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Beer and Cookies

Discussion in 'Beer & Food' started by DrLaFollette, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. DrLaFollette

    DrLaFollette Aficionado (240) Utah Oct 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most people on this site like BEER (duh!) and that most people like cookies. So why not pair them for amazing goodness? My partner and I want to have a Holiday beer party where we pair cookies with different beers.

    Here are the pairings we are thinking right now.
    Crooked Stave WWBI - Cheesecake cookie
    Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bacon peanut butter cookie
    St. Somewhere Saison Athene - sugar cookies
    Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - gingerbread people
    Lost Abbey Deliverance - chocolate chip cookie
    Souther Tier Pumpkin - oatmeal cookie

    Based on the above beers are there any different cookies you'd recommend pairing? Trying not to do any cloying so let me know if any of these seem like too sweet of a combo. Thanks!
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  2. fx20736

    fx20736 Advocate (685) New York Mar 7, 2009 Verified

    If I eat anything high in sugar or starch I lose any desire to drink beer. To me, beer is food. I'll mix it with meat or cheese but not much else.
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  3. I'm not in Kansas, Dorothy, but your pairings sound great. Nice idea.
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  4. You need a Milk Stout in the mix. It's a natural, right? Milk and cookies. Or too obvious? Anyway, how about Lancaster Milk Stout and Oreos?
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  5. DrLaFollette

    DrLaFollette Aficionado (240) Utah Oct 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    This probably doesn't change your opinion, but we'll be having 8-10 people split each of the bombers so it'll be more like a 2-3 oz pours of each beer. We want to have people expand their beer tastes a little by trying styles they wouldn't normally try and still be able to drive home safely by the end of the night.
  6. DrLaFollette

    DrLaFollette Aficionado (240) Utah Oct 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Good point!!! And we do love oreos (who doesn't!) I think it didn't make the list because we didn't have any milk stouts in our arsenal at the time. I'll have to seriously evaluate that as an option and see what milk stouts I can get a hold of out here in Kansas. Thanks!
  7. DrLaFollette

    DrLaFollette Aficionado (240) Utah Oct 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Thank you kindly :)
  8. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Savant (485) Pennsylvania Jan 23, 2007

    If the cookies are sweet you'll need something substantial to stand up to them. Triple, dessert beer, big hops, etc.
  9. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Advocate (705) Florida Jul 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    I actually did this a couple weeks ago! I had Terrapin's Moo-hoo and some delicious chocolate chip cookies. It was great!
  10. Back in the late 60's my dad would dip oreos in his dark beers and tell me it was chocolate stout. Now in his mid 80's he is still dipping oreos is his stouts.
  11. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,475) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    Must try.
  12. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    I've paired Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar with Girl Scout Samoas and it was awesome, so I'm guessing it would go well with any kind of chocolate/coconut cookie.
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  13. DrLaFollette

    DrLaFollette Aficionado (240) Utah Oct 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Sounds tasty!
  14. ant880

    ant880 Advocate (655) New York Nov 7, 2010

    This sounds phenomenal. Hazelnut Brown is one of the few Rogue beers I enjoy and I literally have to hide from co-workers selling Girl Scout cookies every year to prevent myself from buying a case of Samoas.

    Also, to the OP, I see you have access to Southern Tier...their imperial stouts are some of the sweetest beers I have had. See if you could toss Mokah or Javah in there. Creme Brulee is a little much for me, but a lot of people like that as well.
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  15. DrLaFollette

    DrLaFollette Aficionado (240) Utah Oct 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Thanks for recommendations, I totally agree about the Creme Brulee, probably not a bad one to split I just could never drink a pint of it. I actually don't have access to Southern Tier in Kansas but my partner just got some Mokah in a trade so maybe I'll ask her if she'd be willing to throw it in the mix. However, since neither of us have had it, we have to do our own personal tasting with that one ;)
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  16. gonnagopro

    gonnagopro Initiate (20) Nov 4, 2012

    i had made some chocolate stout similar to Hooker's Chocolate Truffle Stout, and it was amazing with sugar cookies. Not sure on the availability of Hooker (Hartford, CT) in KS but Youngs Double Chocolate also works.
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  17. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poobah (1,310) Maryland Mar 18, 2008 Verified

  18. COBeerBuff

    COBeerBuff Savant (390) Kansas Jan 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    Not sure where you are in KS, but if you go across the state line, Royal, Lukas, and Gomer's all have ST beers. I'm not sure if there's any creme brulee floating around still, but I'm sure you could find it at one of those if you looked hard enough.

