To Serve or Not to Serve Green Beer on St. Patrick’s Day?

Beer testing goes well beyond color, learn more about lab testing of this festive tradition

by | Mar 7, 2023

Things to be mindful of to ensure the safety of your consumers

Calling all distilleries, breweries, and alcoholic beverage manufacturers alike: St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching on March 17 and everyone is gearing up for one of the most celebrated drinking holidays around the globe. However, with the increased demand for green beer and festive drinks, it is important to ensure that these beverages are safe for consumption by getting laboratory testing done.

Many may wonder what gives green beer its bright green hue – it is the addition of green food coloring. While this may seem harmless, there are potential health risks involved with the use of food coloring, especially when consumed in large amounts. For this reason, it is important to have these green beverages tested.

In addition to testing for food coloring, these companies should also test their beverages for other potential contaminants. For example, there have been cases in the past where alcohol has been contaminated with methanol, a toxic substance that can cause serious health problems, including blindness and death. By testing their products, companies can ensure that their beverages are free from harmful contaminants.

Moreover, testing can also help ensure that the alcohol content of a beverage is accurate. This is important not only for consumer safety but also for legal compliance. Many countries have strict regulations regarding the alcohol content of alcoholic beverages, and failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines or other legal consequences.

So, as St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, it is important for breweries and distilleries to have their green beer and other festive beverages tested to ensure that it is safe for consumption. By testing for contaminants, accurate alcohol content, and other potential health risks, they can help protect the health and well-being of consumers while also protecting their own reputation as a responsible producer of alcoholic beverages.

Do you need a laboratory to test green beer or other food and beverage products for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond?

Let us save you the time and effort in looking for a laboratory, so you can spend it celebrating safely! Submit a laboratory test request on our website or by calling us at 1-855-377-6821 today!

Like to see how we have helped other companies with their food and beverage laboratory test requests? Here are a few of the test requests we have received and helped facilitate:

  • 23-00366 Contract Analytical Laboratory needed to measure micro g/l level of Ethyl Carbomate in alcoholic beverage product.
  • 23-00719 Contract Laboratory needed for testing a liquid beverage product to determine Total Package Oxygen (TPO).
  • 23-00450 Contract Laboratory needed for Quinine testing in alcoholic beverage product with THC tonic


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