How are Backpocket Brewing’s 5 Girl Scout cookie and beer pairings?

How are Backpocket Brewing’s 5 Girl Scout cookie and beer pairings?

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The old cookies-and-milk combo got a boozy twist when Backpocket Brewing paired Girl Scout cookies with beer Thursday.

The pairing, a one-night event, brought out about 20 people to the Coralville brewhouse. While no was one dunking their Peanut Butter Patties into their lagers, people were sipping drinks and enjoying Girl Scout cookie classics.

Thin Mints, Samoas (also known as Caramel deLites), Peanut Butter Patties (also known as Tagalongs), Trefoils and Lemon-Ups were served with one carefully selected 4.5-ounce Backpocket Brewing beer.

Luke Jipp, head brewer at Backpocket, told the Press-Citizen about the process of pairing cookies with beer.

First, all the cookies were tasted to discern the favor profile; then it was time to match it or complement it with a beer on tap.

The brewery then saw which flavors combined well, or what flavors were enhanced, depending on the pairing.

“Cookies and beer always go together, but we want to have a distinct reason why,” Jipp said.

Backpocket worked with two Girl Scout troops for the event. Sisters Kaitlyn and Erin Schmidt-Rundell, who have been part of Girl Scouts for 12 and 11 years, respectively, set up at the brewery to sell — a possibly brilliant business move as a buzzed crowd watched March Madness basketball games unfold on-screen.

The sisters told the Press-Citizen they have both sold more than 1,000 cookies.

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The brewery began hosting Girl Scout cookie and beer pairings in 2017, according to event coordinator Elena Martinez.

The Press-Citizen joined the event to get a taste of the pairings. Here is our review.

Thin Mints with Wake Up Iowa Stout

Perhaps the most interesting pairing of the bunch, the coffee stout and thin mint combination tastes like mint chip and coffee ice cream were served by the same ice cream scooper.

Martinez likened it to a Starbucks concoction. The coffee stout, a rich dark brown, is perfect on its own for those who want a kick to the java flavor.

The sweetness of the cookie cuts down on the bitterness, making the coffee stout palatable to those who prefer a little sugar with their morning brew.

The beer is Backpocket’s seasonal coffee stout and uses medium and dark roast coffee beans from Wake Up Iowa coffee, Jipp said at the event.

Trefoils with Bubba Hazy IPA

Bubba is a hazy India pale ale with citrus flavors, thanks to the Citra, Mosaic and Michigan Copper hops, according to the brewery’s website.

Most distinguishable in its slightly bitter, citrus flavor is grapefruit, or at least that’s what the woman sitting across from me noticed.

The lighter IPA pairs well with the buttery Trefoil cookies, which are reminiscent of a Nilla wafer. The buttery cookie cuts down on the slight bitterness of the IPA — which isn’t particularly strong to begin with, so non-IPA fans, this might be for you.

Jipp said that the Trefoils cutting down that bitterness allows for the fruity hops to “shine.”

That’s certainly the case with this combination.

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Lemon-Ups with Black Cat Cobbler Pastry Sour

This pairing felt like summer, like a treat you’d have lakeside or bring out during a barbecue.

The Black Cat Cobbler, which promises drinkers the taste of blackberry cobbler, does have notes of the tart fruit.

The Black Cat Cobbler is one of Backpocket’s beers made in collaboration with the Des Moines-based apparel company RAYGUN. Other drinks made in this partnership include Kitty Lime Pie, Pucker Up Right Meow Vol. 2 and Strawberry Shortcat.

This pastry sour goes well with the sweet, lemon-flavored biscuits.

It’s probably the lightest pairing out of the bunch, the one that won’t upset any stomachs and could be served without too many eyebrows raised (as opposed to serving guests thin mints and a coffee stout).

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Peanut Butter Patties and Cookie Junkie Stout

Cookie Junkie and the Peanut Butter Patties balance each other well, though it did take a couple more sips and bites to get there.

The dark stout is infused with different types of cookies, including off-brand Oreos and peanut butter cookies, Jipp said.

Toasty was the only word I could think of when describing the aftertaste, similar to the taste of slightly overcooked melted chocolate.

It’s not a far stretch to imagine why Cookie Junkie, already containing chocolate, nutty flavors, was paired with the peanut butter Girl Scout cookie.

Samoas and Slingshot

Slingshot is light and easy to drink. It’s malty, somewhat nutty and makes sense that this dark lager is listed as one of Backpocket Brewing’s core beers.

Jipp said Slingshot is brewed like a common malt, so the caramel flavor and sweetness found in the cookie are meant to enhance the notes found in the beer.

Yet the Samoas and Slingshot pairing isn’t quite as strong of a match. It didn’t noticeably complement the beer in ways the other pairings managed to do.

For some mix-and-match fun, try Slingshot with the Peanut Butter Patty or Bubba Hazy IPA with the Lemon-Ups or any other cookie that’s similar to a shortbread.

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Paris Barraza covers entertainment, lifestyle and arts at the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Reach her at PBarraza@press-citizen.com or (319) 519-9731. Follow her on Twitter @ParisBarraza.


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