I have been traveling around Northern Colorado in search of 'NoCo's Greatest Pie' for several months now. But with the current state of things, I've had to make a change in how I pursue my quest.

Since I can't travel to try out pizza and having pizza delivered from, say, Millken doesn't sound like the right thing to do either, I've decided on a new way to go about my weekly pizza review.

For now, I'll be bringing home a frozen pizza from my local grocery store (Loveland's Downtown Safeway) and a can of beer made by one of our local breweries. When I told the boss about my new idea, he said, 'When there's a will, there's a [way.]'

Here is Frozen Pizza & Beer #2: Digiorno's Traditional Crust Pepperoni (Pork, Chicken, & Beef) Personal Pizza along with  Big Thompson Brewery's 'HazeMaker' Juicy IPA.

I'll be reviewing IPAs, as statistics show that IPAs are the most popular of craft beers and sausage and/or pepperoni pizzas, since they are the most common as well. And, let's be honest-- grocery stores do not carry a WIDE selection of pies, so I had to make do.

I stopped by Beverage World on my way home on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, and hit up their 'pick-six' case for ONE can of the HazeMaker (since I'd not had one, yet).

The pizza was $4, the can of beer was $2.50 So, the whole 'dinner' was about $7.

Dave Jensen, TSM
Dave Jensen, TSM

My beer reviews for the new edition of 'Pizza My Heart' will go as follows: I'll have one can. Then, I'll choose to say 'Yes, I would have liked another,' or 'No, the one was enough.'

The pizza rating will be based on either 'I'll will/won't finish the other half tomorrow' or 'I'd buy this [personal pie] again.'

To start with, the Digiorno was interesting. They have these 'micro-bake' instructions, where you microwave the pie for a couple of minutes in the microwave, then transfer it into a pre-heated oven. That seems to be a bit of work for a tiny pizza.

Big Thompson's 'Haze Maker' is a 'classic' west-coast style juicy IPA, with a great aroma and bitterness, and a fine citrus-y finish.

My Frozen Pizza & Local Beer Review #2:

Digiorno: I'd buy it again, the crust was good. It was a whopping 1360 mg of sodium, though.

Big Thompson's 'HazeMaker:' I'd definitely have another; I don't know that I'd get a six-pack though, those hazy IPAs can be 'heavy.'

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