Boilermaker (beer cocktail)

Boilermaker (beer cocktail)
The ingredients of a boilermaker.

A boilermaker is a beer cocktail consisting of a glass of beer and a shot of whisky,[1] tequila, or vodka. The beer is either served as a chaser 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.

In various regions of the United States, the drink is known as a beer and a bump.

In the United Kingdom, a boilermaker is a shot of bourbon or rye whiskey dropped into a glass of English pale ale.[2]

The "Citywide Special" at many bars in Philadelphia is a boilermaker made with Old Crow bourbon and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.


There are various ways to drink a boilermaker:

“Generally speaking, the Boilermaker is merely a glass of beer with a shot of whiskey served on the side. The shot goes down in one, and the beer follows, being sipped rather than quickly downed.”[3]

  • Traditionally, the liquor is imbibed in a single gulp and is chased by the beer.[4]
  • The liquor and beer may be mixed by pouring or dropping the shot into the beer. The mixture may be stirred, if desired.[4] 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.


  1. ^ 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.”
  2. ^ Doeser, Linda. (2009)The Cocktail Bible Parragon Books. United Kingdom. p. 38.
  3. ^ Regan, Gary (2003). The Joy of Mixology (first ed.). New York: Clarkson Potter. p. 226. ISBN 0609608843. 
  4. ^ a b Hellmich, Mittie (2006). The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails. Chronicle Books. pp. 93–94. ISBN 0811843513. 

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