You could say that we’re totally into all things Pi Day: it’s a chance for us to get together on March 14th and celebrate our favorite mathematical constant (the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — approximately 3.14159…..) our favorite beverage (beer, of course) and one of our favorite foods: pizza!
Pizza and beer are a classic, beautiful combination, and as lovers of math, beer and pizza, we wanted to explore a few other great possibilities that make pizza and beer the iconic pairing we know and love. Here are a few of our favorite pint and pie pairings, to be enjoyed any time, any where, not just on Pi Day:
Supreme pizza – Otherwise known as “Pizza from the grown-up table” when you’re a kid staring down at a pizza covered in a rainbow of toppings. With time, we’ve come to realize we were really missing out while chowing down on plain cheese slices with the crusts cut off. The blend of all those bold ingredients – peppers, onions, olives, pepperoni, sausage – demand to be paired with an equally bold choice like Nolan, our rotating IPA. The hoppy bite of a sip of Nolan perfectly cuts through with delicious flavor without getting lost in all the ingredients.
White pizza – On the other side, sometimes your palette just isn’t feeling it with all that tomato sauce. If you’re in the mood for something light and creamy and smooth, settle into a pie with a bunch of different cheeses, little or no sauce, some crushed garlic, and a Belgian-Style Ale like Haddy. You’ll feel refreshed and lighter than air (Or, at least, lighter than you’re used to after having pizza and beer for dinner).
Margherita pizza – Feeling a little fancy? Sometimes the occasion calls for one of the more traditional Italian pies with a thin crust, fresh tomatoes, basil, and heaping spoonfuls of fresh mozzarella or ricotta cheese. Why not pump up that fancy feeling with a Sour Alani, our Rosé Ale? The sweet pucker of Alani’s cranberry and hibiscus notes will naturally complement the ripeness of your tomatoes, offering the acidic balance to cut through the richness of your cheese, in a pie that just so perfectly “summer.”
Buffalo Chicken – When you want to add a little heat to your pizza, why not combine your favorite comfort foods in slices of spicy, cheesy goodness? A favorite for anyone wanting to combine the delicious tastes of chicken wings and pizza, you’re gonna want to head off the inevitable heartburn with something crisp to balance everything out. Enter Jude, our Belgian Tripel, with its clean citrus finish and sweet malts, and you have a pair worthy of repeating whenever your cravings for pizza and beer strike.
All Meats – When you’re ready to just go for it. All the meats on your pizza, that is. Often served with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, ham, and sometimes ground beef, an all-meat pizza is a carnivore’s dream. Pair all that salty, spicy, crispy goodness with our Juicy Lager, JOGR, and rock your palette even harder. You earned it.
A Classic: Pepperoni – Is there anything more classic than pepperoni? We’re partial to a slice of cheesy pepperoni paired with a true classic like Cadence, our Belgian-style Ale. With hints of caramel and figs, Cadence pops in between the bold, spicy flavors of pepperoni. All day, every day, pepperoni is a true classic.
Whether you’re hosting or gathering at someone else’s table, here are a few festive Friendsgiving pairings to fill your cup–and your belly.
Is there anything better than dancing it out in your kitchen as you chop, mix and serve? JOGR is the pre-dinner preparation sidekick that’ll encourage you to get in the groove before your friends and family arrive. If you’re the type to snack as you cook, grab a handful of roasted chickpeas as you go. The salty, crispy veggie pairs well with our juicy citrus lager and impromptu kitchen dance parties.
You’ve worked to prepare a delicious meal–now enjoy the gifts of your hard work before your friends and family arrive. Take a breath and sneak a few moments of gratitude for the real, authentic connection that comes from being surrounded by people you love. Pair this moment with our classic Belgian double, Cadence, and count the good gifts of a well-lived life.
Friends have started arriving, bringing laughter and stories galore. Raise a glass of our toasted Porter, Stark, and toast to finding balance despite the noise. (A noteworthy accomplishment, especially with a full house of hungry friends and family.) Savor these moments with a side dish like sweet and smoky Brussels Sprouts, or smoky spiced pecan sweet potatoes.
Before sitting down to feast, and especially if you’ve been asked to share a few words, gain a little liquid inspiration from Georgia’s gold, our Belgian Triple, Jude. These moments are best celebrated with friends and family, paired with a classic smoked turkey, or a bite out of homestyle cheddar mac and cheese.
Wind down your evening with the good tradition of board games and beer. Scout, our festive milk Stout, can be enjoyed as a great end to a good meal on its own, but also pairs well with a slice of your favorite pie and a game of friendly competition. Challenge friends and reconnect with a classic like Clue or Monopoly. Or introduce a new favorite like Space Park, our collaboration with Keymaster Games, that explores the galaxy alongside quirky helper robot, Scout.
