Pizza & beer
At these stops, experts present the classic combo with creative twists.
Columbus Brewing Company You won’t stumble across this spot in Columbus’ off-the-beaten-path Brewery District, but seeking it out is worth the effort. Beer lovers flock to this brewpub, which takes its food as seriously as its beer, for popular dishes such as pizzas and pulled-pork sandwiches (smothered with pale ale Key lime BBQ sauce). Pair it with a seasonal brew, such as the caramel-malt-flavored Winter Warmer. See reviews and ratings. (614) 464-2739; columbusbrewingco.com
New Holland Brewing Company A copper fermentation kettle anchors this Holland, Michigan, brewpub, where creaky wooden floors and tin ceilings create an old-fashioned ambience. But the pizzas feature modern flavors: the bacon and potato or the artichoke, chicken and rosemary, to name two. Excellent beers include the beautiful and balanced Sundog amber, and specialty offerings, including a Dragon’s Milk Ale aged in oak barrels. See reviews and ratings. (616) 355-6422; newhollandbrew.com
Springfield Brewing Company Springfield, Missouri’s favorite place for pizza is also a brewery, making this hip, urban-feeling pub a true destination. Sip a seasonal Doppel Bock after you order a crisp-crusted chicken Florentine pizza, or try one of a rotating selection of dark Black Sheep beers with traditional London fish and chips coated with wheat ale batter. Whatever you try, you’ll feel good supporting a business working to breathe life into its community. See reviews and ratings. (417) 832-8277; springfieldbrewingco.com
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® January/February 2013. Prices and other details are subject to change, so please check specifics before making travel plans.)