There’s no denying the appeal and (let’s be honest) sheer joy of having someone bring food to your door. It’s just so easy: Choose a cuisine, reach for your phone, place your order, and then kick back with a beer that will bring out the best in your takeout fave.
To help you do that, we’ve put together a list of brews that pair beautifully with some of the most popular delivery options.
Margherita pizza + pilsner
What’s the best brew for ’za? That depends on what kind of pie you’re having (and trust us, we’ve done a delicious deep dive on this subject). But for a simple pizza with cheese, sauce and maybe basil, a pilsner is ideal. It has aromatic hops that waft on the same wavelength as the basil and oregano in the sauce, and the crispness washes away each chewy bite of crust and cleanses your palate for the next bite.
Pad Thai and green mango salad + dark lager
Thai cuisine is all about balancing salt, spice, sourness and sweetness. A dark lager can keep up with that flavour complexity: It has sweetness to match the tamarind in pad Thai and the mangoes in the salad, but it’s crisp and refreshing enough to chill out the saltiness of the fish sauce (and, of course, the heat of any added sriracha).
Rotisserie chicken with fries and sauce + Belgian-style strong ale
A big-bodied Belgian ale loves snuggling up to a classic order of roast chicken and fries. This brew has a hint of spice that will harmonize with the spice rub on the chicken and the sage aroma of any hearty sauce that might come with it (if you know, you know).
Souvlaki or gyros + Belgian witbier
Some Belgian-style wheat (or “white”) beers have a slight tang of lactic acid, so they’re super-delicious alongside a zippy dairy dip, like yogurt-based tzatziki. A witbier also gives you sunny citrus aromas, which is like adding a spritz of lemon to the juicy grilled meat in either souvlaki or gyros.
Burrito + India pale ale
When it comes to a burrito, more is more: more sauces, more ingredients, more flavours! Same goes for India pale ale (IPA) — its big, malty body and powerful hops are robust enough to go toe-to-toe with whatever spicy salsas, smoky chipotle sauces or tangy guacamoles you throw at it.
Jerk chicken with rice and peas + stout or porter
This pairing sometimes surprises people, but the roasty flavours of a stout or porter will complement the char on slow-cooked jerk chicken. Meanwhile, the brew’s molasses-like sweetness makes for a tasty contrast to the feisty allspice in the jerk marinade.
Butter chicken and naan + pale lager
Pro tip: When you order Indian food, get a double order of butter chicken, because you know it’ll pull a vanishing act at the table. Pale lager is a crowd-pleaser, too: Crisp and light-bodied, it’ll cut through that creamy sauce and complement all the aromatic spices.
Bibimbap and kimchi + sour ale or light lager
Imagine a big bowl with salty-sweet bulgogi-style beef, veggies and an egg on rice. You feel comforted just thinking about it, don’t you? But before you relax, grab a sour ale to make that puckery, spicy pickled cabbage alongside really shine. If you’re not into sours, an easygoing light lager is another yummy option.