No matter if or when you celebrate at home, we invite you to bring your friends and raise a glass to celebrate the gift of friendship, stories and new moments.
Perfect Beer Pairings For Mother’s Day
Flowers and homemade cards are at the top of Mother’s Day gift lists, but why not show your love with a gift of a different kind? What about a beer bouquet? And just like those flowers you were going to get her, there’s something special and different about each one.
Here’s a guide to our favorite pairings for a special mother in your life:
Do you know a mom with a wild spirit? Someone who just can’t be tamed? May is the perfect month to take her to Reformation and honor her with a Wilder. Sweet and tart (blackberry, cranberry, black currant, and ginger), Wilder is a limited time beer brewed from our research and development facility in Downtown Woodstock.
Laughter is contagious. Often your favorite moms are the ones who just make you laugh. Alani the Lighthearted offers that perfect rosé ale everyone’s after. Bright and playful with grape and hibiscus among its notes, Alani is a hybrid of wine and beer that any of the wine-loving moms in your life are going to want to try…and try, and try. This is another seasonal, only available in spring and summer!
When you’re around someone that makes you better, every day is a gift. Show gratitude with Cadence. Reformation’s award-winning original is a Belgian tripel with delicious notes of caramel and fig. This beer is for the mother in your life who’s as sweet as candy.
Know an adventure lover? Travel buff? Our Rotating IPA Nolan the Wanderer could be her perfect pairing. Nolan changes every four months so your beer-loving adventurer can always try something new. Nolan’s latest adventure is Golden Cashmere, perfectly matched to the season with hints of mango and papaya.
Offer the one you person you know has a heart of gold our Georgia’s Gold Jude. This Belgian-style tripel is sweet, citrusy, and has a high alcohol content. Because someone with a good and pure heart deserves to have a little more fun.
Mothers are the sunshine of our lives and Oren is the bright sunshine of beers. Easy-going, low alcohol, and smooth for the summer, Oren will light up the life of your favorite mom.
For the mom who drinks well with others, the quiet, classic Haddy. This Belgian white is like a bouquet itself, with coriander and lemon providing a smooth and graceful drinking experience. If your mom’s classy…this one’s for her.
Gather the influential women in your life and toast to perfect pairings with the gift of good beer.
Downtown Woodstock has gone to the dogs, and with ongoing opportunities for new experiences for humans, dogs-in-the-know will be honored for their contributions to the patio.
When your best buddy has four legs, you’re always on the lookout for B.Y.O.P. (That’s bring your own pup) events you can attend together. We’re ready to be the place where you spend that time and make magic moments.
Your Two Besties: The Four-legged Fur Friend and Their Matching Beer
Every beer at Reformation is meant to evoke moments in life, and so many of those moments involve your best canine pal. Here are just a few dog breeds and the Reformation beer that pairs best with them.
Golden Retriever – Loving, loyal, and easygoing, the Golden brings out the best in its owner. What better beer to pair with than our original, deep, award-winning classic, Cadence?
Border Collie – The border collie is brilliant, adventurous and highly energetic. Reformation’s rotating, seasonal IPA Nolan the Wanderer is all of those things too..never staying in one place for long.
Greyhound – Gentle, mighty and sleek, this fur-friend’s corresponding beer is the delicate, modern, Belgian-style Tripel, Jude. Like Greyhounds, Jude offers beauty in balance.
Pomeranian – These little ones beam sunshine at anyone upon sight. Our Rosé Ale,
Alani the Lighthearted, will brighten up your taste buds as well with bursts of grape, cranberry and hibiscus that make for a refreshing, tasty sip.
Bulldog – Sweet and gentle with a strength and stamina that outmatches all others, the bulldog’s best paired with our Belgian-style White, Haddy. Refreshing, easy-going, and tart, Haddy is every bit as classy as the bulldog.
Akita – One of the closest relatives to wolves, the Akita breed pairs perfectly with Stark, our toasted porter. Rich, dark, and demanding of your attention… just like your pet wolf.
Papillon – These little jumping beans won’t be ignored and neither will our Imperial Stout, Declaration. Complex and classic to help you finish your day right…and the dogs are sweet too!
Dogs (and beer) are a good gift, and should be celebrated accordingly. Grab your closest furry friend and toast to the good gifts of beer, sunshine and friendship, because they’re all good dogs.
‘Tis the season to celebrate, and what better way than with pie and beer?
