Cookies are one of the traditional staples of the holidays. However just having a platter of cookies at your holiday party is a bit boring and over done. Don't worry though! We have compiled a list of local artisan beers that work well with traditional holiday cookies to make your party waaayyy better than you neighbor's or arch enemy's.
Our first cookie on the list is the Sugar Cookie. These cookies are literally everywhere during the holidays and usually are covered in sanding sugar or doused in powdered sugar icing. These cookies pair best with a Vanilla Porter. We loved pairing ours with North Ale Works RVP- Robust Vanilla Porter. It has natural notes of vanilla and cinnamon and are locally made in New Hampshire.
Our next cookie on the holiday list are Snickerdoodles. These traditionally are sprinkled or rolled in cinnamon giving them a nice buttery vanilla taste with light hints of cinnamon. This cookie is paired best with hard cider. Our favorite hard cider brewery by far is Far from the Tree Brewery located in Salem, MA. We picked their Cord Hard Cider to compliment our snickerdoodle cookies because this cider is barrel aged with maple syrup giving it woodsy notes with a hint of sweetness. Bonus points- It's also gluten free!
Ginger Molasses cookies are also everywhere during the holidays. These typically are made with tons of sticky gooey molasses and then rolled in sugar. making spiced ale pair extremely well with these cookies. The spiced ale that we prefer with them is the Winter Shredder brewed by Cisco Brewers in Nantucket. This ale has a cinnamon notes that bring out the ginger in the cookie very well.
Last but definitely not least is the most traditional cookie of all; the glorious chocolate chip cookie. The chocolate chip cookie is versatile that is can be paired with a number of beers, however we prefer to pair ours with coffee stout. The coffee stout that hands down is our go to is White Electric Coffee Stout from Revival Brewing Co. This beer's acidic notes makes it amazing smooth while its chocolate notes give the traditional chocolate chip cookie a boost of chocolatey goodness.
All of these beers can be found at Hopsters Alley located inside the Boston Public Market and right next to our stall. Their staff is extremely knowledgably and can help you find the perfect alcohol for any party!
Disclaimer- Beers on this list are not gluten free (except the hard cider) They are vegan however!