It's been a few months since Tyler West left Silver Moon Brewing for Oakshire Brewing in the valley. So, microcosmos stopped over there week to see how life was shaking out for one of Bend's first and most well-loved breweries under the leadership of new head brewer Brett Thomas.
And holy crap is that guy cranking out the beers.For starters, Thomas and his new assistant brewer Stuart Long out of Lost Abbey in San Diego are rolling out four new seasonals in the next two weeks, including Epic Trail 2012 - an American wheat, the Imperial Red Bonecrusher, the GetSum Summer Ale - a hoppy wheat beer made with Amarillo and Simcoe hops, and a special summer pilsner.
All of those sound pretty fabulous, but it's the imperial red that really sticks out for us - it's going to be sick. At 100 IBUs and 8.3 percent alcohol, it's major competition for the other big hoppy beer purveyors in this town and we can't help but notice the name Bonecrusher seems to be a faint allusion to another brewery in the area...
Many of the core brands have also been retooled in recent months under Thomas' direction, and pub patrons can expect to see cleaner beers with bigger hop flavor.
SMB is ramping up bottling efforts In addition to the half dozen beers already on shelves, they'll now be bottling the award winning Bridge Creek Pilsner and the new GetSum Pale Ale.