Gearing Up for the Big Game!

This is it! After five months of football viewing with countless pints of Boston Lager enjoyed from coast to coast, we’re down to two teams. While we’re bummed not to have our hometown New England team back in the game this year, we’re certain we’ll find ourselves in front of the television watching all the commercials (and maybe some of the game) as we hang out with family and friends and enjoy a few Boston Lagers.

New Orleans Big Game Pizza 2Our brewers have had a great time judging entries from Sam fans all over the country as part of our TOP THIS! Pizza Contest (you can see previous winners here). If you haven’t gotten in on the fun yet, be sure to submit your best pizza recipe here by midnight on February 3 for a chance to win a custom Samuel Adams grill.

And in honor of the big game on February 3, our friend and Pizza Chef Mark Bello of Pizza a Casa Pizza School in New York City has created a special New Orleans inspired pizza to pay tribute to the host city. Check it out below!



Recipe courtesy of Pizza Chef Mark Bello of Pizza a Casa Pizza School


Prep time:           20 minutes

Bake time:          10-15 minutes depending on your oven and desired doneness

Preheat:              Oven to 500ºF


  • 1 risen ball of Samuel Adams Boston Lager Infused Dough (approx. 16 oz.) – Find the recipe here

  • 5 oz. (about 1/2 cup) your favorite pizza sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon of your favorite Louisiana style hot sauce!

  • About 1/2 cup (2.5 oz.) diced yellow bell pepper

    The New Orleans Big Game Pizza

    The New Orleans Big Game Pizza

  • About 1/2 cup (2.5 oz.) diced red onion

  • About 1 cup loosely packed (4 oz.) shredded whole milk mozzarella

  • 2 Tablespoons (1/2 oz.) grated cheese (i.e.:  parmesan or Romano cheese)

  • 6 leaves fresh basil sliced into fine strands

  • Extra virgin olive oil plus more for oiling your cookie sheet, pizza pan or screen plus more for drizzling on finished pizza

Cooking Instructions:

  • Mix pizza sauce and hot sauce. Set aside.

  • Stretch dough to desired diameter (12” thicker, 14” thinner), and lay on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, pizza pan or screen.

  • Swirl on sauce mixture to about 1/2” from the border of crust.

  • In this order: evenly distribute mozzarella, then yellow pepper, then red onion all to about 1/2” from the border of crust.

  • Evenly sprinkle on the grated cheese to the very border of the crust.

  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until your toppings are bubbling and the crust is golden brown.

  • Out of the oven, add basil and a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Let rest a few minutes, and then cut, serve and enjoy.

  • NOTE: The concept behind this pizza is based on the classic Italian Margherita pizza: tomato sauce (red) + mozzarella (white) + basil (green) = the colors of the Italian flag

  • The colors on the New Orleans Big Game pizza: red onion (purple) + basil (green) + yellow pepper (gold) = colors representative of New Orleans and Mardi Gras.

Pairing Notes from Samuel Adams Brewery Manager Jennifer Glanville:  Boston Lager is a perfect pairing for this championship pizza. Complex and balanced – the sweetness of the tomato will bring out the brew’s caramel malt character. Slight floral and a sweet citrus notes from the Noble hops are perfectly contrasted by the tangy onion and herbal basil notes. The addition of hot sauce finishes this pairing with a little heat that is balanced by a complex and lingering finish.