You could pretty easily argue that every pizza and beer pairing is the best beer and pizza pairing. We’re talking about one of the best foods and one of the best drinks (if you’re over 21, of course) joining forces to squash your hunger pangs and maybe even give you a little bit of a buzz. But, c’mon. Why would you settle for just any beer and pizza pairing when you could indulge in these curated, Sporked-approved duos? Whether you’re an omnivore, vegetarian, or even a gluten-free girlie, we’ve put together frozen pizza and beer combos that will make your freezer and your fridge the Brangelina of paired appliances (but, like, if Brad and Angelina never broke up). Not only have we found the best pizzas to eat with beer, we’ve found the best beer to drink with pizza—not to mention flavor profiles that just click, much like Brad and Jen. Okay, enough with the dated tabloid references. Let’s eat.
Trader Joe’s Vegan Meatless Meat Eaters Pizza + Simpler Times Lager
One of the best things about grocery shopping is picking out the easy meal you’re going to have for dinner that evening, when you’re very much in the mood for it. But you can’t go to the grocery store every day (we highly doubt you’d want to, anyway), so what we have here are two Trader Joe’s products so tasty and accessible, we can’t imagine you’ll ever be like, “You know, I think I’ll just have a bowl of cereal for dinner instead.” In short, this vegan meat-lover’s pizza rules and so does this easy drinking yet flavorful beer. One of the reasons we love this frozen pie is that it’s topped with veggie chorizo (among other things), so it has spice and an excellent peppery flavor that pair perfectly with a refreshing lager. Sporked editor-in-chief and beer expert Justine Sterling was downright stunned by this cheap-o TJ’s beer, which smells fresh and malty and has way more flavor than your average Budweiser or PBR. And don’t let the lack of meat on this pizza turn you off—we’re all omnivores here at Sporked and we love it.
A list of the best pizza and beer pairings obviously needs a pepperoni pizza and light beer combo. Whether you’re watching your hometown sports team take on their rival or counting votes in the final tribal council of the Survivor finale, it just feels right to have a slice of pepperoni pizza in one hand and a crisp light beer in the other. Screamin’ Sicilian Holy Pepperoni is the best pizza with beer when you’re looking for a pizza that’s so full of pepperoni, you can hardly see any of the cheese beneath it. When all that good pepperoni spice builds up, reach for one of our perennial picks for the best beer with pizzas, Kona Light. According to Justine, this beer has notes of pineapple balanced with herbaceous hops—basically, it has enough flavor to stand up to an aggressively pepperoni-covered pizza.
I know you might be tempted to pair your favorite frozen cheese pizza with an IPA, but hear me out: the hops are too hoppy! For real, so many IPAs are basically designed to hammer your taste buds when you need them for cheese pizza-appreciating purposes, too. So go with a mild, refreshing wheat beer like Allagash White. A wheat beer isn’t meant to have an aggressively hoppy flavor or super high alcoholic content, just like a cheese pizza isn’t meant to overload every taste bud on your tongue. DiGiorno Stuffed Crust Five Cheese pizza might be the most satisfying and filling cheese pizza at the grocery store with all that warm, gooey cheese packed into its crust. And Allagash White has a mild, citrusy flavor that’s going to cut the richness of the cheese while still letting the pizza be the star of the show.
If you are gluten intolerant, searching for the best pizza and beer combo can be a pain, but we have your back! Banza Four Cheese pizza has what none of the other gluten free pizzas we tried does: a chickpea-based crust. Sporked contributor Danny Palumbo welcomed this swerve from the norm because it gave the pizza an “additional savory, protein-rich quality to it that feels absolutely nourishing in a way that flour crust often does not.” Finding a worthy gluten free beer to complete the pairing was difficult, so I asked Sporked managing editor Gwynedd Stuart. She tried three versions of Glutenberg gluten free beer—White, Stout, and IPA—felt confident recommending the White because as she said, “IPAs and stouts can be too heavy to drink with pizza.” You def aren’t going to miss the gluten in this pizza and beer pairing.