Happy Holidays, everyone!
It is quite chilly here in Nashville! So it's about time to warm up those ovens for some warmth and holiday cheer. I myself am not an expert baker, but my mother-in-law certainly is! I thought it would be fun to create a list of craft beers to pair with some of her Christmas cookie repertoire. I will also link the recipes to the cookies in case you'd like to try to make them yourself! With all the wonderful seasonal beers coming out this time of year, they deserve a tasty cookie to pair with them.
Bell's Winter White + Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Let's start with something light, fluffy, and bright! Bell's Winter White is a Belgian inspired wheat ale that is cloudy in appearance and boasting notes of banana, clove and spice (thanks, Belgian yeast!). Then you have these Lemon Crinkle Cookies that are airy, light yet moist, and citrusy! Both the beer and the cookie are the same weight on the palate and have citrusy qualities which make them a perfect match. The clove and spice from the beer will add another dimension of flavor to the cookie making it overall a fun experience!
SweetWater Festive Ale + Pretzel M&M Hug "Cookies"
Ok, not technically a cookie, but it's not Christmas without them on the cookie tray in my opinion! These pretzels are sweet and salty, so you need to find a beer that will match both aspects. Tip: beers with dark, roasted malts LOVE salt...they also love chocolate! Boom. SweetWater Festive Ale is a Winter Warmer brewed with cinnamon and mace clocking in at 8.6% abv. It will pair well with the pretzel and also add a cinnamon surprise to the mix that's sure to warm your cockles!
Southern Tier Choklat Oranj + Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies
These cookies are a new one to me, but I found them on Pinterest and had to make them! For the record, I've never had a cookie turn out edible....but these actually came out DIVINE. Yay for me! Anyways, this pairing is pretty obvious...but nonetheless, will probably be the star of the show! Southern Tier's Choklat Oranj is a 10% abv dessert beer brewed with chocolate and orange peels. If this is wrong, I don't want to be right.
Ballast Point Peanut Butter Victory At Sea + Peanut Butter Blossoms
This Ballast Point beer is a variant of one of their popular offerings, Victory At Sea: a 10% abv Imperial Porter brewed with coffee and vanilla. This year, they've added peanut butter to the mix and it is delicious! Just enough dry, roasty peanut butter to add depth to the beer but not being cloyingly sweet. This is a perfect match to the peanut butter blossoms because the peanut butter will match in both the beer and cookie, then the roasty malts of the beer with find comfort in the Hersey kiss. Viola!
Those pairings should get you started!
I will leave you with some pictures from my family's Christmas vacation we took the first week of December...Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure Orlando! It was a blast!
If I didn't take pictures, I'd be wondering, "Did that really happen?"!
Happy Holidays, my friends!
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