Originally celebrated to recognize Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has basically evolved into a widely recognized holiday celebrating Irish and Irish-American culture, state-side. While not a legal holiday, St. Patrick’s Day revolves around parades, wearing green, and copious consumption of alcohol. That last part is where I come in.
One of the St. Patty’s Day classics is a Black and Tan (or depending on beers poured, Half and Half), though not often drank in Ireland because it was also a nickname associated with the paramilitary reserve during the Irish War of Independence. In order to properly celebrate, one must learn the art of properly pouring a black and tan:
Before You Begin:
A black and tan must be poured with a lighter and darker beer. The beers don’t matter (the name just changes) so much as the carbonation-types of the beer do. For the darker beer to properly float above the lighter beer, the darker beer must be nitrogen carbonated (often referred to as nitro). Basically it’s relative density is less than that of the ale or lager it’s being poured over. Look for a stout that’s “Draught-style” or contains a “widget”.
You’ll Need the Following:
That’s all there is to it. There are plenty of variations so if you’ve got other beers laying around try pouring your nitro stout over them for unique blends!