Boilermaker Beer and Whiskey Shooter

Boilermaker Shot Drink
All you need for a Boilermaker is your favorite whiskey and a pint of beer. Shoot it or sip it, the choice is yours.

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  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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The boilermaker has been around as a workingman's drink for well over a century. It is still as popular as the Irish car bomb 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.

What You'll Need

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

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

The shot and a chaser approach recalls movie scenes of the hero needing a stiff drink after a tough day. Traditionally, you drink the shot quickly and then drink the beer at your leisure. But at a party, the shot might be followed by chugging the beer.

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.

On the other hand, many Boilermaker fans take a more mature approach to this drink. They will sip the whiskey and beer at a slow pace and enjoy every sip rather than chugging it down. In this instance, the beer-whiskey combo is very enjoyable.

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.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 253
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 14 mg
Carbohydrates 12 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)