There are beer and shot combos, and there are picklebacks. Now there’s a beer that tastes like a beer and a pickleback shot. Evolution Craft Brewing Company and Devil’s Den bar in Philadelphia have partnered to create “What the Dill,” a pickleback-inspired, whiskey barrel aged sour beer.
That all sounds like a word salad designed to push the limit of acceptable beer flavors. But hey, there’s a Peeps beer, so why not. What the Dill, according to a press release, is brewed with fresh dill and pickling spices, then fermented in old Dad’s Hat Rye whiskey barrels. It’s described as “a sour beer with a balanced bourbon flavor that compliments the mild yet distinctive pickle notes.”
Color us intrigued because all of the inspirations here are delicious. Picklebacks taste like pure, unadulterated, tangy, woodsy, savory bliss. There’s a reason why people hype things like canned pickle juice, and it’s not because they sip it straight. It’s because of picklebacks. The beer and shot combo, or boilermaker, is just as enticing. Bartenders consistently say it’s the best dive bar drink and the best night cap. Put it all into one beer, and what could go wrong?
If nothing else, What the Dill is a test of how many good things you can combine and still produce a tasty outcome. You can find What the Dill at Devil’s Den starting April 26.