Beer Buzz: Beer and Cookie Pairings
Chocolate Chip Kona Koko Brown AleFor this classic cookie we initially selected a rich chocolaty stout, which worked well with the chips but overpowered the buttery brown sugar notes. Looking for something a bit less conventional we turned to a seasonal favorite, Kona Koko Brown Ale. Brewed with real coconut, this light bodied browns malty caramel notes give way to a natural toasted coconut finish that transformed a chocolate chip cookie into an island delight.
Oatmeal Raisin Ayinger DoppelbockDoppelbocks are built around rich malt complexity, featuring caramel and toffee notes that pair wonderfully with the brown sugar sweetness of an oatmeal cookie. Ayinger Celebrator is a masterfully balanced German Doppelbock brimming with dark fruit notes that accentuate the cookies oat and raisin baked goodness.
Peanut Butter Samuel Smiths Organic Raspberry AlePeanut butter and jelly is a classic combo that transports many of us to simpler, happier times. Relive that tasty treat by combining peanut butter cookies with a nice fruity ale. Samuel Smiths Organic Raspberry Ale is brewed with real raspberry juice for an incredible berry aroma and fruity finish thats not overly sweet.
Shortbread Innis and Gunn Oak Aged AleScotland is famous for their rich and buttery shortbread so what better candidate to serve with shortbread than a nice creamy Scottish ale. Innis and Gunns Scottish Ale is aged in oak imparting flavors of buttery toffee that melt seamlessly into the richness of the shortbread.
Chocolate Mint Founders Imperial StoutBe it cookies, candies, ice cream or cakes, chocolate and mint is a classic combination that continues to withstand the test of time. When looking to serve with chocolate mint cookies, we turned to a classic craft heavyweight, Founders Imperial Stout. Brewed with ten different malts, this monstrous stouts warming finish harmonized perfectly with those addictive little minty wafers.
Lemon Ommegang WitteA refreshing wheat beer is the perfect backdrop for the bright citrusy flavors of a zesty lemon bar or cookie. Ommegangs award winning Witte is a soft and creamy Belgian-style Wit brewed with orange peel, whose spicy finish complements any scrumptious lemon treat. Check out the Beer Buzz for updates on new beer, tastings, sales and more!