A boilermaker is an easy sell for me. For starters, it couldn't be simpler to make: fill a shot glass with whiskey, then drop it in a glass of beer. I love a whiskey-infused beer - they're made of the same stuff, no reason they shouldn't go together. Ever had Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale? That is a beautiful substance! Oddly enough, we don't own shot glasses - not yet, anyway. Fortunately, we do have a 1 oz Pyrex glass and it worked just fine.
I have a funny boilermaker story. As I think I've written before, I got my copy of The New York Bartender's Guide as a gift my senior year of college. My roommate and I had a lot of fun playing around with the recipes. For our boilermaker, we used Heineken Dark and Jack Daniels. When I told my father about it later, he was absolutely horrified.
"So let me get this straight," he said. "You took perfectly good beer and perfectly good whiskey and ruined them by putting them together!"
Oh well, you can't please everyone.
This time, I used von Trapp Brewery's Bohemian Pilsner and Jim Beam Black Bourbon. I don't know if my father would approve but I thought the combination was lovely.