Buddy’s Pizza launches Anniversary Ale, pizza pairings at all locations

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The Anniversary Ale, brewed by Griffin Claw Brewing Company in Birmingham, is a New England IPA, dry hopped with Nelson hops. Its pillowy, smooth finish and hints of tropical juice is designed to pair with Buddy’s limited time Oktoberfest and Hawaiian Spice pizzas. Courtesy Buddy's Pizza

To mark its 75th anniversary, Buddy’s Pizza launched a celebratory specialty ale in partnership with Griffin Claw Brewing Company, alongside limited-edition pizza pairings.

Buddy’s Pizza, a Detroit-Style pizza chain based in Farmington Hills with West Michigan locations, on Monday launched an Anniversary Ale at all of its full-service restaurants to continue the celebration of its 75th anniversary.

The Anniversary Ale, brewed by Griffin Claw Brewing Company in Birmingham, is a New England India pale ale (IPA), dry hopped with Nelson hops. Its pillowy, smooth finish and hints of tropical juice pair well with Buddy’s limited time Oktoberfest and Hawaiian Spice pizzas, the restaurant said.

“The new Anniversary Ale, brewed by Griffin Claw, is an exciting way to continue the celebration of our 75th anniversary this fall while engaging another Michigan-favorite brand,” said Katy Dean, COO of Buddy’s Pizza. “Plus, the ale pairs perfectly with our two seasonal square pies, both created to satisfy fall food cravings.”

Both pizzas are made with fresh dough in the restaurant’s signature rectangular blue steel pans and baked until the edges of crumbled Wisconsin brick cheese are golden brown. The Oktoberfest pizza features Italian sausage, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, cheddar cheese and Buddy’s Sicilian spice blend. For spice lovers, the Hawaiian Spice pizza is topped with ham, diced pineapple, red onions, jalapenos and Buddy’s barbecue sauce.

The Anniversary Ale will be available through the end of 2021. The Oktoberfest and Hawaiian Spice pizzas will be available at all locations through Oct. 31.

Buddy’s Pizza opened in 1946 at the corner of Six Mile Road and Conant Street in Detroit, previously a speakeasy called Buddy’s Rendezvous. Using square blue steel pans originally intended to hold nuts and bolts at local automotive plants, Gus Guerra, along with friend and employee Concetta “Connie” Piccinato, created the first Detroit-style pizza — a square pie that was the first of its kind in a world of round pizza. Since opening its first location, Buddy’s has expanded to 19 locations throughout Michigan.

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