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Boilermaker Cocktail


The Boilermaker Cocktail is a simple drink built with bourbon whiskey and beer!

Boilermaker Cocktail Info

The Boilermaker is a straightforward drink that does the job for many. The simple whiskey-beer concoction where the whiskey is added to the beer gained popularity in the 1800s. The origin story is that people who worked on locomotive boilers ended their shifts with boilermakers! This may have been the birth of the glass-in-a-glass combination. People may have been mixing liquor and beer since before the drinks were available in mass circulation, but this story is great so let's keep it.

There is no set rule about which beer to use when making a Boilermaker because this is not a sophisticated cocktail. The standard advice is to choose whatever you want to drink. Certain liquors are better paired with specific beers. An IPA is a good pairing for bold Irish whiskeys, but a classic bourbon will work better with a lager. While whiskey is the most popular choice for Boilermakers, many bars offer a variety of whiskey substitutes. There are many options available, and they are worth exploring.

These options also extend to the drinking process, as there are many ways to enjoy a Boilermaker. You fill a pint glass half full of beer, then dump a shot directly into it. This is a great way to enjoy a drink with friends; This is a lot of fun. You can also add the liquor to the beer and keep the shot glass separate from your beer glass. You can also serve the beer and shot separately by shooting the liquor first and then following it up with the beer. All methods result in rapid consumption of both drinks so it is up to you to decide which way you prefer. You can order a Boilermaker at your local dive, and the barkeep will almost certainly serve both drinks separately. Then you can choose your adventure.


The beer lover's best friend!

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5 from 3 votes
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 350 ml Beer
  • 30 ml Bourbon Whiskey


  • Pour a glass of beer.
  • Add the whiskey.
  • Serve!

Video Instructions

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 95mg | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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