If there’s anything better than beer and pizza, then I haven’t been able to find it yet.
When it comes to food and drink combos, a slice and a brew might be one of the all time classics. It’s comfort food and drink at it’s best. Crispy crust, tangy sauce, melty cheese and ice cold beer. I’m getting hungry and thirsty just thinking about it.
While we love beer and pizza, have any of us really put a whole lot of thought into it? I know I haven’t. I know whenever I grab some pizza to go, I usually just pull something good out of the fridge for my glass and don’t think much of it.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with that. Any beer and pizza combination is sure to be a good one, but some beers do in fact taste better with certain pizzas.
So, which brew should you pair with your ‘za? Well, according to American pizza chain Home Run Inn, some of the all-time favourites work well with the following beers:
Cheese: If you like your pizza simple, then an American Pale Ale should be your beer of choice. APAs offer up a slight bitter profile to cut through all that thick, rich cheese.
Available at Happy Hour: Steamworks Pale Ale, Nokomis Pale Ale
Pepperoni: When it comes to the all-time classic pizza, nothing goes better with pepperoni and cheese then a brown ale. A lightly spiced pepperoni is balanced off nicely by a brown ale that offers up light hints of sweetness.
Available at Happy Hour: Nokomis Brown Ale, Corsaire Brown Ale
Vegetarian: For a veggie pizza, you don’t want to overpower the pizza with big bold flavours. Something like a Kolsch or a light pilsner will allow the vegetables to shine.
Available at Happy Hour: High Key Johnny Kolsch, Phillips Pilsner
Meat lovers: If all you want on a pizza is a pile of meat, then you want a dark strong beer. If it could be a smoked dark beer, even better. Those bold flavours help give the meat a more authentic flavour.
Available at Happy Hour: Rebellion Oatmeal Stout, Collective Arts Stranger Than Fiction Porter
Hawaiian: While some may not agree with pineapple on pizza, this crowd pleaser is here to stay. The best brew to drink with this controversial pie is a golden ale. The light, citrus hop pair well with the saltiness of the bacon and the tart pineapple.
Available at Happy Hour: Nokomis Golden Ale, Rebellion Lentil Cream
What’s your favourite beer and pizza pairing? Comment below and let us know.