Blue Moon Releases Cinnamon Horchata Ale

CHICAGO — This August, Blue Moon Brewing Company is introducing Blue Moon® Cinnamon Horchata Ale. Crafted with cinnamon, Belgian dark candy sugar and long-grain rice, the ale delivers a subtle sweetness and a smooth, creamy finish that is sure to delight Blue Moon drinkers over 21 years-of-age. The ale is inspired by the traditional and popular Latin American drink known as Horchata.

Blue Moon’s Cinnamon Horchata Ale was created by Keith Villa, founder and head brewmaster at Blue Moon Brewing Company. Villa sought inspiration from his Mexican heritage to create the unfiltered ale that delivers a clean cinnamon flavor. The brew starts out slightly sweet, ends slowly with residual cinnamon spice and is 5.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).

“Growing up in a Mexican family, I had Horchata all the time when I was young, but then I rediscovered it in recent trips to Latin America,” said Keith Villa.  “I wanted to develop a brew for adults that combined the refreshing and creamy attributes of the traditional Horchata, so I’m beyond pleased that we finally made it a reality. It brings me great pride to introduce this brew into the market.”

Villa earned his Ph.D. in brewing from the University of Brussels in Belgium, an honor only a handful of brewers have achieved. Villa came back stateside and founded Blue Moon Brewing Company in 1995 to craft beers inspired by Belgian styles. His first interpretation turned out to be the brewer’s most popular beer, Blue Moon Belgian White, Belgian Style Wheat Ale. Since then, he has brewed several award-winning beers and continues to play an active role in creating new beers for the brewery. The new Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale is his latest creation and one inspired by his heritage.

Cinnamon Horchata Ale will be part of the Blue Moon line up, which includes Blue Moon Belgian White, the #1 craft beer in America. Blue Moon Belgian White is artfully crafted with Valencia orange peel for a subtle sweetness, coriander for a hint of spice, and oats for a creamy texture.

Cinnamon Horchata Ale will be included in the Blue Moon fall and winter brewmaster sampler packs, which will be available nationwide. A limited supply of the new Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale will be available in 6-packs starting Aug. 1 in select cities in Texas, California, New York and Colorado.

For more information about the new Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale or Blue Moon Belgian White, Belgian Style Wheat Ale visit

About Blue Moon Brewing Company

At Blue Moon Brewing Company, everything we do flows from our artistic approach to brewing. We craft our broad array of beers with flavorful ingredients for an inviting taste, perfect for enjoying the moment with friends. It’s been that way since we added our first flavorful twist back in 1995 in Denver, and that’s why we say our beer and everything we do is artfully crafted. More information is available at

  • beermeister

    Too bad blue moon is made by miller. It is not a craft beer, just a wolf in sheeps clothing like shock top.

    • BeansNRice

      Like goose island.

    • Rafael Vazquez

      So, is that supposed to mean that the beer taste bad? kinda like those people who only listen to underground music and say that any mainstream song sucks?

    • Four

      If you’re going to bitch about something at least be accurate. Blue Moon is a Molson Coors brand – however production is handled differently that it was when it was initially conceived. SABMiller and MolsonCoors formed a joint venture to better compete against Anheuser-Busch InBev.

    • rich

      Wrong!!! It was a craft beer and purchased by Miller unlike the Bud and Coors brands which are disguised as craft beers. The bottom line is technically you are correct but this is beer born in the craft tradition and luckily maintaining its craft quality. For the record there is NO comparison between Shock Top and Blue Moon… NONE!!

  • Orion126

    Nowhere does it mention that Blue Moon is owned by MillerCoors and is technically no longer a craft beer.

    • Osti

      It’s a press release, what do you expect?

    • angie497

      If your definition of craft beer depends on the size of the brewer, then technically Blue Moon was never a craft beer. It’s always been a Coors label.

      • kink

        that is the definition, you’re right it never was

    • rim

      blue moon is owned by millercoors and is not a craft beer… there you go.. read about it

  • Sorcerer

    If you do not like it – do not drink it. If yours micro-homebrew do not get to enjoy lush investments – consider your product as a ultra-artisanal-super-craft beer. But if have a chance to become a part of the biggest players – you probably will. No need to blame yourself, it is a hard world we live in. Money haz teh power.

  • Dave_Plankton

    Sounds disgusting.

  • Adam Dickstein

    Having tasted it, I can’t say it’s a favorite. Not terrible but, it is almost as if they placed the cinnimon, and horchata flavors into an ale that itself has virtually no taste. It’s an early hit of spicy-sweetness, and than very weak, even watery, Corona.
    If they had taken these ingrediants, and put them in a beer with malty, nutty, heft, it would probably be a great winter ale.

    • wickawicca

      that is the point!

  • wickawicca

    I love the horchata beer!!!! When can I get a 6 or 12 pack in Arizona?????????????????????

  • LittleBird

    Just found this while visiting Coronado,CA. My new favorite beer! I hope I can get it n the east coast!