Blue Moon Brewing Co.

Golden, CO
United States

Beer as Art. Or Is It the Other Way Around?

At Blue Moon Brewing Company®, we believe brewing is an art. And it’s been that way since our head brewmaster and founder, Keith Villa, first created Blue Moon® Belgian White Belgian-Style Wheat Ale back in 1995 in downtown Denver, Colorado.

It all started with Keith’s idea to craft a beer inspired by the flavorful Belgian Wits that he enjoyed while studying brewing in Belgium. He brewed his interpretation using the highest quality ingredients like Valencia orange peel, versus the traditional tart Curaçao orange peel, for a subtle sweetness. Then he added oats and wheat to create a smooth, creamy finish that is inviting to the palate. As a final touch, he garnished the beer with an orange slice to heighten the citrus aroma and taste.

Keith Villa
Keith Villa
Head Brewmaster and Founder

Head Brewmaster and Founder of the Blue Moon Brewing Company®

After earning his Ph.D. in brewing from the University of Brussels in Belgium, an honor only a handful of brewers have achieved, Keith came back stateside with the idea of crafting beers inspired by Belgian styles, but with a twist. His first interpretation turned out to be our most popular beer, Blue Moon® Belgian White* and the start of the Blue Moon Brewing Company®. Since then, Keith has gone on to brew several award-winning beers. Today, Keith continues to have fun experimenting and creating new beers for the brewery he founded in 1995. When he’s not standing over a kettle, you can find him restoring classic American cars and bikes in his garage.

John Legnard
John Legnard

John’s story starts about an hour north of Denver in another Craft-beer-centric town—Fort Collins, Colorado. After winning awards for his homebrews, he knew he wanted to brew for a living. He worked his way up at small breweries, honing his brewing skills, until one day he got the call to join Blue Moon Brewing Company® in 1995. Here from the start, John has helped the brewery bring home several medals from beer festivals as well as create many of our Blue Moon® seasonals and specialty beers. In his spare time, John takes advantage of the Colorado landscape. An avid outdoorsman, you might just run into him hiking the backcountry.