How to Pour a Black and Tan
The black and tan is a perfect drink to enjoy on St. Patrick's Day, but it's also a refreshing treat any time of year.
- pint glass
- bottle of Guinness Irish Stout
- bottle of Harp Irish Lager or similar lager
- Guinness Black and Tan spoon or soup spoon
- Pour half of the Harp lager into the pint glass. Hold the pint glass at an angle and pour slowly to minimize the head. If it foams up a bit, let it sit for a minute so the head will settle.
- Place your spoon on the edge of the glass. If you don't have a Black and Tan pour spoon, you can use a regular soup spoon in a pinch, as I have demonstrated here. Simply angle it downward to minimize the free fall of the Guinness when it is poured.
- Pour the Guinness VERY slowly over the spoon, the slower the better. The lighter Guinness will float on top of the Harp lager making a lovely (and delicious) Black and Tan.
- Since you have a pints worth of beer left, pour another for a friend or...lift your pint and enjoy, then make a second.
A fun variation, that is especially nice during the summer months, is the Snakebite. Just substitute a hard apple or pear cider for the lager and pour the same as a Black and Tan.
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