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Make Your Own Green Beer For St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a glass of green beer in hand! Today’s tutorial shows you a quick and easy way to make it.

Green Beer: The St. Patrick’s Day Drink of Choice

My husband, Dave, always asks me to make green beer whenever it’s St. Patrick’s Day. It’s part of our tradition, he says. I can never say no to him, so even if I’m more of a cocktail lover, I indulge him with a homemade green beer concoction. I call it a concoction, but really, it’s only a two-step process.

Reminder: For this to work, you’ll need to use a light-colored beer such as a lager, pale ale or pilsner. A dark beer will require too much food coloring, so the lighter the beer the better. Start by pouring half of your beer into a glass.


Here’s what you’ll need:

    • pale beer
    • green food coloring or blue liqueur
    • glasses


Step 1: Add the Food Coloring

You won’t need a lot of food coloring drops for this one. 3 drops are fine. Adding too much would turn the drink dark, and you wouldn’t be able to see the bright green color anymore. Be careful not to swirl the beer around as well. Doing so would make the drink flat.

Step 2: Pour the Rest of the Beer

Green beer works best with pale beer because it allows the color to become more visible. My husband's go-to picks are Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Heineken — those are the usual beer bottles he has stored in our fridge. When you pour the beer in, it should already start mixing in with the food coloring.


Want to see the green beer video tutorial? Watch this:

St. Patrick’s Day is perhaps the only day when it’s acceptable to drink green beer. So I say, have fun with friends and family, fill your plate with delicious food, clink glasses and say cheers, and enjoy the rest of your pale ale! Have a happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! Hope we'll have loads of good luck to carry on for the rest of the year.

Leave us a comment if you’ll make green beer this St. Patrick’s Day!

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in March 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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