Use Blue Food Coloring to Make Green Beer

March 17, 2010 at 12:13 am 6 comments

Yesterday, I talked about the history of St. Patricks Day — why we celebrate it, how the color green and the shamrock became the symbols they are today.

While Chicago dyes the river green, many others will be dyeing their beer.

If you’re going to dye your own beer, pick a lighter colored beer for best color results. Because lighter lagers, pilseners and ales are a yellowish color, mixing blue food coloring will give you a rich dark green color — the color of a real shamrock. Using green food coloring will work too, but you’ll get a much lighter shade of green.

This is actually quite fitting since St. Patrick’s color was actually blue.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brett  |  March 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Makes sense. After all, blue and yellow make green!

  • 2. The History of St. Patrick’s Day « Broken Secrets  |  March 17, 2010 at 11:36 am

    […] Related: Use Blue Food Coloring to Make Green Beer […]

  • 3. Harper  |  March 18, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I totally used this at the bar last night to impress my friends. It was a success.

    • 4. Chad Upton  |  March 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      Awesome. I went to a friend’s house and they were using blue too.

  • 5. pujasabnani » Blog Archive » 1 of 1000 Awesome Things  |  January 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

    […] Green beer. Hey, if you like a few drops of blue food coloring in the cheapest keg-swill we can find, then have we got a holiday for […]

  • 6. Brian of Nazareth  |  March 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Yup, been doing that for years. One St. Paddy’s Day, out of the blue (no pun intended) I decided to try blue food coloring instead of my usual green. After I found out what a nice shade of Kelly green I ended up with, I’ve never used green again.


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