By Joseph Ditzler

The Bulletin

If you go

What: Silver Moon brewery grand opening

Where: 2095 SW Badger Ave., Redmond

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 20

For more information, visit the Silver Moon Facebook page: http://j.mp/1WPMv5T

REDMOND — Damon Arredondo, a brewer at Silver Moon Brewing, was wide-eyed for a moment Thursday inside the company’s new brewery.

Pausing inside the 15,000-square-foot building at 2095 SW Badger Ave., off SE Airport Way, Arredondo motioned to the cluster of stainless-steel, Prospero-brand fermentation tanks that rose over him.

“It’s always fun to learn and play on a new system,” he said; “there’s definitely a learning curve.”

Silver Moon Brewing plans a party Nov. 20 to show off its new facility, one that, when it comes online, will more than triple the brewery’s annual production from its current 2,100 barrels. Plenty of room remains for additional tanks.

Arredondo said the 30-barrel system will brew its first trial batch in December. The new Silver Moon brewery is equipped with four fermentation tanks — two of 30-barrel capacity and two of 60 barrels.

James Watts, co-owner of the brewery with Matt Barrett, during a tour Thursday said the expansion helps meet growing demand for Silver Moon beer. The company signed on with Columbia Distributing in December and upped its output then.

At the time, Watts said, Silver Moon was looking for space in Bend to build a new 30-barrel production brewery. It took a little longer than he estimated, and after scouting locations in Bend, the partners shifted their focus north.

A lease-to-own arrangement fell through at a site off Empire Avenue, in Bend, otherwise known as “Beer Road” for the number of breweries taking root there, Watts said.

“Our real estate agent said, ‘Have you thought about Redmond?’” he said. “And we took a look at this building.”

The site has easy access to U.S. Highway 97 and room to expand. It also allows Silver Moon to tap directly into a growing craft beer scene in Redmond, Watts said.

“A couple of our fellow breweries, Cascade Lakes and Wild Ride among them, are doing a terrific job downtown,” Watts said.

The new brewery has, at the rear, a 2,000-square-foot cooler, Watts said. Up front will be a separate, 1,200-square-foot tasting room. He also envisions management offices on a loft atop the tasting room with a catwalk and bar overlooking the brewery floor. Watts declined to say how much the expansion cost.

Plenty of space remains to install a canning line, but in the near term Silver Moon will rely on Craft Canning+Bottling, of Portland, to can its products and help get the brewery’s own line up and running.

The unveiling party will take place in the area outside the soon-to-be tasting room, a raw, industrial space where Watts also foresees an entertainment venue that holds several hundred people and attracts big-name bands. The original Silver Moon brewpub on Greenwood Avenue, in Bend, though much smaller, is a popular spot downtown for live music.

Watts said to expect no changes to the Bend brewpub. The brewery there will continue producing specialty beers; the new facility will focus initially on brewing Silver Moon’s IPA 97, Get Sum Pale and Chapter 2 Session Ale, he said.

Watts, who bought Silver Moon with Barrett from its previous owners 2½ years ago, said the new facility is all about production.

“Our immediate goal is to get upwards of 8,000 (barrels a year), which is what we have capacity for,” he said, “and then the next milestone will put us about 12,000 (barrels) and 15,000 beyond that. And then it will be a matter of how much harder do we want to push to become a bigger brewery than 15,000 barrels.”

— Reporter: 541-617-7815, jditzler@bendbulletin.com

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