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How to Pour a Black & Tan

Impress your friends by learning how to pour this classic Irish drink.


  • Step 1: Tilt glass Tilt the glass slightly and pour the pale ale until the glass is a bit more than half full.
  • TIP: Pouring the ale quickly creates a bigger head that helps support the layering.
  • Step 2: Position the spoon Hold a round soupspoon upside-down over the middle of the glass.
  • TIP: Some people bend the spoon handle into a horizontal 'S' shape that can be balanced on the edge of the glass.
  • Step 3: Pour Pour the Guinness very slowly over the center of the spoon, letting it run over the sides and into the glass.
  • Step 4: Bottoms up! Congratulations. You’ve made a black and tan. Bottoms up!
  • FACT: 'Black and tan' once had a less cheery connotation, referring to the black-and-tan-clad British troops who fought the rebels during the Irish war of independence.

You Will Need

  • One can of cold Guinness Draught
  • One bottle of pale ale or lager
  • A pint glass
  • A round soupspoon
  • A special Black and Tan spoon

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