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Nov 21, 2008 11:59 AM

Beer with pizza

I rarely drink beer but would like to have beer with (delivered) pizza occasionally, so I'm looking for a bottled beer that is: (1) good with pizza, and (2) not too hard to find. TIA

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  1. It's hard to think of a beer that doesn't go well with Pizza =D It might depend upon your beer preferences and your pizza preferences. What kind of each do you enjoy most?

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    1. re: The Chemist

      Sorry for the dumb, general, question, but I don't have any beer preferences. I usually drink wine or Manhattans (not with pizza) and aside from a recent taste of draft Maudit (that I liked), don't even know what the alternatives are to Bud Lite. So when I stand in the beer aisle of the super market, should I just pick a bottle of light (not lite) beer at random? The pizza, btw, is sausage/pepperoni : )

    2. In another thread on CH I said: Michael Jackson recommended Vienna lager, comparing its malty spiciness and sweetness to cooked-tomato sweetness and basil spiciness in pizza.

      Vienna lager would include such beers as Dos Equis and Negra Modelo, which is a bit darker. These are fairly easy to find.

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      1. re: Jim Dorsch

        Perfect. Both of those will be very easy to find in my neighborhood. Thank you.

        1. re: Jim Dorsch

          I tried Dos Equis Lager and Amber with my last pizza and thought that they were both too sweet, especially the Amber. So I'll make a list of the other suggestions and try the ones I can find. Thanks much and happy Thanksgiving.

          1. re: efdee

            Dos Equis Amber is far superior ot the lager. Please drink more of it.

            1. re: efdee

              If you wanted to explore other such beers, you could look at Gordon Biersch Marzen, if you're in an area where they sell, or some of the German festbiers such as Spaten Oktoberfest. But they might also be sweeter than you like.

          2. I don't like to get too fancy with my pizza-beers.

            Yuengling is a good choice if it's available in your area. Victory Prima Pils is also nice. I also had a Cooper's Sparkling with pizza the other day that I really enjoyed.

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            1. re: ndelson

              Victory Prima Pils is an excellent choice, and one of my favorite brews. I also do not like to get too fancy with my "pizza beer". For this reason, I usually choose Rolling Rock. A Vienna style lager is a good idea and something I will try.

              1. re: ndelson

                I have to second Yeungling! It's nice and smooth. Perfect pizza beer for someone who doesn't drink it often. Other options that come to mind are Stella Artois, Shinerboch, Lefthand Sawtooth Lager (if you can get it in your area), New Castle.....


                1. re: ndelson

                  Yes, an old post, but with the resurgence of Yuengling, I'd have to agree. I tried the Black & Tan with pizza recently and was impressed. I'm not a big fan of American beers, but this might be a good and reasonable go-to in the future.

                  1. re: njmarshall55

                    "Not a big fan of American beers, but Yuengling..."

                    Eek. No.

                    1. re: Josh

                      I actually like Yuengling Porter (and have liked it since my college days in the early 70s; actually, it didn't get much respect back then either. LOL)
                      It's certainly not near the level of stuff like Sierra Nevada, and but for what it is, it's really not too bad at all. I drink mostly homebrewed beer, but still pick up a six of the Yuengling porter every now and again.

                      1. re: The Professor

                        Yuengling is good value for money. Heard nice things about the seasonal hefeweizen but haven't tried it.

                2. probably anything pilsner or lagerish. How about Pilsner Urquell, which is widely available.

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                  1. re: chuckl

                    I agree with you but I don't agree with the Pilsner Urquell recommendation. Drink any lager or pilsner that is near where you are. Every microbrewery has a lager or pilsner and I guarantee they are all better than PIlsner Urquell.

                    1. re: Mr Siegal

                      Lagunitas Pils is a great alternative to PU.

                      1. re: Jim Dorsch

                        I love PU and Staroprahmen so I looked forward to trying LP. I had it on tap at a reputable location and man was I disappointed. The musk and spice that I like about both PU and Staroprahmen were missing. I also found it to be "macro" sweet which wasn't unpleasant but just was not what I desire in a Czech Pils.

                      2. re: Mr Siegal

                        I would strongly disagree that every microbrew larger/pilsener is "better than Pilsener Urquell". Pilsener Urquell is a classic...and obviously not for everyone's taste. But microbrew and especially brewpub brew is a very hit or miss thing. Local will definitely not always be better.
                        I love small-brewery products...there are some outstanding micro beers out there for sure, but an awful lot of small breweries and brewpubs simply lack real skill. Having been an avid fan of the micro movement since its earliest days, I can tell you without any doubts or remorse that not all of it is great stuff.

                        1. re: The Professor

                          Pilsner Urquell in green bottles isn't anything I'd buy. It travels too far, and there's too big a chance of it being lightstruck. The kegged version is much better.

                          1. re: Josh

                            Last time I looked, Lagunitas Pils was rated about the same as PU on beer advocate.

                            1. re: Jim Dorsch

                              I found Lagunitas Pils to be very disapponting. I'm puzzled by it's popularity. It's supposed to be a Czech style I think and if there were any Saaz hops in there I didn't find any. I found it to be "macro" sweet in a way as well. I'm a pils guys both Czech and German style and it wasn't my thing at all.

                          2. re: The Professor

                            I'll admit to being a bit of a beer snob, but I prefer the beer nerd side.

                            But, Urquell is far far underrated.

                          3. re: Mr Siegal

                            Eh. People mistake "local" and "craft" as "better." Good example: John Harvard's Pan's Pils is local and craft and I'd take a Pilsner Urquell over that. A bad example: Bud is "local" if you're in St. Louis and, believe it or not, claim to now be a top player in the "craft" beer game (I think they say they're 3rd largest or some such hilarity?).

                            Most brewers I've had the conversation with will say that a pils/lighter (in color... as opposed to a darker lager) lager are the hardest to brew. There's nothing to hide behind and it takes way more finesse. Point is there's plenty of bad local/craft lagers out there.

                            1. re: mrgrotto

                              (I think [A-B] say they're 3rd largest or some such hilarity?).

                              Sounds like it might be a reference to their 1/3 minority ownership of the combined Red Hook-Widmer companies, now know as the "Craft Brewers Alliance" which *is* the #3 craft brewer (behind Boston and Sierra Nevada) and whose beers (along with the Kona and Goose Island brands) are distributed by the A-B network.


                              1. re: JessKidden

                                That's exactly it. Makes me giggle.

                        2. I recentedly had a very hoppy beer (Rogue Brutal Black Bitter) at my new local watering hole. On it's own I have to admit that it was a chore to drink for me. However I ordered a pizza at the bar to eat. And man as the fat and oil from the cheese and sausage were met and cleansed from my palate with those hops and it was very enjoyable. I mean I probably wouldn't order that beer on its own again, but paired with the right thing it is something I look forward to experiencing again soon.