Milk and cookies are known to make a hearty snack not just in the festive season but any odd time of the year. However, it may be time to give certain other interesting options a shot for good. Pairing beer with cookies is in for Christmas 2014 and is sure to continue as a trend through the foreseeable future. All that you need to know is which cookie to pair with which beer and you will be set for a trend setting treat. For those who have not tried this pairing before, here are a few options that you can consider…
• Sweet Stout with Ginger Cookies – Somehow, the flavors of the two options appear to be very compatible. You can try the Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout with the traditional kitchen fresh ginger cookies. You can also try store bought ginger cookies with different ingredients with the stout.
• Belgian Golden Ale with Sugar Cookies – Belgian Golden Ale balances the rich sugary effect of the sugar cookies making the combination comfortable for your palate to handle. However, it is always better to not opt for the Belgian strong pale ale, because of its higher alcohol content which can receive a boost from the sugar in the cookies.
• Chocolate Stout with Peanut Butter Cookies – The effect of this combination is something like a bucketful of Christmas frosting exploding in your mouth. In very simple words, this could be the perfect beer and cookie pairing for this season and for everyone to enjoy equally. Infinite options in Chocolate Stout and butter cookies leave ample scope of mixing and matching for different effects.
You can try Rogue Chocolate Stout, Fort Collins Brewery Double Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn Brewing Co. Black Chocolate Stout and many others of the sort. However, be careful of the quantity solely for the sugar rush the pairing may give you by the end of the day.
• Barley Wine with Ginger Bread Cookies – In very simple words, this pairing is a mood setting taste enhancer. You can try a number of options of Barley Wine like Harvey’s Elizabethan Ale, Bass No. 1, Robinson’s Old Tom and just about any spicy gingerbread cookie recipe preferably coming straight from the kitchen.
• Dry Irish Stout with Rich Chocolate Cookies – This is a classic pairing. Dry Irish Stout can be paired with just about any recipe of chocolate cookies preferably the ones with rich gooey innards. Dark chocolate blends perfectly with the stout for a heartwarming effect.
Bringing beer with cookies to the table this season can be as successful as you want it to be, but you have every reason to exercise caution. To begin with, this is not a pairing to be served to those under 18. So, you will have to think up options for the younger lot. At the same time, weight watchers and diabetics will have to be extra cautious of the options they dig into. The sudden surge of sugar can prove devastating for both.