Idea 1: Meet halfway with a Black and Tan
If you want to serve beer in true Irish style, you can't go wrong with a Black and Tan, more politely called a Half and Half in Ireland. This smooth concoction marries, but doesn't mix, light and dark beers – usually Bass ale and the quintessential St. Patrick's Day favorite, Guinness stout. To make yours all Irish, all the time, start with Harp lager or Smithwick's ale, both brewed in Ireland. Pour the lager or ale first, then pour the stout very slowly over the back of a spoon to keep the beers from mingling.