Johnny Rad’s bartender Evan Tanner never planned on becoming a pickle maker. But that’s exactly what happened. “I like pickles,” he says. “I couldn’t find the kind I like.” He began experimenting with home canning and came up with flavors like Old Bay and onion and lemongrass and dill. “It ties into being a bartender,” he says. “Flavors are one of my passions.” Tanner, 40, now has the required licensing and is selling his jars of Tanner’s Pickles at shops like Green Onion market and The Wine Source. He also plans to build a processing plant. “This was the furthest thing from my mind ever,” he says. “It’s already exceeded what I expected.”
What makes Tanner’s Pickles special? “We are the only handmade and all-natural, fully-licensed pickle and salsa producer in lil ol’ Baltimore,” its website claims.