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How To Make A Boilermaker: Drink Recipe

The Boilermaker is a classic “working man’s” drink due to the heavy alcohol content and the history of it. The Boilermaker uses beer and whiskey to create a drink very similar to the jager bomb, which is red bull and Jagermeister, in the sense that they both drop a shot glass filled with liquor into a drink. Be cautious when consuming this drink because it gets you buzzing real quick!

Here’s What You’re Going To Need


  • Shot Glass
  • Pint Glass
preparing a boilermaker. whiskey in a shot glass beside a glass full of beer


  • Beer
  • Whiskey (or bourbon)

Boilermaker Drink Recipe

boilermaker on a wooden table with an empty beer bottle in the background


The Boilermaker is a hard-hitting drink that uses a beer and whiskey combination. This drink is very strong and exactly what you need to get the party going.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcoholic drink, beer, boilermaker, bourbon whiskey
Servings: 1
Calories: 173kcal
Cost: $3


  • Shot Glass


  • 1 oz Whiskey Or Bourbon
  • 1/2 pint Beer


  • Fill a pint glass halfway with beer.
    whiskey in a shot glass beside a glass full of beer
  • Fill a shot glass with whiskey and drop it in the glass with beer.
  • Enjoy your boilermaker!
    boilermaker on a wooden table with an empty beer bottle in the background



Serving: 1g | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 64mg | Sugar: 1g
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History Of The Boilermaker

There are a couple of origin stories for this famous drink. The most popular one is that it originated in the 1800s when the men would come to the bar after a long day of working on the steam locomotives and demand a beer and whiskey to help loosen up their sore muscles. This became the norm for many blue-collar workers in that era as it was a hard-hitting drink that would give you a buzz right away.

Another story is that a man named Richard Trevitchik, who designed steam engines and trains, was working on his latest design when he made a breakthrough and successfully figured out how to get enough power in the train to get up a hill in England. To celebrate his success he went to the closest bar with some lads and they all had a beer and whiskey. Unluckily for Richard, he forgot to put out the fire in the boiler and when he came back later on the machine was burnt to a crisp. Hence, the name of the drink that ’caused’ this mistake, the Boilermaker.

old picture of a steam train going down the tracks

Boilermaker Notes & F.A.Q’s

Can I use rum/scotch/bourbon instead of whiskey?

Yes, You can use any of those although the taste will be different.

Do I have to drop the shot into the glass or can I drink it seperatly?

You can drink it however you like but for a true boilermaker you need to drop the shot into the drink and slam it back!

Does it matter how much beer I use in the drink?

No you can use however much you want but the beer should be overflowing in the shot glass when you drop it in.

Some Other Ways This Drink Is Made/Consumed

This video shows a different way to consume the drink and specific ingredients to make the BEST Boilermaker.

Here’s a funny clip of guys making and drinking boilermakers and talking about its history. Check out if you want a good laugh.

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