Silver Moon

Silver Moon is now my favorite brewpub in Bend, OR. I showed up on a Sunday night, and there was a roller derby girl Halloween party going on. Awesome. Plus, the beer was good. And the staff were very cool. They only had five of their beers available, unfortunately, but it was enough.

    Rob’s Picks

  • Hop Knob IPA – pretty cool
  • Bridge Creek Pilsner – nice
  • Badlands ESB – not so bitter, but smooth
    The Rest

  • Hound’s Tooth Amber – okay
  • Pumpkinhead (seasonal) – in general I’m not a fan of pumpkin ales, and this one was no exception. Sampler size was enough for me.

Bend Brewing Company

Whenever a group of us climbing at Smith Rock would go into Bend for dinner and beer, we would always end up at the Deschutes brewpub.  So on this road trip, I made a point of going to Bend Brewing, and, well, I think I prefer Deschutes. Ah well. The BBC is much less crowded, though, which is certainly nice. Unfortunately, they were out of their award-winning Hop-Head Imperial IPA.

    Rob’s Picks

  • Metolius Golden Ale – good, refreshing
  • Pinnacle Porter – pretty good
    The Rest

  • High Desert Hefeweizen – meh
  • Elk Lake IPA – meh, not crisp
  • Outback Old Ale – okay
  • Scotch Ale (seasonal) – okay

Cascade Lakes

I visited Cascade Lakes’ 7th Street Brew House in Redmond, OR, pretty much by accident.  I arrived in nearby Terrebonne just after a particular restaurant there closed, and the hostess recommended 7th Street.  It was after 9:30 by the time I reached the Brew House, which closed at 10:00, but the very accommodating waitstaff let me order dinner as well as a taster tray.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take any notes on the beers, except for which was my favorite.  A few days later I stopped by the Cascade Lakes Lodge in Bend, as well.

Rob’s pick: Monkey Face Porter
Runner-up: Blonde Bombshell

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