Whether you’re committed to classic flavors or seeking inspiration this season, these pie and beer pairings will give you reason to raise a glass!
(+) Porter or Stout
Profess your pumpkin pie love alongside a glass of beer and see your favorite spices shine in a whole new light.
Go classic with our toasted porter, and introduce your slice to Stark as a liquid companion. With roasty malts that lend hints of chocolate, this pairing offers up a classic contrasts like coffee & cream.
Get inspired and take traditional warming spices to another level with our Festive Stout, Scout The Storyteller. Dark vanilla & cinnamon, and a slightly creamy finish will have you thinking pie crusts with or without the real thing alongside.
(+) Belgian Tripel or Brut IPA
For a perfect beer-to-holiday-pie ratio, pair your apple pie with our trusty Belgian Tripel for a classic combination that adds up to amazing. With its delicate floral aroma and clean citrus finish, Jude pairs well with moments of providence!
When paired with traditional flavors of apple pie, a champagne-inspired beer brings a unexpectedly light twist. Highly carbonated with notes of melon, pear, and apple with a dry champagne finish, Nolan the Wanderer is available as a Brut IPA this season.
(+) Belgian Ale or Barrel Aged Belgian
Whether you pronounce it Pea-can or Puh-khan, most southerners agree that this pie is a must have at any holiday gathering. Cadence, our Belgian-style Ale, is a classic pairing for this ooey, gooey pie, with its deep fruit aroma, figs, and hints of caramel.
A reformed twist on our classic, a Pinot Noir barrel-aged Cadence combines familiar red wine tannins and dry finish with balanced caramel sweetness for a quirky combination that will surprise and delight. Whichever Cadence you choose, may they compliment this southern favorite, and allow you to toast to moments of gratitude and the enjoyment of good gifts!
Cheers to our brewers for earning a Bronze in the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards for Jude, our Belgian Tripel at the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards. This timeless favorite is one of our favorite year round offerings. Come taste this classic at your neighborhood Reformation, or look for it at independent retailers near you in the Georgia market!
Cheers to barrel-aged Jude, named a Top Wood-Aged Beer of 2017 by Beer Connoisseur. Check out their expert review below, or click the link to read more about this top honor.
“American oak wafts out of the glass and dominates the aroma. Vanilla, charred oak, and mellow bourbon comprise the barrel profile with an underlying presence of bready malt. No yeast aromatics are present. There is a bit of alcohol in the aroma as the beer warms but is well tempered by the explosive oak barrel presence. This an attractive beer – bright gold with exceptional clarity and a medium sized white frothy head that stands its ground.”
Salty and sweet, popcorn is a perfect taste and texture companion to a well made beer. Test our favorite pairings, or BYOP (that’s bring your own popcorn) and explore your own!
IPA + Jalapeno Cheddar Popcorn
India Pale Ale lovers know that hop bitterness and heat goes hand in hand. With Nolan‘s rotating hop additions in each release, you’ll get a kick out of this pair combining white cheddar popcorn with a punch of jalapeno pepper.
Lager + White Cheddar Popcorn
JOGR is our top pick as a refreshing low cal favorite to wash down white cheddar. This palate cleanser is a perfect match for salty and savory crisp white cheddar popcorn.
Belgian Style + Caramel Corn Popcorn
Smooth but subtle caramel and a dry finish make Cadence, or big malt in Jude make these Belgian Style favorites a complementary pair. Who knows you might just nurture your inner child with each bite!
Declaration + Chocolate Caramel Crunch Popcorn
Declaration is an Imperial Stout with aromas of smooth dark fruit and roasted malts. Declare a day done well with this pairing of chocolate caramel crunch popcorn and this beer’s notes of coffee and bitter chocolate.
Brewed as part of Reformation’s year-round portfolio of Belgian-style ales, Jude is billed as a “modern” take on the classic derived from the Trappist monastery at Westmalle.
It pours a hazy gold with a soft white head, and at 9.2-percent alcohol it’s dangerously easy to drink. Floral aromas and fruity and herbal notes mix with a sweetish malt flavor and a distinctive Belgian yeast character from esters and phenols that bring out hints of clove and banana.
ReformationBarrel Aged Jude debuts today, alongside a new era for Georgia craft breweries. Today, you can finally buy a pint directly from the brewery.
Woodstock, Georgia is home to Reformation, who started aging Barrel Aged Jude over 9 months ago. The Belgian-style tripel has been resting in fresh bourbon barrels since late December.
This unique version of Jude has been aged for over nine months in bourbon barrels, with 9.2 percent ABV the beer is described as having notes of bourbon and oak atop a balanced malt sweetness and clean, citrus finish.