Citizen Public House, a Boston neighborhood tavern owned by the Franklin Restaurant Group, is releasing its secret stash of Old Rip Van Winkle Whiskey in a special package it is calling the Pappy Meal. For three and a half years, the Citizen carefully and quietly accumulated a stockpile of the rare and highly sought-after Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, and is now releasing it with ceremony.
On Mondays, starting today, a limited supply of Pappy Meals will be available on the daily special board. The Pappy Meal will come in a box including: a rotating 2-ounce pour of Van Winkle whiskey in a house-branded bottle, a serving of chef Joe Levandowski's bread-and-butter pickles, a bag of house-made beef jerky, a toy, and surprises.
"When a guest starts laying out $30 or $50 of their hard-earned money for a straight pour of whiskey, we think there should be some ceremony to it," says bartender Sean Frederick.
Pappy Van Winkle is considered one of the best bourbons in the world and its production levels make it exclusive.
With seven single-barrels exclusive to the Citizen, there are more than 200 whiskies available. Whiskey flights, a whiskey club, and a whiskey of the week are also offered. Every night at The Citizen one whole roasted pig dinner is offered to parties of 10 or more, and soon diners will have the option of adding a whiskey pairing to the pig roast.