After searching through 150 varieties to find the perfect hop for its latest brew, Blue Moon Brewing Company is excited to unveil its own twist on an IPA: Blue Moon White IPA. Ringing in 20 years as a brewery, they’re unveiling Blue Moon White IPA by challenging consumers to go on a search of their own to find the new beer.
The beer will debut nationally April 1, but beginning this week, Blue Moon will disclose clues―such as GPS coordinates―on its social sites to secret locations in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin and Nashville where beer lovers can enjoy an early taste of Blue Moon White IPA. But for a few lucky fans the search doesn’t stop there. The first 20 fans to arrive at the undisclosed locations will receive a map to an intimate future beer dinner with one of Blue Moon’s brewmasters.
“We started with wheat, orange peel, and coriander; ingredients that originally inspired Blue Moon Belgian White. Then, we searched hop-after-hop through a lot of varieties until we discovered a rare German hop called Huell Melon, which complements the citrus flavors in the beer. We ultimately wanted to brew a beer that captures the best of both styles: part American IPA and part Belgian-Style White. And since we had so much fun finding ingredients, we thought it would be fun to get our fans in on the search as well.”
Blue Moon White IPA will receive full marketing support including digital media via online video across desktop and mobile, display banners on high-profile properties, targeted paid search and social media via owned channels and a partnership with Eater, the dining and nightlife site published by Vox Media, special events and sampling, print via cross-platform programs and public relations.