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By Thomas Post

In the past handful of years, the concept of green beer has really taken off when St. Patrick's Day rolls around. I mean, people are really getting into the whole green beer thing. Why? I have no idea. But more and more people are asking how to make green beer for St. Patrick's Day, so I thought I'd oblige.

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years.

On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

I'm not exactly certain where along the line green beer fits in, but obviously in modern times, it does. People from all around the world fancy themselves Irish for that one day at least, and maybe it's just an excuse to drink more beer, but it seems like the green beer tradition is here to stay.

Luckily, making green beer is quite simple and only requires a couple of steps if you're interested in making it at home this year. First, you'll need a nice glass or mug and chill it for awhile in the fridge or freezer. Next, find a lighter shade of beer...any golden colored beer will do. Then add 2-3 drops of green food coloring to the mug, and pour your beer. You may have to gently stir it if it doesn't blend completely, but that's all there is to it!

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