When I spent a semester in England for grad school, I found myself craving a Black and Tan at my local. I placed an order with the old man bartender, who poured me two full pints --one of Guinness and a second of New Castle. "Do it yourself," he said. Stupid American ordering Irish drinks ( though it's not really poured in Ireland either.) It's like I ordered a wine spritzer.
Fast forward a few years, move south to an area that's earnest about craft brews, and you've got bartenders pouring all sorts of mixes with gusto. This is different from beer cocktails
, of course. With the exception of an Irish Car Bomb, It seems we're not ready to cut our beer with booze on a regular basis. After the jump, five beer hybrids.
The Dark Shark
Guinness poured over a variant of Dogfish Head IPA
The Charlie Brown
An Octoberfest or a pumpkin ale cut with a pale ale
Dogfish 90 Minute IPA and Left Hand Milk Stout
Guinness poured over Magic Hat #9
Lager and cider
And for our non beer drinkers, Tap 42
blends its two ciders on tap, the Strongbow and Vermont's Woodchuck. Why do it? I gather to blend tart and dry.
Drinking beer blends lately? Tell us your favorites in the comments.
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