Cheers April/May 2018

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Page 15 of 59 16 • April/May 2018 DRINK CULTURE So a brew with rich malt notes and roasty characteristics, such as Ballast Point's Victory At Sea imperial porter, would pair well with the Thin Mints. To contrast, Stock says, bring in beers with fl avors that the cookie doesn't have. The dark, tart cherry and reduced balsamic quality of Monk's Café's Flemish Sour Ale pairs well with the Thin Mint's sweetness. Samoa cookies, with chocolate, caramel and coconut fl avors, pair well with beers that aren't sweet, such as a hefeweizen. The rich, chocolate/peanut-butter patty Tagalongs are also a good match with hefeweizen. Here are a few of Stock's other suggested beer/cookie pairings: Do-si-dos peanut-butter sandwich cookies with oatmeal stout. This type of beer is brewed with oats, which gives the beer a velvety texture. Lemonades with Berliner weisse. The nice tart and dry sour beer style that goes well with the lemon fl avor in the shortbread cookies. S'mores, the more recent addition to the Girl Scout cookie lineup, with smoked beers. Stock says that beers with smoked malts, such as Alaskan Brewing Co.'s smoked porter, add the campfi re element to the cookie based on the graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow treat. In general, when pairing with dessert items, you don't want to overdo it with sweetness, Stock notes. For instance, "I would steer clear of beers with a lot of residual sugar, like sweet stouts or beers with added chocolate or caramel fl avors." But it also comes down to personal taste, Stock adds. If you, or your guests, enjoy the pairing, "that's what matters."—MD Girl Scout Pairings continued from Page 14 PRODUCTS Rogue Spirits Oregon Single Malt Whiskey is an 80-proof American single malt that's aged fi ve years. The aroma is soft and malty with a hint of smoke and ocean air, the company says, before fl avors of candied lemons, dark cherries and cocoa. The fi nish is fl avors of baking spices and soft malts, with hints of smoke. The suggested retail price is $64.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Imported by USA Wine West, Rivarose Sparkling Brut Rosé is 100% syrah. On the nose, strawberry and raspberry aromas dominate, the company says, while on the palate the wine is bright with notes of citrus fruits and spice. The suggested retail price is $17.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum from Destilería Serrallés blends rums fi ve-to-eight years old in American white oak casks before fi nishing four to six weeks in Mancino Vermouth Vecchio barrels. The vermouth-soaked wood creates notes of cherry and raisins that interact with the aged rum blend's natural honey, dark choc- olate and vanilla fl avors, the company says. The suggested retail price is $49.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Root Out root beer fl avored whisky combines root beer fl avoring with a Canadian blended whisky that was aged for four years in ex-bourbon American oak barrels. The result is a rich, root- beer fl avor with a hint of vanilla, the company reports. The suggested retail price is $25.99 per 750-ml. bottle. After a successful release last spring as a seasonal, Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Irish Stout will return in 2018 as a year- round product. The stout is made with Irish malts and roasted barley; the nitrogen charge creates a creamy, smooth sip. 4.8% ABV, with 38 IBUs. Strongbow Rosé Apple is a 5% ABV semi-dry hard cider with a touch of red-fl eshed apples. It contains no artifi cial fl avors or colors and is avail- able in 6-packs of 11.2-oz. bottles and, for a limited time, 5.1-oz. mini-cans. Based on a 150-year-old recipe, The Bitter Truth Bogart's Bitters is the original bitters called for in the fi rst cocktail book ever published, The Bar-Tender's Guide: How to Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant's Companion, written by Jerry Thomas in 1862. Every aspect of the product is a replica of the original. A mix of dark spice and chocolaty coffee, 42.10% ABV, this limited-release bitters is best used in cocktails. Imported by Vision Wine & Spirits, the suggested retail price is $34.99 per 375-ml. bottle. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare is the fi rst in a series of special releases created using whiskies from "ghost" distilleries that have long since closed, blended together with other whiskies. This contains spirits from the ghost distilleries of Cambus, Pittyvaich and Brora, closed since 1983. 46% ABV, with sweetness of pineapple, notes of hazelnut and dark chocolate and a subtle smoky fi nish. The suggested retail price is $399.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

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