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St. Patrick’s Day : How to Make Green Beer

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

As a general rule of thumb, I try to stay away from green beer, green eggs, green anything…not only on St. Patrick’s Day, but on most days in general.

It recently dawned on me that green beer is a tradition in many homes across America.

How does one make green beer? The obvious additive is food coloring. But what’s the secret to making good green beer?

DIY Life has got us covered:

The beer
Choose a lighter beer, one that will take the color easily. If your favorite beer is of the darker variety, it will take more coloring.

The color
It was suggested by a commenter on Slashfood, where we were reminded of this cool St. Patrick’s day tradition, that blue food coloring works best; by mixing it with the yellow beer, you should achieve a true green color. I tried both blue and green food coloring. Take a look through the gallery and decide which one you think worked best.

For the purists among us who don’t want to tamper with good beer, enjoy a Guinness. If you’re in the St. Patrick’s day spirit, but aren’t really a beer drinker, follow me through the break and I’ll share some other green cocktails along with a few non-alcoholic ones.


Tiny Bottle Openers at Etsy

Etsy is the ultimate online destination for all things handmade. Forget afghans and knitted booties immediately because there plenty of beer-related gems to be found, such as the ones seen above. Amepix creates -1/4 inch keychain bottle openers that carry catchy beer-centric sayings like “Drink Local” and “Beers Her Own Beer.” For just $4.00, you can choose from “Beers His Own Beer,” “Brews Her Own Beer,” “Drink Local” or “Buy Local.” A little token of appreciation for the beer loving babe in your life.

The Perfect Pour: Black & Tan

Traditionally, a Black & Tan is “a drink made from a blend of pale ale and a dark beer such as a stout or porter”.

Commonly, a Black & Tan is a homemade concoction but it is also available pre-made by a variety of beer makers, one specifically being Yuengling.

While a Black & Tan is a simple drink to make, there’s certainly an art to it. Shine recently published a fail proof way to pour a perfect Black & Tan.


1. Fill a glass halfway with Bass or another ale; let the foam settle.

2. Place a spoon face down over the glass and slowly pour stout, such as Guinness, over the back of the spoon.

3. Let the stout settle. Spoon off some foam and top with more stout.

Free Beer, But Not Quite


A website called FreeBeer.org is enough to make you do an e-double take. According to the site,

FREE BEER is a beer which is free in the sense of freedom, not in the sense of free beer.

The project, originally conceived by Copenhagen-based artist collective Superflex and students at the Copenhagen IT University, applies modern free software / open source methods to a traditional real-world product – namely the alcoholic beverage loved and enjoyed globally, and commonly known as beer.

FREE BEER is based on classic ale brewing traditions, but with addded Guaraná for a natural energy boost. The recipe and branding elements of FREE BEER is published under a Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5) license, which means that anyone can use the recipe to brew their own FREE BEER or create a derivative of the recipe. Anyone is free to earn money from FREE BEER, but they must publish the recipe under the same license and credit our work. All design and branding elements are available to beer brewers, and can be modified to suit, provided changes are published under the same license (”Attribution & Share Alike”)

Beer fanatics worldwide are using Free Beer‘s recipes to brew, bottle, share and sell their own beer. A great idea as far as intellectual property is concerned, combining love for beer with Creative Commons licensing. The internet and beer at work, not a bad matchup by any means.

Make Your Beer and Drink It, Too

Paul O. Boisvert for The New York Times

As the homemade beer movement roars across America, more and more people are showing an interest in brewing their own. The New York Times‘ article  “Make Your Beer and Drink It, Too” revealed that beer enthusiasts are going far beyond a basic brewery tour, incorporating trips to craft breweries and even international adventures,

“Last summer, Boston Beer partnered with Abercrombie and Kent to create a weeklong excursion to Bavaria’s beer country. The itinerary included visits to various biergartens; the centuries-old Stanglmair Farm and Hops Field, just north of Munich; and the Weihenstephan Brewery, which dates back to the year 1040”

But if you can’t  spend the money to make your way overseas, there are plenty options right throughout the country.

“…about 1,500 visitors had attended Woodstock’s brewery weekends. Guests can take part in every step of the brewing process — including the messy work of removing hundreds of pounds of processed grain from the “mash tun,” where grain and water are mixed. The early morning brewing leads into a hearty Saturday lunch (featuring bread made from the spent grain); later, there’s a five-course dinner and souvenirs. (Breakfast is included in the cost of the room.)”

Some options include:

Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery (135 Main Street North, Woodstock, N.H.; 800-321-3985; woodstockinnnh.com). Brewery Weekends are offered in April and May; $118 per person, not including lodging. The weekend package includes a Friday reception, meals on Saturday and the chance to brew with professionals.

Samuel Adams/Copley Plaza package (138 St. James Avenue, Boston; 800-441-1414; fairmont.com/copleyplaza). The brewery experience package is offered January to May and September to December, subject to availability. Doubles start at $429.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales has a weekend package through the Inn at Canal Square (122 Market Street, Lewes, Del.; 888-644-1911; www.theinnatcanalsquare.com) that includes a brewery tour and a $50 dinner certificate for the Dogfish Head brewpub. Packages start at $480, double occupancy, depending on the season.

Rogue Ales (Chatoe Rogue Micro Hopyard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence, Ore.; 503-347-8288; www.rogue.com). Double rooms at the house on this hops farm start at $90 per night.

Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Budweiser Brewery Tours (12th and Lynch Streets, St. Louis, Mo.; 314-577-2626; www.budweisertours.com). General tours are free. Beermaster tours are $25 for those 21 and older and $10 for ages 13 to 20.