Each month we look up to the moon and see how our current experience stands in its wake.
As the days get colder, the nights get longer and Edinburgh turns a crisp, fawn backdrop for our experience we look up to the sky and see the Hunter’s moon guiding our experiences.
October’s full moon is dubbed the Hunter’s Moon, tied to the autumnal equinox this is the first full moon to follow the Harvest Moon which means it can occur in either October or November.
The Farmer’s Almanac says: “It is believed that this full Moon came to be called the full Hunter’s Moon because it signalled the time to go hunting in preparation for the cold winter ahead. Animals are beginning to fatten up ahead of winter, and since the farmers had recently cleaned out their fields under the Harvest Moon, hunters could easily see the deer and other animals that had come out to root through the remaining scraps (as well as the foxes and wolves that had come out to prey on them).
“The earliest use of the term “Hunter’s Moon,” cited in the Oxford English Dictionary, is from 1710. Some sources suggest that other names for the Hunter’s Moon are the Sanguine or Blood Moon, either associated with the blood from hunting or the colour of the changing autumn leaves.”
In our preparation of the winter ahead we have joined forces with Fierce Beer and brewed a Rye IPA together. Joining our collective experiences and learning from one another under the guise of creating a hoppy and malt-forward beer to see us through some colder times.
Why do moons have names? “The early Native Americans didn’t record time using months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Instead, tribes gave each full moon a nickname to keep track of the seasons and lunar months.” – The Telegraph
The Hunter’s Moon will grace our skies on 20th November.
BREWING BY THE MOON
Farmers grow crops, including hops and barley, by cycles of the moon, the tides are in harmony with the moon and these ingredients make our beer and our beer reflects their qualities.
Moonwake means “the moon’s reflection on a body of water”. This speaks to the brewery’s location on The Shore in Leith, Edinburgh, the importance of water as a brewing ingredient, and our beer’s reflection of our collective experience.