Side Orders: How to choose the best brews for any pizza

Craft Beer Tasting Flight. The U.S. now has more beer styles (150+) and brands (20,000+) to choose from than any other market in the world. More than 5,000 breweries are responsible for the beer brands available in the U.S. and the Brewers Association estimates more than 2,000 craft breweries are in the planning stages.

The general rule for wine pairings is that white wine goes with chicken and red wine goes with beef, even though the guidelines are not always followed. But did you know that there are beer-and-pizza pairings, too?

Of course, pizza and cold beer go hand in hand, but Home Run Inn Pizza, a Chicago-based restaurant chain that also sells its frozen pizzas at Target stores around the country, teamed up with Bottleneck Restaurant Group experts who are Cicerone-certified - that's the official certification process for beer professionals - to design a comprehensive guide to beer-and-pizza pairings.

Football season, without a doubt, is the busiest for pizza makers. According to marketing company Taradel, six out of seven people interviewed order pizza during football games.