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.
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