In 2018, I had my first taste of a New England Style IPA, otherwise known now as a Hazy IPA. I loved it, and have documented why often on this blog. But, I did fear that others would not agree, and the style would fizzle out.
Not only has the style survived, but it’s also thriving, with so many local breweries embracing the style and continuing to create newer, tastier, and juicier versions.
St. Louis’ newest Hazy IPA’s will debut Thursday, February 27th. Perennial will be releasing Romanesco, a collaboration beer with Other Half Brewing from Brooklyn, NY. This will be Perennial’s 14th release of within the NEIPA style. Cans at 4 p.m., Draft at 6 p.m.
The story behind this brew is as fresh as the beer will be on Thursday. The brewing families at Perennial and Other Half have known each other for years. One of the owners, Sam Richardson was in St. Louis for the Side Project Invitational, earlier this month. That is where the conversation about collaborating on a beer occurred. Romanesco was the result.
The name of the beer, Romanesco, is almost an inside joke, so let me get you inside. One of the more popular series’ of beers from Other Half Brewing is a quartet that I’ve found called loosely, “the fake food series.” Four beers, called Broccoli, Lettuce, Cheddar and Cabbage. Mmmmm.
Romanesco is what I guess you could call a variant of the Broccoli beer. The vegetable, known as a Romanesco Brocolli, is an edible flower bud of the species. Get it?
But, aside from the name, it’s the hops that makes Romanesco unique from other Hazy IPAs. Richardson sent Perennial some awesome Galaxy hops, and they added it to their freshest lots of both Mosaic and Citra.
The malt bill was constructed on the simpler side, with European grown Pilsner and both Flaked Oats & Wheat, in order to let the hop shine even brighter.
Brewers Tasting Notes
- ABV: 7.5%
- Visual: hazy, carbonated pineapple juice
- Aroma: tropical fruit, dank, oranges, stone fruit
- Flavor: tropical pineapple juice, slight bitterness on the finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium to full, carbonation amplifies the hops.
- Body: Medium
- Yeast: House blend of English Yeast
- Hops: Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic
- Malt: Pilsner, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oats
- Food Pairings: hot wings, spicy sausage, baked ziti
- Availability: Cans only at Tasting Room, draft may see local distribution, and some out of town markets
- Format: 16oz/4-pack
- Glassware: Wili Belcher
- Serving Temp: 40