Happy St. Pat’s!

March 17, 2008

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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.  



  1. Wilhelmima looks fabulous. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  2. Happy St. Patty’s Day! Love the outfit!

  3. Mmm .. yummy!
    But umm . . i had to laugh about the mother comment. She looks and acts like an Irish, huh? And what would that consist of?

    Hi Red!!!!!!!!! My mother-in-law has fiery red hair, a fiery temper, is stubborn, has an onery sense of humor, and is FIERCEly dedicated and devoted to her family. Maybe those are or are not typical traits of an Irish gal; I love her dearly.

  4. Wilhelmina looks amazing. I can’t wait to see her Easter outfit!

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