Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairings

You came home from work yesterday and tripped over three boxes of Samoas.   You opened up the cupboard and were slapped by a wall of baby blue Trefoil packs.  Thin Mints even found their way into your freezer.  

Your girl got accosted by a troop of hard-selling pre-teens.  Your boy brought his daughter into the office and you had to go in on at least 2 boxes to save face.  The last time you had cookies at your place was when you were living with Mom and Dad and you don’t know why or how you are going to consume a half dozen boxes of cheap baked goods. 

Make this crime of underhanded childhood marketing alright by pairing your Girl Scout Cookies with beer.   Hooch & Hops teamed up with Los Angeles’ Beer Chicks for their recommendation on a few Girl Scout “Cookie” and brew pairings.   This should get you through at least 2 sleeves of your newly adopted junk food craze.   

Caramel DeLites + CoCoNut Porter, Maui Brewing Co., Lahaina, Hawaii. 5.7% ABV.  – These cookies have a crunchy base, rich chewy caramel, sugary coconut, and sweet chocolate.  They may be the perfect cookie.  What better to pair with these than a porter made with toasted coconut featuring notes of coffee and vanilla?!

Tagalongs + Banana Bread Beer, Wells & Young’s Ltd., UK. 5.2% ABV. – Tagalongs are those delicious cookies topped with Reces Pieces-like peanut butter and covered in chocolate.  Banana seemed like the perfect flavor accompaniment, (if you love honey banna peanut butter sandwiches as much as we do!) so we chose Wells’ ale, which is basically banana bread in liquid form; caramel, banana, nuts and biscuit.

Lemon Chalet Creams + Framboise Lambic, Brouwerij Lindemans, Belgium. 4% ABV. – For those who love fruit tarts with custard and lemon meringue pie, this is a pairing that will please.  These cookies with a creamy lemon center are pushed to new levels when paired with a bubbly, tart, sweet rasberry Lambic. 

Thin mints + Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout, Kiuchi Brewery, Japan. 7.5% ABV. – The Thin Mint is a masterpiece on its own, but paired with this thick stout from one of our favorite breweries out of Japan, the thin mint takes on another level of decadence.  The minty chocolate mixed with coffee is like a peppermint mocha, and carries the kick of coffee and alcohol.  We can polish off a whole box of thin mints no problem, and this is the perfect beer with which to wash those babies down!

Shortbread + Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, North Coast Brewing Co., Ft. Bragg, CA. 9% ABV. - if you haven’t dipped a cookie into a glass of Old Rasputin, you haven’t lived!  Seriously, this beer was made for dessert, it has that complex bitter baking chocolate espresso flavor from the dark roasted malt, and enough alcohol to make it a fitting night cap.  Great on ice-cream, the bitterness of this beer is the perfect balance to any sugary substance with notes of vanilla.  The classic Girl Scout Shortbread brings that sugary, buttery vanilla goodness in spades.  Go ahead dunk that cookie and taste heaven!

Source: The Beer Chicks

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