Green Beer: A St. Patrick’s Day Tradition

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St. Patrick’s Day, a celebration marked by wearing green, indulging in green food, and, of course, sipping on Green Beer. This American tradition, dating back to 1914, has become synonymous with the festive spirit of March 17th. Interestingly, it originated in a New York City Clubhouse, courtesy of a creative doctor hosting a party for friends.

green Stella beer in a glass

The Unique History

The funny thing about green beer is that it is not a tradition in Ireland!

This is definitely an American tradition but who cares it’s fun and a must have on this day.

Americans love drinking Green Beer, eating green food and wearing green all day on March 17th!

Choosing the Right Beer

To join in the fun, start by grabbing some green food coloring and opting for a lighter beer, such as Coors Lite or a Pilsner.

These varieties dye better, ensuring a vibrant and visually appealing green hue.

Even if you’re a fan of Guinness, the iconic Irish stout, fear not – you can still participate by tinting its foam green, adding a touch of magic to your drink.

The Straw Technique

For a quick and mess-free experience, consider a fun trick from bartending days – the straw technique.

By dipping the end of a straw into the green food dye, you can avoid staining your fingers.

Simply insert the dyed straw into your beer and swirl it around, transforming your drink into a Leprechaun-approved shade of green.

green beer in glass

St. Patrick’s Day Party Tips

If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, enhance the festive atmosphere with green-themed appetizers, such as mini Reubens or corned beef roll-ups.

Perhaps venture into making Whiskey Pickleback jello-shots – a guaranteed way to be the star of the celebration.

With all this green, who knows, maybe it’ll bring a bit of extra luck to your festivities!

Green Beer Recipe


  • 1 Bottle Beer – Light in Color (e.g., Pilsners, Amstel Light, Coors Light, Bud Light)
  • 1 Bottle Green Food Coloring
  • 1 Straw


  1. Open your chosen beer.
  2. Pour the beer into a glass.
  3. Dip the end of the straw into the green food dye.
  4. Insert the straw into the beer and swirl it to achieve a beautiful shade of green.
  5. Enjoy your Green Beer responsibly!


Embrace the lively spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with the quirky and delightful tradition of Green Beer. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or a first-timer, this easy-to-follow recipe ensures you can join the celebration with a glass of vibrant green goodness. Erin Go Bragh!

Green Beer

A St. Patrick's Day tradition made easy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 minute
Course Drinks
Servings 1


  • 1 Straw


  • 1 Bottle Beer – Light in Color such as Pilsners Amstel Light Coors Light, Bud Light
  • 1 Bottle Green Food Coloring
  • 1 Straw


  • Open Beer, Pour in Glass, Dip straw in Green Food Dye and Swirl in Beer – Enjoy!
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