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A black and tan is a drink consisting of half stout (‘black’) and half bitter beer (‘tan’). The word seems to have originated in the mid-nineteenth century as a term for a kind of terrier with black and yellowish-brown markings, but its use for the drink is first recorded in the 1880s. In the 1920s it was also applied to auxiliary members of the Royal Irish Constabulary recruited to suppress nationalist uprisings, who wore black and khaki uniforms.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.


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