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Healthy, Natural Green Beer for St. Paddy's Day

3/9/2011 5:06:36 PM

Tags: green beer, St. Patrick's Day, natural green beer, make green beer without dyes, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailI lived in Chicago for years, and I knocked back more than a few green beers when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t even want to think about what kind of artificial and synthetic dyes were used to give my suds that festive hue.

Fortunately, as Jill Ettinger points out in Organic Authority, we have better, more natural options for tinting our beer. Wheat grass and the blue-green algae spirulina—darlings of the health food crowd—will turn your beer green and give you a nice shot of nutrients to boot. Because of their high B vitamin content, these coloring agents may also prevent some of the next-day regrets,” Ettinger predicts.

To make your natural green beer, simply add 1 tablespoon of wheat grass juice or ¼ to ½ teaspoon of spirulina to a 16-ounce beer and stir. Celebrate responsibly.


Use spirulina or wheat grass instead of iffy chemical dyes for St. Patrick's Day beer.

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Robyn Griggs Lawrence
3/10/2011 2:48:33 PM
I checked with our resident beer brewer/expert in the office, and here's what he tells me about turning beer red: "Caramel or crystal malts will give the finished beer an amber or reddish color. Not true red. You can use fruits, but that’ll change the flavor. Beets might work." My guess is that it would take only a tiny bit of beet juice to give your beer that festive hue.

Maxie Coale
3/10/2011 4:18:51 AM
This is very amusing! Thanks for giving us great and organic ideas for changing beer's color. I really will try this out on St. Patrick's day and maybe even on Christmas. I wonder what I can use to dye beer red? Any suggestions?

3/9/2011 11:55:00 PM
I'll drink to that! :-)

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