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Best Not Order a Black and Tan

For those that have not traveled to Ireland or have yet to step foot into an authentic Irish Pub, we have a wee bit of advice.


Ordering a Black & Tan is a pretty serious insult to the Irish.


You likely know the drink. A layering of the slightly more buoyant Guinness Stout on top of the paler, more dense, Harp Lager. “Black & Tan” seems a pretty good name. But it turns out the tasty mix of roasty malt and floral hoppiness is not the only place Irish folks have seen that particular pattern.


You see, back in the early 1920's, England sent forces over to Ireland to try and suppress the IRA. Violence and brutality were the chief hallmarks of these forces, and they terrorized the people of Ireland. Known officially as the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, they wore khakis and black shirts, and “Black & Tans” became their moniker. Even though this happened nearly a century ago, the memory of their brutality lives on.


So when going for your favorite St. Patrick's Day beer this weekend, best to ask for a Half & Half. And by golly, order me one too!


How Beer Changed the World

Beer Commercials Inspired Educational Television

An excerpt from 60 Minutes

"Ganz Cooney, then a public television producer, was asked by the Carnegie Corporation to study whether television could be something different.


Joan Ganz Cooney: The question being, 'Do you think television could teach children?'


Ironically, she says the answer was right in front of her and everyone else, in beer.

Joan Ganz Cooney: They were singing beer commercials, children were.  Well, so obviously, they had learned -

Lesley Stahl: They'd learned the jingle?

Joan Ganz Cooney: So if a commercial could teach beer, couldn't it teach one -- one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight nine, 10?"

And of course, it can.

So we owe educational kids television all to beer!