Girl Scout Cookies — the ubiquitous signal of the end of winter — well, at least in theory. A reminder of carefree days guilty pleasures and flavors, for many of us, that summon the nostalgic. Their limited availability invokes the excited panic of being the one who misses out, similar to that of the Michigan Craft Beer Lover who knows they will regret not getting tickets for Founders’ KBS release.
So is it any surprise that the MittenBrew staff couldn’t wait to try their hand at creating unique pairings of these classic American treats with a Made in Michigan flair? Courtney Ochab gives our readers the low down on dessert for your next get together or for when you are sitting at home alone and just can’t put the box down.
Samoas, paired with Griffin Claw Bourbon Imperial Stout (11.5% ABV): The bourbon flavors heighten the subtle coconut flavors and mellow the chocolate. Brewery Terra Firma’s Soul Butter is another great option.
Tag Alongs, paired with Atwater Vanilla Java Porter (5.5% ABV): Peanut butter, vanilla, coffee — all blended in chocolate.
Thin Mints, paired with Odd Side Mayan Mocha Stout (6% ABV): The subtle mint flavor on the finish of the Mayan Mocha is heightened and balanced with a slight spice from habanero. Other suggestions include Odd Side Java Mint Chip Stout, Right Brain Naughty Girl Stout and Cranker’s Coconut Porter.
Delce De Leche, paired with Right Brain Orchard Lurker (7.6% ABV): You’re going to hate us for this one, since this brew is so limited. Grilled Macintosh apples and caramel from the cookie and brown ale — say hello to the caramel apple cookie.
Lemonades, paired with Kuhnhenn DRIPA (9.5% ABV): Now now, give us a chance to explain. Drink the IPA first, allowing for the bitter sensation, then take a bit of cookie. The tart lemon pulls sweetness from the beer that makes us want to keep drinking and of course, finish the entire box.
Other favorites: Cranberry Citrus Crisps with Short’s Soft Parade and Trefoils with Arbor Brewing’s Mr. Delicious Double IPA.
Jennifer Sakey, Tiffany Ewigleben and Brooks Vanderbush contributed to this report.