How did green beer become popular? Did you know there is a Green Beer Day?
With St. Patrick’s Day approaching on March 17th, I thought it would be interesting to share a little history on Green Beer. This libation does not originate from the Emerald Isle, but rather from the United States, beginning in the early 1900’s. There is an Irish tradition that if you drop a green clover into someone’s drink it will bring them good luck. Wearing green is also supposed to make you invisible to the leprechauns so you won’t get pinched. One would think that you use green dye to create that luscious color, but actually you use blue dye. When you mix blue and the yellow of the beer together, green appears.
Prior to Spring Break, the students at Miami University in Ohio, celebrate Green Beer Day. This tradition dates back to the 1950’s, though not actually sanctioned by the University and will fall on March 16th of this year. Whether you are flying to Ohio to party or staying here in Sedona and the Verde Valley, I wish you the luck of the Irish and may you find that pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.