Ever had a sidecar? My friends Sara and Laura went through a phase when they always ordered a whiskey shot to sip along with their beer. That’s what they called sidecar. Sometimes it is  referred to as a boilermaker, or just a shot and a beer.

Regardless, those were some fun times. Ahem.

Sidecar 2Well, in the sidecar tradition, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar has collaborated with Apocalypse Brew Works to create Whiskey Chaser Lager, a pre-Prohibition style classic American pilsner.

The beer was brewed to be the perfect complement to refresh the palate while sipping your favorite whiskey. Doc Crow’s bar manager Jacquelyn Zykan approached Apocalypse head brewer Leah Dienes to take the creative reigns, and Dienes created a subtle and slightly sweet beer with bourbon lovers in mind.

“We love to support this local business, not just because they are local but because they have a passionate team dedicated to making great beer,” Zykan said in a press release. “It’s an added bonus to pair with another knowledgeable and passionate woman making waves in the male-dominated spirits industry.”

Whiskey Chaser Lager is described as having a clean lager taste, moderate maltiness and a faint corn-like sweetness with a crisp finish. Dienes used a combination of two-row and six-row barley with flaked corn, rice, German Hallertau hops and Cluster hops to give the brew a mix of earthy and citrus qualities. In other words, it quite likely tastes similar to the lagers Louisvillians were drinking back in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

This is the second collaboration between Doc Crow’s and Apocalypse – the two previously created a custom smoked porter aged in private selection bourbon barrels called Bull Nelson.

Doc Crow’s is located at 127 W. Main St.; Apocalypse Brew Works is located at 1612 Mellwood Ave.


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Kevin Gibson
Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies.Email Kevin at [email protected]