Boilermaker (beer cocktail)
A boilermaker can refer to two types of beer cocktail. In American terminology, the drink consists of a glass of beer and a shot of whiskey. The beer is either served as a chaser or mixed with the whiskey. When the beer is served as a chaser, the drink is often called simply a shot and a beer. In Philadelphia, it is commonly referred to as a Citywide Special; in Texas, it is known as a Two-Step, and, in parts of Florida, it is often referred to as a Git-Right.
In England, the term "boilermaker" traditionally refers to a half pint of draught mild mixed with a half pint of bottled brown ale, although it now also commonly refers to the American shot and pint. In Scotland, "a half and a half" is a half pint of beer with a whisky ("a hauf"). The use of these terms in Scottish and English pubs can be traced back to about 1920.
There are a number of ways to drink an American 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 the shot glass is dropped into the beer glass, the drink is known as a depth charge.
- The liquor may be poured directly into an open beer bottle or can after consuming some of the beer.
Other pairings of a shot and a beer are possible; traditional pairings include:
- Herrengedeck ("gentlemen's menu"), a German pairing of Korn (grain brandy) and beer.
- Imp 'n' Arn, Imperial whisky and Iron City Beer, exclusive to Pittsburgh.
- Irish Car Bomb, an American pairing of a shot of Irish cream and whiskey into a glass of stout
- Kopstootje ("little headbutt"), a Dutch pairing of Jenever (Dutch gin) and beer, term attested 1943.
- Somaek or Poktan-ju, a Korean pairing of soju and beer
- U-Boot, a German pairing of vodka and beer
- Yorsh, a Russian pairing of vodka and beer
- The Chicago Handshake, a shot of Jeppson's Malört alongside Old Style beer
- Desperado, a shot of tequila with a Mexican beer.
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