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Black and Tan Techniques and Tips

Pour the Perfect Black and Tan

Creating the perfect black and tan can be hard. If you've never tried to make one, be sure to try it out at home first with no guests to serve. Once you have the technique down, you'll have no trouble trying to re-create this layered beverage for your friends.

There are two different techniques to build the perfect black and tan; I recommend trying both out to see which works best for you.

Pull out your pint glass and slowly pour in the Bass by titling the glass to avoid too much foam. Once the glass is half full, open the Guinness and once again tilt the glass. With a steady hand, pour the Guinness down the side of the glass verrrry slowly.

Another great technique is to pour the Bass into the glass with little to no foam, just like before. Hold a large spoon upside down over the glass and very slowly pour the Guinness over the back of it. Pouring Guinness over the back of a spoon slows the flow of the beer.

Voilà: two ways to pour the perfect black and tan.

Black and Tan Tips

  1. Use the right beer: Be sure to use Guinness Draught and Bass. Opting for Guinness in a bottle, I have heard, makes it even easier.
  2. Be prepared to make two: Always use a freshly-opened Guinness. One that sits too long will be even harder to pour into a layer.
  3. Slow things down: A fast pour will easily mix the two beers, so take your time gently pouring.
  4. Drink immediately: Don't let your perfectly prepared black and tans sit too long, as the beers will naturally start to mix.
  5. Finally: A little Irish luck never hurts.
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lauren lauren 3 years
 @TJTalks Yours looks great! Making them again this year?
TJTalks TJTalks 3 years
Good tips, the back of the spoon one works best for us, here is a photo of last year's version...http://tjtalks.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/black-and-tan-for-st-patricks-day-dinner/
Acid-Pops Acid-Pops 3 years
How is that you can post a link to a Huffington Post article (http://www.fabsugar.com/Fashion-News-March-14-2012-22197736) about how offensive the name "Black and Tan" is and then have a post here promoting that same name?? Completely inconsistent. Don't get it.
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