Fundraiser features pairings of cookies, beer

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By Zack Dion

A local brew pub will be turning its bar over to a group of elementary school girls this weekend—all for a good cause.

Bare Bones Brewery will hold its second annual Cookies & Beer event, pairing its locally brewed beers with cookies distributed by Troop 2279, on Sunday in Oshkosh.

The troop is part of a large, national organization that is here going unnamed because of “some corporate trademark business stuff,” the brewery said. But the organization is famous for its annual cookie sales and for working with 2.6 million people–1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults–with a mission to build courage, confidence and character for girls.

For $20, the event offers eight pairings of Bare Bones Brewery branded beer and eight different cookie flavors, which are:

  • A mint-flavored cookie and Swifty’s Irish Red – an Irish Stout with a toffee and caramel sweetness and a dry finish
  • A caramel, coconut cookie and Mead the Dog – a Scotch Ale with a caramel flavor
  • A lemon-icing-topped shortbread cookie and Dog Days – a citrusy IPA
  • A peanut butter and chocolate cookie and Brindle Bock – a Dopplebock with a hazelnut peanut flavor
  • A peanut butter sandwich cookie and Hurricane Dan – a Rye IPA with a fruity flavor for a peanut butter and jelly mixture
  • A shortbread cookie and Captain Coffee – a Blonde Ale brewed with Bare Bones Brewery house roasted coffee
  • A shortbread cookie with fudge on the bottom and Golden Doodle – an American Lager with a sweetness
  • A S’mores cookie and Hasta La Basta – an Imperial Breakfast Stout with house roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, honey and vanilla

Troop 2279 is a group of girls from Winneconne Elementary School, raising money from Cookies & Beer to sponsor an annual Earth Day event s at Marble Park and Lake Winneconne Park to clean up the Winneconne waters. A video about the group can be found here.

Bare Bones Brewery opened in May 2015. It was founded by Dan and Patti Dringoli ,who also own PuroClean next door. Before opening the brewery, Dan Dringoli worked as a police officer in Neenah and opened PuroClean in 2001.

The brewery currently has Swifty’s Irish Red as its seasonal brew and will begin serving Captain Coffee on Sunday. For April, the brewery is releasing Double Dog Daze, an 11 percent ABV Double IPA, followed by Chiquita Limon Cervesa, an American Lager, in May and Bitch in Heat, a Strawberry Jalapeno Ale, in June.

“I come out with a new flavor at least every month, sometimes two or three a month, but there’s always something new coming out here and I think that motivates other brewers in the area to see that they can do that, too,” said RJ Nordlund, Bare Bones Brewery brewmaster.

Cookies & Beer will take place Sunday, March 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 4362 County Road S in Oshkosh. Select Bare Bones Brewery brews are available at local Kwik Trips, Piggly Wiggly and Festival Foods.

Zack Dion is a journalism major at UW Oshkosh.

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