Avid fans of the notoriously green and gold holiday have a certain list of to-do’s to make sure St. Patrick’s Day goes right.
Wear green, drink, and drink Guinness.
St. Pat’s in Five Points is one of Columbia’s premier social events, and no shamrock day is complete without stopping by a pub.
Andy Melanson of Delaney’s Pub and Grill says two things get crazy during the all-day event.
“People come in, and they usually order one of two things,” he said. “Either ‘green’ beer or something with Guinness.”
A black and tan is a popular drink that mixes equal parts Guinness Stout and Guinness Harp Lager.
The name “black and tan” is rarely – if ever – used in Ireland, due to the notorious history behind the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force (called “the Black and Tans”), so it’s safest to refer to it as a half-and-half in Ireland.
The dark beer is poured after the light beer, and since the two have different weights, they don’t blend. The end result is a perfect line between the two in an imperial glass.
“We have certain spoons that make it easy to layer the two,” Melanson said. “As it gets more and more full, you can slowly pull the glass away and create a nice head on top.”
Variations include substituting Harp with Bass or Newcastle, but the top always remains the same.
The drink can be made in the friendly confines of your home, but it just tastes better in the pub.
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