Christmas Cookies + Craft Beer Pairings to Keep You Happy All Holiday

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The holidays are in full swing, and that means you’re probably experiencing maximum Christmas cookie overload.

This year, when you sit down with a plate of cookies, leave the milk in the fridge and reach for a local craft beer to optimize your holiday cookie enjoyment.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few pairings we tried out that might help spark a bit of pairing inspiration.

ZerØday Brewing Co. Grievance with Dalicia Coconut Shortbread Cookie

Grievance is a bold and boozy beer, and it definitely takes center stage in this pairing.

With that said, the coconut in the cookie pairs well with the vanilla and cinnamon found in the beer.

Dalicia Bakery, located on N. Third St. in Harrisburg, is just a short walk from ZerØday’s taproom, so it’s super easy to grab a crowler and a few cookies to take home and try it for yourself.

Millworks Brewery Market Day IPA with Popped Culture Chocolate Orange Popcorn

Separate, both are delicious, but together they bring out the best in each other.

The citrus from the beer allows Popped Culture‘s popcorn’s orange zest to shine, while the sweet chocolate tones down the bitterness of the IPA.

Make the walk across the street from The Millworks to Broad Street Market to put the zest into your late-night snacks.

Boneshire Brew Works LazaRIS with Chocolate Chip Cookies

We opted to try two different chocolate chip cookies — one from Raising the Bar in the Broad Street Market, and one from Anna Rose Bakery.

Chocolate notes in the beer. Chocolate chips in the cookie. What could go wrong? — Nothing.

Plus, each cookie offers a different pairing experience.

The cookie from Anna Rose Bakery has large chocolate chips that bolster the beer’s chocolate flavor while Raising the Bar’s cookie is a bit saltier and makes for a savory treat.

Try them both, and find your favorite.

Pizza Boy Brewing Co. Apricot Sour with Alvaro’s Almond Apricot Cookie

You would think an apricot beer and an apricot cookie would be too matchy-matchy, but the almond in the cookie totally makes this pairing work.

The beer is pretty tart with a balanced apricot flavor that complements the apricot jam in the center of the cookie. The sweet almond cookie makes this a sweet and sour treat.

Ever Grain Brewing Co. Autumn Bell Porter with Cornerstone Coffee House Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie

Autumn Bell Porter is smooth with flavors of roasted chocolate, sweet caramel, and just a hint of nuttiness.

With all of those flavors in one beer, there was no better partner for this porter than a huge indulgent peanut butter cup cookie.

For this pairing just take a short drive down Market Street in Camp Hill from Ever Grain to Cornerstone (or vice-versa) to grab everything you need.

Don’t limit yourself to just these pairings, either. Each brewery and bakery has plenty of offerings to help you make your own craft beer and cookie pairing.

Happy pairing!

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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