For St. Patrick’s Day, the Year of Beer painting is of a Black and Tan! This particular Black and Tan is one part Irish Stout that I brewed in my kitchen, and one part Pilsner from King Street Brewing Company in Anchorage. I would brew a Pilsner, but don’t have the cold storage space. Coming soon, a beer fridge for my studio, scheduled arrival day is Tuesday!
To make a Black and Tan, first find out which of the two beers floats on top of the other one. The best way to do this is by trial and error in a small glass. In this case the Pilsner was heavier than my Stout. Then pour the heavier beer in the glass first. Pour aggressively so the head reaches the top of the glass, even though there is only enough beer to fill it halfway. Then you’ll need a large spoon, like a soup spoon. Hold the spoon upside down over the glass and pour the second beer slowly so that it spills gently off the backside of the spoon, cascading on top of the bottom beer. Wait for it, wait for it (pouring slowly), and taadaa! Black and Tan! The good news is that if you screw up on the execution, it will taste about the same. Drink your mistakes and try again!
To the Feast of St. Patricks! To all things Irish! Kisses, Leprechauns and good luck for everyone!