Boilermaker Beer and Whiskey Shooter

Boilermaker Shot Drink

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
253 Calories
0g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 253
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 2g
Calcium 14mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The boilermaker has been around as a workingman's drink for well over a century. It is still as popular as the Irish slammer and Jäger bomb and has the same ability to get you very drunk, very quickly. That is probably why it is such a popular party drink.

There are at least four ways to drink a boilermaker, and you will get a debate as to whether or not you can call it a boilermaker if you don't drink it a certain way. This debate can get quite heated if you are all downing boilermakers:

  • Beer and a chaser: Down the whiskey and then enjoy the beer as a chaser.
  • Depth charge or dropped shot: Drop the shot glass of whiskey into the glass of beer and then drink it.
  • Pour the whiskey into the beer and then drink the combo. This can be done with a glass or after drinking some of a can or bottle of beer and then adding the whiskey.
  • Slow sipper: Sip both the whiskey and the beer, alternating between the two.

If you are ordering a boilermaker at a bar, you can simply order a shot and a beer.


  • 12 ounces draft beer (lighter is best)
  • 1 1/2 ounces blended whiskey

Steps to Make It

  1. Pour a shot of whiskey into a shot glass.

  2. Fill a pint glass with beer.

  3. Choose your method of downing the drink.

Which method you choose will likely depend on your drinking style and your mood of the moment.

When drinking dropped shots, take care not to get too wild. Shot glasses floating freely inside the bigger glass have been known to chip teeth, which can get quite expensive. Use a larger glass for the beer so you won't spill as much when the shot glass is dropped. Drinking the combo fast will have a highly intoxicating effect.

How Strong Is the Boilermaker?

You will be drinking a beer and a shot of whiskey at their full strength, which equals two alcoholic drink equivalents at once. This will have an intoxicating effect. Having more than one in an hour will put most people over the legal limit for impairment.