Make Green Beer at Home for St. Patrick's Day

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A St. Patrick's day American bar tradition is dyeing cheap beer green and charging too much for it. Well, Screw That!! Spend St. Patty's day with friends, save money, skip the crowds, but still get enjoy reasonable amounts of green beer! (Drink Responsibly!!) 

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Step 1: What You Need

Equipment
Glassware (mug, pint glass, etc. Appropriate for style of beer used)

Materials
Gloves
Pale Beer (Something clear and lightly colored, no reds , hazy, dark, etc.) we used PBR, it was cheap and available.
Green Food Coloring

Step 2: Coloring Your Beer

Put your gloves on before opening the food coloring to avoid the dreaded green hands. I didn't and barely managed to live to tell the tale. You may also want to cover your counter top and go overboard by wearing an apron or tyvek clean suit. Food Coloring will stain whatever it touches.

To ensure your beers are evenly colored dye all of it at the same time. I poured about 2 drops of McCormick Green Food Color directly into a 24oz (.75L) can of Pabst Blue Ribbon (about $1.50 a can), and the color was just about perfect. 

Optionally, you can use a pitcher to mix more beer with more precise control of the color, this works great if using homebrew from a corny keg or beer from a growler.

Step 3: Enjoy!!

Drink with friends and loved ones, add copious amounts of music by The Dubliners, The Pogues, Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphy. Serve with Corned Beef and Cabbage and save room for a Guinness Milkshake for desert. 

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    Can't go wrong with good beer + green, my favorite color. Plus, the color of your green beer is really vivid, which is awesome!