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Pubs we love: Beer-friendly delis

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Give a man a beer, and he’ll drink for a day; give a man a beer and a sandwich… and he’ll drink even more. That’s why deli/beer bastions are the best things since sliced bread.

WILKES-BARRE, PA. | Krugel’s Georgetown Deli & Beer

More than 1,000 bottles give Georgetown the biggest selection in northeast Pennsylvania; six rapidly rotating taps (and growler fills!) make it a no- brainer stop. DRINK: The selection’s organized by style; make a mixed sixer of summery, regional wits and weizens for your next tasting. EAT: Build your dream sandwich from a roster of breads, meats, cheeses and toppings; eat it in-store with a pint, or take it to go with your bottles. TIP: Watch for special sampling events where tasters walk away with free glassware.

ORANGE, CALIF. | Hollingshead’s Delicatessen

Come for the 600 craft bottles that line the shelves, and stay for the classic sandwiches served up by several decades of Hollingsheads. DRINK: Twenty-two taps lean Cali; try a limited-release local, or tick Russian River’s storied Pliny the Elder. EAT: Get a Beef & Blue: house-roasted beef, blue cheese, mayo and lettuce on sourdough. Make it a double-double, and order a side of deviled eggs. TIP: Hollingshead’s is closed on weekends; go for a long Friday lunch or to stock up before descending on Disneyland nearby.

FORT COLLINS, COLO. | Choice City Butcher

A regular stop for brewers visiting Ft. Collins, this butcher/deli/caterer currently ranks as the No. 6 beer eatery in the nation on Ratebeer.com. DRINK: Get a pint of anything in a firkin: The bar gets rare, mouthwatering casks from Odell and Breckenridge. EAT: Eat the item that put this place on the foodie map: The Colorado Buffalo Reuben, a stack of corned buffalo meat, Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut and Swiss on rye. Choice City practically invented the beer dinner. TIP: Attend any of the three-course, three-beer Sunday meals, or wait until your fave beer maker hosts a brewer’s dinner.

CHICAGO | Jerry’s Sandwiches

Beer drinkers from the Wicker Park ’hood and the city at large descend on this eclectic-mod hangout for an obscene amount of creative sandwiches, how’d-they-get-that beers, plus live music almost nightly. DRINK: Order a Chicago-brewed Finch’s Threadless IPA on draft, or a hyper-rare bottle like Three Floyd’s Boo Goop barleywine. EAT: The more than 100 pre-designed sandwiches range from classic to bizarre; meet halfway with the Munchy, an American-and-Cheddar grilled cheese with mayo, pickles and house-made potato chips between challah. TIP: Jerry’s events calendar rivals most bars’: Go for special pours from local distillers and tap takeovers starring barrel-aged brews from near and far.

SAN DIEGO | Chris’ Liquor & Deli

Well-stocked beer fridges and sandwiches with nautical names keep a cool crowd coming back to this SoCal spot. DRINK: More than 350 bottles include a slew of locals; pick up singles from Ballast Point, Coronado and Manzanita. EAT: Nosh on a Schooner—house-made tuna salad topped with Cheddar, avocado and sprouts—on your choice of bread. TIP: The kitchen saves its meat scraps for dogs; bring your pooch along for a deli-style snack.

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