In 2006, Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer was created by homebrewers Tom and Athena Seefurth who wanted to create a beer that would pair with a wide variety of foods, including pizza. Using a surplus of oregano, basil, tomato and garlic, they came up with this “debris-free” pizza-flavored beer. The Seefurth Family now sells their pizza spice-filled beer online through Malloy’s Finest Wine & Spirit shop.
The Margarita pizza is put into the mash & steeped like a tea bag. A whole wheat crust made with water, flour & yeast is topped with tomato, oregano, basil & garlic. The essence of the pizza spices is washed off with hot water and filtered into a brewpot, where it is boiled for a long, long time. During the process, we add hops & spices in a cheesecloth type bag & filter the cooled liquid into a fermentation vessel. (big glass 6 gallon water jug). After a week or two, the beer is good to go. Keg it or bottle it.
images via Daily Hops and Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer
Thanks to Jessica Lindsey for the tip!