We firmly believe that there's a beer for almost any food. Cookies and beer may not be your go-to, but they make a ton of sense together: yeast, grain, spices...the similarities are many. Even master cicerone Rich Higgins agrees—"For dessert recently, I paired a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine with a chocolate chip cookie," he told us. "The beer’s so decadent, served in these fancy goblets, and it’s fun to pair it with something simple, a great comfort food." Amen.
In the spirit of the holidays and winter hibernation, we've assembled all of our beer and cookie resources to kickstart your season of gluttony. If some of those sugar cookies or gingersnaps make it onto a plate for Santa, remember he'll need a beer to wash them down.
Beer that tastes like a cookie
Think gingerbread cookie dough in liquid form, and you'd have Samuel Adams' Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout. The 9%-ABV sip first introduces warm ginger before nutmeg and brown sugar join the party; the finish is like a soft-baked cookie with spicy ginger and cinnamon that linger on the tongue.
Pairing beer and cookies
Say you've got an Oreo. Crack open an Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, sip it, take a bite, and notice the interplay between the cookie’s crunch and the dry oaky barrel notes. We have more awesome ideas for beer and cookie pairings here.
Cranberry-glazed holiday Guinness cookie recipe
A few glugs of Guinness provide some roasty notes that balance these cookies' burst of holiday spices, including coconut, pecans, cranberry and fresh ginger. Get the recipe here.
"Cookies & Beer" book
Ready to take this cookie and beer thing to the next level? Consult this recipe book from Jonathan Bender, full of genius chapters including Spent Grain, Holiday and Chocolate.
Drunken pumpkin cookies recipe
Nothing against chocolate chip cookies, but sometimes you need a little more...wow factor. These stout-spiked stunners add pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie spice for an earthy, spiced spin on the classic. Get the recipe here.
Anchor Porter and oatmeal ice cream sandwich recipe
Repeat that recipe title a few times to really let it sink in: Beer. Ice cream sandwich. Oatmeal cookies. Ginger, espresso and a porter team up for a sweet-and-roasty, smooth ice cream filling, while gooey but substantial oatmeal cookies provide the base. Get the recipe here. Crunched for time? Buy store-bought cookies and make the ice cream yourself, or vice versa.
Flying Dog and Otterbein's Bakery set
Flying Dog Brewing Co. and Baltimore fixture Otterbein’s Bakery have teamed up for the second straight year with beer-and-cookie combinations in The Holiday Collection. The pack includes four new brews to pair with the baked treats: Citrus Saison with sugar cookies; Belgian Pale Ale with orange white chocolate chip cookies; Cranberry IPA with lemon cookies; and Fig and Fennel Stout (you read that correctly) with oatmeal raisin cookies. Our favorite pairing by far was the Belgian Pale Ale: The cookies' orange sweetness added fresh citrus to the beer’s subdued pepper and lemongrass notes.