The Story Behind Comstock Saloon's Happy Hour 'Headbutt'

Happy hours are like pizza and sex: Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.

SFoodie's weekly happy hour pick presents some of the best places to nosh and drink for cheap, but some drink specials are so distinctive that they're worth taking a closer look at.

Comstock Saloon has added an interesting twist to the classic shot-and-a-beer combo by offering a Dutch-style kopstootje (or “little headbutt”): a shot of Bols genever served in a tulip glass with a pilsner back. (Genever, of course, is a type of gin made from an unaged whiskey base instead of a neutral spirit ― i.e., vodka ― commonly found in the London dry styles. It is distilled with juniper berries and a combination of herbs, finished with malt wine for sweetness and additional malty character.)

What's the story behind the little headbutt? Tal Nadari, Bols' U.S. managing director and a Dutch expat, was able to break it down for us.

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