On one of my trips to the Star in Huddersfield I noticed the pump clip for Pictish Blue Moon sitting tantalisingly behind the bar. As discerning drinkers know, Pictish is an excellent brewery and Brewers Gold is regularly on the bar at the Star, and occasionally at The Rat as well. Their beers are generally superb and mostly well hopped, and brewer Richard Sutton has recently produced a selection of single hopped beers to showcase the attributes of each individual hop variety.
Anyway, back to Blue Moon. It is a 6% offering, described on the Pictish web site as "a strong IPA style, with lingering bitter aftertaste and a massive spicy hop aroma". First brewed in November 2001, it won the Best Premium Bitter award at the Bradford Beer Festival in 2004. Basically, it's just one brilliant beer!
For those not astronomically minded, a blue moon is a 2nd full moon in a single calendar month (this occurs only once every two and a half years or so), and it seems February is one of those months, hence its appearance now after such a long absence. Thank heavens for Google !!!
So there it is....hunt it out, enjoy it and treat it with respect..it is not a beer for the faint hearted but is one that cries out for a 2nd pint, and a 3rd and so on .... Just remember the phrase 'Blue Moon Moment' was not coined for any old beer.