The food blog over at nydailynews.com has a nice write-up on the best beers to pair with Girl Scout cookies, by Nicole Lyn Pesce.
The blog post provides this excerpt from Nicole’s beer pairing guide she coauthored with Gwen Conley — “Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros.”
- THIN MINTS: These popular mint-flavored cookies dipped in chocolate beg for a coffee- or chocolate-infused stout or porter such as the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Co. “It’s like a Peppermint Patty in your mouth,” says Herz.
- RAH-RAH RAISINS: These hearty oatmeal cookies stuffed with raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks want a milky stout with coffee undertones, like the Bittersweet from Left Hand Brewing Co., which Herz says will taste like “an expensive latte” together.
- DO-SI-DOS: Mimic the flavors a PB&J by noshing this peanut butter sandwich cookie with imperial red beers or caramely winter ales, as well as American amber ales like HopBack Amber Ale from Tröegs Independent Brewing and Belgian-style dubbels like Allagash Brewing Company’s Dubbel.
- SAMOAS: The caramel and toasted coconut rings drizzled with chocolate call for a Belgian-style quadrupel (like Russian River Brewing Company’s Salvation strong dark ale) or American brown ale like Brooklyn Brewery’s Brown Ale.
- TAGALONGS: These cookies combine peanut butter and chocolate. “They are super rich, so Belgian-style dubbels or quadruples are perfect,” says Herz. Or try brown ales brewed with coffee or chocolate, like Face Down Brown Ale from Telluride Brewing Co. for a perfect match.
- TREFOILS: The buttery, rich shortbread cookies compliment most brews’ bready notes. “Malt beers made with malted barley works with the simple, satisfying flavor of the cookie,” says Herz. Most Belgian-style beers celebrate the malt, including Dogfish Head brewery’s Raison D’Etre. Or try the American Pale Ale from Tap It.
- LEMONADES: These shortbreads topped with tangy lemon icing go well with citrusy American hops, pale ales and IPAs. Go with Pallet Jack IPA from Barley Brown’s Beer to create “summer in your mouth,” says Herz. She adds, “These beers have notes of tangerines, oranges and sometimes lemon and grapefruit, where you’ll find a lot of flavor harmonies with the cookies.”
Here’s to hoping your favorite craft beer bar makes a few flights up of these tasty pairings, or you’ll just have to hunt the cookies down yourselves. Cheers!