How to Make Green Beer for St. Patrick’s Day [Complete Guide]

February 08, 2023

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There is no better way to get into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day than by donning something green, whether it be green food, clothing, or evengreen beer!

If you are unfamiliar with the latter, it is precisely how it sounds: dyed green beer, which is quite amusing to see (and drink).

Even though you might be able to find green beer at your neighborhood bar on this day, it's easy to make your green beer at home; you don't even need any experience behind the bar!

But before we dive into our kitchen bar and prepare our special green beer, let's talk about St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick’s Day: A Green History!

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Despite not being of Irish descent, St. Patrick is one of Ireland's most important religious figures. (Surprised?We were, too!).

The story goes that the British-born St. Patrick was captured at 16 by Irish pirates and taken to the country as an enslaved person.

After six years there, he escaped to return home and become a priest. According to the stories, St. Patrick had a vision that the people of Ireland called him, so he returned to bring Christianity to the Irish, who were polytheistic until then.

St. Patrick used the shamrock's three leaves at the time to explain the Holy Trinity to the people. That's the reason the shamrock has been linked until now.

And apart from that, St. Patrick (according to legend)expelled snakes too. It's a legend, but we prefer to believe it, it's more enthusiastic.

To show their national Christian pride and honor St. Patrick, the Irish began wearingshenanigans on their clothing.

Eventually, this practice evolved intowearing green clothing and decorations and drinking green beer!

It's time to take care of the mixture and drink green beer!

Where Does Green Beer Come From?

So, another symbolism that was created more than a century ago and has become a tradition is drinking malt beverages with a characteristic emerald green tone.

Its origin is attributed to a forensic doctor of Irish-American origin named Thomas Hayes Curtis, who unveiled his inversion of a beer the color of clovers in a social club in the Bronx, New York. This occurred during the St. Patrick's Day celebration in 1914.

The curious thing about this is that he added a solution of iron powder used to bleach clothes to acquire this tonality. In large quantities, iron powder is considered toxic. For this reason, it is currently forbidden to add to food.

But that was the secret to the beer taste and its transformation from its characteristic amber color to an emerald green hue.

How to Make Green Beer

You can make green beer in various ways, from changing the beer's color with the colorant to changing the beer's flavor. And there is no preferred beer for this; you can use whichever one you wish. Here are three options:

#1: Beer With Colorant

This is the simplest and least expensive alternative. Buy food coloring (green, of course) and apply only two to three drops to the bottom of the glass before finally adding the beer, then wait a few minutes for the color to mix. After all, “beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.”

#2: Beer With Mint Liqueur

Unlike the dye option, making green beer with mint liqueur will change the drink's taste. You need to add a shot of the mint liqueur to the bottom of thebeer mug (before the beer) and then top it off with your favorite beer.

Wait for the beer and liquor to mix until it turns green. This tip is for those who like experimenting with beer flavor and enjoy a more refreshing mint taste.

#3: Beer With Curaçau Blue

The third green beer option follows the same idea as the mint liqueur. It is also great for those who like to innovate a little and drink beer with a slightly orange flavor.

First, you will add a shot of Curaçau to the glass, and only then will you top it off with the beer. The color combination of Curaçau Blue with amber beer will transform your beer, you guessed it…green!

Choose the Right Beer!


When making green beer, you can use any type of beer. However, certain beers produce a green color that is more vibrant than others.

Start with a brew that is light in color to achieve the greenest of all beers. This includes all the most well-known lagers produced in the United States, such as Budweiser, Miller, Busch, and Coors. These beers are fan favorites, and given the unexpected nature of drinking green beer, they might be the best option.

However, it would help if you noticed the many excellent pale-colored craft beers, the fantastic German pilsners, or any other higher-quality beers on the market today. The need for beer is enormous, and consumers have access to various options in addition to those made available by the major breweries.

If you would like to experiment with a darker beer, you will find that it produces a fascinating effect. Because stouts and other dark beers have a deep color that is not sufficiently transparent, adding green food coloring does not result in the characteristic emerald color of green beer.

If you look at the beer in the right light, the beer's body will become darker and take on a slight evergreen hue.

The most exciting thing about it is that the foam will absorb the food coloring, and even though the green hue might not remain for very long, it will take on that color.

How to Do It Without Food Coloring

Last but not least, is an alternate approach to turning beer green that won’t involve using this ingredient and won't stain your teeth or clothing:

  • Add approximately one tablespoon of wheatgrass juice to a glass of beer and stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, combine a half teaspoon of spirulina with a little bit of beer, then pour the mixture into a glass of beer and add the rest.

As a result, the beer's flavor will be altered but will leave an exotic green color.

Ready to Shine at the Next St. Patrick’s Day Party?

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If you've been enjoying a pale ale at the bar year after year with your bestSt. Patrick’s Day hoodie on, and want to brew it in your real green beer bar, you may be surprised at how easy it is.

And if you are eager to know more curious stuff about this day,check out our blog. We believe you'll be astonished!


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