Have you ever mixed various beers and enjoyed the outcome? I'm sure many of you have had a black & tan (Guinness and Bass), but have you gone further than that? I was at a bar not long ago and I watched the bartender mix lagers and ales, stouts and ciders, and all manner of strange concoctions. I've also heard that it's been popular in Europe to mix beer and a soda of choice. Ever experimented in such a manner?

I've recently heard of an "Eclipse", which is Blue Moon and Guinness, and I will try next time I go to a bar.

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The Eclipse intrigues me. Now that I think about it, the flavors might mix well together. Might have to try it. Do you know if it's a 50/50 mix or some other ratio?
Not sure. I'll have to do some research on the matter.
Had one Sunday night after church. The bartender hadn't heard of it, so I told him I thought it was basically just a B&T with Blue Moon instead of Bass. He whipped it up, and I drank it down.
What you're talking about with the blue moon and guinness is a black & blue. I highly recommend it to anybody who hasn't had one.
You mention ciders ... I regularly see (and have on occasion had a) mixed cider.

Cider & Black - cheap cider mixed with blackcurrant cordial (also known as Diesel in some places b/c it resembles red-dyed disel fuel)
Snakebite - Cider & Lager, equal parts

There are a whole bunch of local variations of the Snakebite around the UK, mixing cider with various beers and spirits.
A common mix seen around here is the Crown Float. This is apple cider (typically Strongbow in my area) with Guiness floating on top. I think the ratio is about 2:1 cider to Guiness. Delicious!

I enjoy a shot of peppermint schnapps in my Guiness which is also pretty tasty but gets to be a pretty expensive drink at a bar.
I know of several mixed drinks using beers- the Guinness one's I know well; Half & Half (Guinness layered over Harp); Black Haven (Guinness layered over Belhaven); Blacksmith (Guinness layered over Smithwick's); Bumblebee (Guinness layered over Boddington's); Black Garden ( Guinness layered over Hoegaarden); Brave Liver (Half cider, half draft of choice); Black Velvet (Guinness layered over Cider); Black barrel (Guinness layered over KY Bourbon Barrel Ale- AMAZING); and a SnakeBite (Harp layered over Cider). Those are the ones I tend to drink if I feel like mixing things up.
Lot of mixes with Guinness, eh? I just looked up the Wikipedia article on black and tan, and they have a ton of variations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_and_Tan
Sure thing. I've recently had cider mixed with a sour ale, or a lighter sour (Flemish) mixed with a stronger sour. Interesting, to say the least. The cider mix with sour is nice because it makes for a zingy, refreshing drink, offsetting the sour with a bit of sweetness from the cider.

The new beer enthusiasm is making for a lot experimentation, no doubt. Good opportunities for introduction to new beer styles, too.
I've done several mixed beers including many that have already been mentioned, but one successful one (and on my mind again of late because both products are on draft concurrently at my local once more) I didn't notice anyone bring up thus far -- a sweet stout (Young's Double Chocolate for instance) & a belgian fruit lambic (framboise, kriek) as a "dessert beer".
I'm a big fan of the cheap beer and orange juice. My buddies and I will grab an 18er of Rainier, a carton of Tropicana, and mix 'em half and half. Typically, we do some crossfading with these and a few bong hits. The orange juice helps with the cottonmouth and the Vitamin R encourages the buzz. Love it.
Guiness can usually float on any other lighter colored beer. You can basically put it over the beer of your choice and give it a clever name. Also, over the summer I got a shandy which is an ale with a juice in it. In my case it was Bass with a slight bit of lemonade in it. Quite delicious, but not quite for the season.


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