The only thing that can make a Thin Mint better is booze.
No matter your flavor of preference, Girl Scout cookies are so delicious that they practically sell themselves. Though they’re sold by enterprising young women, the cookies do seem to pair nicely with decidedly adult vices like newly-legal recreational cannabis, and now, beer.
If you’re lucky enough to be passing through the Midwest on Thursday, January 24th, it’d be a good idea to make your way to the Girl Scout Cookies and Beer Festival, an event whose concept needs little introduction. Set to be held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, it’s all about pairing classic Girl Scout Cookie flavors with craft beers that evoke or enhance their taste.
The Indianapolis Star delves into some of the cookie-adjacent beers that will be on hand, and it seems like the Hoosier State’s craft breweries have really embraced the concept. There’s Field Brewing’s choco-mint stout, which derives its flavor from “Cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, and mint sprigs” that naturally tastes like drinking an alcoholic Thin Mint.
Other beers aim to please by providing additional flavor notes that enhance the Girl Scout Cookie experience. For example, Indianapolis’ own Sun King sees its Velvet Fog, a robust Belgian quadrupel, as a refreshing complement to the caramel and coconut taste of Samoas.
“The complexity of the fresh cherries and warm notes from bourbon barrel aging of this Gold Medal winning beer play on the caramel and fruit notes of the cookie,” the brewery’s own Girl Scout Cookie and beer pairing guide says. “There's a slight tropical note that lingers along with the fruitiness of the cookie.”
If you’re worried that this ingenious infusion of cookies and craft beer was unique to Indiana, fret not. The Takeout has spotted similar events spanning the country from San Francisco to Durham, North Carolina and Austin, Texas to Aurora, Illinois. These events are also sanctioned by Girl Scouts of America, so your drinking is actually empowering the next generation of female leaders. Not a bad deal for a $50 ticket.