Elevate Your Pizza Game
Welcome back to the Five10 Pizza blog! If you have been keeping up with our posts, you are aware of the fact that we are dedicating a short blog series to our favorite pizza and beer pairings. In our first post, we covered the best pizza to eat with pale ales and IPAs and, in today’s post, we are going to cover three more pairings that you need to try the next time you decide to visit our pizza restaurant in Oakland. Now, continue reading below to learn more about our favorite pizza and beer pairings.
Everything’s Better With Beer
Beer has been a staple drink of humanity for hundreds of years. Since antiquity, humans have been figuring out new and interesting ways to combine hops, malt, water, and other ingredients to create beers of varying flavor profiles. Much like beer, pizza has evolved over the years to include various styles, flavors, and ingredient combination and, in our opinion, this is no mere coincidence. Below, we have listed a few more beer and pizza pairings that you must try the next time you visit our restaurant.
- Fruit Ale and Hawaiian: Few pizzas are as divisive as the Hawaiian. One camp believes that pineapple has no place on a pizza, while the other camp understands that Hawaiian pizza is a gift to mankind. As you can probably guess from the previous sentence, we fall squarely into the second camp and we try to do everything possible to make Hawaiian pizza even better. Next time you order a Hawaiian style pizza, try pairing it with a fruit beer. The subtle sweetness of strawberry, grapefruit, or even cherry works to complement the sweetness of the pineapple and acidity of the tomato while simultaneously contrasting the salty ham. Trust us, this combo is delicious.
- Wheat Ale and Cheese: While pizza has come a long way in terms of toppings, a classic cheese pizza is hard to beat. Now, while it might seem like any type of beer would compliment cheese pizza, this line of thinking is actually wrong. To get the most out of your cheese pizza, pair it with a nice wheat ale. Because a cheese pizza is relatively plain, light, non-hoppy beers allow the flavors of the cheese and tomato sauce to shine through, especially if multiple types of cheese are used on the same pizza.
- Stout With Mushroom and Spinach: If you ask certain social circles, mushroom and spinach is the most heavenly combination possible in relation to pizza. While we can’t vouch for the validity of this statement, we can say that this style of pizza paired with a nice milk or chocolate based stout is divine. The sweetness of the stout pairs well with the earthy flavors of the mushroom and spinach, creating a combination that you are sure to love. If you’re not into the heavy beers, a nice porter or brown ale can be substituted for the recommended stouts. While the sweetness profile of these beers is much less, they still pair well with this earthy, hearty pie.
We hope that you have enjoyed this short blog series and that you have gained a little knowledge when it comes to pizza and beer pairings. If this blog post has you feeling hungry or you simply want to see what our restaurant is all about, please come see us at Five10 Pizza in Oakland. We are dedicated to making the tastiest pizza pies in the Oakland area and we are certain that once you try what we have to offer you will be hard pressed to find a better pizzeria.