    As for your original post, I'd love to try some Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown with the Samoas mentioned above. I think that pairing would kill.
  19. DrLaFollette

    DrLaFollette Aficionado (240) Utah Oct 19, 2012 Beer Trader

  20. HighWine

    HighWine Savant (440) Illinois Dec 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    Great idea! I was thinking of a blonde brownie paired with a coffee stout. Pipeworks Hyper Dog has a very strong coffee flavor that might be a worthwhile addition to your tasting. Good luck!
  21. Devi0us

    Devi0us Advocate (565) California May 3, 2011

    I love eating a 1/2 of these badboys while I let an Imperial Stout or English Barleywine warm up on the counter for about 20 minutes...talk about feeling good...

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  22. DrLaFollette

    DrLaFollette Aficionado (240) Utah Oct 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Thanks for all of the help fellow BAs. Based on all the feedback, here's what we've settled on.

    Wild Ales
    Crooked Stave WWBI (7.3%, 87 BA) and New Glarus Raspberry Tart (4%, 95 BA) with Cheesecake Cookies

    BCBS (15%, 98 BA), FBS (8.3%, 99 BA), and Stone IRS (10.5%, 97 BA) with Bacon Peanut Butter Cookies

    Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild (8.8%, 91 BA) and Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 (9.4%, 94 BA) with Chocolate Chip

    Milk Stouts
    Left Hand Milk Stout (6.0%, 88 BA) and Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat (5.5%, 85 BA) with Homemade Oreos

    Pumpkin Beers
    Southern Tier Pumking (8.6%, 90 BA) and Schalfly Pumpkin Ale (8.0%, 93 BA) with Oatmeal Cookies

    Our event is taking place on December 7th with 8 of our close friends so I'll have to let you know what the favorite pairing is. We ended up deciding on two/three beers per style just to experiment with how the nuances in the beer style effect the pairing.
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  23. DrLaFollette

    DrLaFollette Aficionado (240) Utah Oct 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Well I'm happy to say our event was a success here are the favorite pairings from each category:

    WWBI edged out New Glarus for the pairing, the New Glarus was a little cloying with the sweetness of the cheesecake cookie but the brett combined with the blueberries in the WWBI was an awesome combo with the cookie.

    I actually liked Stone IRS best with the Chocolate Truffle cookie that our friend brought, it brought out some chocolate notes in the Stone that I hadn't noticed before. Obviously the cookie was still good with BCS and FBS.

    Loved the Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 with chocolate chip cookie. Great contrast in this pairing between the bitter and sweet.

    Left Hand Milk Stout definitely winner in this category. Something about the oatmeal in the Tallgrass sweet stout didn't go as well with the homemade oreos.

    And lastly, we decided to substitute out Freetail Realtile (chocolate chile stout) for the Schlafly Pumpkin and it was really good with the oatmeal cookies. There was some cinammon in the cookies that I think helped enhance the chile in the beer.

    Thanks for everyone's help, our friends had a really good time and I was happy that none of the pairings was a total miss. Cheers!
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  24. reval

    reval Aficionado (115) New York Apr 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    nom c00kies
  25. That sounds awesome. I rarely pair beer with sweets, but my favorite is Maudite with snickerdoodle cookies. Also, if you're into French pastries, a canele with a Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale rocks.
  26. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) Alaska May 30, 2011

    Funny, how I was just thinking this and almost posted a thread close to this, no worries. Here's what I've had that I liked:

    Sam Adams' Holiday Porter with oatmeal raisin cookies
    Minhas' Heavy Lift Vessel with thumbprint pecan strawberry jam cookies
    Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil with dark chocolate chip cookies
    Bar Harbor's Lighthouse Ale with oatmeal raisin cookies
    Unibroue's Maudite with oatmeal raisin cookies
    Dogfish Head's Raison D'Etre with oatmeal raisin cookies

    I will warn you that it could just be my palate but some pairings could be too close in the sweetness to each other.
  27. To be honest, when it comes to cookies and desserts, there is no beer on planet earth that pairs anywhere nearly as well for me as a glass of milk does.

    Sippy cup optional.
  28. beermeright

    beermeright Disciple (60) Nov 4, 2012

    yum yum yum what a wonderful idea for a party ... I think sometime I might use this idea and have a holiday party myself. VERY creative, i hope you and your guests had a wonderful time! :) Thanks for this post and letting us know how it came out. I love stouts/ creamy/ milky beers/ desserts etc. great pairing ideas!
  29. DrLaFollette

    DrLaFollette Aficionado (240) Utah Oct 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    I like the idea of a triple with a cookie. I wonder what kind of cookie would be best.
  30. mooseisloose

    mooseisloose Advocate (575) Florida Nov 16, 2005

  31. bushycook

    bushycook Savant (370) Virginia Jan 31, 2011 Beer Trader

    Try Backwoods Bastard with speculoos or any other spiced cookie like ginger snaps, it really is a perfect pairing.
  32. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    GL Xmas ale with ginger snaps was sublime