Black & Tan (or Half-and-Half)

by Todd / 01-24-2003

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A Black & Tan is traditionally Guinness and Harp Lager, but it can be a mix of Guinness and Bass Ale, and both can also be known as a Half-and-Half; however this usually refers to a mix of Guinness with a mild or bitter beer.

The concept is the same for both drinks ... Guinness on the top (as it's lighter due to the nitro) and the lighter colored beer on the bottom. You can also experiment by replacing Harp or Bass with a mild or bitter ale.

  • Guinness Draught (nitro can or on-tap)
  • Harp Lager or Bass Ale (bottle or on-tap)
  • 1 Imperial Pint glass (20 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon (an actual spoon)
Direction & Notes:
    Hold your pint glass at an angle, and fill just over halfway with Harp or Bass.

    Rest the spoon upside down over the center of the glass, and pour the Draught Guinness over the spoon which will evenly disperse the flow and keep the Guinness from mixing -- the Guinness needs to be on the top.

    Serve while the nitro is still cascading. Let the nitro settle. Enjoy!