Beer and a Shot: Find Your New Favorite Match at a Bar Near You

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At a time when drinks involve exotic ingredients and over-the-top presentations, there’s something to be said for a return to simplicity. The Boilermaker, a classic beer-and-shot combination often ordered off-menu, is making its way to the forefront in creative new ways. Bars like Trick Dog in San Francisco and Nitecap in New York City have devoted entire parts of the menu to the pairings for years, and Boilermaker in New York’s East Village is basically built around the entire concept. What’s not to love? It’s easy to order and easy on the wallet, too. Check out these seven other places to find inventive pairings of brews and booze.

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1. Double Down Special (Sweet Cheeks Q, Boston): pint of Downeast Cider from the Boston cider house and a shot of Old Overholt rye whiskey

2. The Johnny Cash (Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, New York City): Hop Perfect IPA from Nashville’s Yazoo accompanied with a shot of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire (Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 whiskey and red hot cinnamon liqueur), served hooked onto the pint glass

3. Los Tres Reyes (Big Star, Chicago): shot of jalapeño-infused Corazon tequila, house sangrita and a can of Mexican favorite Tecate lager

4. Wiseacre Ananda IPA and a Mini Boulevardier (Bastion, Nashville): shot-size cocktail, made with one part whiskey, one part Campari and one part sweet vermouth, served with a juicy dry-hopped India Pale Ale out of Memphis

5. Orange Is the New Black (Rustic Root, San Diego): shot of New Amsterdam Orange vodka served with Coronado’s Orange Ave. Wit, a witbier made with orange zest and orange blossom honey

6. The Tex/Mex Trinity (CBD Provisions, Dallas): choice of a pint of Lone Star or cider, paired with a shot of bourbon and house-made pickleback shot

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7. Smoke & Water (Bigfoot West, Los Angeles): shot of Mezcal El Silencio and a can of 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon, a crisp, dry wheat beer made with watermelon

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