Blue Moon is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year

Blue Moon is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year

MillerCoors is set to build a new brewery for its Blue Moon beer brand in downtown Denver, although the facility will produce less than 1% of the brand's total volumes.

The company, a JV between SABMiller and Molson Coors, announced yesterday it has located a site for a "pilot brewery" in Denver's RiNo Art District. The brewery, expected to open next year, will include a tasting room, tours and event spaces, MillerCoors said.

A spokesperson for the company told just-drinks that projected capacity for the site is 10,000 barrels a year, with most of Blue Moon’s volumes brewed at the Golden, Colorado brewery on the outskirts of Denver. According to a USA Today report, Blue Moon sold about 2m barrels in 2013.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Blue Moon, a Belgium-style wheat ale that was created by Molson Coors brewer Keith Villa.

To read a just-drinks interview with Villa, click here.