How To Turn Your Beer Green


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It’s that time of year again when everything is green, even if it’s 20 degrees out with nothing but snow and ice on the ground.   St. Patrick’s Day brings out the green no matter what the weather or where you plan to celebrate.   Of course, throwing back a beer or two is another common tradition every Mar 17th.  So why not combine a little green with your beer?

Not many of us are qualified home brewers or would even chance drinking our own beer, but there’s no harm cheating a bit and starting with the beer and just adding a bit of green.   Here are a few simple suggestions for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the holiday spirit with green beer.

First, let’s start with the obvious.   Grab yourself a pint glass or beer mug.   We’re assuming you won’t be sipping your green beer from a martini glass.

Next is choosing the right beer.   A smooth Guinness sure fits the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, but unless you want to drop an entire bottle of green food coloring into your glass or mug, Guinness just won’t pass the color test.  Not to mention the added risk of walking around with green teeth all day.  Instead, grab a light-colored beer such as a pale ale, lager, or pilsner.  Then stop there.  The sequence of events is crucial here.

Before pouring the beer, first add 3-5 drops of green food coloring into the bottom of the glass or mug.   Pouring the beer first will most likely have the food coloring floating around in the foam forcing you to stir it in.   By adding the coloring in first and then slowly pouring the beer, the coloring should more naturally mix without requiring any stirring.   You may also want to add an extra drop or two of food coloring to attain your ideal shade of green.

And there you have it.   Enjoy your green beer and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!   As the old Irish saying goes… “There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.”  Every March 17th, everyone is at least a little bit Irish.

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