Beer and cookies. That was my original name of this post before realizing it was really underselling the Girl Scouts and their amazing cookies that I gobble up every year. My first interaction between the powers of beer and cookies came when I was a kid in Indian Guides. I can clearly remember after one Indian Guides meeting the dads brought out snacks for everyone and, as the kids drank kool-aid, the dads opened up beers and ate cookies. That’s when one of the other dads came up to me and said, “Do you know what your dad loves the most? Cookies and beer.” I can still see my father standing there holding a can of beer in one hand and 2 or 3 cookies stacked in the other. He wasn’t wrong, there’s something great about cookies and beer.
New Belgium Slow Ride and Shortbread Cookies/Trefoils – Session IPAs have been become very popular over the last few years and this is New Belgium’s crack at it. It was worth the wait. Slow Ride it is full of hop flavor while only coming in at 4.5% ABV. The shortbread cookies will cut through the hoppy bitterness to cleanse your palette so you can take another sip! An alternative to Slow Ride is Stone’s Go To IPA, another powerhouse in the session IPA game.
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