By Chris Bavender
Girl Scout cookies and beer may not pop to the top of your mind as the perfect pairing, but Books & Brews Carmel is hoping its Feb. 22 event will draw an even bigger crowd than last year’s inaugural event.
“Last year, we had the idea of pairing the Girl Scout cookies and beer after we were approached by a local Girl Scout, Harper Jent, asking if we would allow her to sell boxes out of our store for a day,” said Alex Stanley, Books & Brews co-owner. “We wanted to help her reach her goal, so we said yes. We are always looking to maximize the experience we offer our guests, rather than simply offer quality, local products, which led us to the idea of putting together a curated flight pairing of both.”
The response was so good, Books & Brews Carmel decided to make it an annual event. It also led to the idea to pair donuts and beer for Father’s Day last June.
“The feedback we got from both events last year, along with the fun of partnering with local vendors to create these pairings, is really what has driven us to make these annual events,” Stanley said. “We’re really excited to bring back the Girl Scout cookie and beer pairing, and we’ve had a blast coming up with new combinations of cookies and beer/cider to create a totally new experience from last year’s pairing.”
The goal this year, Stanley said, is to “mix it up as much as possible” by bringing in different beers, new cookies and adding a cider while still “tastefully pairing the flavor profiles of the cookies.”
“If you put the time into thinking about the characteristics of all the varieties of craft beer, you can pair the beers with just about anything. For example, the amber ale with buckwheat paired with Do-si-dos doesn’t seem like a natural fit,” Stanley said. “However, the malty profile of the beer paired with peanut butter and the crunch from the cookie enhances the flavor of both the beer and the cookie.”
Carmel Girl Scout Troop 5029 will sell boxes of cookies on-site. Proceeds help Scouts fund everything from community projects to adventure trips.
“Our hope is that everyone who comes out for the pairing will help support Troop 5029 by purchasing a box or five of their favorite cookies after finishing the pairing so the Troop can reach their goal,” Stanley said.
The event is from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (or while supplies last). Cost per pairing is $15.
This year’s pairings include:
- Cream & Punishment (cream ale) / Samoas
- Nancy Brew & the Hoppy Boys (citra-hopped pale ale) / Trefoils
- Shogun (amber ale w/ buckwheat) / Do-si-dos
- The Stout of Monte Cristo (oatmeal stout) / Thin Mints
- Ciderboys Mad Bark (apple cinnamon cider) / Toffee-Tastic