When it comes to boy scout cookies, I think sipping milk through thin mints is one of winter’s greatest joys. With Indy’s new Girl Scout Cookies and Beer Festival, I’m switching from milk to milk stout.
If you’ve never tried using thin mints as drinking straws, let me enlighten you.
Take a small bite from one end of a thin mint, arguably the best Girl Scout cookie ever. Then take another small bite from the other end. Dip one bitten end of the biscuit in milk – or beer – and suck through the other bitten end like a straw. When the milk hits your mouth, stop and eat the entire biscuit in one soft, delicious, saturated bite held together only by the chocolate coating.
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Try Field Brewing Choco-Mint Stout at the Girl Scout Cookies and Beer Festival from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on January 24th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The new Westfield Brewery is one of 10 local craft beer makers that pair beers with Girl Scout cookies.
Brewers take their pairings seriously, but in the end it is up to you to decide which beers to try with which biscuits. Schedule one to two pairings per beer / biscuit tasting station, Central Indiana spokeswoman Deana Potterf said.
Cocoa nibs, vanilla pods and sprigs of mint taste like Field’s Choco-Mint Stout, a natural product with thin mints. With peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in mind, Field beer makers offer a pilsner with mixed berries, peanut butter, chocolate, and shortbread tagalongs.
“The delicate sweetness of the fresh berries contrasts with the subtle saltiness of the peanut butter cookie, while the crispness of the Pilsener cuts through the chocolate,” said Field Brewing’s tasting notes.
The Sun King Brewery had the same thought from PB&J with their idea of combining the peanut butter sandwich biscuit Do-si-dos with the Sun King Cherry Busey reserve, a wild yeast based on brown beer Flanders-style. With caramel, toasted coconuts, and chocolate samoas, Sun King Reserve brewers are considering Velvet Fog, a strong and bold Belgian quadruple.
“The complexity of the fresh cherries and warm notes from the bourbon barrel aging of this gold-medaled beer plays with the caramel and fruity notes of the biscuit,” said Sun King.
Other breweries at the event include Cannon Ball Brewing Co., Centerpoint Brewing, Central State Brewing, Chilly Water Brewing Co., Four Day Ray Brewing, Indiana City Brewing Co., MashCraft Brewing, and Taxman Brewing Co.
Tickets are $ 50 each. Find her by searching for “Girl Scout Cookies and Beer” on eventbrite.com. You must be at least 21 years old to participate.
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