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!
Lee sent pictures of two great layered beer recipes which he named in honor of the new Star Wars movie coming out. The first one is the "Imperial Storm Trooper"; a dark on bottom combination.
The second one he named a "Storm Trumer" (or Calm Before the Storm Trumer). This one is a nice clear/cloudy combo which are harder to find.
Great picture composition with the draft taps in the background. Thanks Lee!
I recently found a new porter from Lakewood Brewing; their Holiday Bonus Festive Porter. I thought, great!, a new dark beer to try layering with.
Well my first attempt was a failure when I tried the porter on top of Franconia Wheat. The Franconia Wheat beer was my go-to bottom beer but not anymore. The porter immediately dropped down into the wheat and mixed. This told me that the porter was denser than the wheat. A few days later I tried pouring the wheat over the porter and it worked great.
Jan 24, 2016 Update: In using up the last of my Lakewood Holiday Bonus beer, I found two more great layered beer combinations. One with a Sam Adams and another with a Shiner Birthday Beer. See pictures below.
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.
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