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!
Here are two black and tan pictures from John in St. Louis. He said he made them on Thanksgiving Day while watching a ball game. Guinness Draught in cans works great as a top layer with a lot of beers. It also always works well with cider due to a ciders' higher density from the additional sugar content.
A few weeks ago we showed some beer layering attempts with Stella Artois. It worked pretty well as a top layer beer. Given that there is no such thing as a bad Belgian beer, I decided to try another classic, Leffe Blonde. The first attempt of pouring it over Rahr Ugly Pug Black Lager was a failure. The Leffe mixed into the black lager straight away so no layer formed as expected. I had assumed that the Leffe would be light like the Stella. I had also forgotten that the Rahr black lager is also relatively light. So, after forcing myself to drink the mistake, I tried the Leffe on the bottom. Well, it turned out great! After that I was on a roll. See the pictures below.
Received these great layered beer pictures from John in St Louis MO. He used bottled Guinness over Schlafly Hefeweizen from the Saint Louis Brewery. Great layer separation! The second picture shows Guinness Draught over Strongbow cider.
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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.
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.
John from Edwardsville IL sent us this great Black Velvet picture. Black Velvets (Guinness over cider) are great layered drinks for two reasons. One, the color difference in always dramatic with the light colored cider and, two, the taste differential between the stout and the cider is huge.
The picture shows a first edition layering tool with the logo in the center. Very rare!!
Thanks for the great picture John!! I'm sure the Black Velvets were great!
In a previous post I talked about finding layered beer combinations/recipes that use beers from the same brewer. Recently I picked up some of the new Guinness Blonde American Lager that appeared in my local grocery store and attempted to layer it with the flagship Guinness stout. The combination turned out great.
Now, what to call this recipe combination? A Black and Blonde? A Dark Blonde?
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