Boilermaker (beer cocktail)
A boilermaker is a beer cocktail consisting of a glass of beer and a shot of whiskey. The beer is either served as a chaser[clarification needed] or is mixed with the liquor. When the beer is served as a chaser, the drink is often called simply a shot and a beer.
There are a number of ways to drink a boilermaker:
- Traditionally, the liquor is drunk in a single gulp and is then "chased" by the beer, which is sipped.
- The liquor and beer may be mixed by pouring or dropping the shot into the beer. The mixture may be stirred, if desired. If the shot is dropped in, the drink is known as a depth charge.
- The liquor may be poured directly into an open beer bottle or can after removing some of the beer.
In popular culture 
Several references are made to the drink in the 1974 movie Airport 1975.
Boilermakers appear in the 1994 buddy comedy Dumb and Dumber, when Sea Bass and his pals order four boilermakers on the tab of Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey). But Lloyd tricks them into paying the bill.
Boilermakers appear in the 2006 movie The Departed when Jack Nicholson's character, Frank Costello, takes a shot of whiskey with a Budweiser chaser.
In season 2, episode 3, of Shameless, Frank Gallagher orders a boilermaker. Bartender Kev then drops a shot of whiskey into the beer.
In the episode "Dukes, We Hardly Knew Ye" of the TV show Frasier, Duke the bartender offers Frasier and Niles "Duke Specials," which he describes as "boilermakers, shot of whiskey, beer back." He then hands them two shots of whiskey and two pints of beer.
- Walkart, C.G. (2002). National Bartending Center Instruction Manual. Oceanside, California: Bartenders America, Inc. p. 123. ASIN: B000F1U6HG. “Serve whiskey in a shot glass with a glass of beer on the side as a chaser.”
- Hellmich, Mittie (2006). The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails. Chronicle Books. pp. 93–94. ISBN 0-8118-4351-3.
- Regan, Gary (2003). The Joy of Mixology (first ed.). New York: Clarkson Potter. p. 226. ISBN 0-609-60884-3.