Samoas and Suds
Pairing Girl Scout Cookies and Beer Across Colorado
By Steve Graham
Nearly half a century ago, My Brother’s Bar figured out that Girl Scout Cookies pair really well with beer (especially when you get hungry really late at night), and the Denver institution sold stacks of the charitable little treats all year long.
Since then, Girl Scout Cookies have become a February fixture in the Colorado craft beer scene. Brewers with a sweet tooth have been pairing the cookies with beers, and even brewing with the cookies in the case of Mountain Sun’s Thin Mint Stout.
With Girl Scout cookie season in full swing, here are some craft breweries and distilleries with Girl Scout cookie pairings around Colorado.
Anvil Distillery in Longmont is hosting a cocktail pairing on Wednesday, Feb. 13, with three limited-edition cocktails for $10 each.
Big Beaver Brewing in Loveland offers six four-ounce pours, paired with 12 cookies, for $10 each, including chocolate-and-coconut Samoas with Cherry Coconut Baltic Porter, and Savannah Smiles dusted lemon cookies with a blueberry Hefeweizen. Pairings are available from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Big Thompson Brewery in Loveland is selling and sampling Girl Scout Cookies, and making some new brews inspired by the baked treats. Four new limited-batch beers will be available in cookie pairings from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2.
Colorado Plus in Wheat Ridge has a pairing from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Intersect Brewing in Fort Collins will have pre-selected flights of beer samples and cookies from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 11 to 15. Brewer Will Herdrick also recommends these pairings in case you just want to buy some cookie boxes and crowlers:
Conscience Compass Milk Chocolate Stout with Thin Mints
Out of Reach Imperial Stout with Samoas
Art of Deception English Brown with Tagalongs
Hollywood Bungalow Passionfruit and Pink Guava Gose with S’mores
Bright Lights, Big City Vienna Lager with Do-si-dos
Old Colorado Brewing in Wellington is selling individual pairings (a cookie and a four-ounce sample) for $3.50 each through tomorrow. Sarah Braun at the brewery recommends these combos:
North Fork Oatmeal Stout with Thin Mints or Samoas
Opa's Brown Ale with Tagalongs
Poudre Porter with S’mores
Campfire Porter with Do-si-dos
Rally King Brewing in Fort Collins will sell a flight of four four-ounce tasters, each paired with two different cookies for $15 from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Here are the pairings:
Chocolate PB Stout with Do si dos and Tagalongs
Oatmeal Stout with Samoas and Thin Mints
Fruited Sour Saison with Savannah Smiles and Lemonades
Coffee Blonde paired with S'mores and Trefoils
Renegade Brewing in Denver is partnering with Good Sugar Baking for some fresh cookies inspired by the Girl Scout flavors. These hand-crafted cookies will be paired with hand-crafted Renegade beers for an event that runs from Feb. 21 to 24. Four cookies and four beers cost $15.
St. Vrain Cidery is having a Girl Scout Cookie sale tomorrow from 3 to 6 p.m., with a pairing from 2 to 9 p.m.
Trail’s End Taproom in Colorado Springs will offer a cookie sampler plate to enjoy with a self-poured sample of recommended beers from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.
Most of these breweries welcome kids, too, and offer non-alcoholic drink pairings with cookies for the littles.
And remember, if you miss the pairing at your local craft brewery, you can always get a box of cookies (and a tasty craft beer) at My Brother’s Bar.