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The classic beer and a shot drink order inspired the upcoming lager.

Elisabeth Sherman
April 04, 2018

Two American-as-apple-pie brands, Jim Beam and Budweiser, are coming together to create the most patriotic drink you can imagine (besides maybe these red, white, and blue Jell-O shots)—a lager based one of the best-loved dive bar drink orders.

You probably know it simply as “a beer and shot,” but its true name is the Boilermaker—a glass of beer and shot of whiskey. In America, most of the time that will get you a cold Budweiser and a shot of Jim Beam (but it works with any type of whiskey or bourbon, from Jack Daniels to Powers). Now, Jim Beam and Budweiser want to combine those two flavors in one glass.

According to Esquire, the new beer will be called the Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager. The beer will be brewed with two-row barley—which some brewers believe produces a “fuller, maltier flavor”—and then aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels, of course.

Bourbon barrel-aging beer is common practice these days, especially among craft breweries, which have produced some exceptional variations on barrel-aged beers. However, this is the first time that these two iconic brands have joined forces.  

So does this new lager successfully mimic the taste of a shot (or a sip if you like to take things slow) of bourbon, immediately followed by a swig of beer? As Esquire mentions, the aging process produces a “toasty oak aroma and nutty taste, with caramel and vanilla notes,” which does sound like a pleasant balance between the hoppy beer and the sweetness of the bourbon.

We’ll just have to wait until the fall, when the beer is released, to find out for sure, but in the meantime feel free to keep ordering a bottle of Budweiser and shot of Jim Beam at your local dive bar until both flavors are available in the same glass.

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