Silver Moon Brewing
Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 255
Beer Avg: 3.58
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.51/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | $$
As mentioned in my 10 Barrel review, atmosphere-wise, this place is the polar opposite of that place.
While 10 barrel is upscale and trendy, this place is pretty dumpy looking, looking for all the world like a pool hall dive. There were no well dressed hipsters at the Silver Moon, the day I stopped by, and I doubt the bartenders here specialize in trendy designer cocktails. Otherwise, the place is fairly spacioius, with some fairly rickety looking table and chairs in the main dining area, and then a fair size bar straight back from the front entrance when you walk in. There were a couple of TV sets going when I stopped by, with most of the modest size crowd watching the ducks demolish the hapless buffs (which was the only thing the SM clientele had in common with the 10 barrel crowd).
As for the selection, they had some 8 different house beers on tap this day, including a fresh hop IPA. The latter was what I ordered, and I have to say it was considerably better than anything I had over at 10 barrel. Also tried the DIPA, which was also pretty tasty, though a bit sweet for my palate. Service was friendly and quick, with the friendly bartender sympathizing with my unhappiness over the lack of the Uncle Jim Maui Wowie DIPA (which he confirmed was a very popular beer, and one he was hopeful the brewer woudl be making again).
Prices were reasonable I thought. My 12 ounce glass of the fresh hop IPA was $3.50.
Didn't try the food... maybe nex time (if there is a next time).
An interesting place, but unless they happened to have on tap a beer I just had to have (and couldn't find elsewhere in town), I'm not sure I can see myself coming back here again any time soon.
10-07-2013 18:51:48 | More by John_M
3.15/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
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
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Showed up on a late Saturday afternoon. Pretty quiet, with some tv's going, a pool table, foosball, and a few other games.
Beer quality was above average, but not great. I had a tasty pilsner, tried another beer that I can't quite remember, probably because it was somewhat forgettable.
Service was ok. The girl that helped us was prompt, but pretty indifferent to us being there.
Selection was pretty good, I think they had 7 beers on tap.
Food was good. I had a tasty dinner that was very reasonably priced.
08-18-2008 04:35:30 | More by flexabull
3.37/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | $$
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
4.68/5 rDev +24.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
~ Update ~
They have moved their homebrew shop to another building. This place is has now become a complete restaurant/tavern with tables, great atmosphere, and an extended bar. They now have a full kitchen too, with a great menu and lots of new beers (seasonals).
Old review from 9-21-07
Ahh, Silver Moon. One of the newest microbreweries is Bend, they offer 5 or so of their beers ontap. They have seasonals sometimes too.
Decor is very laid back and comfortable. Rows of rare/antique beer bottles and growlers line the walls. They have a FREE pool table, a poker (or scrabble!) table in the corner, comforable family seating. Oh, and it's Non-smoking.
Their normal selection of beer is: Hound's Tooth Amber, Bridge Creek Pilsner, High Plains Heffe, Snake Bite Porter, Badlands Bitter, Hop Knob IPA.
I recommend getting a sampler (so you can taste them all) and when you pick one you all like, get a pitcher for your group!
Monday is locals night, $2 pints, woot!
They've got good food, I recommend the pulled pork nachos, any of their sandwiches, or any daily special.
Live Music every Wednesday and Saturday. Pick of a copy of the free weekly indy newspaper "The Source" somewhere in town to see who's playing at Silver Moon this week. Its usually decent local bands.
Lots of locals here most of the week. If your from out of town, this place is really inviting, and you'll get a good taste of the local flavor. I'd recommend this over Deschutes if you don't have time for both.
09-21-2007 17:30:56 | More by SurlyDuff
4/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I recently made my second visit to Silver Moon and came away impressed again. With a feel more like a neighborhood bar than a "typical" brewpub, I was right at home. It seems as if they are constantly working on and upgrading their space. It seemed a bit cleaner and more organized than before and some very nice murals have been painted on the walls to give the room a bigger feel that it actually is.
The quality of the beer and service were both very good, the bartender was busy (she was working the whole front of the house alone and the place seemed about half full) bit still had time to answer some questions and joke around a bit. The two beers I had were very good, as was the taster of a third, and I bought a few bottles to go. They had a nice variety of styles, you'll find something you'll like.
I didn't eat, but the food looked good and was reasonably priced. I look forward to a chance to visit when I'll have more than 14 hours in town and can spend some time here. If you hit Bend, Silver Moon is a must hit.
07-01-2010 19:14:25 | More by beertunes
Silver Moon Brewing in Bend, OR
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