Back in October, Pub & Kitchen pulled off a small coup when it secured its own chopped beef blend from meat man Pat LaFrieda for its over-the-top Churchill burger, making it the sole Philly restaurant to get hold of the coveted — if not outright fetishized — meat. Now the Rittenhouse neighborhood pub has plucked another prized provision from the Big Apple: a private label ale from Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Craft Ales. With it, and the LaFrieda burger, Pub & Kitchen has clearly become the hippest New York bar in Philly. “It’s not like we’re trying to be a New York bar,” Pub & Kitchen owner Ed Hackett told Grub Street. “We’re just trying to find the best things to serve, and it just so happens that a lot of that stuff comes from New York.”
So what are they calling their private-label brew? P&K; Hoppy Holidays “It’s kind of like a dark brown hoppy ale with a little bit of chocolate to it,” Hackett says.
He explained that Pub & Kitchen’s interest in Sixpoint beers began last spring when he and his chef, Jonathan Adams, were making regular trips to restaurants in Brooklyn, seeking inspiration for the menu at their Jersey Shore restaurant Diving Horse. “We liked their style, their beers and everything that they’re doing,” Hackett explains. “We were the first bar in Philly to feature their beers on tap.”