Just a reminder that the greatest green beer drinking day is fast approaching. St. Patrick's day this year is Friday, March 17. Below is a practice Black and Green I just made. It worked out perfect! The IPA needed only 2 drops from a small bottle of green food dye I bought at the local grocery store (found it in the spice section, ~$2-$3).
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/
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.
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