Received a great email from Mark R.
"You’ll be glad to know it’s got a good amount of use already. My dad and I have been making Black and Tans and since you get two beers with each one you make, he’s been trying them with me. Turns out the bottled Guinness doesn’t work. So far my favorites have been blue moon and Guinness and shock top and Guinness. Left the tool with him because he’ll use it more than I will. It’s been fun!"
Mark is right that bottled Guinness not working as well as the canned Guinness Draught. Combos with Blue Moon and Shock Top both work well and the cloudyness of the bottom layer presents nicely.
Thanks for the feedback and the pictures Mark!
We just received some great feedback from Don T in western Canada. He said "First attempt with Harp's Lager and Guinness resulted in a perfect pour. Thank you." That made my day. Don then shared two nice pictures to prove it. Thanks Don!
Both of these are almost guaranteed to work because of the density difference between the two layers.
It has been a while since I posted but, rest assured, I've still been busy trying different black and tan combinations over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday. Many combos didn't work so I was forced to drink them as punishment. Here are pictures of my successes. Some of them worked out really well with fantastic layer separation.
A spooky Halloween picture I found on Instagram from the Guinness store in Las Vegas. It shows the classic Blacksmith and Half 'n Half recipes.
Here is their Instagram URL: https://www.instagram.com/guinnessstorelasvegas/
Beer in summer. Is there anything better?? Here are some great summer beers paired with Guinness Draught for some beautiful layered drinks.
Well, St Patrick's day celebrations are over. Hope everyone tried some green beer!
I'd been trying some various layered beer combos. Many of them didn't work out and mixed, but through perseverance and a bit of luck, I landed some good ones. See pics below.
I'm always on the lookout for different beer glasses to try black 'n tans with. A few weeks ago I found a goblet style glass on Amazon at a reasonable price. The tool didn't really fit the smaller opening and it actually sat on the diagonal part. It formed a good seal around the rim and when I first started pouring the Guinness it wouldn't drip down because no air could escape. Once I lift the tool slightly the Guinness started to flow and a decent layer was created. It didn't turn out as good as I had hoped so I'll be trying the glass again.
I received this great half and half layered beer picture last week from Granata S. in Canada. A "half and half" layered beer is Harp Lager under Guinness Draught.
She said that "It was her husbands best so far, using the perfect tool for Black and Tan. Every one who has received the tool from him has enjoyed better Black and Tan! Thanks!"
As you can see in the picture, there is great layer separation. The light color of the Harp also helps to make this a dramatic combination.
Received some great customer pictures recently.
We've all seen green beer traditionally served on St. Patrick's day. With the celebration fast approaching (Thursday, March 17 this year), I decided some green beer practice was in order. I picked up a small bottle of green food dye at the local grocery store (found it in the spice section, ~$2-$3) and tried it. Here are some pictures of the great results.
With about half a beer needed for the bottom layer, only 1 or 2 drops of dye are needed in the glass before the bottom layer beer is poured in. The dye will mix with the beer to create a nice green coloring. Then you simply use the layering tool to pour in the top layer beer.
When pouring a green on top combination, I had to mix the dye with the beer while it was still in the bottle.
HAVE A GREAT ST PATTY'S DAY!!
Had a great new years celebration with good friends, family and college football. Had a opportunity to try some beer layering with leftovers from the beer fridge. Check out the great separation line with the Blue Moon and Guinness. The last picture shows how well the Blue Moon and Guinness remained separated even after about half of the drink was gone.
Happy 2016 to everyone!
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