5 Cookie and Craft Beer Pairings to Try if You Love Sonoma County Breweries
Whether it’s a rich and full Stout or a citrusy IPA, there’s a Sonoma County craft beer you can pair with every gourmet cookie we bake at COOKIE… Take a Bite! With our expert local beer and cookie pairing guide, you can enjoy all the most delicious indulgences Sonoma County has to offer.
Here are five of our best-selling cookies and the local craft beers you should pair them with to get you started!
1. Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie: Stouts
Our Classic Chocolate Chip cookies have the perfect amount of crispiness and crunch around the edges with a sweet, chewy center. Stout beers are very full-bodied with an incredibly rich and creamy flavor. The silky roasted flavors of a stout will complement the sweetness of our chocolate chip cookie without overpowering it.
Our Craft Beer Pick: O.V.L. Dry Irish Stout from Russian River Brewing Company
2. Triple Chocolate Threat Cookie: Aged Sour Beers
By now, we all know you can never go wrong with a chocolate and wine pairing, so when it comes to beers our Triple Chocolate Threat cookie is best alongside an Aged Sour. Aging a beer allows the flavors of the brew to mature, and take on unique characteristics of the vessel it’s stored in. A beer aged in wine barrels will take on lightly sour and tart flavors that pair perfectly with the lush chocolate flavors of our gourmet Triple Chocolate Threat cookie.
Our Craft Beer Pick: Beer Country: Petit Verdot – Shady Oak Barrel House
3. Peanut Butter Drop Cookie: Black Lagers
Our double award-winning Peanut Butter Drop cookies are topped with a touch of sea salt creating a sweet and salty treat that pairs perfectly with a Black Lager. Peanuts are a traditional bar snack, and Lagers typically feature light and milky chocolate flavors, so it’s no surprise that a peanut butter cookie and a dark creamy beer are a match made in heaven.
Our Craft Beer Pick: Death & Taxes Black Lager – Moonlight Brewing
4. Lemon Moon Cookie: Indian Pale Ales (IPA)
Our signature Lemon Moon cookies feature a delicate tang of fresh lemon zest, perfect for pairing with a local IPA, which Sonoma County has plenty of! Not all IPAs are created equally when pairing them with something sweet though. Indian Pale Ales are known to have a more robust flavor that can vary drastically depending on the type of hops used during the brewing process. An IPA brewed with Citra hops will have more citrus notes and will be the perfect pairing for our Lemon Moon cookie.
Our Craft Beer Pick: Keg Slayer IPA – Cooperage Brewing
5. Sonoma Trekker Oatmeal Cookie: Blonde Ales
Our award-winning Sonoma Trekker cookies combine the creaminess of oatmeal with a crispy tang of cranberries to provide a little crunch and a lot of flavor in every bite. A lighter session beer like a Blonde Ale with tropical fruit notes would pair best with our Sonoma Trekker cookie. Ales with a light aroma and body allow the fruity cranberry flavors to shine through while complementing the smooth simplicity of a golden or blonde brew.
Our Craft Beer Pick: Best Life Blond Ale – HenHouse Brewing
Sample the Flavors of Sonoma County with a Craft Beer and Cookie Pairing
These suggestions may help you discover your new favorite craft beer and cookie pairings, but don’t be afraid to experiment. Check out all the seasonal cookie flavors we have available in our online shop and at our cookie counter to discover new delicious pairings for yourself!
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