We are about to embark on my favorite time of the year: Girl Scout Cookie season.
Ever since I young, and a Girl Scout myself, I have loved those cookies. Now that I’m an adult, combining these sweet indulgences with well paired beer are the makings of a fine evening.
We spied a few “official” tasting events pairing of two, but why overpay when you can easily do this at home with friends by grabbing a quick mixed 6? So what do we drink with our addicting and delicious treats?
Here are a few suggestions:
This chocolate and mint combo is arguably the most-liked cookie. In an informal survey of friends, I found this to be the first that comes to mind when asked about Girl Scout cookies. With such a great, strong-flavored cookie, you want to find a beer that complements it, not takes it over.
I recommend going with a smooth, velvety chocolate stout such as Young’s Double Chocolate Stout or Southern Tier Choklat. Also, feel free to try and pull other flavors into the mix by drinking a Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Bell’s Cherry Stout, or even Wolaver’s Alta Gracia Coffee Porter.
As far as I’m concerned these are the original Girl Scout cookie and were always my favorite growing up. Many may call them plain, but their simple, buttery flavor can serve as an easy backup to many beer flavors.
I think a fun idea for this beer would be to pair it with a great saison. By nature, saisons can have a bit of a funk to them exuding flavors ranging from peppery to fruity as well as dry and tart to sweet. Pick up a Saison Dupont, Ommegang Hennepin, or Goose Island’s Sofie (my personal favorite) and enjoy the flavors the beer pulls from the cookie that you never knew were there.
Cranberry Citrus Crisps
Where did this cookie come from? I don’t know. But what I do know is that they’re awesome. They’re a bit like your cool aunt’s cranberry relish turned into a cookie but in a good way. Whole grains, bits of cranberry and citrus in the finish.
Remind you of any beers? This should be an easy pairing with your favorite wheat beer. By design the expected citrus flavor in the wheat beer or hefeweizen will clearly be the best match. I suggest Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat, Weihenstaphaner Hefeweizen, or Starr Hill’s The Love to get your palate moving.
I’ve only started to fall in love with these cookies within the past few years, but when you think about the ingredients what’s not to love? Toasted coconut, caramel, and chocolate make the core flavors found in this bad boy making it an easy candidate for our good friend the nut brown ale.
The roasted nut flavors found in a brown will help bring out the coconut and caramel flavors in your Samoas. Be sure to grab a Bell’s Best Brown Ale, Ithaca Nut Brown Ale, Abita Turbodog, or a Lost Coast Downtown Brown for this one.
This is another one of the lesser known cookies the Girl Scouts have been offering. I thought long and hard about how to incorporate IPAs into the mix, and I think this just may be the cookie to do it.
In my mind I’m treating these as the cookie version of lemon meringue pie, so a juicy, crunchy, citrus IPA would be an excellent match. It’s just perfect timing that Stone’s Enjoy By 02.14.14 has just arrived to the area and would make a great candidate. If you can hold on to your cookies for a bit Dogfish Head’s Aprihop would also create a flavor party when combined. Finally, don’t be afraid to go with a classic like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Torpedo.
How are you pairing your favorite cookies with craft beer?