Brewery News: OR: Bend: Silver Moon announces expansion into Washington state, via Columbia Distributing.

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KENT, Washington (December 2, 2014) – Only eighteen months after business partners Matt Barrett and James Watts took over the Central Oregon brewery, Silver Moon Brewing is positioned to expand sales of its craft beer line into Washington State. The Bend, Oregon brewery’s success has skyrocketed in short order; demand for its award-winning beers and small batch creativity has doubled production, and spurred the need for a larger brewing facility. The owners attribute much of that success to a partnership with Columbia Distributing.

“We’ve had tremendous momentum over the last six months,” said Matt Barrett, President and Co-Owner of Silver Moon Brewing. “Since purchasing the brewery in June of 2013, and partnering with Columbia Distributing in March of this year, our fan base has helped us to enjoy significant growth, while remaining true to our roots in specialty and barrel-aged crafts. This was made evident at this year's North American Beer Awards, where we received a Gold Medal for our Get Sum Pale Ale, and a Bronze Medal for our Nelson the Spacefish Rye IPA. We’re excited to bring our beers’ eclectic style into Washington.”

The medal-winning Get Sum Pale Ale will be one of a trio of core beers to lead the move into Washington, along with Hop Nob IPA, and VooDoo Dog India Session Red. The company plans to quickly follow with two other award winning beers, Snake Bite Porter, and Maui Wowie Double IPA. Distribution of both kegs and 22 ounce bottles begins immediately, with plans for 6 packs of cans to follow in the Summer of 2015.

Columbia Distributing’s Vice President of Craft and Import Beers Jesse Ferber has been impressed, but not at all surprised, by the demand for Silver Moon Brewing. “This is an enthusiastic brewery with a passion for craft and a mission to hold onto the foundation it built 14 years ago. Columbia’s depth of craft knowledge, broad reach, and industry experience have synergized nicely with Silver Moon Brewing’s ambitions. It’s been a great partnership.”

To support Silver Moon’s expansion efforts into Washington, retailers may work directly with their representative at Columbia Distributing, or contact the brewery in Bend directly at info@silvermoonbrewing.com.

About Silver Moon Brewing
Known for its stable of award-winning beers and small batch creativity, Bend, Oregon-based Silver Moon Brewing has been in operation since 2001, and is the third oldest brewery in Bend. Since its’ inception, Silver Moon Brewing has claimed several medals at both regional and national events, including the Great American Beer Festival, North American Brewers Association, and the Los Angeles International Beer Competition. Most recently, Silver Moon was awarded the People’s Choice Award out of 160 entries at the KLCC Microbrew Festival in Eugene for its Maui Wowie Double IPA. For more information, visit www.silvermoonbrewing.com

About Columbia Distributing
Columbia Distributing is one of the nation’s finest beer, cider and non-alcoholic beverage distributors. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company has distributed some of the best known brands in the beverage business since 1935. Today, Columbia Distributing and its 2,500+ employees service over 20,000 retail customers covering more than 135,000 square miles in Oregon and Washington. The company’s success is based on the deep-rooted tradition of delivering quality products, timely service and a genuine concern for customers’ needs. This is achieved by providing ongoing, sustainable opportunities and growth for its employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and communities. For more information, visit www.coldist.com.

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