Happy St. Pat’s!March 17, 2008
Happy St Patrick’s Day!
To celebrate this craziness, I offer you a glimpse of Wilhelmina O’ Hannigan in all her holiday finery. (Yes, she seems to be a Red Sox fan…)
And, also, to recommend a favorite libation: The Black & Tan.
A few of my favorite beers are Bass, Harp, and Guinness. Though it’s undocumented, my Hub has some Irish blood in his veins. I base this purely on how his mother looks and how she can behave (which is probably extremely politically incorrect) but I KNOW she is Irish! She was adopted and has zero papers nor leads on where she came from. She only knows her mother’s name was Mary.
Back to the beer: According to this website that I found when I googled ‘How To Pour a Black & Tan’, there is no definitive correct interpretation of what beer is required to make a true Black and Tan, so feel free to use Bass or Harp or Smithwick as your ‘first’ beer.
This source claims that the Bass/Guiness combo is referred to as Black & Tan, and a Harp/Guinness combo is called a Half & Half. As long as you use a pale ale and then a dark stout… Wikipedia gives a very good description of the history of this drink and other stuff…
I will quote the Wikipedia HOWTO here:
“To prepare a Black and Tan in the American way, first fill a glass halfway with the ale, then add the Guinness Draught (from the can, bottle, or tap). The top layer is best poured slowly over an upside-down tablespoon placed over the glass to avoid splashing and mixing the layers. A specially designed black-and-tan spoon is bent in the middle so that it can balance on the edge of the pint-glass for easier pouring.”
Please enjoy your beer responsibly and have a great day.