Blue Moon has drawn significant controversy as some believe it is masquerading as a craft beer, despite being brewed by one of the largest brewing companies on the planet. This issue escalated with a 2015 class action lawsuit, alleging Blue Moon of using inappropriate branding tactics to capitalize on the growing trend of craft brews.
The Abita Brewing Company, located about 30 miles outside of New Orleans, was opened in 1986. In its first year, the brewery produced 1,500 barrels of beer. The company grew quickly. A typical year now involves the production of more than 151,000 barrels of beer and almost 10,000 barrels of root beer!