How to Make Green Beer
Show your St. Patrick’s Day holiday spirit by enjoying a pint of green beer with friends. Don’t worry. Making green beer is pretty simple. We’ll cover how you can create this celebratory drink below.
But first, you may be wondering: what’s the connection between St. Patrick’s Day and green beer? Some people believe the holiday staple originated from the Irish tradition of dropping a clover in your drink for good luck. A few centuries later, we continued to carry on this practice by adding green food coloring to our beer. According to an article by The Daily Meal, the green beer tradition started in America: “A newspaper article from 1914 describes a New York social club serving green beer at a celebratory St. Patrick’s Day dinner. In it, the invention is attributed to one Dr. Curtin, a coroner’s physician who achieved the effect by putting a drop of “wash blue” dye in a certain quantity of beer.”
Now that you’ve got a little history under your belt, we’ll tell you how you can make your own green beer!
Light Lager – Choose your favorite light lager as your beer base. Avoid using darker colored brews. We recommend using Budweiser or Bud Light.
Green Food Coloring – You’ll only need a few drops of green food coloring. Not a fan of food coloring? Substitute the dye for a few drops of Blue Curacao.
A Glass – Grab your favorite pint glass!
- Take your glass and add a few drops of green food coloring. You’ll only need about 2-3 drops of green food coloring to make your beer. Don’t overdo it. Add the dye before pouring the beer into your glass.
- Pour the beer into your glass. Slightly tilt your glass and pour your beer down the side. Make sure you pour your beer slowly to avoid an excess of foam. As the beer begins to fill the glass, you’ll notice it mix with the green food dye.
We hope everyone has a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day! Make sure you consume responsibly with our holiday safety tips.