Though I love Guinness draft and it works great for beer layering, it isn't the only game in town. I picked up some cans of Murphy's Stout last week and tried one on top of a bottle of Goose Island 312. (FYI - Murphy's uses a nitrogen widget in its cans like Guinness to increase the creaminess of the head when poured.)
The layer separation was really nice and the taste of course, is great. So... if you can't find Guinness for your Black and Tans, be sure to give Murphy's a try.
Guinness Draught is certainly ol' reliable when it come to making black and tans. It is the iconic top dark layer and can give a very clean separation line with a lighter colored bottom layer. Here are pictures of some great examples.
With Guinness combinations, I've always had the Guinness on top. I've heard that Champagne will float on top of Guinness but I've never tried it. Has anyone had any success with something over Guinness?
* Just a quick shout out to Fanconia Brewing. I attended their brewery tour a few weeks ago and had a great time. They've just started bottling so I can now pick up their beers at the local grocery store.
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