Asking Questions and Doing Things

Do all Irish people drink green beer?


Karla had asked me about green beer during the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade last weekend and it’s been bothering me ever since.

Being that I’m half Irish, I guess she figured I’m an authority on all things surrounding St. Patrick’s Day. Being a craft beer lover, I was mortified.

I’d classify myself as a beer purist. My wife calls me a beer snob. Either way, I shiver to think of someone pouring green dye in my Guinness.

In honor of the holiday, I decided to keep an open mind and started wondering what other people thought about the subject.

Armed with information from a quick Google search, I asked a guy named Bob at Mellow Mushroom and he told me he’d never touch the stuff.

Bob’s friend Rocky and I agreed. We wondered aloud why anyone would ruin a perfectly good beer by adding green food coloring.

Alan Shaw of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune summed up what I’d been thinking when he wrote, “I don’t understand the green beer thing. Sure, I guess it’s just supposed to be fun, but can’t we have a little respect for beer? At least don’t put green dye in craft beer. That would be like pouring sugar in good wine or ketchup all over a gourmet meal.”

I read a story saying that the Sierra Club had continued their annual Blogging about “Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day”, promoting that party-goers should ride their bicycle’s to the bar to reduce the carbon footprint.

I scoured the archives to find a 2008 Blog about some of the up and coming “Green Breweries,” including New Belgium, CO; Sierra Nevada, CA; and Otter Creek, VT – all of which utilize solar, wind or water to power their machinery and thus produce their own version of Green Beer.

10 Green Beer Facts

  • Fact #1) Works best in lighter colored beer
  • Fact #2) Any green food dye works
  • Fact #3) No change in taste
  • Fact #4) Best with chilled beer mug or glass
  • Fact #5) Ginger ale works for children
  • Fact #6) Doesn’t work well in dark beer, but turns foam green
  • Fact #7) Best when adding food dye first
  • Fact #8) Green Beer is most commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day
  • Fact #9) St. Patrick’s Day honors the patron saint of Ireland, who died 1,552 years ago in 461
  • Fact #10) Four leaf clovers are rare, but they aren’t exactly one in a million. It is estimated that there is one four leaf clover for every 10,000 three-leaf ones.

OK, here goes;

The Green Beer Recipe 

1. Add a drop of food coloring to the bottom of a pint glass.

2. Add beer.

3. Stir.

Prep time – 10 seconds.

If you’re going for Kryptonite Green, light beer is best. Darker beers like stout will have a nice green head atop their normally dark bodies.

Personally, I still can’t wrap my head about green beer. Although even I have to admit that the festive meter is off the charts.


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