6 Ways to Pair Girl Scout Cookies with Metro Phoenix Craft Beer

Zach Fowle
There's a reason the majority of New Year's resolutions to finally start eating right last only about a month: Girl Scout cookies. Once those cute little be-sashed monsters start peddling their boxes of high-calorie deliciousness, it's game over. But we here at Chow Bella buy into the "in for a penny, in for a pound" mantra -- especially when the poundage is added to our waistlines by tasty, tasty treats -- so we decided to try out this year's batch of Girl Scout cookies with a few of our favorite local beers.

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The New Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Beer

Categories: Brew Review

Beer: Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry and Chocolate Ale
Brewery: Rogue Ales
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV: 6.75 percent

Redemption, thy flavors are pretzel, raspberry and chocolate.

Regular readers will remember that I wasn't the biggest fan of Rogue's last collaboration with famed Portland donut shop Voodoo Doughnut. That beer -- a chocolate, peanut butter and banana ale -- tasted like banana Runts (again, the worst of the Runts) covered in super-bitter cacao. This newest effort, however: it's put a spell on me.

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Ten FIDY, Oskar Blues, and the Canned Beer Apocalypse

Beer: Ten FIDY
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.5 percent

As we inch ever closer to the third-annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival, our discussion of aluminum cylinders continues, and it's only right that, at this point, we bring up Oskar Blues.

See also:
- 2013 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival in Scottsdale on May 18

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O Beautiful Beer: 21st Amendment's Bitter American

Beer: Bitter American
Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 4.4 percent

Welcome back to Craft Beer OTW, where our discussion of canned craft beer continues. Now, it's come to my attention that despite my very convincing proselytizing on canned craft beer's behalf, there are still plenty of naysayers when it comes to this particular package. I may be vain, but even I recognize that a discussion is not a discussion without a dissenting opinion. So today I've given the anti-can crowd out there a chance to join the debate. Naysayers, what say you?

See also:
- 5 Things You Need to Know About Craft Beer in Arizona

Naysayers: Well, nay, first. But we'd follow that quickly with our strongest point: Beer in cans tastes like metal!

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Cigar City Jai Alai: Take It in the Can

Beer: Jai Alai
Brewery: Cigar City Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.5 percent

The journey from brew kettle to drinking vessel is long and hard, and not all beer gets there in perfect condition. To taste right, a beer must battle many foes along the way: diacetyl, a yeast compound that tastes like butter; di-methyl sulfide, which can impart flavors of creamed corn; One Million Moms. Beer has many enemies, but the most evil of our favorite drink's foes are also the most abundant: sunlight and oxygen.

See also:
- Ommegang's Game of Thrones Iron Throne Blonde Ale

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Bell's Oarsman Ale

Zach Fowle
Beer: Oarsman Ale
Brewery: Bell's Brewery Inc.
Style: Berliner Weisse
ABV: 4 percent

To everything there is a season, and this applies to beer, as well. Whereas frosty winter nights can be thawed by a powerful stout or winter warmer, the furnace that we like to call the Arizona summer calls for lighter fare. Pale ale, wit, kölsch, and hefeweizen are quality heat-beating brews, but there is perhaps no style better suited for fighting triple-digit fire than the Berliner Weisse.

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This Week in Beer: Marble Brewery, Craft Cans, and More

Categories: Brew Review

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Beer is a big deal in the Valley. From tastings and tappings to pairing dinners and more, there's a different beer event to attend pretty much every night. Every week, we curate upcoming brew-related goings-on and lay them out for you here. Your calendar will be as full of beer as your belly.

Monday, June 25
Marble Monday at Boulders on Broadway
All Day
New Mexico's Marble Brewery produces a lot of "rock solid beer," and on Monday, Boulders on Broadway will tap a couple of half-barrels of Marble's IPA and Red Ale. They'll also have bombers of the rare Marble Reserve, a strong ale aged in bourbon barrels.

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Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break

Zach Fowle
Beer: Imperial Biscotti Break
Brewery: Evil Twin Brewing
Style: Imperial porter
ABV: 11.5 percent

Greetings, feeble readers. If you were expecting to read a review from Zach today, TOO BAD! This blog has officially been taken over by Fach Zowle, Zach's equally handsome but much more evil twin brother. Whereas that goober spends all his time drinking beer and watching reruns of New Girl, I am a malevolent badass who likes to knock ice cream cones out of little kids' hands and cross the street when the don't walk sign is on. You know -- evil stuff.

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Six Beers for Father's Day

Categories: Brew Review

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Beer is the perfect Father's Day gift -- namely because we've never known a dad to turn it down -- but some thought must be put into exactly what you get him. Here are six beer suggestions for whatever type of dad your dad might be.

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Anchor Steam Beer

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Beer: Anchor Steam Beer
Brewery: Anchor Brewing Co.
Style: California Common
ABV: 4.9 percent

I will admit that, when it comes to beer, I'm enamored with novelty -- the fringe, experimental brews that challenge my palate and keep things interesting. But sometimes in the quest for limited-release, barrel-aged, quadruple-hopped, soured, funked, iced and otherwise fiddled-with beers, we become like Captain Ahab, and our quest for the next white whale causes us to ignore the flagships -- brews that, while common and inexpensive, are no less of a good catch.

Flagship beers pay the bills. They are not flashy and rarely make headlines, but they are quietly purchased more often than any other beer in a brewery's portfolio. Flagships keep the lights on and give brewers the leeway to produce the weird, rare beers we get so crazy for.

And lest we forget them, there's Flag Day to remind us. Celebrated every June 14, the holiday commemorates the adoption of the stars and stripes as our national flag. The entire week is actually designated National Flag Week, during which we citizens are urged to fly our colors. However, Rob Fullmer, president of the Arizona Society of Homebrewers, suggested on his beerphxation blog that we also use this week "to mark the success of one of the more tangible results of our nation's independent spirit -- American brewing."

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