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The Story Behind Wanderer Moon

May 29, 2015
Daytime moon; image by Melissa P. on Flikr.

Daytime moon; image by Melissa P. on Flikr.

Wanderer Moon was first made in May of 2013 to celebrate the birthdays of two Mystery employees (Erik and our first sales director, Jessica). Since then, it has made occasional reappearances in our Novella lineup. This light, refreshing, tart Berliner Weisse reaches its true potential during North Carolina’s hot summer days. With that in mind, we looked for a name that would resonate with summer months and discovered the poem “Summer Song” by William Carlos Williams. The poem captures the moment when you gaze up at the sky in the morning and see the moon, looking a little out of place in the bright daytime blue:

Wanderer moon
smiling a
faintly ironical smile
at this
brilliant, dew-moistened
summer morning, —

Capturing moments was the goal of Williams’s poetry. His work is often associated with the Imagist movement, and he shares their focus on the ordinary incidents of life, described in everyday language. What makes his writing special is the way he brings you, the reader, into the poem. In “Summer Song” he dares us to wonder what new and surprising things we might encounter if we, like the moon, let ourselves wander out of our typical space and into something new. The poem, like the beer, challenges you to go a little out of your comfort zone to see what exciting things might be around the corner.

You can read the poem and learn more about William Carlos Williams here.

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