Hi, hello. Can we confess? We love ourself a beer gimmick, such as…dessert-flavored beers from Trader Joe’s.
According to the podcast Inside Trader Joe’s (where TJ’s employees detail new products and give behind-the-scenes info on the grocery chain), four new beers are coming to shelves in the next few months, and they’re all inspired by beloved sweet treats.
First up is Cookie Butter Beer, which is a 9.5-percent ABV “after-dinner dessert beer” inspired by the store’s ever-popular cookie butter spread. It’ll be available to purchase in September, just as session IPA season winds down. According to Trader Joe’s product developer Catherine Rhodes, they spent a lot of time making sure it tastes “just as good as what’s in the jar.”
Toasty Cookie Spice Cider , which, OK, is technically not a beer, will follow. It’s a hard cider made from fermented apple juice and autumnal spices like cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove.
Surprisingly, Coffee Peanut Butter Cup Porter isn’t as out-there a combination as it first sounds. We’ve seen (and tasted) a few peanut-butter flavored porters in the past, and they’re usually ultra-rich. This one, which will launch around Halloween, is no exception: It’s brewed with peanut butter powder.
Lastly, Ginger Beard Spiced Stout will join TJ’s Howling Gourd Pumpkin Ale sometime in late fall or winter. We don’t know exactly what flavor it will be, but if we had to guess, it’s going to be gingery.
Until we come to terms with the fact that it’s almost fall beer season, we’ll be sipping our canned wine spritzers like they’re going out of style.