Silver Moon Brewing
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3.15/5 rDev -16.9%
Revisited 10/08: I've been visiting the Moon about once a year since '04 and every time I return it seems they've transformed themselves into something new. I first encountered them when they were brewing out of the back room of a homebrew supply store on Division St. Back then they brewed on two half-barrel kettles that fed a 7-bbl fermenter. Brewing multiple small batches to fill the fermenter took all of 12 hours and caused inconsistencies in their product. Beers were sold in growlers to go or served on draught in the homebrew store, which functioned as something of a "brewcafe."
Next, they moved to Greenwood Ave. where they shared space with a glass art gallery while still selling homebrewing supplies. Today, the glass blowing studio and homebrew supplies are gone, and their 10-bbl system is spacious, integrated, and efficient, with an optimistic surplus of brewing capacity.
Silver Moon has effectively transformed into a standalone working brewpub. The former glass studio is now a gaming area and the rest of the single, open room is a restaurant. Food offerings are somewhat skeletal with burgers and brats, small pizzas and "basket food." Mondays are cheap beer nights and draw a good crowd. Beer quality is of mid-range with some seasonals lingering beyond their prime. The IPA however, is outstanding.
I find the atmosphere less inviting today than during the Moon's brewcafe days. I miss the homebrew talk at the bar as homebrewers stopped in for their supplies. I miss the organ, the beer magazines, and the kitsch. And watching people blow glass while sipping a beer was quite entertaining. The dining area is now a large unadorned room with tables that manages to look naked, the acoustics are harsh, and what in the world is a mirrored ball doing spinning from the ceiling (lit by a blacklight no less)?
Still, even as I drank pumpkin ale and reacquainted myself with Hound's Tooth Amber, an artist was putting the finishing touches on murals and expressive detailing near the door and behind the bar. Perhaps the next phase of the Moon will hold more promise.
Stats: four or five regular beers, three or so seasonals, no guests or cask. A few select wines are available. Several beers are sold in bombers to go.
10-15-2004 03:59:38 | More by RedDiamond
3.37/5 rDev -11.1%
This was stop #32 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Tuesday afternoon to enjoy their beers. The pub building fronts on a busy street that has no curb parking, and an ugly chain link fence lines the street between the curb and the sidewalk which detracts from the building and even masks it a bit since the street is an underpass at that point in the block. A parking lot is in the rear of the building. The interior has a lot of black leather and chrome chairs/stools, which do not fit with a brewpub vibe. However, the brewing equipment is behind a glass wall, and that helps pick things back up.
It was a nice day so we ordered a sampler flight and sat outside. A few tables are located in the narrow area between the brewery and the neighboring building, plus a couple small tables are on the front sidewalk. There is no ‘beer garden ambience’ in either location. We ordered a sampler with 5 of the nine beers that were available. Each was brewed to style, and each of them received a score between a C+ and a B- in our grading system.
The beers were acceptable to justify a trip back here some day, but something about the ambiance was not to our liking, so it would not be at the top of our list for another visit.
06-27-2014 15:02:06 | More by Mothergoose03
3.38/5 rDev -10.8%
Silver moon, located on greenwood avenue seems to be the more 'hip' location as far as brewpubs in town.
As you walk inside, the feel is more of a lower class bar, decor is bland, atmosphere is lacking (although, maybe on a band night, it might be nicer) not much going on as far as the ambiance of the place.
Beer is where they make up for it a bit, some award winning regulars, and very interesting seasonals make it still a good location to go to. Food is something I did not try, but looked good as it came out of the kitchen. Service was friendly and happy to pour pints, and actually interested in conversation unlike many beer servers in town.
It will be somewhere I will go again, maybe on a night when a show is playing. Monday night is locals night, with cheaper pints.
08-04-2010 21:50:13 | More by Elimination
3.51/5 rDev -7.4%
As mentioned in my 10 Barrel review, atmosphere-wise, this place is the polar opposite of that place.
While 10 barrel is upscale and trendy, this place is pretty dumpy looking, looking for all the world like a pool hall dive. There were no well dressed hipsters at the Silver Moon, the day I stopped by, and I doubt the bartenders here specialize in trendy designer cocktails. Otherwise, the place is fairly spacioius, with some fairly rickety looking table and chairs in the main dining area, and then a fair size bar straight back from the front entrance when you walk in. There were a couple of TV sets going when I stopped by, with most of the modest size crowd watching the ducks demolish the hapless buffs (which was the only thing the SM clientele had in common with the 10 barrel crowd).
As for the selection, they had some 8 different house beers on tap this day, including a fresh hop IPA. The latter was what I ordered, and I have to say it was considerably better than anything I had over at 10 barrel. Also tried the DIPA, which was also pretty tasty, though a bit sweet for my palate. Service was friendly and quick, with the friendly bartender sympathizing with my unhappiness over the lack of the Uncle Jim Maui Wowie DIPA (which he confirmed was a very popular beer, and one he was hopeful the brewer woudl be making again).
Prices were reasonable I thought. My 12 ounce glass of the fresh hop IPA was $3.50.
Didn't try the food... maybe nex time (if there is a next time).
An interesting place, but unless they happened to have on tap a beer I just had to have (and couldn't find elsewhere in town), I'm not sure I can see myself coming back here again any time soon.
10-07-2013 18:51:48 | More by John_M
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
I've been coming into Silver Moon for almost three years now. What once was an understocked homebrew supply store that crafted some of their own beers has now grown into a full fledged brewpub that makes a pretty good pint of brew.
Out went the homebrew supplies and in came a small kitchen and major upgrade in the brewery portion of the business. Silver Moon has two young, extremely gifted brewers that work there and are growing their knowledge of this craft.
The beer lineup consists of an Amber (actually a British mild), Bitter, Pilsner, a smokey robust Porter, and an IPA that gets a little hoppier with each batch brewed. Seasonals include Belgian ales, hefeweizens, Irish reds, and American pale ales.
The food at the moon is decent enough, and fairly priced. The menu is basic pub fare.
The atmosphere at Silver Moon is pretty good and definately leans towards local "Bendites." This has become one of the favored venues for local, live music, and can become standing room only for these events.
06-09-2008 23:58:21 | More by Floppingoscar101
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
Showed up on a late Saturday afternoon. Pretty quiet, with some tv's going, a pool table, foosball, and a few other games.
Beer quality was above average, but not great. I had a tasty pilsner, tried another beer that I can't quite remember, probably because it was somewhat forgettable.
Service was ok. The girl that helped us was prompt, but pretty indifferent to us being there.
Selection was pretty good, I think they had 7 beers on tap.
Food was good. I had a tasty dinner that was very reasonably priced.
08-18-2008 04:35:30 | More by flexabull
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
Silver moon....best priced pint in town! Silver Moon is the dark horse of Bend right now. Been around for several years but the last two years they have really been upping their game. The atmosphere is almost more of a bar feel, pool table featured in one part of the room, a few tables take up the rest of the space. Beer bottles line the shelves around the ceiling...always fun to see what you've tried. As for the quality it is good and always getting better...the service is typical of a pub, good but nothing great. The selection is decent, could use more variety but they are small and growing. The food is good, no great specials or deals and typical of a pub. Overall Silver Moon is the best place to stop in after work and grab a few pints, beyond that it falls in popularity to Deschutes and BBC.
01-08-2010 01:20:23 | More by RedBrewer83
Silver Moon Brewing in Bend, OR
87 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.