How to Make Green Beer

For St. Patrick’s Day, even the most discerning beer drinkers choose to consume their libation of choice out of a mug. Why, you ask?  Because St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to drink green beer!

Shamrocks, pinches and green shirts abound on St. Patrick’s Day. The standard visit to the pub for a mug of beer has become a major part of the holiday celebration. Since green is the color of the day, choosing a libation in the correct hue will ensure proper consumption of the beverage of choice for this Irish holiday. Whether you’re at home or out on the town, learning how to make green beer involves a simple process involving common food dye.

Things you’ll need:

Green food dye

Pick the Right Beer

Choose a light colored beer instead of the darker, heavier brews that require entirely too much food coloring to see results. Beer already exhibits a golden hue so work with what you have.

Pour the beer into a clear mug or glass to form as little head as possible. Tilt the glass slightly and pour the beverage down the inside of the glass. Slowly. If you’re working from a keg, place the keg tap on the inside of the glass and fill it slowly to limit the foam.

Add 4 to 6 drops of regular green food dye to the beverage. You’ll need to work quickly here to get the correct color while still keeping your beer cold and frosty.

Stir the food coloring into the beer. Again, slowly. Avoid cranking up the foam with vigorous stirring. Viola!  Emerald Green Beer!

A few notes:

Dark lagers present a challenge when trying to create the perfect green beer. Darker brews require a lot of food coloring that will ultimately turn your teeth green. If you must have that dark lager, forgo the food dye and simply pour your beer into a green beer mug. Problem solved.

The yellow hue of most beers might lead you to believe that using a simple “color wheel” blend of yellow and blue will create the perfect St. Paddy’s Day emerald green beer we all know and love. Forget it. You’ll end up with olive or khaki colored beer that might not be too appetizing. Stick with green food dye and you can’t go wrong.

Food coloring can be found at the grocery store in the baking aisle in a small box containing four colors. Avoid using gel food dyes to limit changing the taste of the beer

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