The History Of Green Beer…

The History Of Green Beer…

The History of Green Beer… with a little creative license

Imagine, you are in a pub. The year is 1901. You and your friends are there for a good time and are throwing back a few pints… then a few more. The beer is going down so nicely, that you and your friends literally consume all the beer on the premises.  Not wanting to lose the business, the publican scrambles to get more beer for you and your friends. In a moment of desperation, he starts pouring directly from the fermenter.  The beer is not ready yet, it is young, some would call it green… You and your friends are having such a good time that you don’t notice the gastrointestinal discomfort that green beer can cause, and everyone lived happily ever after.

The oldest references to green beer actually have nothing to do with the color, rather it referenced the immaturity of the beer that was “green” and not ready to drink. That is until 1914 when a NY coroner’s physician added a couple drops of blue dye into his beer turning it a festive green hue. The tradition of dying beer green continues strong even 100+ years later. Thankfully the tradition of serving young, under fermented, green beer has been left behind.

We hope you have a safe and joyful St. Patrick’s Day wherever you choose to celebrate, green beer or not. Look out for a few Irish, or St. Paddy’s adjacent styles from the Co Hop portfolio, like the new dry Irish stout from Bootlegger’s, Tricia O’ Hagen. If you want to stick to the green beer trend, you can try adding blue dye to a few different Mexican Lagers like, Chihuahua’s El Primero, Hangar 24’s Aventura, or Bootlegger’s El Chango.  Mexican lagers dyed green to celebrate an Irish holiday in the US? Sounds like a well-rounded embracing of the melting pot that is the good ole US of A!


There are a few other events that are worthy of adding to your St. Paddy’s weekend. They include the fundraiser for Redlands Family Services hosted by Gerrards at the ESRI café.  100% of the proceeds will benefit Redlands Family Services.  Many of our generous suppliers have donated product to make this event an amazing one.

Also, it is the weekend for the Redlands Bicycle Classic. The Redlands Bicycle Classic is the longest continuous running invitational, professional stage race in American bike racing. The event features hundreds of professional racers with unbelievably impressive athleticism.  There is also beer atop the parking garage overlooking the finish line! Bonus!

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