But let's close where we began, with that business of green beer. Though it may be fun and festive, dentists say those dyes can turn more than your beer green. The acidity present in beer softens the enamel in your teeth enough to make them especially vulnerable to penetration by these unnatural dyes. You've been warned.
Albeit mildly alarming, as a beer geek, my bigger concern is how adding food color tampers with what is an intentional creation by the brewer. In much the same way, I don't approve of bartenders floating blueberries in beer; one time I even saw a huge wedge of watermelon put on the glass!
Perhaps I'm being a little severe, but green beer is a definite pass for me this St. Patrick's Day. However, Smithwick's, Beamish, O'Hara's Irish Stout, and Shipyard's Blue Fin get the green light in my book.
Josh can be contacted through his blog: joshsbeerblog.blogspot.com.
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