pexels elevate 1267700The 2024 national Girl Scout Cookie Season commenced on Jan. 9th, marking an opportunity to show support for these young girls as they acquire important entrepreneurial and life skills such as goal setting, interpersonal abilities and financial management.

While Girl Scout cookies are undeniably delicious on their own, they also make a great accompaniment to beer! If you're a fan of delicious treats and a cold brew, then you're in for a real treat! Girl Scout cookies and beer pairing is the ultimate combination for those looking to indulge in the perfect sweet and savory experience. When it comes to pairing Girl Scout cookies with beer, the possibilities are endless.

 

Thin Mints

These minty chocolate delights pair beautifully with a rich and robust stout. The smooth, velvety texture of the beer complements the crispness of the cookie, creating a sensational taste sensation that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Beer Suggestions:
• Shooter McMunn's from Lost Rhino Brewing Company
• It's My Island from Pocock Brewing Co.
• Shaft House Stout from Dostal Alley

 

Trefoil

For those who prefer a lighter cookie, the trefoil is a perfect choice. These buttery shortbread cookies are best enjoyed with a refreshing pilsner or lager. The light and crisp flavors of the beer enhance the subtle sweetness of the trefoil, creating a harmonious balance that is simply irresistible.

Beer Suggestions:
• Happy Amber from MadTree Brewing 2.0
• ESB from Hillman Beer
• Bull Kelp ESB from San Juan Island Brewing Co.

 

Caramel deLites/Samoas

These coconutty caramel delights are a fan favorite, and they deserve an equally impressive beer pairing. The richness of an amber ale or brown ale perfectly complements the decadence of the Samoa. The caramel notes in the beer enhance the caramel flavor in the cookie, while the slight bitterness cuts through the sweetness, creating an unforgettable taste experience.

Beer Suggestions:
• Potter's Clay from Four Saints Brewing
• Amber Ale from Full Sail Brewing Company
•Fat Tire Amber Ale from New Belgium Brewing

 

Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs

The Tagalongs are all about that perfect balance of sweet and salty. The creamy peanut butter filling adds a rich and nutty flavor, while the smooth chocolate coating provides just the right amount of sweetness. A hoppy IPA can provide a refreshing contrast to the sweetness of the chocolate coating.

Beer Suggestions:
• Hazy Little Thing IPA
from Sierra Nevada
• IPA from Goose Island
• 90-Minute IPA from Dogfish Head

 

Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich

This cookie features a crisp and buttery oatmeal exterior, with a smooth and creamy peanut butter filling in the center. It's a match made in cookie heaven. For those who enjoy a rich and indulgent experience, try pairing your cookie with a stout or porter. The dark roasted malts in these beers complement the nutty flavors of the peanut butter, while the slightly bitter finish helps to balance out the sweetness of the cookie.

Beer Suggestions:
• Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery
• Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
• London Porter from Fuller's

 

S’Mores

This delectable treat is inspired by the beloved campfire snack, double dipped in a creamy icing before being enveloped in a scrumptious chocolate coating with a graham cracker sandwich that is filled with a combination of chocolate and marshmallow. For a delightful pairing, instead of opting for a sweet or roasty stout to accompany the chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallow, try a tart and fruity sour.

Beer Suggestions:
• Sour Brainless on Peaches from Epic Brewing Company
• Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing
•Blackberry from Upland Brewing Company
•Passion Fruit Sour Ale from Breakside Brewery

 

Lemonades

These tangy delights are best enjoyed with a light and citrusy wheat beer. The zesty flavors in the beer enhance the refreshing lemon taste of the cookie, creating a flavor combination that will make your taste buds dance with delight. It's like a summer picnic in every bite.

Beer Suggestions:
• Oberon American Wheat Ale from Bell's Brewery
• Sunny Little Thing Citrus Wheat from Sierra Nevada
• LightSky Citrus Wheat from Blue Moon Brewing Company

Whether you're hosting a cookie and beer pairing party or simply looking to treat yourself to something special, pairing these beloved cookies with beer is a surefire way to elevate your snacking game. So grab your favorite box of Girl Scout cookies and crack open a cold one - it's time to indulge in the ultimate sweet and savory pairing!

If you need help finding Girl Scout Cookies in your area use the Girl Scout’s Cookie Finder:
https://www.girlscouts.org/en/cookies/how-to-buy-cookies.html

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