It has been a while since I've posted but I was still taking pictures of successful layered beer combinations. Check out the great black and tans below.
Here are three great layered beer pictures from a happy customer. He had good success getting the beers to layer well in the tulip glass. I've always had problems with those glasses.
The combo with the War Hammer Imperial IPA from 4Hands Brewing Co has been named a "Black Hammer".
Beer in summer. Is there anything better?? Here are some great summer beers paired with Guinness Draught for some beautiful layered drinks.
I spent the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend with my family visiting one of the best attractions of McKinney, Texas... Tupps Brewery!
Tupps is a newer brewery that opened up in 2015 located right close to McKinney's historic downtown square and is a great way to spend a day. You can tour the square with its many shops and restaurants and then head over to Tupps for a nice cold beer!
After touring the downtown, we headed over to Tupps which is right behind the old Cotton Mill off of Highway 5. Its in a warehouse with the only marker to let you know that it's a bar and brewery is a large, purely Texas, old rusty car out front. When you walk inside the décor is warehouse rustic and has the rural Texas feel that can be hard to find in the Dallas Metropolitan area.
The outdoor seating along with jumbo Jenga and corn hole games are the perfect way to relax on a Saturday afternoon. The inside live country music and lunch truck doesn't hurt either..
While there I went for the Texas Black Ale and the Texas Shade wheat. Both were absolutely delicious and refreshing. The wheat was really unfiltered (cloudy) which you can see in the photo below (the top layer for the black and tan) and in the first photo above.
A week later, I bought some of their beer to bring home to try and make a perfect black and tan. Delicious!!
Every Saturday Tupp's has a Taste, Tour, & Hang Event where there is live music from 1-4pm, tours at 12:30 and 4pm, and, best of all, $5 beer! Make sure you check them out if you are ever in the North Dallas area. It is well worth the trip!
What is your favorite local brewery?
I sometimes get questions from customers who are frustrated because their beer layering attempts fail when the top layer immediately mixes into the bottom beer layer. As we say in our Instructions page, when this happens, reversing the layers oftens result in good layering.
I did a little research about what actually happens when a denser (heavier) top liquid drops into a less dense bottom layer. This behavior is due to a fluid mechanics phenomenon known as the Rayleigh-Taylor Instability.
Below is a video showing Shiner Black Lager mixing quickly with Hoegaarden Wit. I tried reversing the layers as well but the Wit didn't layer over the Black lager either.
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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!!
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