Beer Review: Pizza Boy Brewing Co. Layers of Romance

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Pizza Boy Brewing Co. brewmaster Terry Hawbaker told us that one of their newest beers, Layers of Romance, is a perfect marriage of wine and beer.

al's of hampden pizza boy brewing layers of romance

We couldn’t agree more.

Layers of Romance is a mixed fermentation ale fermented with a mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. It was aged with Raspberries and Boysenberry for distinct jammy and sweet notes that are balanced out by the tartness from the yeast.

The wine-like character comes from aging the beer on a mix of fresh Alicante and Chianti juice. These two grapes add a depth of flavor to the beer that you don’t see in a lot of sour or wild ales.

The beer finishes semi-dry, which leaves the palate clean and ready for the next sip.

Overall impression

Layers of Romance does strike the perfect balance between wine and beer. It also walks the tight-rope of sweet and tart that seems so difficult for brewers to achieve at times.

The sourness doesn’t overwhelm the palate, and it makes it an enjoyable sip that had us coming back for more.

Red wine drinkers will appreciate the notes you typically find in big red wines while also finding the lighter body refreshing and enjoyable — and at 6.5% ABV, completely approachable.

It’s a special occasion beer, a beer to be paired with your favorite dinner, a beer to share with your favorite wine lover — or beer lover.

Grab this beaut and treat yourself.

Also, how gorgeous are these labels? Simple and elegant, they are an appropriate dress for the exceptional wild ales inside.

Layers of Romance is one of three current mixed fermentation bottle offerings available at Al’s of Hampden.

Whatever, Forever is a Belgian-inspired Single mixed fermentation ale that was dry hopped with Simcoe and aged for a total of 18 months.

Gooseberries was a two-year project from start to finish. The process included aging the beer with fresh gooseberry puree for six months before a final six months of bottle conditioning.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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