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The Ultimate Guide To Pairing Beer and Pizza

If you’re reading this, you already know there’s no better combination than beer and pizza. It’s the adult version of milk and cookies – the ultimate in casual culinary comfort, deliciousness, and good times.

Cheese and alcohol pairing isn’t just for wine, you know. These are the best icy cold brews to pair with your favorite hot and cheesy slices:

Pepperoni

Pepperoni Slice with Beer

It’s only fitting that we kick this off with America’s favorite pizza topping. Looking to cut through the sharp saltiness of this oh-so-special sausage? Grab a bitter Double IPA to run a pick and roll on your tastebuds.

Sausage, Mushroom, Green Peppers

Pizza and Beer

With sausage, mushrooms, and green peppers on your pie, it’s like an Italian hoagie had a baby with your pizza. Net result? It’s like there’s a party in your mouth, and everyone’s invited.

There’s a lot going on with this pizza. That’s why the subtle sweetness of a Chocolate Stout or another dark beer pairs well with the earthy undertones of this busy, yet super delicious, pie.

Meat, Meat, and More Meat

Getting sausage, pepperoni, ham, and meatballs on your pizza? Great call! But you’re going to need something to wash all of that down.

How about a Belgian Witbier? The high carbonation of the wit is a refreshing contrast to all of that meat and the tart undertones of the brew will also stand up to the heavier toppings on your pie.

Hawaiian

Pineapple Pizza with Beer

Don’t pineapple hate. Pineapple appreciate. Yes, it’s okay to put pineapple on your pizza and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If anyone gives you a hard time, just remind them – pizzas are pies and pies have fruit.

While you shake those haters off, wash your Hawaiian slice down with a light Hefeweizen. The citrus of this beer will enhance the salty ham, brighten the pineapple, and brighten up your day. Guaranteed.

Buffalo Chicken

You’re the bold type – that’s why you ordered a pie with spicy buffalo chicken on top. Follow up your stiff jab of an entree with a robust right cross of a beer.

The caramel notes of an Amber Lager are ready to go toe-to-toe with your buffalo chicken slice’s hot sauce and ranch dressing. Put these together and you’ve got yourself a meal fit for a champion.

Margherita

Margherita Pizza basil

Don’t complicate a classic. With your Margherita pie, opt for an airy Czech-style Pilsner that will enhance flavors without detracting from the milky fresh mozzarella, basil, and gently sweet crushed tomatoes.

Plain Cheese, Thank You Very Much

Plain Cheese Pizza with Sauce

Really, there’s nothing plain about a plain slice – it’s always delicious and guaranteed to please.

Keep it simple. Savor the flavor with a nice light Pale Ale that will go down clean and smooth. With a regular cheese slice, Pale Ale will retain enough of its bitterness for the cheese without overpowering your meal.

Beer and Pizza Day

Beer and Pizza Slice

Mark your calendars – Wednesday, October 9 is National Drink Beer Day, a celebration of the country’s favorite adult beverage.

There’s only way to celebrate – lots of pizza and delicious beer. Cheers!

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