Pictured Recipe: Black Bean Nacho Pizza

5 Perfect Pizza & Beer Pairings

Spicy foods need spicy beers-go for an India Pale Ale (IPA). We particularly like IPAs by Long Trail and Harpoon Brewery. If you're not a hop-head, the malty sweetness of brown ales work well with the sweeter elements on the pizza: our favorite is Wolaver's. Or try Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale, a cross between the two styles.

Pictured Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan Pizza

Eggplant Parmesan Pizza

Sweet and bitter elements on this pizza need a similarly balanced beer. A pale ale or amber ale fills the bill beautifully-we like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and New Belgium Brewing Company's Fat Tire Amber Ale.

Pictured Recipe: Garden Pizza

Garden Pizza

Look for a brew without overpowering flavors, such as a lager or a less yeasty witbier, so the pizza's fresh, subtle flavors can shine. Try Session Lager from Full Sail Brewery or Wolaver's Wit Bier.

Pictured Recipe: Lahmahjoon Pizza

Lahmahjoon Pizza

Break out the stout-the rich, sweet flavors from the lamb and pomegranate molasses yearn for an equally rich, sweet beer. Our favorite: Shipyard BlueFin Stout.

Pictured Recipe: Nectarine & Prosciutto Pizza

Nectarine & Prosciutto Pizza

A well-balanced beer like an Extra Special Bitter (ESB) works well with this multifaceted pizza. We particularly liked Redhook ESB, whose lovely nectarine-like aromas echoed the fruit on the pizza.