Have you ever had one of those super awful, difficult, exhausting days where all you want to do is comfort yourself with doughnuts and beer? If not, you’re a damn liar.
Luckily, the ladies of Arizona Girls Pint Out know exactly what I’m talking about, and last month they organized an epic event pairing doughnuts with beer. I know, right?? I’ll give you a moment to compose yourself.
Our friends at The Wren House were cool enough to host us for the evening of June 15 for some mingling, chatting, laughing, hot dog eating and good times. As always, raffle tickets could be purchased for some pretty cool AZGPO swag, with proceeds going to Power Paws, an awesome organization that provides highly skilled assistance dogs to kids and adults with disabilities.
If you haven’t been to the Wren House yet, I HIGHLY recommend it. Just south of Thomas on 24th Street, they converted a 1922 house into a cozy tap room with a funky retro vibe. AZGPO ladies (and a few gents, as this was a rare co-ed event) bellied up to the subway tiled bar or gathered around the huge community table in the middle of the room, and enjoyed a flight of four carefully chosen beers paired with four delicious mini doughnuts from Rollover Doughnuts.
I’ve got three words for ya: A Maze Balls.
i started with the Jolene and the spicy thai coconut doughnut. The Jolene is a delicious ginger pale ale and perfectly complimented the subtle spiciness of this glorious frosted, cream filled confection. It was almost a religious experience.
Next I moved on to the Black Caddis with Strawberry Cheesecake doughnut. I’m a HUGE fan of porters, so the hint of chocolate and coffee in this delicious roasty (is roasty a word?) beer was right up my alley. And I’m a fluffy girl so the Strawberry Cheesecake was a no brainer. I think this was the best pair of the night.
One of my FAVORITE Wren House beers is the Jomax, a gorgeous, dark and flavorful oatmeal stout. It’s a MUST TRY for everyone. And to my delight, paired with this chocolate donut with spiced walnuts, it was pretty much a party in my mouth.
The final pair of the night was the Globe-Miami Weisse with a delicate, adorable Rose Sugar doughnut. Now I have to be honest here. . . I am not a fan of Berliner weisse beers. I have tried many, but I just can’t do it. It’s the tartness? The after taste? I don’t know. But they are totally not my thing. And there’s nothing more annoying than someone knocking a brewery’s beer when they aren’t a fan of that style anyway. So I went rogue and asked for the IPA instead. Regardless of me straying off course, it was still a successful pairing if I do say so myself. The floral and citrus in this IPA complimented the hints of rose in the doughnut.
And if all that beer and doughnuts wasn’t enough, Short Leash Hot Dogs was parked right outside serving their unconventional, flatbread embraced dogs and brats, giving me that final little push into a full on food coma. Needless to say, I ended the evening in a satisfied, sugar induced euphoria, wishing I had worn stretchy pants. It was like, the best night EVER.
So what did we learn from all of this?
Wren House = Awesome.
Rollover Doughnuts = Fabulous.
Short Leash Hot Dogs = Scrumptious.
AZGPO = A super fun group of girls who love beer, help their community and throw one hell of a party.
If you haven’t been to an AZGPO event, come join us! Next event is July 27th at McFate South at 6:00, details are on the AZGPO Facebook page. And if you haven’t been to The Wren House, stop wasting time reading this and get on over there!