Giving Beer a Shot: Six Updated Boilermakers in Boston
The humble boilermaker gets a makeover.
When a proper cocktail feels too fussy, but a pint of lager alone wonâ€™t pack enough punch, thereâ€™s the boilermakerâ€”that age-old pairing of a shot (usually whiskey) with a lawnmower beer, consumed either side by side or with the booze dropped into the brew. â€śItâ€™s a workingman thingâ€”after your shift, itâ€™s a long day, [so have] a shot and a beer to take the edge off,â€ť says Deep Ellum owner Max Toste. The pairing tends to be the post-work drink of choice for bartenders, who, in turn, are giving boilermakers prime menu real estate all over town (and getting quite creative in the process). Here are six buzz-worthy combinations.Â Â
$13, State Park, Kendall Square
The Shot: A mini Rosita cocktail
The Brew: Anderson Valley El Steinber
â€ś[The beer] is from California but is in the style of a Mexican lager, so we thought weâ€™d do a tequila-based cocktail,â€ť says co-owner Alon Munzer of the Rosita, which gets its hue from bittersweet Campari.
The Hopeless Romantic
$6, Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar, Fenway
The Shot: Fernet-Branca
The Brew: Pabst Blue Ribbon
This is a case of â€śopposites attract,â€ť says barman Sean Frederick: â€śFernet [is] one of the most pound-for-pound flavorful two ounces of liquid, and the beer [is] effervescent, fizzy, and cleansing for the palate.â€ť
The Mexican Happy Meal*
$11, Deep Ellum, Allston
The Shots:Â Blanco tequila and sangrita
The Brew: Tecate
According to owner Max Toste, this combination was inspired by a visit to Mexico. While you can, of course, shoot the tequila, Toste recommends sipping it. â€śThe sangrita puts the fire out,â€ť he says.
The Fairsted Kitten
$7, Fairsted Kitchen, Washington Square
The Shot: Old Crow Reserve bourbon
The Brew: Hammâ€™s
â€śItâ€™s pairing something sturdy and strong with something that is easy to drink multiples of,â€ť says bar manager Patrick Gaggiano of this match-up, a staff favorite.
TheÂ RosĂ© ofÂ Bottled Beers
$5, Silvertone, Downtown
The Shot: Aperol
The Brew: Miller High Life
Owner Josh Childs suggests taking a few sips of beer, then pouring the fruity orange liqueur into the brew. â€śIt tastes like a San Pellegrino orange soda,â€ť he says.
The Disco Biscuit
$10, Brick & Mortar, Central Square
The Shot: GoldschlĂ¤ger
The Brew: Bantam Wunderkind cider
â€śThe GoldschlĂ¤ger has a ton of cinnamon,â€ť says beverage director Matthew Schrage. â€śItâ€™s like apple pie. It has a very New England feeling to me.â€ť
*If It Grows Together, It Goes Together
If your neighborhood bar lacks a snazzy shot-and-beer menu, just use the above phrase as a rule of thumb when choosing complementary spirits and beers. To get started, try the following:
- Irish whiskey with an Irish stout
- Tequila or mezcal with a Mexican lager German schnapps with a hefeweizen
- OR take a cue from the Dutch and try a kopstootje (pronounced: kop-stow-che; translation: â€ślittle headbuttâ€ť)â€”a shot of botanical Bols Genever paired with a witbier or frosty pilsner.
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