As both the craft beers and spirits flourish, their crossover is unsurprising. After all, one complements the other. Whiskey, for example, starts its alcoholic life as version of beer that’s soon distilled. Once the world of craft alcohol began distilling beers into whiskey, it found the fraternal drinks could play up different flavors of the same base recipe. Many breweries also embraced their love of liquor by expanding with distilling operations, and some have even launched with both lines of booze from the inception.
These new beer and liquor possibilities led us to wonder what new craft beers and spirits could do for the old happy hour-favorite of a shot and a beer, or Boilermaker. We reached out to 10 brewing and distilling operations to get their tastiest pairing. While some offered a classic neat whiskey and cold beer combination, feel free to enjoy them, not just throw them back.