Opening a pizzeria can be fun and profitable, but also a challenging endeavor. To make your restaurant stand out from the crowd, consider offering an extensive selection of fine wines, craft beers, and cocktails. Certain types of drinks go best with certain types of pizza. Keep the following pairings in mind as you develop your alcohol menu. Pairing Pepperoni Pepperoni has a complex flavor profile. Some pepperonis are quite spicy and intense. To contrast with the flavor of the pepperoni, you might want to recommend that your guests try a light, bubbly drink. Examples include Lambrusco and sparkling Shiraz. Pairing White Pizzas There’s nothing quite like a creamy white pizza, stuffed with rich ricotta cheese. Since this pizza is somewhat “heavier” than other pies, it’s best to stick with light and refreshing beverages. Recommend that your patrons try a lightly fruity Belgian golden ale with this type of pizza. Pairing Pulled Pork Pizza Pulled pork is often thought of as a traditional Hawaiian dish, since it’s frequently served at luaus. Fruity, tropical cocktails pair well with pulled pork pizza. One example is the pineapple Moscow Mule. Start with pineapple-infused vodka, blend with ginger beer, and then add a squeeze of fresh lime. Garnish the cocktail with a sprig of fresh mint. Pairing BBQ Chicken Pizza BBQ chicken pizza is traditionally made by smothering the dough in BBQ sauce, rather than marinara or ricotta, and topping it with mozzarella, red onion, and BBQ chicken. This rich, complex flavor profile demands a dark, full beer. Recommend an Irish stout to your patrons, which will nicely complement the sweetness of the sauce. If you’re opening a new restaurant, you need to develop a solid relationship with a reliable and affordable alcohol distributor. If you’re in the Steamboat Springs area, look no further than B & K Distributing Inc. Call their office at (970) 879-1906 for information about their alcohol distribution services.