The CBC Guide to Pairing Beer with Donuts:

Like Craft Beer, Donuts, or Doughnuts depending on who you ask, are having their time in the limelight. Ingredients, techniques, and styles vary regionally, but cafes and bakeries are taking a gourmet approach to our favorite breakfast item, elevating the classics to a new level and experimenting with ingredients such as banana, pomegranate, bacon, and more!

To celebrate National Donut Day taking place on June 1st, we’ve paired regional beers that you can find at Craft Beer Cellar locations across the country, with our favorite donuts from their local makers.

Columbia:

Pair the Original Glazed (for only $1!) from Harold’s Doughnuts, 131 ft. from CBC in Columbia, MO, with Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown from 4Hands (St. Louis, MO)

The sweet grain & chocolate-y notes from the malt pair with the sweet glaze. Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown finishes with a sharp roast bite to wipe away the sugary-ness.

 

Dallas:

Pair Evil Elvis from Hypnotic Donuts, 3.3 miles from CBC Dallas, with Pretzel Stout from Martin House Brewing (Ft. Worth, TX)

What goes better with a peanut butter, bacon, and banana donut than pretzels and a chocolatey-roasty stout? Nothing, that’s what.

 

New Orleans:

Pair the Bruleed Cinnamon Roll from District Doughnuts Sliders & Brew, 0.4 miles from CBC New Orleans, with Old 504 Coffee & Vanilla Porter from Chafunkta Brewing Company (Mandeville, LA).

Brewed with coffee from Orleans Coffee Exchange & Ronald Reginald’s vanilla, this roasty, yet light-bodied Porter is perfect with the bruleed, gooey, cinnamon roll.

 

Grand Rapids:

Pair the Cruffin (yes, a croissant muffin) at Field & Fire, directly across the street from CBC Grand Rapids, with Cheboygan Brewing Co.’s Blueberry Cream Ale (Cheboygan, MI).

Bursting with blueberry and creamy lactose it pairs great with the flaky layers of the Cruffin.

 

Washington D.C.

Pair the Cherry Blossom doughnut from District Doughnuts, 1.7 miles from CBC D.C., with El Hefe Speaks! from DC Brau (Washington, DC)

The tartness from the cream cheese and cherry, pair up with the traditional Weihenstephaner yeast strain in DC’s own El Hefe Speaks to help round out the all the sweetness in this seasonal treat.

 

Houston:

Pair Lemon Meringue Donuts from Hugs & Donuts, 5 miles from minutes CBC Houston, with Bière De Miel from Jester King (Austin, TX)

Bière De Miel’s use of Texas wildflower honey from Good Flow Honey Co. in Austin, harmonizes with the fresh lemon curd and meringue perfectly.

 

Fort Point:

Pair the Raspberry Jelly from Kane’s Donuts, just half a mile from CBC Fort Point, with Blackberry Feyborn Berliner Weisse from Down The Road (Everett, MA)

A beautiful example of a complementary pairing. The raspberry jelly from the Kane’s classic and the tart blackberry jam notes from Feyborn are in perfect harmony.

Virginia is the Products, Programming, and Educational Director for Craft Beer Cellar. In addition to being a Certified Cicerone, she is an Introductory Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Her home base is Chicago, but she’s often found in the Boston area, or wherever her passion for good food & drink takes her.

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