A Different Pint

6 Oct

Though taking heat from natural food enthusiasts, Vermont’s pioneering enterprise, Ben and Jerry’s still delivers what the people want: ice cream.

This Black and Tan flavor was released in 2006 and mimics the flavors associated with the American idea of a  pale ale with a stout floating magically on top of it: The Black and Tan.

Black and Tans are a more modern, American take on an English tradition of mixing different beers in order to produce a desired taste, which varied depending on the customer.  In 1722 a brewer in London came up with a rather tasty combination that was selling pretty well.  Because of this demand he could make the concoction ahead of time and then sell more pints because the customers wouldn’t have to wait for the bartender to mix everyone’s drink to taste.  At this time the hardworking railroad men (Porters) enjoyed this drink heartily and hence the origination of the term we know today in the beer world, “Porter.”

I have not had this ice cream, of course now I am intrigued.  Either way, small history lesson for the day.

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3 Responses to “A Different Pint”

  1. chris October 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    I think that we need to find this, purely for the value of this blog. It sounds amazing.

  2. Kayla October 7, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    Yay the ice cream pint made it on the blog! So often beer is flavored with things…blueberry, chocolate, crème brûlée(barf, I did not enjoy that one), etc. It’s nice to see it go the other way around. I agree, we need to find this one, although I’m not sure how easy it is because if I’d seen it before I definitely would’ve checked it out.

    In related food business, we should collaborate on a beer bread post. Perhaps make it a sandwich and get “A Tale of Two Slices” in on the action too.

  3. Kayla October 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    So this is a beer blog but in case anyone is curious (I’m doing a case study on the company right now for a class)…Ben & Jerry’s decided recently where they stand on the “all natural” label. They are taking it off the package, although still claim to it’s appropriateness. You can read about it here if you like, http://www.benjerry.com/company/media-center/press/natural-ingrd-response.cfm

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