A porch crawler is a mixed beverage made primarily of beer, liquor, and a sweetening agent (for instance, lemonade concentrate). The most standard liquors for the drink are vodka, gin, rum, or whiskey. It’s ideal for parties and the ingredients are scaled to make a whole pitcher rather than a drink at a time, anyway. A good quality beer makes the cocktail even better.
A boilermaker is the drink consisting of a glass of beer mixed with a shot of whiskey. This straightforward whiskey and beer concoction, wherein the whiskey is dropped into the beer, found favor in the 1800s among factory workers—possibly those who fabricated the boilers of locomotive engines, hence the name.
Shandy is a beer cocktail mixed with a lemon or a lemon-lime flavored beverage. The citrus part, often called lemonade, may or may not be carbonated. The ratios of the two ingredients are adjusted to taste but are usually half lemonade and half beer. This combination makes for a refreshing beverage on a crisp sunny spring afternoon.
The sake bomb or sake bomber is a beer cocktail obtained by pouring sake into a shot glass and dropping it into a glass of beer. It is also believed that the cocktail recipe was actually invented by American soldiers who were occupying Japan after World War II, and that is the reason why the cocktail is much more popular in America than it is in Japan.
A U-Boot is a beer cocktail obtained by placing a shot of vodka into a glass of beer, typically a lager. It is called a U-Boot (German abbreviation of Unterseeboot, "submarine") because the shot glass of vodka sinks to the bottom of the glass of beer. The shot glass then "surfaces" when the cocktail is drunk.
A Queen Mary is created by mixing beer with a few teaspoons of grenadine, to taste. This mixed drink is typically served in beer glassware, leaving room for a generous amount of beer head which can take on a pink or cherry-like tone. In North America the Queen Mary cocktail is a popular alternative to a Shandy. The drink can also be found in other regions of the world, including Europe.