A sports bar staple, the Boilermaker (a beer cocktail consisting of a glass of beer and a shot of whiskey, tequila, or vodka), has classed up thanks to a collaboration between beer connoisseurs Hallie Beaune and Christina Perozzi, who call themselves the Beer Chicks, and downtown whiskey bar Seven Grand (7G).
new Boilermaker cocktail menu, available at 7G, showcases different
combinations of craft beer paired with quality whiskey. Take your pick from tasty
concoctions like the Chubby Mr Berns (Seven Grand Bernheim Wheat Whiskey with
Old Chub Scotch Ale) or the Abominable Scot (Bowmore “Legend” Islay Malt with
Great Divide Yeti Stout).
designed it so that the whiskey is going to bring out the notes of the beer and
the beer is going to bring out the notes in the whiskey. They’re enlivening
each other,” explained Seven Grand spirit guide Pedro Shanahan.
cocktail arrives with the beer and spirit in separate Old Fashioned glasses,
not the shot and pint glasses you’d expect. Drinkers should not shoot the
drinks, but instead sip each one (whiskey first) to appreciate how their flavours
a different way to drink a cocktail but as Hallie Beaune explained, “When a
pairing is good it creates a new flavour. And some of these combinations create
a whole new experience when you have them together.”
menu will change regularly to showcase seasonal beers, with the current winter
menu featuring heavier stouts and porters.
those who want to try this at home, the Beer Chicks have created kits
containing a bottle of whiskey and a bottle of beer packaged in a cardboard
carrying case. These are available for sale at their store, 8th
Street Bottle Shop, where you can also try unique beer and whiskey pairings which
are not available at the bar.
Caroline Pardilla is the Los Angeles Localite for BBC Travel. She
also writes Carolineoncrack.com.