Layered Beers: Because some of us just have to have the best of both worlds

30 Mar

Do you order your pizza’s half and half?

When the waitress asks you, French fries or salad, so you ever think, damn, why can’t I have both?

Do you know what an Arnold Palmer is and order them on the regular? (Its half lemonade, half tea and 100% delicious)

Want a truck but want a car too? El Camino.

Labradoodle. Goldendoodle. Peekapoo. Poogle. Pugapoo. All halfsies. All Cute.

Ligers,  Mules and Prius’ – all functioning hybrids.

Variety pack of anything? Yes please.

This post is for all the people out there who can’t make up their minds and enjoy having the best of both worlds.

Layered beer, along with being very aesthetically pleasing, can give you the best of two beers or a beer and cider. The only catch is the beer on top always has to be nitrogen based (usually Guinness) so that the beers do not mix and they layer.

Here’s a couple layered beers to try: 

Black and Blue

Black and Blue

Black and Blue (The Tina Turner): Guinness and Blue Moon (or a Blueberry beer such as Sweetwater Blue)

Black and Tan: Guinness and Bass
Half and Half: Guinness and Harp
Snakebite: Guinness and Cider (Magners preferably)
Dirty Hippie: Guinness and Sweetwater 420 (or any extra pale ale)
Black and Purple: Guinness and Abita Purple Haze (or other raspberry beers)
Black Magic: Guinness and Magic Hat

How to make a half-and-half beer: Half and Half

Step 1: Pour carbon-based beer into glass until it is half full (or half empty, you pessimist).
Step 2: Find clean layering spoon.
Step 3: Pour light stream of Guinness onto spoon so it runs off over the the side of the spoon and layers.
Step 4: Give to customer Drink yourself.


11 Responses to “Layered Beers: Because some of us just have to have the best of both worlds”

  1. ben March 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Michelle, you should do some experimentation with layering beer that isn’t Guinness. Who’s to say that blueberry + IPA wouldn’t be wonderful?

    • beerforgirls March 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

      They would mix, not layer,but it would be a wonderful mix.
      Great idea, what should we call it?

  2. Brave New Food March 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I used to make black and tans all of the time when I was a bartender at that irish pub. And … another one that guiness and cider. I forget what it was called. 🙂 I’ve found half-and-half pizza/lasagna/etc. is the way to go. Get what you want! 😉

    • beerforgirls March 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

      We till have a few of our St. Paddys menus floating around so people have been ordering Black and Tans, and Snakebites like crazyyyy!
      1/2 and 1/2 Lasagna? Sounds delicious. How do I make this?

  3. The Wookie April 2, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    My favorite is the Blacksmith (Smithwicks + Guinness). My sister loves the Black Velvet (Champagne + Guinness). It’s her go to brunch beverage and hangover cure. And for something completely different you can go with my Irish Grandmother’s goto dessert, a Guinness Float (Guinness + Vanilla Ice Cream). YUM!

    • beerforgirls April 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

      Black Velvet sounds delicious. I will have to try soon!

  4. crazy beth April 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    um, where’s the picture of my long-legged poodle baby?!?

    • beer4girls April 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

      took it down, he threatened to sue.

      • crazy beth April 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm #


  5. healthyandlazy April 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Congrats on working ligers, El Caminos and pugapoos into a beer post – most impressive.

    • beer4girls April 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

      Yes, that was one of my semester goals – I can check that right off my list.

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