Rising Moon? More Like Waning Moon.

“Do I really only have one Rising Moon left?” I asked myself out loud as I opened my fridge. I’m assuming my mom stole the other couple I had left…at least someone likes them. And I need to stop calling it Rising Moon; it’s Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale. Either way, I never remember what these taste like until I try them again. Then, I remember why I forgot what they tasted like last year.

You see, I have a problem: Spring time. Sure, the season’s okay. I have no qualms with the weather. I actually rather enjoy the constant shifts from rain to sun. It gives me a good excuse to stay home. My problem with it is the beer. Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale, henceforth referred to as Rising Moon like it was called last year because that name is just too long and ridiculous, is a shining example of mediocrity as a result of flavors that just don’t go together.

Orange and white ale? Delicious. Orange and lemon (heavy on the lemon) with white ale? Not so good. Imagine mixing a regular Blue Moon with a Pacifico. That sounds awful, and this beer isn’t that bad but it’s certainly heading in that direction.

Most beer companies don’t make a Spring Ale. I’m guessing there’s a good reason for it. It’s simply not very good. I have been unfortunate enough to spend my beer money on some in the past. They have all been mediocre. The artist formerly known as Rising Moon is no exception. I am simply not impressed. I get it once a year thinking it will be delicious, like regular Blue Moon, only to end up wishing I had gotten a sixer of Pacifico or Negra Modelo instead.

Rising Moon seems like an American take on Mexican beer. I’m betting someone came up with the idea for this by saying, “Throw some lemon in it! That’s Mexican, right?” Wrong. First off, lime is more Mexican and better on foods. Second, this is the Taco Bell of beer: a lame American take on something genuinely delicious. Yes, this is definitely a step above Miller Chill and a HUGE step above Bud Light Lime, but that’s like saying Taco Bell is better than Del Taco. It’s true, but that doesn’t make Taco Bell good.

Listen, if you’re going to attempt a new flavor of beer, don’t half-ass it by throwing an extra flavor or shot of extra yellow-5 in it.

Screw this, I’m going to Acapulco and picking up some REAL Mexican goodness to have while I watch the Sharks’ game.

-Fernando Landaverde

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About Fernando Landaverde
I like technology, rally, metal, food, beer, whiskey, and tequila. That just about covers it.

One Response to Rising Moon? More Like Waning Moon.

  1. Sean says:

    Beer, eh?

    You’re getting into my territory now…. I’m a beer snob.

    My rule of thumb is don’t buy ‘packs’ from supermarkets (Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada and Lost Coast excluded). For some reason they’ve decided to have an awesome single-bottle collection; or at least Safeway has. Seriously, their worst single bottle is Boont Amber ale (using ‘worst’ loosely). They also carry one of my favorite, and hardest to find, brews: Franziskanar Heffeveizen (the one with the fat monk drinking beer on the label).

    Also, Josh Alfaro screwed my bank account by showing me Cork & Barrel liquer store in fremont (across from BevMo, ironically). Nothing but hard-to-find brews and seasonal/special releases. They even have $7 tastings (5 tastes) of 6-or-so different brews every friday, and the guys there KNOW THEIR SHIT.

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