Just to prove that we’re not the only folks utterly obsessed by the combination of spirits and beer that makes up our namesake Boilermaker, here’s an inspired short article by Jacob Brier on the aforementioned (and most heavenly) subject.
Be sure to bear with the piece, for after a short skip through beer+spirit history he gets into the real nitty gritty with a recipe that had us salivating at first read:
“Finally, no article on beer cocktails would be complete without the Boilermaker… Simple, yes? But Beaker and Flask, a restaurant in Portland, Oregon, has found a way to take it one step further. Their drink menu features a rotating Boilermaker in which the whiskey is replaced by a miniature version of a classic cocktail. Customers are given a chilled shot glass of the cocktail with a pint of beer and instructed to drop the shot into the beer before drinking.
My favorite of their Boilermakers so far is the Vieux Carré, a classic New Orleans cocktail they turned into a Boilermaker to celebrate Fat Tuesday.
Vieux Carré Boilermaker
1 oz. rye whiskey
1 oz. cognac
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 barspoon Benedictine
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Chill this mixture and divide into shot glasses. Serve with your favorite beer.”