Craft Brew of the Month
The BRU Crew loves Craft Brews. Say it 5 times fast and 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 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 just want to look extra cool ordering at the bar (y’all have seen this, right?). Whatever your preference, WBRU wants to share 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 June’s picks from Colorado brewery, Blue Moon, below!
BLUE MOON BELGIAN WHITE
Available: Year Round
Malts: Pale, White Wheat, Oats
Hops: Blend of Imported and Domestic
Our Twist: Valencia Orange Peel , Coriander
Original Gravity: 13º Plato
Blue Moon Belgian White was Blue Moon’s first year-round release back in 1995.
It started with our 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 WHITE IPA
Available: Year Round
Malts: Wheat, Oats
Hops: Simcoe, Cascade, Citra®
Our Twist: Use of the Huell Melon Hop from Germany
For their white IPA, Blue Moon’s brew masters wanted to combine the citrus flavors of an IPA with the smooth, balanced malts of a Belgian white Belgian-Style Wheat Ale. They began by experimenting with hop after hop until they found the perfect combination of four hops, including a rare German hop called Huell Melon. The result is a pronounced citrus and fruity hop taste, perfectly balanced by wheat, coriander, and orange peel. Hoppy. Unfiltered. Balanced.
BLUE MOON SUMMER HONEY WHEAT
Available: Summer Season
Malts: Pale, Winter White Wheat
Our Twist: Clover Honey, Orange Peel
Original Gravity: 12º Plato
When Blue Moon first opened their doors in 1995, their summer seasonal was one of the first beers we brewed. Back then, they called it Honey Blonde Ale, and it was a favorite of baseball fans coming to a game during the heat of the Colorado summer. It took an extended summer break in 1999, reappearing in 2006 in time to win a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival® under the name Blue Moon Honeymoon in the Specialty Honey Lager or Ale Category. And then again in 2010 as Blue Moon® Summer Honey Wheat Ale. And now, to answer the plea of their adoring fans, they’re bringing it back, once again, for the summer of 2015.
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