Silver Moon Brewery

Our first night in Bend we met a couple at Crux that told us they had really liked Silver Moon’s (http://www.silvermoonbrewing.com) offerings, especially the Pilsner; naturally, we decided we should make an effort to try them and review them for you.

Sharing a pretzel while we tasted the nine offerings over two flights our last evening in Bend we were happy we made the effort.

The Pilsner, called Unkle Pilsner, is ‘modeled after the true European pilsners. It is smooth and approachable; with a crisp floral finish.’ They use ‘authentic European ingredients’. (27 IBU’s, 5.5% ABV) and I would say they pegged the description. Certainly smooth, with nice floral finish and likely a staple on a hot night in the High Dessert where Bend is located.

Our top three favorites:

With the early June North American Brew Fest results hot off the press, Silver Moon received a Gold medal for their Get Sum Pale Ale and it was worthy of that Gold – delightful! Official description: ‘Get Sum is a light bodied pale ale. Chinook, Centennial, and Citra hops are used to create a vibrant hop aroma with an outstanding flavor profile. Get Sum will redefine your love for pale ales’ (40 IBU’s, 5.6% ABV). Unofficial description: grapefruit nose, floral finish, simply excellent!

Hopnob IPA (65 IBU’s 6.5% ABV) official description: ‘Our IPA is brewed to true Pacific Northwest Style. We pack this beer with Cascade and Centennial Hops to give bursting citrus fruit aromas! Hopnob is Silber Moon’s flagship beer – for true hop lovers.’ Can you tell this was my hubby’s first choice? Unofficial description: Squirt (lemon-lime-grapefruit) and toasted bread.

Nelson the Spacefish Rye IPA (80 IBU’s, 7.8% ABV) official description: ‘Nelson the Spacefish is a rye infused India pale ale brewed with New Zealand Green Bullet and Nelson Sauvin hops. The malted rye and rare hops yield a spicy graininess with a distinct white wine, fruit punch character. Nelson the Spacefish is a radically different IPA.’ To me, this is a Rueben sandwich in a glass! No doubt about the rye flavor, a slightly fruity character that leans toward the yellow grapefruit sour; I didn’t get white wine from it. Nicely chewy malts dominate and carry the sour through to a great finish. Yup, my tastes run a little off average, but this didn’t taste like an 80 IBU beer.

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