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How-To Make A Half & Half

The Half & Half is two parts beer: pale ale and stout.

Black & Tan

If poured correctly, a Half & Half creates a beautifully layered beer cocktail of stout (usually Guinness) atop a layer of pale ale (usually Bass Ale).

While commonly associated with St. Patrick's Day, one thing made with Guinness that is not Irish is the Half and Half. It actually originated in England, where consumers have blended different beers since at the seventeenth century and one of the first recorded drink use is to have been documented. 

The Half & Half is also known in the U.S. and U.K. as a Black & Tan, but we kindly recommend that you don't use that name when ordering it. Black and Tans is the nickname given to the British paramilitary force, largely made up of English WWI veterans, formed to suppress the Irish Independence movement in 1920 and 1921. The Black and Tans employed brutal tactics in an attempt suppress the Irish Republican Army's guerilla war, massacring civilians and burning Irish towns. They were called the "Black and Tans" due their khaki military trousers and darker police uniform shirts.

How to make a Half and Half

With the use of a Beer Layering Spoon, our a makeshift one at home, you can easily make this layered masterpiece of a drink.


Step 1: Fill the glass halfway with a Pale Ale.

Pale Ale being poured into a beer glass

Step 2: Hang the beer layering spoon over the mouth of the glass.

Black & Tan Spoon on Glass

Step 3: Pour a Stout over the spoon & fill the rest of the glass.

Stout being poured over Black & Tan Spoon

Step 4: Let sit for 5 seconds.

Black & Tan

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