Silver Moon Brewing will close its Bend brewpub for 21 days in September and October as a result of alcohol license violations.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved the settlement during a meeting Thursday. Silver Moon will pay a $4,950 fine on top of the 21-day suspension, the OLCC said.
“There’s no good way to spin it,” Silver Moon President Matt Barrett said.
The sanctions stem from Silver Moon’s failure to obtain permits to serve beer from a temporary location, Barrett said. Silver Moon has been the beer vendor for The Pavilion during curling and hockey seasons since the Bend Park & Recreation District opened the facility in 2016, but the person responsible for obtaining permits didn’t do it this year, he said.
The brewpub at 24 NW Greenwood Ave. will be closed from the morning of Sept. 21 through the morning of Oct. 12, Barrett said. The pub’s roughly 20 employees will continue to be offered work during that time, he said.
“We’re going to do a bunch of projects around the taproom and the property. We’ll take it as an opportunity to do a deep clean and get the taproom all dialed in for the winter.”
Silver Moon’s production brewery in Redmond will not be affected by the suspension.
Silver Moon opened the Greenwood Avenue location in 2005, according to The Bulletin’s archive. Barrett and business partner James Watts bought the business in 2013.
The pub has been closed for other reasons in the past two years. First it was remodeled, and then in March 2018 it was closed for a couple of days after a kitchen fire.
Silver Moon was among 10 businesses that agreed to surrender or suspend their alcohol licenses, the OLCC announced Thursday.
Also Thursday, the commission renewed contracts with several liquor store agents. Bend North agent John Biber and Sunriver North agent John Audia had their contracts renewed for five years.
The commission also approved rules to implement new Oregon bottle bill legislation. The legislation requires distributors to register with the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative and pay a registration fee; designates kombucha and hard seltzer as redeemable beverages; and determines what constitutes retail space as it relates to the obligation to redeem beverage containers.
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