What is a Smithwick’s and Guinness called?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

A Smithwick’s and Guinness beverage is commonly referred to as a “Half and Half” or a “Black and Tan.” This drink is a popular choice for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and is enjoyed by many beer enthusiasts.

The name “Half and Half” comes from the fact that this drink is made by layering two different beers in a pint glass. The bottom layer is typically Smithwick’s red ale, a smooth and malty Irish beer with a hint of bitterness. On top of the Smithwick’s, Guinness draught is carefully poured to create a distinct layered effect. Guinness is a dry stout with a rich, creamy texture and a complex flavor profile.

The art of layering these two beers requires some skill and patience. The key is to pour the Guinness over the back of a spoon held just above the Smithwick’s, allowing the two beers to separate rather than mixing together. This technique creates a visually appealing drink with a clear distinction between the red ale and the dark stout.

The combination of Smithwick’s and Guinness creates a unique flavor experience. The smoothness and slightly sweet notes of the red ale blend harmoniously with the rich, roasted flavors of the stout. The result is a balanced and flavorful beverage that appeals to both ale and stout lovers.

Drinking a Half and Half on St. Patrick’s Day can be a wonderful way to celebrate Irish culture and tradition. It is a popular choice among those who want to enjoy the taste of two iconic Irish beers in a single glass. Whether you’re enjoying it at a pub or making it at home, the Half and Half is a classic choice for toasting to the Emerald Isle.

Personal Experience:
I remember the first time I tried a Half and Half. It was during a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at a local Irish pub. The bartender skillfully poured the Smithwick’s and Guinness, creating a beautiful layered drink. As I took my first sip, I was impressed by the unique combination of flavors. The malty sweetness of the red ale mixed with the rich, roasted notes of the stout created a delicious and well-balanced taste. Since then, I have enjoyed ordering Half and Half drinks on St. Patrick’s Day and other occasions when I want to savor the flavors of both Smithwick’s and Guinness.