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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