The Untold Truth Of Green Beer

Posted: Mar 06, 2020

If you've stepped into a pub on St. Patrick's Day, whether just to grab a bite to eat or to celebrate the holiday until the bar's last call, chances are, you've been greeted by letterboards boasting specials of green food and green drinks behind the bar. Everyone is already decked out from head to toe in green and shamrocks, so why not add even more green to the celebration?

St. Patrick's Day is one of the biggest drinking holidays in the United States, and drinks like the Irish Car Bomb and pints of Guinness certainly shine in their own light. But green beer takes St. Patrick's Day to a whole new level as drinkers ring in the holiday, commemorating the Patron Saint of Ireland.

But what exactly is green beer? And where did the tradition of sipping on bright green brew come from? We decided to find out more. This is the untold truth of green beer.

Green beer has been around longer than you think
When you think of green beer, it may seem like a bartender decided to add green food coloring to a pint in the '80s and the craze went wild. Or, maybe it was even invented in the early 2000s, and thanks to social media, it sent the trend skyrocketing just like rainbow foods. Shockingly, unlike many trendy colorful foods, green beer has actually been going strong for longer than you think. It's been around since the early 1900s.

According to Vox, the first mention of green beer can be dated back to a 1910 mention in the Spokane Press with a headline reading, "Green Beer Be Jabbers!" At the time, at least one Spokane, Washington bar had green beer on their menu to commemorate St. Paddy's Day. In 1914, Doctor Thomas Hayes Curtin made green beer for a St. Patrick's Day event he was serving as toastmaster for in the Bronx, which was considered to be its main debut. According to Smithsonian Magazine, it was pretty well a mainstream staple at March 17 holiday celebrations by the 1950s and has only continued to grow in popularity.

By Molly Allen
March 3, 2020
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