Dual-chambered beer-glasses for mixing the perfect black-and-tan

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half_and_half#Ireland.2C_England_and_North_America

In Canada and the United States, capitalized Half & Half is Guinness draught and Bass Pale Ale. A lower case half & half is a generic Guinness draught.

I had no idea i a drink could change based on capitalization. Are there some weird bars around here that only take written orders? If I use Serifs do i get different variants?

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if the black part is Guinness, sacrilege…

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To truly maximize the effect one must brush one’s teeth immediately before imbibing.


What is ‘generic Guinness’? Murphy’s?

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I know, it’s fucking horrible :stuck_out_tongue:


But it is no longer really a black and tan, is it? It is just two beer glued together.


That’s an Irish Car Bomb.

Similar, in that they’re both things not to order by those names when you’re around the Irish.

An American couple walks into a pub in Ireland and asks the bartender for two Irish carbombs. The bartender says they don’t serve those as they are offensive in Ireland. Seeing how embarrassed the American couple are, he feels bad he tells them he will give them two shots on the house for not knowing any better. The bartender makes two flaming shots and puts them in front of the couple.

The couple says “Thanks, what are they?”

The bartender replies with “Oh, that’s our best drink, we call it the Twin Towers."


Everyone knows you order in caps by SHOUTING.

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Yeah, isn’t the whole point of a black&tan all the farting around with gravities and layers and such?
It’s a Stupid Bartender’s Trick; this just seems pointless and point-missing.
It certainly not because mixing the two beers is some kind of ultimate taste experience.


I love layering drinks. It always seems better in a social setting, making drinks for others. That said, Click this for the complete list of offensive Black & Tan variations. As for jigs, I use a spoon and patience.


I’ve seen a bar tender in Boston punch someone in the face for ordering a black and tan in his bar. Fortunately, it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

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A friend of mine’s comment was “The Black and Tans killed my grandfather.” He’s originally from Cork.

Half and Half, I believe.

The reason you don’t call it a black and tan is that is a reference to a brutal militia employed by the British to subjugate the Irish (Catholic) masses. They attacked civilians, shot people ‘revolting’ against British rule and were generally horrible, horrible people. Imagine calling a drink in America a ‘Confederate Cocktail’ (not the greatest analogy) and pretending it had no cultural baggage.

For more reference…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_and_Tans

Interestingly, all the “don’t use these drink names around Irish people” commentary doesn’t really hold up in my experience with my (Irish) wife or any of her friends. Actually, that’s not true. I can think of maybe one of her friends that might get offended about such things, my wife refers to him as “a real RA-head”. I imagine her parents’ generation (my wife and her friends are all in their mid-30’s) might be a bit more prickly about it though.

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Back in the U.S., that’s a boilermaker. Weird.

I believe the difference is that a boilermaker is sequential, whereas the Guiness+shot of whiskey is supplemental.

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Ahhh, I’ve seen it both ways, as well as dropping the shot glass of whiskey into the beer and chugging a la an Irish car bomb.

And that one’s probably not one to order in Ireland now that I think about it.

Ayup. I believe someone else was asking the question