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  • What to Drink with Pizza

    With thanks to Jay for the idea, this is a sticky posting on what is the best thing to drink with pizza. We want to hear about that perfect eating and drinking experience. What was on the pizza and what went perfectly with it.

    My guess is that this could become one of the more popular threads.

    If you are talking about wine, I know Jay was looking for the variety and the bottler.

    Salute.
    James
    Pizza Ovens
    Outdoor Fireplaces

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    In a word, BEER.

    For a light and delicate pizza margherita, I would choose a crisp pilsener, hopped with noble hops (saaz, tettnanger, etc.).

    For a more substantial pizza, with meat toppings, I would choose a robust porter, stocky pale ale, or stout.

    For a deep-dish Chicago pizza, I would be guided by toppings/fillings, but a strong bock will probably fit the bill.
    There is nothing quite so satisfying as drinking a cold beer, while tending a hot fire, in an oven that you built yourself, and making the best pizza that your friends have ever had.

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    • #3
      Beer

      Fio,

      Now, that's a man after my own heart. Beer it is. Wine is fine, most of the time, but beer can be better often. However, a question might be where does India Pale Ale fit into your lineup? Here we have Alexander Keith's IPA, which is quite nice if strong, and on the US east coast I've had Harpoon, which I believe is made in Maine.

      Jim
      "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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      • #4
        Ipa?

        In my mind, a hoppy American IPA would go good with pepperoni pizza, where the citrusy hop notes would complement the spiciness of the pepperoni.

        Nothing is cut in stone, really. I once attended a lecture on pairing beer with food, given by Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewing Co. It was fascinating. I should get his book.

        It's a great thing that "pizza and beer" no longer means Dominos and Bud.
        There is nothing quite so satisfying as drinking a cold beer, while tending a hot fire, in an oven that you built yourself, and making the best pizza that your friends have ever had.

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        • #5
          uhhhh..beer.

          i like Pieroni with most Italian food..

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          • #6
            Beer

            Fio,

            I'm with you on the IPA and pizza, good complementary mix. Here, we have Alexander Keith's IPA from Nova Scotia, tasty if a bit strong on the alcohol percentage.

            Jim
            "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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            • #7
              beer

              http://www.northernbrewer.com/docs/html/extract.html

              I like homebrew steam beer with my pizza!

              Mostly put this up here to keep the spam from showing......

              But homebrew and homebrew pizza..... that is heaven - Fio you need to visit!!

              Christo
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              • #8
                Sangria - Italian Style

                Hi All -

                When we make Sangria, we typically use Spanish Rioja as the base (the cheapest possible bottle )...but given my extremely weak knowledge of wine, and specifically Italian wine, I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion/recommendation of an Italian red to substitute for the Rioja?? I'd like to do an Italian version of Sangria...

                Jay

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                • #9
                  Re: Sangria - Italian Style

                  Originally posted by jjerrier View Post
                  Hi All -

                  When we make Sangria, we typically use Spanish Rioja as the base (the cheapest possible bottle )...but given my extremely weak knowledge of wine, and specifically Italian wine, I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion/recommendation of an Italian red to substitute for the Rioja?? I'd like to do an Italian version of Sangria...

                  Jay
                  Jay.. The wine snob in me says spend more money for your wine, then you won't have to mix it with fruit and juice to make it drinkable.. :-)

                  But if you are looking for Italian wine somewhat similar to Rioja, I'd recommend Southern Italy. In particular varietal called Nero d'Avola is being imported in large quantities and can be readily found under $10. It's often from Sicily, and can be found in blends (Nero d'Avola/Merlot for example) or as a straight varietal. It's smokey and spicy, usually pretty extracted (full flavored).

                  The Texas wine market is full of California, Texas, and Australian imported wine. You'd have more Italian choices if you lived in upstate New York!

                  James, our forum benefactor, both grows grapes in California and lives part time in Italy. He may have more specific advice.....
                  - JC

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                  • #10
                    Re: What to Drink with Pizza

                    Oh, and by the way guys and gals.. I would think it obvious. The Italians have it right, WINE is the perfect accompaniment to pizza.

                    The sweetness of the San Marzano tomato seems equally well paired with an earthy Pinot Noir (Williams Selyem anyone?), earthy but fruity merlot (Chateau St Jean Sonomoa County?), or even a Cabernet with a bit of age on it. Add some proscuitto or sausage to the pizza and a big Aussie Shiraz (Penfolds Bin 28, Saltram #1, d'Arenburg Dead Arm) stands up just fine.

                    Beer is for when you are thirsty after mowing the lawn or working on your oven in the hot sun.

                    I'm of coursed very biased on this topic, so feel free to ignore me and continue sucking down those suds....
                    - JC

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                    • #11
                      Re: What to Drink with Pizza

                      I dont know JC.... I usually fight to the death to defend all things Italian but Id have to go with beer and pizza. Im really not a big beer drinker but a cold one with a hot pizza feels sooooo good. Of course it has to be Italian beer..whatta you think Im crazy...
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                      • #12
                        Re: What to Drink with Pizza

                        For us tee-totalers:

                        Cheese pizza: water*

                        Thin crust: Diet cola, sweet tea (with Splenda) or diet Sprite/7 Up

                        Deep dish: Diet A&W root beer or cream soda

                        Deep dish, all the way, pizza Dagwood style: diet Stewart's Root Beer





























                        * If you're only putting cheese on it you obviously can't deal with flavor...
                        "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

                        "Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal." -Mike Ditka
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                        • #13
                          Re: What to Drink with Pizza

                          Beer if I'm sharing with friends; wine if I'm eating alone.

                          I will also occasionally enjoy a glass of Brio with pizza. Brio is a soft drink popular and widely available in Toronto - it is a brand of Chinotto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . It is the only soda (cola, tonic, pop - what you call a soft drink could be a topic of its own) that I drink. The last time I had a Coke was 8 or 9 years ago.
                          Un amico degli amici.

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                          • #14
                            Re: What to Drink with Pizza

                            I agree! As with all Itialian food I like wine! Even with desert pizza VINO! I like whatever wine my guests bring and whatever I have on hand. We usually explore the wines from the local Temecula wineries.:

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                            • #15
                              Re: What to Drink with Pizza

                              yes i must agree beer is the key, down here in dunedin (new zealand) we have a micro brewery, which make an array of fresh, organic beers, also do seasonal and limited releases.. hehe sometimes a bit too easy to drink, but couldnt ask for a better accompliment with pizza.. even fresh pasta too.

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