Welcome to the first in a series of articles, where I will search my soul to share with you some of my favorite brews. Every few months, there will be another volume, where I’ll keep adding to the list of my all-time favorite beers.
Pick Just One? Good Luck!
It’s a question I get asked a lot: What is your favorite beer? or What is your favorite brewery? Really? Do I have to pick just one? I mean, isn’t one of the joys of craft beer the fact that there are so many choices? It would be a pretty boring World if you were only able to select a single beer to drink for the rest of your life. Most people I know have an extremely difficult, if not impossible time answering this question.
Do you ever mix your beers? Now, to be clear, I’m not referring to the trend of beer cocktails you may have seen from the likes of Brewing Up Cocktails. I’m referring to the practice of mixing two more more beers together in the same glass. Most craft beer drinkers I know have, to my knowledge, never actually tried this practice (other than perhaps a black and tan), but it can yield some interesting results.
The most common ‘mixed’ beer drink, and possibly the oldest, is probably a black and tan. It’s created when a stout and a pale ale or pale lager are mixed in a attractive, two-tiered pour in a single glass. The earliest recorded usage of the term in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1889. Although, when a black and tan is poured properly, technically speaking it isn’t a ‘mixed’ beer since the stout and the pale ale or pale lager are kept separate in the glass – with the stout floating on top of the ale or lager. This is done using careful pouring over the back of a spoon or a Black and Tan Turtle. There are several different variations on the style, but the most common is still stout mixed with pale ale or lager.