What is green beer?
Simply put, green beer is beer + food coloring. The colorful tradition dates back to around 1914 when one of the first accounts of the drink was recorded. At the time, a doctor named Professor Thomas H. Curtin made the green beer for a party at his New York clubhouse. As luck would have it, the custom of dyeing beer green became more and more common. While green beer became a holiday staple in the U.S., the drink never really made strides in Ireland.
How do you make green beer?
Making your green beer couldn't be easier! (Check out the green beer recipe below.) In fact, the emerald drink only requires two ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to make. Start by adding a couple of drops of green food coloring to an empty pint glass. Then crack open a bottle of light-colored beer (any brand of pilsner or pale ale will work). The lighter the color of beer, the easier it will be for the food coloring to mix in. Depending on your desired hue, you may want to add another drop or two of food coloring. It's that simple!
Does green beer taste different from regular beer?
Since green beer is simply made with food coloring and doesn't have any other ingredients, it won't taste any different from regular beer. You can always try one of these top Irish beer brands. If you're looking for something that doesn't taste like beer, try an Irish coffee instead. Or if you're looking for something green that doesn't have alcohol, you can't go wrong with these shamrock shakes.
Can you make green beer without food coloring?
Making green beer can also be accomplished without food coloring, but the flavor of your beer might change. To dye beer green without food coloring, try adding a tablespoon of wheatgrass to your glass before pouring in the beer. Wheatgrass can be found at your local juice bar and it will turn your beer a beautiful bright green color—but don't be surprised if it makes your beer taste slightly grassy.