The Best Beers to Pair with Your Erbelli’s Pizza

8/11/2015

At Erbelli's we know that a good beer and a slice of our award-winning pizza is a match made in heaven. Like peanut butter and jelly, Hall and Oates and Abbott and Costello the individual elements are enjoyable on their own but, when paired, become greater than the sum of their parts. We also know, though, that it can be difficult to find that perfect beer, that ideal complement to your gourmet pizza. For that reason, we're going to take a look at some of our most popular pizzas and offer a few suggestions that might help you partner them with your favorite beers.

Classic Margarita Pizza

Our classic Margarita pizza is a light, vegetarian offering topped with buffalo mozzarella, tomato slices and fresh basil leaves. With the light flavors and delicate freshness that the Margarita pizza offers, you'll want to pair it with a beer that doesn't overpower its subtleness. In this case, we recommend one of our pale ales - such as those offered by Bell's Brewery - to match the pizza's herbal notes.

The Pepperoni Shocker Pizza

The Pepperoni Shocker is beast of a pizza. Topped with huge chunks of spicy pepperoni and a heaping handful of sliced pepperoni, it's a decidedly fun pizza for serious pepperoni lovers. In looking for the perfect partner for the Shocker, we searched for something that would hold its own against the pizza's strong, spicy flavors. In the end, our recommendation is Bell's Amber Ale because its sweet, fruity flavor can stand up to the Shocker's bold flavors without feeling too dense or overpowering.

Erbelli's Hawaiian Pizza

Our take on the traditional Hawaiian pizza features the standard toppings: sweet pineapple and ham. However, we take it a step further by adding mandarin oranges to work alongside the pineapple and balance out the saltiness of the ham. In pairing this with one of our beers, we found Bell's Oberon Ale to be the best match. The hints of citrus in Oberon complement the pizza's fruit toppings while the spicy hops refresh the palate between bites.

If you're looking to find the perfect beer and pizza combination, come visit us on a weekday afternoon for our pizza buffet. With a variety of pizzas to choose from, you can test beers to your heart's content until you find the perfect match.

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