The History of Green Beer and San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Events

Ahh… green beer. Just the sound of the name makes your stomach contents curdle, doesn’t it? In spite of references to the verdant beverage popping up as early as 1910, a New York physician named Thomas H. Curtin is usually credited for creating the drink around 1914. The beer is created by adding blue dye, which mixes with the yellow, and ta-da — green. But brewers use the term differently. “Green beer” is beer that’s too young and still contains acetaldehyde, which can taste bad as it’s not yet fully fermented.

Excited to drink this festive beverage? Check out these local events that will be serving them below.

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