may get the most love around here when it comes to great international beer countries, but Italy is home to an utterly astounding number of quality brews, and Alla Spina is where to explore them (prices vary).
What to eat with it: The menu here is tailor-made for pairing with great beer. If you don’t want to pork it up with the pig tails with their fennel-kissed agrodolce ($8), try the excellent beef fat fries ($5).

The Astronaut at Continental Mid-town
1801 Chestnut St. 215.567.1800. continentalmidtown.com
Why it’s great: ‘Cause one upon a time, this local fave was called the Buzz Aldrin. Plus, to this day, it’s the only proven-worthwhile reason for Tang to exist. ($9)
What to eat with it: The cocktail’s fruity notes work masterfully aside the man-sized crispy calamari salad ($13), with its flavorful soy-sesame dressing and the crunch of those battered, salt-seasoned squid rings over bitter greens.

St. Bernardus ABT 12 at Monk’s Cafe
264 S. 16th St. 215.545.7005. monkscafe.com
Why it’s great: Rich with dark fruits, molasses and dark sugars, ABT 12 merges figs and plums with hints of clove-led spice and warming alcohol to make for the perfect Belgian sipping beer.
What to eat with it: Because a hearty dark ale and a hearty traditional meal go hand-in-hand, the stout braised lamb shank ($26) and duck confit ($18) will make for a holy marriage of tastes.

The Professional Martini at DelFrisco’s
1426-28 Chestnut St. 215.246.0533. delfriscos.com/philadelphia
Why it’s great: Sometimes, the simplest things can be remarkable—especially when the details are paid special attention to. DelFrisco’s Professional utilizes Belvedere Vodka with your choice of blue cheese-stuffed or pimento-stuffed olives. ($15.50)
What to eat with it: The cheesesteak dumplings may sound like the same old tired Philly running gag. But this is a double-eagle steak house, and there’s nothing tired about these dumplings. Served with a spicy ketchup ($16.50).

Troegs Mad Elf Ale at various bars & bottle shops
Why it’s great: Each year between October and December, Pennsylvania’s Troegs Brewing Co. drops kegs of cherry-and-honey-laden insanity onto the world. Mad Elf is a beer that defies category: a deep ruby red with a thin head, aromas of spice and cherries—and a hearty malt backbone backed by notes of chocolate.
What to eat with it: Cookies or cake. ’Tis the season.

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1. Anonymous said... on Nov 6, 2013 at 02:53PM

“No regular coffees on this list? I recommend one of Ray's Cafe's fancy siphoned individual brews.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 7, 2013 at 09:08PM

“I don't know...that $3 PBR Jim Beam is pretty good at Bob & Barbara's - and arguably just as sophisticated.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:06AM

“How is The Farmers' Cabinet not on this list?”

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4. Anonymous said... on Nov 8, 2013 at 04:18PM

“Fishtown iced tea at the interstate drafthouse”

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5. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2013 at 04:38PM

“Don't go to Royal cracovia... a big disappointment... the food is horrible, the only thing they have is the one hispanic bartender, def made our night.. good hire there!! but everything else... needs a lot of improvement... Managers are clueless there. If I would ever go back, is to see that one hispanic bartender.. He is the best!!”

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6. Mohammed said... on Apr 23, 2014 at 10:36PM


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7. Anonymous said... on May 29, 2014 at 11:10PM

“Dont go to royal cracovia! This place sucks, it takes forever to get a waiter, food, drink anything, even when theres no one in there!!!! Just trust me, also this place is a diner dont let anyone fool you! There is NO baker there, all of their stuff is ordered frozen, or from other places. The pierogis are frozen, Almost everything is! Dont go here and pay for overpriced frozen food!”


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