Bold beers like hazy IPAs are all the rage. But Moonlight’s subtle and balanced lagers will never go out of style.
Moonlight makes a kind of beer for wine lovers. If you’re asking someone what type of trait defines the beers produced by this 29-year-old Santa Rosa brewery, the answer you’re most likely to hear is balanced. In Moonlight’s Death & Taxes dark beer, Reality Czeck pilsner, Bombay by Boat IPA and other beers, there is a sense of perfect proportions. None of the various elements – bitter, sweet, rich, crunchy – is required. They blend harmoniously.
I was thinking a lot about Moonlight recently while writing a story about how COVID-19 has changed the way a lot of Bay Area beer geeks drink. I was interested that some Northern California breweries like Humble Sea, Alvarado Street, and Cellarmaker stepped up their fans during the pandemic, thanks to their ever-evolving range of beers – they often brew three or four new recipes each. . per week, and they’ll never repeat them – and the colorful, wacky, cartoon-adorned cans in them.