Some of the greatest culinary minds from Colorado and Vermont are teaming up again, as New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry's have announced their second collaboration beer, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale.
If you've ever suffered through a too-thick imperial chocolate coffee smorgasbord of a beer, or been unable to finish a bottle of a cloying, caramel-infused brew, you know that dessert beers can easily go awry. And if it weren't for New Belgium's success last year with the highly drinkable Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale collaboration, we'd approach a cookie dough brew with extreme caution.
Instead, we expect New Belgium to bring the same balanced take to the new Ben & Jerry's ale. And brewer Cody Reif explained just how you make a beer with chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar that doesn't come off like a melted version of a Ben & Jerry's pint. "Generally beers with these flavors are rich, full, darker beers," he says. "But on this one we went for a blonde light-brown base."
Full-bodied stouts and porters already bring plenty of sugar to your pint glass, so adding the other sweet ingredients on top of a rich beer would be too much. Having a lighter-bodied base beer for the dessert flavors — Reif consulted countless cookie recipes to design the beer — helps the vanilla, chocolate, and brown sugar New Belgium used shine without roasted malts overpowering them.
The Cookie Dough Ale will hit beer aisles and taps this fall, picking up a pint will help the planet (in addition to your thirst). New Belgium says $50,000 of the proceeds will go to Protect Our Winters, a non-profit founded by snowboarder Jeremy Jones to fight climate change on behalf of the winter sports world.