In the UK they drink a lot of hard cider. They usually have several varieties on tap at most bars. Also popular in the British bar scene is the Snakebite, which is a layered concoction of beer and cider. The best of both worlds.
Our rating: B+ A pretty interesting combination of flavors, and especially good if you can find the blackcurrant syrup.
1/2 a pint of beer. Brits like to use lager, in the States we seem to use Guinness more. I guess we think it's more "authentic." For craft brew lovers, try Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co., or Black Sun Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Company.
a dash of blackcurrant syrup (optional)
Pour into the same glass. If you want to get really fancy, use the back-of-the-spoon method. Turn a spoon upside-down over the beer and gently pour the cider over the back of the spoon. This allows the cider to pour down the edge of the glass and rest on top of the beer in a pousse-cafe layering..
Where to find it
Try local Irish pubs. Usually they'll advertise Snakebites if they serve them. Really, any bar that serves cider on tap can make you a Snakebite. It's the blackcurrant juice, a necessity by the drink's definition in England, that's really hard to find. Try Whiskey Tavern on Baxter Street in Manhattan, or The Slaughtered Lamb in the West Village.