Upon stepping into the Gingerbread Man in Carlisle, for the first beverage of the night, I thought I was seeing double... Troeg’s Mad Elf mixed with Dreamweaver? Mad Dreams it was called.
Unable to resist, I ordered this unusual concoction. The sweetness of the Dreamweaver balanced the alcoholic potency of the Mad Elf, and the result was a mellow drinking brew. How odd to dream that up, I thought!
There is the classic Black and Tan (Half Guinness Stout and half Bass Ale), a mixture which was first referred to in literature in about 1889. Since then the definition has been broadened and Black and Tan may refer to any lager mixed with Guinness.
In the Gingerbread Man in Carlisle you can order a “Pennsyl-tucky Black and Tan” which is Guinness layered over Yuengling Lager. Yuengling also makes pre-mixed Black and Tan in bottles and cans which is made from Yuengling Porter mixed with Yuengling Lager.
It’s not unusual or new to mix beer with other ingredients, either.
There is the Black Velvet, which is Guinness Stout and Champagne, which was first invented by a London Bartender in 1861 to mourn the death of Prince Albert. A Raspberry Stout is three parts beer with one part raspberry lambic.
It struck me that experimenting with these combinations would fit well with the holidays. While I am not a big fan of champagne, I could drink one on New Year’s Eve mixed with my favorite stout.
At a large holiday gathering, there is usually plenty of extra soda, ingredients, and mixers to play with, and most of us are a little more adventuresome at this time of year. So if someone sees you drinking an unusual concoction of beer, soda, and other things, you can tell them you are not... going mad!
One half Troeg’s Mad Elf
One half Troeg’s Dreamweaver
One half Guiness Stout
One half champagne
EVE’S BLACK HEART
One 14.9oz can of Guiness
8 oz hard cider
1 shot Calvados (apple brandy)
One half draft beer
One half ginger ale
6 oz. Peach lambic, such as Lindemans.
2 oz. Framboise lambic.
1 slice lemon
ABITA’S BEER MIXES