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?


  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!

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

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

  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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