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TIP OF THE DAY: Pairing Beer With Pizza

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.
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    2. MEAT LOVERS PIZZA

  • 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.
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    3. MUSHROOM 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.
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    4. ROAST VEGETABLES & OLIVES

  • 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.
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    Pizza & Beer
    [1] Plain cheese pizza with a Pilsner (photo courtesy Men’s Fitness).

    Beer & Pizza

    [2] 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.
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    6. MEAT & HEAT

  • 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.
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    Have fun with it!
     
     
    Beer & Pizza Pairings

      

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