Craft Brew of the Month
The BRU Crew loves Craft Brews. Say it 5 times fast an read about this month’s BRU featured brews from Blue Moon here!
It may or may not come as a surprise that many of us here at WBRU are Craft Brew enthusiasts. Staff-wide, this varies from those of us who seek out small breweries all over the country to those of us who simply like to look extra cool when ordering at the bar (y’all have seen this, right?). Whatever your preference, WBRU has decided to start sharing some of our favorites with you month after month. But let’s be honest. We’re mostly psyched on the monthly tastings we’ll get to host all over Southern New England. And you should be too. Check out January’s picks from Colorado brewery, Blue Moon, below!
BLUE MOON BELGIAN WHITE ALE
Available: Year Round
Malts: Pale, White Wheat, Oats
Hops: Blend of Imported and Domestic
Food pairings: The beer’s light, spicy citrus flavors pair well with seafood such as grilled shrimp. Asian dishes like pad thai, and marinated chicken dishes.
Blue Moon® Belgian White* was Blue Moon’s first year-round release back in 1995.
It started with their brewmaster, Keith Villa, wanting to craft a beer inspired by the flavorful Belgian Wits he enjoyed while studying brewing in Belgium. He brewed his interpretation using Valencia orange peel versus the traditional tart Curaçao orange peel, for a subtle sweetness. Then he added oats and wheat to create a smooth, creamy finish that’s inviting to the palate. As a final touch, he garnished the beer with an orange slice to heighten the citrus aroma and taste. Its natural unfiltered appearance adds to the depth of flavors in Belgian White*.
BLUE MOON MOUNTAIN ABBEY
Available: Winter Seasonal
Style: Belgian Pale
Malts: Pale, Winter White Wheat, Chocolate
Food pairings: The rich caramel and toffee notes in this ale pair with hearty stews and chocolate-based desserts.
It’s no secret that it gets pretty cold here in Colorado. So early on in the brewery’s history, our brewmasters wanted to create a beer that would do the trick on a snowy winter day. Today, we craft our winter wonder with roasted malts and dark. Belgian candi sugar for rich caramel and toffee notes. It’s perfect on those winter days when you’re stuck inside.
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