Guess what! This Friday is National Beer Day. Sure you can have a beer to celebrate, but how much fun is that? Why not make a Boilermaker? So if you are going to follow my lead might I suggest that you pick up one of your favorite brews and while you are out pick up a bottle of Bulleit 10-Year Old Bourbon. Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old is Tom Bulleit’s selected reserve. Aged in charred American white oak, select Bulleit Bourbon barrels were set aside to age for 10 years. The result is a special expression of Bulleit that provides a rich, deep, incredibly smooth sipping experience.

This is my third attempt with Bulleit Bourbon to find a beer that will make the perfect Boilermaker. This time I needed to find something that would pair well with the Bulleit 10-Year Old Bourbon. Before I tell you which beer I chose let me educate you on how the Boilermaker came to be.

Most of you know that a Boilermaker is created when you combine a cold beer with a shot of whiskey. There are few theories on when the Boilermaker was created. Some say that 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.

No matter how the Boilermaker came to be the popularity of the Boilermaker is making a comeback. So with that notion Bulleit is asking for my help and yours as long as you are 21 years old or older to find the beer that when paired with any variety of Bulleit Bourbon will create the best Boilermaker.

Since we are a few days away from National Beer Day I wanted to go with something that had a springtime feel to it. I chose New Belguim’s Fat Tire as the beer to mix with a variety of Bulleit.

Just like the past few months I enjoyed this version of the Boilermaker with the Bulleit 10-Year Old. The combination of New Belguim’s Fat Tire and Bulleit 10-Year old was perfect for this time of year. It was refreshing and is good to drink while you watch your favorite baseball team come back to the diamond for another year.  I would say that this one had a score of 9.0 out of ten. So far between the three this is my favorite one.

What beer would you choose to go with a Bulleit variety? Below is the recipe you can use. Let me know which beer you used with Bulleit. I’m always looking for some good suggestions.

Boilermaker

1 oz. Bulleit (Bourbon, Rye or 10-Year-Old)

12 oz. Beer

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