Have you ever tried pairing Girl Scout Cookies and Beer?! This guide recommends the best girl scout cookies and beer pairings for grown-ups.
The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio sent me some of my favorite cookie flavors including Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-si-dos and the NEW S’mores cookie. I knew instantly one of the ways I wanted to enjoy the cookies was by pairing them with local craft beers. Cincinnati has an abundance of great craft breweries so it was a fun challenge to choose just four beers for the pairing. I hope you enjoy my choices!
Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for over 100 years! Can you believe it?! As the Cookie Selling Program has evolved in the past century, it became a vehicle for teaching five essential skills – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. As a former Girl Scout myself I proudly attest to the benefits for girls who join a troop. They are learning important life skills and building camaraderie with fellow girls from diverse backgrounds.
Your Girl Scout Cookie purchase does a world of good, so stock up on your favs at girlscoutcookies.org and then get ready to try out some craft beer pairings below. I did match my cookies with beers made here in Cincinnati, but you can easily apply my suggestions to the beers available to you. Leave a comment below if you have any questions about my choices!
Girl Scout Cookies and Beer Pairing Guide: Samoas
Samoas with chocolatey stouts
MadTree’s Rubus Cacao is a stout with a lot of dark chocolately tastes and aroma as well as fruity, raspberry notes. I think this one complemented the very sweet caramel and chocolate flavors of the Samoa. I would have also liked to try pairing the Samoa cookie with a stout that has some coconut flavors in it to pull out those flavors from the Samoa cookie. This combination was probably the sweetest tasting out of them all.
Girl Scout Cookies Beer Pairing Guide: Do-si-dos
Do-si-dos with light creamy ales & hefeweizen
I paired the Do-si-dos with a golden cream ale because the two flavors blended well together and neither overpowers the other. Storm is a session ale so it’s low in alcohol and also bitterness. It pairs well with the oatmeal cookie and peanut butter center of the Do-si-dos.
I would also like to try out a Hefeweizen here. Not sure if any local breweries make hefeweizens though, but my thought is that a hefeweizen with some notes of banana would pair well with this peanut-buttery cookie.
Girl Scout Cookies Beer Pairing Guide: S’mores Cookie
S’mores with porters
The Panther from Rhinegeist is a robust porter with roasted malts and a chocolatey taste. It was my favorite pairing with the new S’mores cookie. The cookie consists of a graham cracker cookie with a chocolate and marshmallow filling. Yum! When I think of s’mores I think of campfires. So what better to pair with a campfire-inspired treat than a beer that has a light smoke and roasty flavor?
Girl Scout Cookies and Beer Pairing Guide: Thin Mints
Thin Mints with fruity sour beers
This was my favorite pairing out of them all and so unexpected. I’ve seen plenty of recommendations to mix Thin Mints with porters and stouts which absolutely does make sense here; however, I wanted to mix things up. I tried mixing the Thin Mints with an IPA because I love IPAs, and while both tastes were still good, they weren’t complementing each other in a unique way. So I decided to try out one of the sour beers I had one hand – the Urban Artifact Gadget Sour Berry Bomb, a sour blackberry-raspberry ale. It was like fireworks for my taste buds. The sweet and cooling mint flavor complements the fruitiness of the beer. And I think the Thin Mint would be the only cookie to match the bite that you get with a sour beer. I highly recommend this pairing!
To be honest, it was tough to imagine pairing most of the cookies with another other than porters and stouts. Those beers lend themselves well to highlighting notes of chocolate and peanut butter which make up most of the Girl Scout Cookies. So I was pleasantly surprised to taste how well the cookies paired with the cream ale and sour beer.
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This post was brought to you by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. I received product in exchange for writing this post, but all opinions are my own. I’m proud to share my love for Girl Scout Cookies with you.
Casey is the founder of Casey La Vie & has been running this travel and lifestyle blog since 2016. She’s on a mission to balance her career as a social media manager with exploring her home of New York City and seeing more of the world.