Photo by Nate Wyeth

BEND, Oregon

Silver Moon Brewing today announced that a pop-up for friends and fans of their downtown pub will be hosted at the Riff – Craft Food and Beverage Taproom in Bend’s Box Factory. Riff is opening its doors to the local brewery to provide a temporary location for Silver Moon to continue it’s popular Local’s Night and Trivia on the Moon events during an OLCC mandated three-week shutdown. The collaborative effort will take place from September 21st to October 11th, 2019. To heighten the spirit of neighborly support and friendship, Silver Moon and Riff have decided the appropriate centerpiece for this partnership would be, of course, a coffee/beer collaboration. A barrel-aged cold-brewed coffee porter, leveraging Silver Moon’s popular Boys in the Wood Boysenberry Porter as a base, will be poured throughout the duration of the tap takeover at the Riff.

“After nearly 20 years as a Bend brewery, we discovered an administrative error had been made earlier this year, and unfortunately we’re in the penalty box for the first time ever with the OLCC as a result” said James Watts, Owner and Vice President of Silver Moon Brewing. Watts is referring to an off-site permit the brewery had filed in three prior years in order to provide beer service at the Bend Park and Recreation District’s Ice Pavilion. The permit, known as a Temporary Use of an Annual License, allows breweries to extend tap room poring privileges to off-premise locations and events.

“We read the unfortunate news, and following the initial shock, we immediately reached out,” said Paul Evers, Co-Founder and CEO of Riff Cold Brewed, as well as a co-founder of Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project. “It’s what we do.” Evers added, “we’re still a relatively small community who’s strength is based on a spirit of having each others’ backs. All boats float with the rising tide around here.” Evers, who started Riff with son Bobby Evers, Steve Barham, Nate Armbrust and Kevin Smyth, has a deep history in craft beverage which espouses an incredible cultural spirit of collaboration and community.

Riff and Silver Moon plan to offer the best of their respective coffee and beer offerings, among other beverages including wine, cider and Riff specialty cocktails, during the Tap Takeover. Silver Moon staff will also make appearances as guest bartenders during events to create an authentic experience of integration and partnership for guests. And, to bring that point home even further, all standing Silver Moon discounts, including their Mug Club discount, will be honored by Riff during the three-week shutdown. The Riff Taproom has six taps regularly dedicated to the best of craft beer, all of which will be taken over by Silver Moon’s biggest fan favorites in addition to the pop-up’s namesake Boysenberry Coffee Porter, “Farside.”

Riff is Paul Evers, co-founder of Crux Fermentation Project; Nate Armbrust, former head of product development and cold brew operations at Stumptown; Steve Barham, former senior director at LinkedIn; and Bobby Evers and Kevin Smyth, both with deep experience in craft beer branding and operations.

The award winning brewery is widely known as the third oldest brewery in one of the birthplaces of Craft Beer, Bend, Oregon. Starting as a home brew shop in 2000, the brewery found new ownership in 2013, and production capacity has quickly risen to a top 25 brewery in Oregon. Silver Moon is distributed in seven states, including OR, WA, ID, UT, CA, CO, VT.

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