Beer Birthday: Brian Hunt

Today is iconoclastic brewer Brian Hunt’s 60th birthday — the Big 6-0. Brian owns and operates Moonlight Brewing in in Sonoma County, California, as almost a one-man show. If you’ve never had his “Death and Taxes,” “Twist of Fate Bitter,” “Bombay by Boat,” or his fresh hop ale, alternately called “Homegrown” or “Greenbud Ale,” then you’re really missing out on some of the most unique and wonderful beers around. Plus, Brian is one of the nicest curmudgeons you’ll ever meet, and one of my favorite people anywhere. Join me in wishing Brian a very happy birthday.

Hildegard van Ostaden, Urthel’s brewster, one of only a vert few female brewers working in Belgium, and Brian.

Brian in his hopyard, with Russian River’s old assistant brewer Travis (who opened his own place, Societe Brewing), and Vinnie Cilurzo.

Shaun O’Sullivan and Vinnie Cilurzo with Brian at the Bistro in Hayward, California.

Brian Hunt (Moonlight)
Brian at the Opening Gala for SF Beer Week a couple of years back.


  1. Loren says

    Happy Birthday old man. Hope by Late Afternoon some Cascades inflected Tart has reached your gullet.


    Cheers my friend!

  2. Ainz says

    Cheers to the Pride of Fulton! So glad to see your brews on tap at Finnegan’s here in Novato.

  3. Tim Clifford says

    Happy birthday, Brian. Thanks for continually forging your own path in beer and beyond.

  4. Beerman49 says

    Death & Taxes is one I’ve loved since 1st taste; ditto for Reality Czech (I’m 25% Czech & prefer the Czech Pils to the German versions). He’s one of the best “garage brewers” extant, so here’s to him providing our local taphouses w/more excellent suds for a long time!

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