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Boilermakers for National Beer Day

Beer / April 7, 2017 / No Comments.

BoilermakerHappy National Beer Day! Instead of doing the boring, expected plug to drink your favorite beer today, we decided to do something a little different. Let’s celebrate with a nice cold boilermaker. For those of you wondering what the hell a boilermaker is, it’s a delicious pairing of a cold beer and a shot of whiskey.

This might not be the most popular drink of choice, but bartenders around the country have been hearing more and more orders for boilermakers. The origin of this unique drink is still in question. One theory is that it came to be in the 1800s when blue collar workers headed to the bar after a long shift and it is believed that the drink was named after the workers who built and maintained steam locomotives during the same time period. Another idea is that the first boilermaker was created when Richard Trevitchick and his friends celebrated after his steam powered vehicle made its first successful climb up his village’s steepest hill on Christmas Eve in 1801.

No matter which story you choose to believe, we can all appreciate the boilermaker and the many ways you can enjoy one. Drink the entire shot of whiskey and chase it with a beer, sip on the shot of whiskey and beer until each drink is finished or just drop the shot of whiskey into the beer and drink. In order to properly enjoy this cocktail, no matter how you consume it, the kind of whiskey you choose is crucial.

Bulleit Whiskey compliments a variety of different beers so you really can’t go wrong. If you’re into lagers we recommend Bulleit Bourbon. It has a medium amber color, with gentle spiciness and sweet oak aromas. Mid-palate is smooth with tones of maple, oak, and nutmeg while the finish is long, dry and satiny with a light toffee flavor. For those more interested in IPA’s, try Bulleit Rye. Russet in color, it has rich oaky aromas. The taste is exceptionally smooth, with hints of vanilla, honey and price. The finish is crisp and clean, with long, lingering flavors.


In Beer We Trust

Beer / April 7, 2016 / No Comments.


Far too often, we hear about National “This” Day, or National “That” Month. It seems as though the powers that be have created a day for everything, from cantaloupe to pencil sharpeners. More often than not, these days are nothing more than pointless reminders of the monotony we find ourselves in, and our pathetic efforts to create excitement. WELL, now that we’ve gotten you amply down in the dumps, it just so happens that today is NOT one of those days. In fact, it’s quite the opposite; it’s National Beer Day!

In honor of this heavenly beverage, here at DIA, we asked around to collect candid feelings about beer. Here’s what we found:

Who? Favorite brands varied the most, but some highlights include: Corona, Blue Moon, Guinness, Stone, and Samuel Adams.

What? This was pretty split, but it seems as though IPA’s are the overall favorite. However, people prefer ales in the cold weather, and light beer in the summer.

When? People typically like to toss ’em back at sporting events, in social situations (beer pong?), and in nice weather. Duh.

How? Across the board, beer initiates a feeling of calmness. And then bloating.

Why? Our team shared their favorite memories of beer:

“I once shotgunned a beer in my fire escape in my pajamas. That was nice.”

“Floating down the Saco river with a beer in each hand catching jell-o shots strangers on a pontoon were throwing at us.”

“It might be the memory of my first Guinness, where I was on a pub crawl in Dublin but I was late to the first bar and the group was about to leave so I had to chug my first Guinness and it was delicious.”

“Last years family adult Christmas party where we recreated college parties with quarters, flip cup, and beer pong with my age 75+ in laws”

“I’m proud to say I’ve run a few beer miles — chug a beer, run a quarter mile, repeat that three more times — and somehow didn’t puke.”



Grin and Beer It: It’s National Beer Day

Beer / April 7, 2014 / 2 Comments.

Beer BarrelNews flash: Beer is awesome. Just in case you didn’t know.


We like to think of every day as a day to celebrate the magnificence of this bubbly brew, but today is the “real” day to pay tribute; it’s National Beer Day, friends.


Why does National Beer Day fall on April 7th? It’s the day the Cullen-Harrison Act took effect during the Prohibition-era. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, only in office for just about a month, decided to increase the amount of alcohol allowed in beverages from 0.5 percent to 3.2 percent. Our standard beer usually clocks in around 5 percent alcohol, but for the folks who had gone without for a number of years, 3.2 percent was the best thing to happen to the nation in a long time.


That first day of beer sales on April 7, 1933 brought in $7.5 million in tax receipts for the U.S. Treasury. Beer was able to breathe life into America’s economy again and by December 5, 1933, Prohibition went the way of the dodo bird and became extinct (phew).


Circling back to the 3.2 percent alcohol rule, we thought you might be wondering what type of beer is 3.2 percent and whether it still exists. First of all, yes – it still very much exists, and it’s not nearly as low alcohol as it sounds. In fact, you’ll find many beers around that ABV in Scottish, English, and Irish pubs; it’s often Americans that expect a higher ABV.


Listed by Ranker.com, beers that are currently 3.2 percent alcohol or less include:


  • Anchor Brewery Small Beer from Anchor Brewing Company
  • Courage Light Ale from Courage Brewery
  • Young’s Light Ale from Young’s Brewery
  • Harvey’s India Pale Ale from Harvey’s Brewery
  • Llangollen Grange No. 1 from Llangollen Brewery
  • Morrells Light Oxford Ale from Morrells
  • Robert Cain Dark Mild from Robert Cain
  • Scottish Courage Hofmeister from Scottish Courage


Choosing beers that hover around the 3.2 percent alcohol mark allow you to enjoy more beers at a time, giving you the ability to truly appreciate the tastes and smells rather than getting totally drunk.



National Beer Day

Beer / April 7, 2013 / No Comments.

beertoastIt’s almost impossible to believe that people couldn’t legally drink beer in this country at one point. We know we wouldn’t have made it but today we’re celebrating like we lived through the Prohibition.  Luckily on April 7, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt repealed the Volstead Act, legalizing beer as long as it was under 3.2% ABV.


So cheers to beer and thanks to FDR for bringing it back to us. We don’t know what we’d do without it.



5 Reasons To Drink This Weekend

Our Stories / April 5, 2013 / No Comments.

prohibition_happydaysarebeeragainWe’re not the type of people who need a reason to drink. If we’re breathing that’s reason enough. But for those who need more, here you go:


  1. National Beer Day: This Sunday we celebrate the greatness of beer.
  2. Roger Ebert: One of the most famous movie critics of all time passed away this week. A toast to his career and the movies he loved.
  3. Final Four: Cheers to Syracuse, Michigan, Wichita and Louisville. Even though are brackets are busted we’ll still drink to the Final Four.
  4. Mad Men: The insanely popular show returns this Sunday night. We’ll be ordering an Old Fashioned in honor of Don Draper.
  5. Great Gatsby: We’re seriously pumped about this movie, especially after the new trailer that came out yesterday. Too bad we have to wait until May to see the movie; we’ll need a few drinks to keep us occupied.