Sunday, February 16, 2014

Girl Scout Cookies + Beer Pairings



I saw an online article that paired Girl Scout Cookies with beer. Color me intrigued. Okay, I don't particularly like Girl Scout Cookies. Sorry, that makes me the equivalent of a cookie grinch, right? But I buy them every year to support one or two girl scouts that I know. So, I decided to give the cookies and beer pairing a try. I read the flavor profiles of the beer and decided to create my own pairings.

Here's what we tried...

I must have missed the memo that Samoas were renamed Caramel deLites. No matter. They taste the same.

Caramel deLites + Coconut Curry Hefeweizen

To complement the coconut of the cookies, I poured Lips of Faith's Coconut Curry Hefeweizen. This straw-hued brew has a big, bold aroma with coconut and curry tones and a hint of banana. The beer also boasts cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, Kaffir lime, and cayenne pepper. It was a perfect, fun beer for a favorite cookie.

 Thin Mints + Tanilla

Everything I read paired Thin Mints with a porter. I'm down with that. I selected Knee Deep Brewing Co.'s Tanilla. Made with Tahitian vanilla beans, Tanilla has a soft chocolate flavor with the delicate intensity of vanilla, and rich notes of coffee. I think this was my favorite pairing!

Lemonades + Hard Lemonade

Lemonades replaced the Lemon Coolers. Boo! But lemon they were, so I matched them with a hard lemonade. 

Pretty sure that this is not what Lina had in mind when she handed Jake our cookie order. But this was a fun project. 

What do you think? Would you pair beer with Girl Scout Cookies? What would you pour?

5 comments:

  1. This is an awesome project! I missed the article with the beer pairings, but I did see the article with the wine pairings! The pairings that you chose sound great together!

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    1. Thanks, Renee. I'll look for the wine pairing one!

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  2. They renamed Samoas????? Wah???? Seriously??? (Loved this post---brought a smile to my face and made my tummy rumble!)

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  3. There are two commercial bakeries that produce Girl Scout cookies. They use essentially the same recipes but not the same names for some of the cookies. I remember going through the same awe-shock a few years back looking for my precious purple-boxed Samoas.

    Glad to have found your blog through the cookbook swap, Camilla!

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