Although Blue Moon beer was born in a basement bar at Coors Field in 1995, the brand has never really had a place to call home until 2016 when it opened 30,000-square-foot brewery and taproom in Denver’s River North Arts District, a part of the Five Points neighborhood once frequented by Jack Kerouac, that locals now call RiNo.
Today RiNo has shed its gritty façade, and become a mecca for Denver’s creatives: artists, musicians and craft breweries as well, as for people who enjoy serious beer.
Located less than 2 miles from the ballpark where it was founded Blue Moon RiNo’s brewery and taproom is visually striking. Bright, airy and incredibly spacious, it’s one for the ages, and we’ve got to admit the Molson Coors-owned brand did it right.
Visitors (about 150,000 of them a year) entering the beautifully converted Denver warehouse are greeted by a massive blue orb – an artist’s rendering of a moon – hung above the bar’s 24 active taps with a full view of the brewhouse, where five full-time brewers flex their creative muscles, churning out classics and innovations like Lemondrop Pilsner, and Mexican Chocolate Ale.
Denver isn’t Blue Moon’s only physical outpost. It has taprooms in Norfolk, Va., Las Vegas and in Panama City, But it’s in It’s at RiNo where the brewery has really set down roots, drawing in neighbors, tourists and craft beer fans to experience Blue Moon and in person.
Now the beer…
The seasoned brewers at Blue Moon’s RiNo keep busy, producing over 100 different beers a year, including national mainstays Belgian White, LightSky, Mango Wheat and the award-winning Moon Haze IPA.
What they haven’t done is can any of their exclusive small-batch creations…that is, until now.
According to The Denver Post “Blue Moon RiNo will can and sell four of its beers for the first time in a special 12-pack throughout Colorado. All four beers will carry the brand name New Voyage as a symbol of the brewery branching out.”
Included in the RiNo 12-pack is Fresh New Voyage, a 4.7% ABV Lager that is brewed with Lemondrop hops; Crisp New Voyage, a clean and malty 5.2% ABV Pilsner; Bright New Voyage, a 5.5% ABV Pale Ale crafted with blood orange; and Hazy New Voyage, a 7% ABV Hazy IPA with a juicy ambiance and soft mouthfeel.
“I think what sets us apart is the authenticity,” says Emilie Stewart Maskwa, a senior brewer who has been at the RiNo taproom since its inception, told Beer & Beyond. “It’s critical to understanding the brand.”
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(All image credits: Blue Moon Brewing)