Looking for an updated Blue Moon beer price guide? The beer industry has changed so much in such a brief time. In the not too distant past, you could walk into a bar and order a beer and it would be no problem.
They only had one or two beers on draft total. A beer would be presented to you with no follow-up questions. Once upon a time ordering a beer that may or may not have an orange wedge as a garnish would get you strange looks.
There might still be bars where this is happening but there are also now bars with hundreds of different beers on tap. So many styles and flavors that your younger self’s head would spin.
Thankfully the days of hiding shamefully in your basement with a six-pack of wheat beer and an orange are mostly over. One of the beers you can thank for moving from the old days of beer into the modern era is Blue Moon Belgian White.
The same Blue Moon Belgian White that was once considered outside of the mainstream is one of the main gateway beers that brought us from only macro brews to the craft beer renaissance.
A Brief History of Blue Moon Beer
Blue Moon Belgian White Beer was created in 1995 by Keith Villa in Denver, Colorado.
At the time of its creation, Blue Moon Belgian White was not made by Blue Moon Brewing Company and the beer itself wasn’t even called Blue Moon. Keith created his beer while working at the Sandlot Brewery inside of Coors Field.
Coors Field is where the Colorado Rockies baseball team plays and 1995 was their first season playing at Coors Field. As an homage to the baseball being played near the brewery floor the original name for Blue Moon was Belly Slide Wit.
Belly Slide Wit was a standout beer and was the one that broke out, was renamed, and took the world by storm. The goal with Blue Moon was to take an approachable beer style but add a twist to appeal to the American palate.
The twist was to brew and garnish the beer with orange peel. The result is a full-bodied, cloudy, orange brew. The flavor profile is bright and juicy, creamy, and slightly spicy.
Blue Moon Belgian White is a real flavor explosion when compared to your average lager. To this point, Blue Moon has been referred to as a Belgian White and the original brew was considered a Wit.
There are also some places that would mention Blue Moon alongside wheat beers. So what exactly is Blue Moon? The answer: kind of all of them. The original Blue Moon is officially a Belgian White.
Witbier in Dutch means White Beer and what does wit mean: wheat. There are subtle differences between all the styles but at their heart, they are all beers brewed with wheat.
Blue Moon and its collection of beers are owned by Molson Coors Brewing Company. Molson Coors Brewing Company also handles brands like Miller Lite, Coors Light, Terrapin Beer Company, Foster’s, and many others.
Blue Moon Beer Prices, Variations & Sizes
Blue Moon currently has a line of five year-round beers in its collection.
This includes the classic Blue Moon Belgian White, the lower-calorie Blue Moon Light Sky Tropical Wheat & Blue Moon Light Sky Citrus Wheat, Blue Moon Moon Haze – Hazy Juicy Pale Ale, and Blue Moon Mango Wheat. Blue Moon has also offered a variety of seasonal and special releases in the past.
Blue Moon is slightly more expensive than a typical macro brew (like Coors or Miller Lite) but less expensive than other more boutique craft beers.
|Blue Moon Belgian White||5.4%||22 oz Single Bottle||From $3.29|
|24 oz Single Can||From $2.99|
|6 Pack, 12 oz Aluminum Bottles||From $12.99|
|6 Pack, 12 oz Bottles or Cans||From $10.99|
|12 Pack, 12 oz Bottles||From $17.99|
|15 Pack, 12 oz Cans||From $17.99|
|Blue Moon Light Sky||4%||6 Pack, 12 oz Cans||From $10.99|
|12 Pack, 12 oz Cans||From $17.99|
|Blue Moon – Moon Haze Juicy Pale Ale||5.7%||6 Pack, 12 oz Cans||From $10.99|
|12 Pack, 12 oz Cans||From $17.99|
|Blue Moon Mango Wheat||5.4%||6 Pack, 12 oz Bottles or Cans||From $10.99|
Blue Moon Beer Alternatives and Comparisons
There are three main options when looking for a mass-produced quality wheat-based beer. Those would be Shock Top Belgian White, Hoegaarden Witbier, and Allagash White.
Shock Top Belgian White and Hoegaarden Witbier are accessible white beers that should be available in most beverage outlets. They are both currently owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Hoegaarden is from Belgium and has been around since 1445. Shock Top is a much more recent invention having been around since 2006. Shock Top, like Blue Moon, was also conceived in Colorado.
Allagash White Belgian Style Witbier is the only one of this group that is privately owned. Allagash White is a highly respected beer from Allagash Brewing Company based in Portland, Maine.
How to Drink Blue Moon Beer
When drinking a Blue Moon beer you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not pouring it into a tall glass and garnishing it with an orange wedge. It is iconic and used on their branding for a reason.
Even if you don’t have an orange, pouring your Blue Moon into a glass is a great idea. If you don’t have a glass a can or bottle will do just fine as well. The Light Sky collection is great for drinking out of the can while camping or tailgating.
Regardless of how you drink it make sure to keep it cold.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Blue Moon Beer gluten free?
No, unfortunately, Blue Moon is not gluten free. Unless steps are taken to specifically remove or reduce gluten from beer you can assume your beer contains gluten.
Gluten free beer can be made by either using different grains to start or by adding enzymes during fermentation to break down the gluten.
Miller Coors Brewing Company, which owns Blue Moon, did have a gluten free beer a few years ago called Coors Peak Golden Lager but sadly it has been discontinued.
2. Is Blue Moon Beer vegan?
The current line of Blue Moon beers is vegan with the exception of the Mango Wheat. Mango Wheat is made with honey which vegans typically don’t include in their diet.
The Belgian White, LightSky, and Moon Haze beers can be enjoyed by vegans. Blue Moon has brewed some seasonal or special release beers in the past. In general, these are good for vegans unless they also use honey so be on the lookout.
3. What do you mix with Blue Moon Beer?
Even though beer is not thought of as the most common cocktail mixer it shouldn’t be discounted when making cocktails. A lighter beer like a Belgian white can be an excellent component in a beer-based cocktail.
- The Beermosa is for those who would rather have a beer than champagne for brunch. This is a great option when you want a beer but without the filling feeling a beer can give you.
- 1 Part Orange Juice
- 2 Parts Blue Moon Belgian White Beer
- 1 Orange Wedge (for Garnish)
- Combine the liquid ingredients in a juice or highball glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and serve with your favorite brunch items.
- A new take on a classic southern cocktail.
- 6 oz Blue Moon Belgian White
- 1 ½ oz Bourbon
- ¼ oz Fresh Lime Juice
- ¼ oz Simple Syrup
- 4 Muddled Raspberries
- Mint Springs
- Raspberries (for Garnish)
- Muddle raspberries with bourbon lime juice, and simple syrup in a Julep glass. Add ice, top with Blue Moon Belgian White, stir, add mint & raspberries to garnish, and serve.
- 2 oz Blue Moon Belgian White
- 1 oz Brandy
- ½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- ½ oz Orange Liqueur
- ¼ oz Simple Syrup
- Lemon Peel (for Garnish)
- Combine brandy, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, strain into a coupe glass, top with Blue Moon Belgian White, and garnish with the lemon peel.
Interesting Facts & Myths
As mentioned above, Blue Moon’s original name was the Belly Slide Wit. How did the name get changed to Blue Moon?
Blue Moon Brewing Company says the name change was inspired by someone saying “A beer this good only comes around once in a blue moon.”