9 Ways to Expertly Pair Ben & Jerry’s with New Belgium Brewing Beers
Beer + Ice Cream = ☺
Trust us on this one: there is no better combination than your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor topped with the expertly-crafted brew stylings of a New Belgium Brewing beer*. Sweet and savory have never danced such a euphoric dance.
And the best way to enjoy them together? A beer pour-over. Yup, that’s right: craft beer and ice cream together in the same glass, soaking up each other’s awesomeness and delivering the biggest wallop of yum you’ve encountered in a long time. We suggest scooping your ice cream into a bowl or pint glass and letting it soften for a few minutes. Then lovingly pour an equal amount of your craft beer choice over the top. And there are no rules when it comes to how to enjoy this concoction: with a spoon, with a straw, with both, with neither — just do what feels right.
Euphoria for You And the Planet
If you know us, you know that this partnership has to be about more than ice cream and beer; it's also about saving the planet from the ravaging effects of climate change. A portion of the proceeds from New Belgium's newest and Ben & Jerry's-est libation, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, go to Protect Our Winters (POW), a non-profit that works to fight climate change by mobilizing the winter outdoor sports community. Great beer and support for a healthier planet? That's a pairing we can really get behind.
Want to get involved? Add your name to POW's letter to the next president urging action on climate change in his or her first 100 days in office.
Ready to start pairing ice cream and beer already? Here are our 9 favorite pairings:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale
Too matchy-matchy? No way. When it comes to cookie dough, we say the more the better. And whether you’re pairing or not, be sure to snag some of this limited-edition partnership brew while it’s still available.
Cherry Garcia & Glutiny Golden Ale
This reduced-gluten pairing will satisfy even the most discerning of palates. With a light sweetness balanced with a lightly bitter finish, Glutiny Golden Ale is a perfect match for Cherry Garcia’s cherries and fudge.
Phish Food & Glutiny Pale Ale
Sweet and a little tart, the Glutiny Pale Ale pairs swimmingly with Phish Food. Another reduced-gluten pairing, it’s one the whole crowd will be hooked on.
Americone Dream & Fat Tire Amber Ale
There’s nothing more American than the Fat Tire Amber Ale. With a toasty malt flavor and notes of green apple, it pairs superbly with Americone Dream’s sweet-and-salty flavor profile.
Chocolate Fudge Brownie & Abbey Belgian Dubbel Ale
This pairing is so rich it could pay off all our student loans (and, boy, do we wish it would). With malt caramel-y notes and a slight spicy bitterness, the Abbey Belgian Dubbel Ale is a perfect match for the deep, dark sweetness of Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
Half Baked & 1554 Black Lager
Half Baked is a bit of a wild card, what with having both vanilla and chocolate ice creams. But we love the way it pairs with the medium-bodied 1554 Black Lager’s spicy undertones and light acidity.
Pistachio Pistachio & Ranger IPA
The caramel and malt notes in this rich IPA bring out the best in our Pistachio Pistachio flavor. It’s a little sweet, a little savory, and alllll euphoria.
New York Super Fudge Chunk & Rampant Imperial IPA
New Belgium describes this IPA as having an “ambitious but not overwhelming bitterness”. That’s a lot like how we describe New York Super Fudge Chunk’s chunkiness: ambitious but not overwhelming.
Chunky Monkey & Citradelic IPA
Bananas and citrus and hops, oh my! Chunky Monkey’s banana ice cream and walnut chunks really bring out the hoppy, slightly sweet notes in New Belgium’s Citradelic IPA. It’s a citradelic, banana-delic, chunka-delic, wild ride, friends.
Are you thirsty yet? We sure are. Just remember, everything in moderation!
*Not intended for consumers under 21 years of age. Please drink responsibly.