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December 7, 2004


A boilermaker is a cocktail consisting of a shot of whiskey and a glass of beer
The whiskey and beer are both typically, though not necessarily, of American production, with an inexpensive bourbon or a Tennessee Whiskey favored for the shot, and a mass-market American Pilsner (Miller, Budweiser, etc.) for the beer. Traditionally, the shot and the beer are served separately, although they may also be mixed beforehand by the preparer. There are at least three techniques for consuming a boilermaker. First, the whiskey may be drunk at a go and chased immediately by the beer. Second, the two may be mixed by pouring the shot into the beer--stirring is at the discretion of the drinker. Last, the shot glass may be dropped into the beer just before drinking--this technique appears to be a comparatively recent innovation, and is also refered to as a depth charge in some circles. (The name Depth Charge is also occasionally applied to other concoctions that involve dropping a shot glass into a larger drink, as well as a number of more ordinary mixed drinks.) The experimenter is warned that the shot glass can pose a considerable danger to the front teeth. Bartending guides differ on the preferred technique, but all agree that speed is the essence of this drink: one aims to drink a boilermaker quickly, and get drunk just as quickly

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Posted by: lejslboawn at August 5, 2007 4:46 PM

Boilermakers are made to get drunk! The best way to do that is the 3rd technique but you're right, I've seen people chip their teeth doing this. Have fun and be careful.

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