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The Craft Beer Association has applied its expertise to pizza pairing.
Why not? Wine connoisseurs match the flavors of wines to dishes, to the nth degree (we know: we’re one of them!).
Their chart below can be hard to read, so here’s our adaptation of the recommendations…
…along with our recommendation for a tasting party (photo #2).
While you may not be able to taste all six pairings at once, break down the list, perhaps into pairs: two pizzas, four beers.
See what you think about the recommended beer pairings, versus the other two beers.
The Different Types Of Beers
PIZZA & BEER PAIRINGS
1. CLASSIC CHEESE PIZZA
Beers: Clean and crisp styles such as American Amber Lager and Bohemian-Style Pilsner (photo #1).
Why: The complementary flavors of grain and cheese balance the hop characters, while remaining light on the palate.
Beers: Hoppy and bitter styles such as American Pale Ale and American Brown Ale.
Why: Hoppy and bitter beers stand up to strong flavors and cut through the fat of the meat.
2. MEAT LOVERS PIZZA
Beers: Sour, tart and funky beers such as American Brett and Belgian-Style Flanders.
Why: The savory, umami flavors in the beer increase the earthiness of the mushrooms.
3. MUSHROOM PIZZA
Beers: Dark and roasty styles such as Irish-Style Dry Stout and German-Style Schwarzbier.
Why: The roasted character of the beers complement the char on the roasted vegetables; the salinity of the olives is a contrast.
4. ROAST VEGETABLES & OLIVES
 Plain cheese pizza with a Pilsner (photo courtesy Men’s Fitness).
 Tasting different beers with the same pie at Bowery-St.
5. BACON OR ANCHOVIES
Beers: Fruity and spicy styles such as Belgian-Style Saison and Spiced/Pumpkin Ale.
Why: Spicy/fruity, highly-carbonated beers cleanse the palate after a bite of strong flavors.
Beers: Malty and sweet styles such as Barleywine, English-Style Brown Ale and Stout.
Why: Malty flavors highlight the roasted qualities of the meat, while the sweetness works to neutralize the capsaicin in jalapeños and other hot chiles.
6. MEAT & HEAT
Have fun with it!
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