National Beer Day is TOMORROW, April 7th, and the perfect way to celebrate is with a nice cold boilermaker. In case you haven’t heard of a boilermaker, it is the delicious pairing of a cold beer with a shot of whiskey. The popularity of the drink has come in ebbs and flows but recently, bartenders around the country have been hearing more and more orders for boilermakers. It is unclear where exactly this classic cocktail stems from but there are multiple claims of its origin. There are a few theories below for your amusement.
No matter what story you lean towards, we can all appreciate the boilermaker and the many ways you can enjoy one (drink the entire shot of whiskey and chase it with a beer, sip on the shot of whiskey and the beer until each drink is finished, drop the shot of whiskey into the beer, etc.).
A perfect whiskey that complements a variety of different beers is Bulleit, who invites you to learn more about the boilermaker below!
– 1 oz. Bulleit Bourbon or Bulleit Rye
– 6 oz. Beer
Bulleit Tasting Notes:
Bulleit Bourbon: Medium amber in color, with gentle spiciness and sweet oak aromas. Mid-palate is smooth with tones of maple, oak and nutmeg. Finish is long, dry and satiny with a light toffee flavor.
*Pairs best with a lager or amber ale.
Bulleit Rye: Russet in color, with rich oaky aromas. The taste is exceptionally smooth, with hints of vanilla, honey and spice. Finish is crisp and clean, with long, lingering flavors.
*Pairs best with an IPA or blonde.
– One theory is that the Boilermaker came to be in the 1800s when blue collar workers headed to the bar after a long shift and it is believed that the drink was named after the workers who built and maintained steam locomotives during that same time period.
– Another idea is that the first Boilermaker was created when Richard Trevitchick and his friends celebrated after his steam powered vehicle made its first successful climb up his village’s steepest hill on Christmas Eve in 1801.
Happy national beer day!