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15 must-scarf pizza-and-beer pairings

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Pilsner and a slice of pepperoni? Not at these craft-happy artisan pizza spots.

St. Louis | PI PIZZERIA
VIBE: Cheerfully decorated, eco-minded, community-focused. PIZZA: The Berkeley, a deep-dish pie with portobello mushrooms, olives, onions and red pepper and zucchini. BEER: Schlafly Pi Common, a California common brewed exclusively for Pi. WHERE: 6144 Delmar Blvd., restaurantpi.com

Lincoln, Neb. | YIA YIA’S
VIBE: A college-town landmark with a treasure-trove bottle menu. PIZZA: The Francais, topped with mozzarella, blue cheese, walnuts and a drizzle of olive oil. BEER: A bottle of Empyrean Dark Side porter, brewed a few blocks away. WHERE: 1423 O St., yiayiaspizza.com

San Diego | NEWPORT PIZZA AND ALE HOUSE
VIBE: Flip-flop casual, just steps from the beach serving celebrity-themed pies like the Ron Jeremy (aka meat lover’s) and 16 or so top-notch taps. PIZZA: The spicy Sgt. Pepper: pepperoni, pepperoncini, bell and red peppers. BEER: Get authentic SoCal spice-stopping hops in Greenflash IPA. WHERE: 5050 Newport Ave., obpizzashop.com

Dallas | ENO’S PIZZA
VIBE: A funky spot with lots of twinkling lights and a giant antler chandelier. PIZZA: The flaky-crusted South Hill, a white pie topped with arugula, mushrooms, basil ricotta, chicken and truffle oil. BEER: Get Bear Republic Racer 5 on tap, or go May 20 for the homebrew competition and festival on the same street. WHERE: 407 N. Bishop Ave., enospizza.com

Chicago | ROOTS HANDMADE PIZZA
VIBE: Scissor-cut pizza and strictly Midwestern beer in glassy Ukrainian Village digs. PIZZA: Sausage and mozzarella (both house-made) on hand-tossed, malt-infused dough. BEER: Two Brothers brews the mellow house bière de garde. WHERE: 1924 W. Chicago Ave., rootspizza.com

San Francisco | PIZZA ORGASMICA
VIBE: The pizzeria for San Fran’s beer lovers and cool-kid late-night crowd. PIZZA: The Serpent’s Kiss: three cheeses, lemon-pepper chicken, zucchini, onion and garlic-cheese sauce. BEER: A pour of Orgasmica’s house-brewed citrusy, Cali-style IPA. WHERE: multiple locations, pizzaorgasmica.com

Klamath Falls, Ore. | MIA & PIA’S PIZZERIA AND BREWHOUSE
VIBE: Rustic, family-owned Western-style digs adorned with repurposed dairy equipment. PIZZA: The Mia & Pia Special, a mouthful of Canadian bacon, salami, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, onions, linguisa, beef and sausage. BEER: House-brewed Applegate Trail Pale Ale, a hopped-up N.W.-style pale. WHERE: 3545 Summers Ln., miapia.com

New Albany, Ind. | NEW ALBANIAN PIZZERIA & PUBLIC HOUSE
VIBE: A multi-GABF-award-winning brewery with a slew of thoughtful brews, and pizza, too! PIZZA: Build your own from more than 20 toppings and four crust choices. BEER: The just-released limited-edition, 10.7%-ABV Le Diable tripel. WHERE: 3312 Plaza Dr., newalbanian.com

Chicago | PIECE BREWERY & PIZZERIA
VIBE: Thin-crust pizza and a heavily medaled brewery in a loud hipster haven. PIZZA: The traditional New Haven, Connecticut-style Plain pie with red sauce, garlic, Parmesan and olive oil. BEER: The GABF-award-winning Dark & Curvy Dunkelweizen. WHERE: 1927 W. North Ave., piecechicago.com

Boise, Idaho | THE FRONT DOOR
VIBE: Cozy, raw-brick and wood-dressed local hangout with even-keeled thin-crust pies. PIZZA: The Wise Guy with Italian sausage, Genoa salami, sliced red onion, mozzarella, grana padano and arugula. BEER: The taps rotate weekly; look for local faves from Payette and Sockeye, or sip a bottle of Germany’s crisp Sünner Kölsch. WHERE: 105 S. 6th St., thefrontdoorboise.com

Asheville, N.C. | BARLEY’S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA
VIBE: A neighborly pub fully loaded with billiards, live music and a giant beer list. PIZZA: Pile the toppings of your choice onto signature sourdough crust. BEER: A megabitter, seven-hopped Foothills Seeing Double IPA. WHERE: 42 Biltmore, barleystaproom.com

North Charleston, S.C. | EVO (EXTRA VIRGIN OVEN)
VIBE: Sunny, hip digs with a locavore, farm-to-table focus. PIZZA: The Pork Trifecta topped with locally farmed pig done up three ways: house-made sausage, pepperoni and bacon. BEER: Local newbie Holy City Brewing’s palate-clearing pilsner. WHERE: 1075 E. Montague Ave., evopizza.com

Denver | HOPS AND PIE
VIBE: Once a slip of a space is—after a 2011 expansion—still a cool little neighborhood hangout. PIZZA: The super-creative Artisan Pie of the Month; think steak and mashed potato with caramelized onions, bell pepper, mushrooms and Gruyère. BEER: The house Hops and Pie P.A.,
a pizza-perfect IPA brewed by Strange Brewing. WHERE: 3920 Tennyson St., hopsandpie.com

Pensacola, Fla. | HOPJACK’S
VIBE: A big, always-buzzing bar pulling from more than 100 taps. PIZZA: Herb-roasted duck and artichokes over red sauce. BEER: A pint of nutty Pensacola Bay Banyon Brown Ale. WHERE: 10 S. Palafox, hopjacks.com

Metro San Diego | PIZZA PORT
VIBE: The Grande Dame of slices ‘n’ suds (it’s won multiple GABF brewery awards) is still SoCal cool and casual, despite its utter awesomeness. PIZZA: BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, a mouthful of BBQ sauce, seasoned meatballs, bacon and red onions. BEER: You can’t really go wrong with house beers like Skidmark Brown, a malty English Mild that struck GABF gold. WHERE: multiple locations, pizzaport.com

PLUS: Try our brown-ale-infused pizza dough… on the grill!

A brown ale beers up our pizza dough; we throw it on the grill for pizza worthy of a backyard bash.

 

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