Every couple of months, Saranac Brewing issues what they call their “Brewer’s Choice,” tapping their vast library of beer types and styles. At times, they tie the Brewer’s choice to a limited offering of a throwback series.
I was browsing in the local beer store (so, yes, I guess I do shop) and saw a case of Saranac Brewer’s Choice. You need to pull the bottle out of the case and look at it to see what beer it is. I did so. The bottle was labeled “throwback series” and it was a Black and Tan, a mix of stout and lager.
Before the days of craft brewing, before the days of Lake Placid Ubu, Black and Tan had been my beer of choice. I think it was, and is, Saranac’s best offering. I bought some, and will enjoy it this weekend.
Prior to Saranac making this, I drank Black and Tans when I was in Law School and the Forestry College in Syracuse. We would go to Coleman’s and I would mix Harp Lager with Guinness Stout. Coleman’s is one of the best Irish pubs ever (the traffic light at the intersection is inverted– the green light is on top).