Mar 1, 2024 - Things to Do

Urban South pairs Girl Scout Cookies with beers

A flight of beers are set up on a wooden paddle with Girl Scout Cookies leaning against each glass.
Urban South has been pairing Girl Scout Cookies with its beers for a couple years now. That's one partnership we can appreciate. Photo: Courtesy of Urban South

While few among us need an excuse to eat more cookies, neatly pairing them with a local beer offers a convenient one.

Dig in: Urban South Brewery in New Orleans is pairing Girl Scout Cookies with its brews all weekend long.

  • Taproom director Amber Gunn also gave us some pointers if you'd prefer to recreate this cookie magic at home.

Start with a beer, Gunn tells Axios New Orleans. It's easier than starting with a cookie flavor "because everyone's taste in beer varies," she says.

  • Identify a favorite beer or beer style, and taste it, Gunn says, then consider what flavors come to mind. Is it fruity, malty, warm or spicy?
  • Then, consider what might balance that out like, say, a sweeter beer may balance well with a less-sweet cookie, and a strong sour might pair nicely with a fruit-flavored cookie.
  • For cookie pairings, Gunn prefers sours, lagers and stouts because they can hold up against the sweetness of a dessert, but "I wouldn't necessarily try and pair an IPA … because the bitterness wouldn't hold up well."

Zoom in: Gunn's pairings for the Urban South event include matching the brewery's Carnival Time Coconut Sour with the Girl Scouts' Samoa (or Caramel DeLite, depending on where you are).

  • She's also matching up the Poboy Amber Lager with the Toffee-tastic cookie for the balance between the beer's malted, easy drinking-style with the sweet-saltiness of the cookie.

Yes, but: Sometimes it does make sense to pair like with like, Gunn said.

  • That's what she's going for in combining the Chewy Granola Stout and a Do-Si-Do peanut butter sandwich "because of the peanut butter and the chocolatey-roasty-ness of the beer."
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