The classic layered beer drink has a dark beer (most often Guinness) layered on top of a lighter colored beer. This combination gives a dramatic effect but it isn't the only possible layering combination. As can be seen in the pictures below, having a dark beer as the bottom layer can also work nicely. Keep on experimenting!!
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Thought I would share some recent black and tans recipes. They are all dark-on-bottom except for the Revolver Ale and Guinness combination (which I think I've shown before...). Two were made with the new Budweiser Oculto tequila flavored brew which layered pretty well.
Found another great bottom layer dark beer with Nitro Milk Stout from the Left Hand Brewing Co. Back in December we had tried their Milk Stout with the Hoegaarden Wit and it worked very well too. I guess we'll call all Milk Stout & Hoegaarden combinations a "Milky Hoe". Also found a great combination with the Nitro Milk Stout and Blook & Honey American Ale from Revolver Brewing. Check out the nice pictures below.
Bud Light may get a bad rap for beer taste but it does work really well as a light colored top layer beer. The pictures below show it on top of Abita Turbodog and Community Legion Russian Imperial Stout.
Here are some really nice layered beer pictures sent in from Bob H and Brent P. Check 'em out. If you have pictures of your own, please send them in.
Found some great 'Dark on Bottom' combinations over the past few weeks using Shiner Birthday Beer for the dark bottom layer.
If you want to try some different black and tan combinations, picking up some Shiner beer from the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner TX can really help. Here are 28 pictures showing Shiner beers used together and with other brews for some great layering recipes.
My wife surprised me by picking up some new Accumulation White IPA from New Belguim Brewing Co. I thought it had potential as a good middle layer beer. First, I tried it over some Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug black lager. This worked out well. About a week later it tried it under good ol' Guinness. This work our very well too! After some consideration I decided to name them both a "Black Snow".
I see a possible triple layered beer combination here but I've ran out of the beer to try it with.
Here is a collection of great layered beer pictures showing both dark-on-top and dark-on-bottom combinations. See, you don't need Guinness to make a beautiful layered beer!
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