Cookie Puss Birthday Beer + Cookie Puss cake = true happiness
Captain Lawrence is no stranger to brewing milkshake IPAs, having recently released Soft Swerve with pineapple, coconut, vanilla, and milk sugar. Some beer lovers aren’t fans of milkshake IPAs, like these dumb dumbs from, uh... Thrillist? They make the case that beer shouldn’t taste like “a vanilla sundae with sprinkles on top.” But you know when a beer should taste like a vanilla sundae? When it’s beer inspired by an ice cream cake.
I took a spoonful of the Cookie Puss’ vanilla ice cream to get a feel for what the beer should taste like, since it was brewed with Carvel vanilla and milk sugar. Carvel’s vanilla ice cream is impeccably smooth, which sets the bar pretty high for this brew. But it says something that after I eat a slice of cake and take a sip of the beer, I'm unable to tell where the vanilla from the ice cream ends and the beer begins. The beer smells delicious, and delivers all those promised vanilla notes in every sip. Though it’s tempting to drink this one quickly, be careful, as the booze inside this 7.5% ABV confection is hidden quite well and could actually lead to you talking to Cookie Puss, so maybe that Beastie Boys song aged better than I thought.
While pairing the Cookie O’Puss beer with the cake was a chocolate overload even for a chocolate fiend like myself, the Cookie Puss Birthday Beer is a fine companion for a slice of Cookie Puss. The cake offers plenty of chocolate notes that complement the vanilla-heavy flavor profile of the beer, making for an excellent dessert option whether it’s your birthday or not.