Who says these two great things in life can't live harmoniously in our stomachs. I can taste the frozen thin mint right now; can you guess what beer goes best?

Girl Scout Cookies and Beer

This a pretty good day if you're here to find out which beers you should pick up when your Girl Scout cookie order arrives.

You made a co-worker of friend's kid very happy. You've helped a young girl learn some great life skills and helped her feel accomplished. You absolutely should celebrate with your new found cookie wealth and a delicious Illinois-brewed beer.

Do you know a lot about COOKIES, but not a lot about CRAFT BEER?

The above statement describes perfectly and it's exactly why I reached out to some 'beer smart' friends to try and build the best Craft Beer/Girl Scout Cookie pairings.

My search for an expert on the subject of Illinois-made craft beers led me to Aaron Slegar, Beer Director at Artale and Co. and Co-Founder/Director of Rockford's Screw City Beer Festival.

The Best Illinois Craft Beer / Girl Scout Cookie Pairings

Which Illinois Craft Beers Go Best With Each Girl Scout Cookie
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The ONLY directive I gave Aaron to begin curating this fantastic list was that it can only be brewers in the state of Illinois.

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Samoas | Caramel deLites

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Style Pairing: Doppelbock
Brewery: Metropolitan Brewing (Chicago, IL)
Beer: Generator Doppelbock (8.3% abv)

Trefoils | Shortbread

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Style Pairing: Pale Lager
Brewery: Generations Brewing (Freeport, IL)
Beer: Hella Good Helles Lager (4.2% abv)

Tagalongs | Peanut Butter Patties

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Style Pairing: Belgian-style Quad
Brewery: Pig Minds Brewing (Machesney Park, IL)
Beer: Drunken Rook Belgian Strong Dark Ale (8.3% abv)

Lemon-Ups | Crispy Lemon

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Pairing Style: Cream Ale
Brewery: Urban Forest Craft Brewing (Rockford, IL)
Beer: Whitney Vanilla Cream Ale (5.4% abv)

Do-si-dos | Peanut Butter Sandwich

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Style Pairing: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Prairie Street Brewing (Rockford, IL)
Beer: Rocktown Brown Ale (5.3% abv)

Thin Mints

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Style Pairing: Oatmeal Stout
Brewery: Hairy Cow Brewing (Byron, IL)
Beer: Ogle Oats Oatmeal Stout (6% abv)

These may very well be the best sips and snacks ever. Enjoy. Be sure to look up Aaron Slager the next time you're looking for a well-curated selection of beer, go see him at Artale.

Mark you calendar for September 10th, Screw City Beef Fest 2022.

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