Today is Beer and Pizza Day!!

According to days of the year.com (http://www.daysoftheyear.com), the history of Beer and Pizza Day is the history of two amazing substances that traveled the long and winding roads of culinary antiquity to ultimately come together on our tables and hearts.

Beer is the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man, and has occupied an important part of our culinary past as both a liquid food source as well safe way of imbibing water. With all the diseases that occupied water and no knowledge of where their illnesses came from, it’s hardly surprising that, historically, beer was considered one of the safest drinks around! The Ancient Egyptians included beer in every level of their food chain, and it was a favorite drink of the slaves building the pyramids as it gave them calories and protein needed to make it through the hard work days.

Pizza, on the other hand, heralds back to 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy, though of course it didn’t have any tomato sauce on it. Tomatoes didn’t come to Europe until the discovery of the New World, and when Italians discovered tomatoes they pretty much never looked back! The first place it went? Their favored food, Pizza! Finally, after thousands of years, these two amazing things came together to be celebrates in Beer and Pizza Day!

Pizza is amazing and comes in a huge variety of flavors. Some pizza places even have specialty beers they use to pair with pizza. Believe it or not, there’s even a bottled version of this holiday, it’s called Pizza Beer!! Enjoy this day and its historical origins!