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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Beer and wine pairings for girl scout cookies

Beer and Brewing has a roundup of pairing suggestions from around the intertubes:

Suggestions from The Beer Chicks include these pairings:
Central Track’s Melissa Mackaly suggests these pairings:
Suggestions from the Brooklyn Brewshop include these pairings:
And finally, Flying Dog Brewery includes the following pairings with its own beers:
  • Trefoils with Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
  • Do-Si-Dos with Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale
  • Samoas with Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  • Tagalongs with Gonzo Imperial Porter
  • Thin Mints with Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

And Wine Club Reviews and Ratings has these wine pairing suggestions:

Thin Mints

There are two types of Thin Mints made today, but both combine a wafer, chocolate, and peppermint flavoring. To truly experience the mint & chocolate combination, however, don’t reach for the milk – try a Syrah instead.

Samoas (Caramel deLites)

Banyuls is a red dessert wine from Southwestern France, which pairs amazingly with the dark chocolate stripes on Samoas. For a Plan B, pick up a Port.

Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties)

You’re going to see a trend here: when the cookie has chocolate, grab a bottle of red wine. Tagalongs are no different – find a fruity red wine such as Beaujolais or Zinfandel.

Trefoils (Shortbread)

Light and refreshing, a Trefoil shortbread should be paired with Pinot Noir or even Sparkling wine if the mood is right.

When snacking on these shortbread cookies with lemon-flavored icing, grab a buttery Chardonnay like the 2009 Cambria Chardonnay from Uncorked Ventures.


My personal favorite: shortbread dipped in rich fudge. It’s a tough one, as it combines the light shortbread with the chocolatey fudge, but I’ll be enjoying mine with a Pinot Noir from Gold Medal Wine Club.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

There is a lot of disagreement about what types of wine pair best with chocolate chip cookies in general. This one comes down to a matter of personal preference on white or red. You could either go with a dark Port or a sparkling white.

Savannah Smiles

These are a lemon-based cookie similar to the Lemonades but covered with powered sugar. Try a Pinot Grigio/Gris.

Cranberry Citrus Crisps

Both sweet and tangy because of the cranberry, a good match for these would be a Viognier or the more popular Riesling.

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