Girl Scout Cookies & Beer Pairings

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – stocking your Girl Scout Cookie stash!! We’re pairing some of our favorite Girl Scout cookies with some of our favorite OMNI beers.

Here’s the line up:
Caramel DeLites with Muddy Runner – Coconut Porter
Smores with Daily Dose – Coffee Cream Ale
Lemonades with Loonacy – Belgian Strong Ale
Peanut Butter Sandwiches with Hefeweizen – German Wheat

From 12pm – 5pm on March 10th and 17th we will be serving paired cookie and beer flights for $12–that’s only $2.00 more than our normal flights!

If you would like to take a full box and full growler home with you, you will be able to do that too because cookies will be for sale these days too. The cookie sales will go to support local Brooklyn Park and Champlin troops go to summer camp.

Stay connected with the Facebook event page.

Girl Scout Cookies & Beer Pairings

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – stocking your Girl Scout Cookie stash!! We’re pairing some of our favorite Girl Scout cookies with some of our favorite OMNI beers.

Here’s the line up:
Caramel DeLites with Muddy Runner – Coconut Porter
Smores with Daily Dose – Coffee Cream Ale
Lemonades with Loonacy – Belgian Strong Ale
Peanut Butter Sandwiches with Hefeweizen – German Wheat

From 12pm – 5pm on March 10th and 17th we will be serving paired cookie and beer flights for $12–that’s only $2.00 more than our normal flights!

If you would like to take a full box and full growler home with you, you will be able to do that too because cookies will be for sale these days too. The cookie sales will go to support local Brooklyn Park and Champlin troops go to summer camp.

Stay connected with the Facebook event page.

Blacklist Brewing Imperial Hefe

My first taste of Blacklist Brewing came last winter at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Duluth. It was one of those Duluth mornings in which you step outside and your skin immediately registers the fact that you’re in Duluth.

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Sheltered from the whip of an icy wind screaming down Superior Street, I settled in to a goblet of Blacklist’s Or Belgique. It was full and lush, rounded and defiantly boozy. It was precisely the beer I needed.

Blacklist is a leading example that suggests the most interesting and innovative brewing activity (per capita, anyway) is happening in Duluth. From the game-changing six-packs from Bent Paddle, to the wild concoctions of Borealis Fermentery, the North Shore is enriching our beer scene like no other area in Minnesota.

And Blacklist has confirmed this status with their two most recent releases. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Belgian Wit, soured with Lactobacillus, and just might take their suggestion and make a little raspberry syrup to treat it like a Berliner weisse.

But for now, I’ll happily sip on their Imperial Hefeweizen with Grapefruit Zest ($12/750ml, below). It has powerful aromas of banana bread straight from the oven. The sip starts out with like a little twang of tartness, and some lovely green apple fruit, before being overwhelmed by some deep, yeasty goodness in a powerful, complex structure.

This is like a hefeweisen on P90x. I’m not exactly sure where the grapefruit zest comes into play – they suggest it’s on the finish, but I can’t find it anywhere but in the nose. But no worries – there are more than enough interesting flavors here to wrap your head around.

Beer/Cheese: Sommer Vice & Toma della Rocca

 By John Garland
Steel Toe Sommer Vice and Toma della Rocca

John Garland // Growler Magazine

Toma della Rocca exists, most profoundly for me, in a very specific memory. It was buried under a mountain of others from the fall of 2005, until I read Michael Paterniti’s 2013 book The Telling Room, in which the author ventures to Spain in search of a legendary Castillian cheese called Páramo de Guzmán.

When he partakes from the final extant wheel of the cheese with its creator, he describes it as “a Herculean cheese, you could tell that immediately, tangy and tart, melting and then flaring again…tasting of minerals and luscious buttercream, of chamomile and thyme…its richness overwhelmed all previous thoughts, tastes, memories.”

Hearing this description brought me back to the tiny Tuscan village of Pienza. It’s a town famous for its pecorino, which is what I intended to order from a small shop just off the main drag. Instead, I was offered a taste of the creamy, luscious Toma della Rocca. It’s a Piedmontese product made from a blend of cow, sheep and goat’s milk. Rich like a brie, but more moist and slightly runny near the rind, it boasts a wonderful herbal component with a tangy finish. On that day, I drank a glass of their house white wine. I don’t know what it was, except it was light and bubbly with a subtle sweetness.

So, how to recreate that pairing with beer? I figured hefeweizen might be the way to go—its straw and citrus notes could blend in among the creaminess, and it could cut the richness with some mellow spice. I spied Steel Toe Brewing’s Sommer Vice and the pair succeeded—the wheat beer accentuates the grassiness of the cheese. For an incredible sandwich, spread Toma della Rocca on a baguette with paper-thin prosciutto and thinly sliced yellow peaches.

Because beer and cheese are pretty much the two best things on the planet, our new segment Beer/Cheese will attempt to pair the two and tell a story in the process. Pick up today’s pairing at Lake Wine & Spirits.

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Weihenstephaner Vitus

ABV: 7.7%

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Looking for something a little bit different than the typical Stout or Barleywine this winter season? Weihenstephaner Vitus is the perfect winter beer for someone who typically drinks a lighter beer but wants a bigger beer for the cold winter months. Wisps of banana and mandarin orange fill the air while pouring, and a subtle hint of spiciness completes the trio after the first sip. Light in body and color, Vitus disguises its 7.7% ABV well. If you are a fan of the traditional Hefeweizen, this “winter Hefeweizen” should be stocked in your fridge until we see grass again in the summer!

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Four Firkins
5630 W 36th St
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(952) 938-2847

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20