Latest Specialty Beer: Brake Time Ale

•04/19/2014 • Leave a Comment

goldenHit your brakes and take a pause from your day to sit back with our latest specialty beer…Brake Time Ale. This springtime seasonal is a golden-style ale, making it the perfect beer to enjoy on a sunny day – once all your chores are finished, of course.

We tap this new specialty brew just in time for May, a big month for both beer and biking at Standing Stone. American Craft Beer Week kicks off May 12th, and breweries all over the country are celebrating with special brews, food & beer pairings, classes, beer dinners and more. We’re still finalizing all our American Craft Beer Week plans (but we can tell you some fun things are in the works), so stay tuned to learn about our upcoming happenings. That same week is national Bike to Work Week, organized by the League of American Bicyclists. We encourage you to use your two-wheeled transportation that week, and hit the brakes when you get to Standing Stone to enjoy this new beer!

About the Beer

This springtime golden ale has aroma of fresh-cut hay and a light body. A mild bitter finish follows flavors of breadiness and slight spice. 5.1% abv, 20 IBU

Maltbikes in front

  • Organic Pilsner
  • Rice Malt
  • Briess Victory

Hops

  • Organic Hallertau
  • Organic Sterling

Food Pairings

Chicken and seafood make great flavor matches with this golden ale, as will lightly toasted or fried foods. Here are our suggestions for pairing from our menu:

• Fried Calamari

• Panko Crusted Fish & Chips

• Pepperjack Quesadilla with Roasted Chicken

• Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken

• Margherita Pizza

Don’t miss the chance to try this current seasonal, and mark your calendars for American Craft Beer Week and Bike to Work Week next month, starting May 12th. We’re certainly not lacking in good reasons to enjoy craft beer and biking, but why not add another few to the list?

Ashland: Where Ya At?

•04/06/2014 • Leave a Comment

220px-SOLC_250pxLooking for dinner and a show this Tuesday? Join us at 5pm as we welcome the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy to present a free community talk: Ashland, Where Ya At?

This is an opportunity to discover natural and cultural history of the southern Bear Creek Valley with beer and food in hand! Professor Pat Acklin and archeologist/historian Dr. Jeff Lelande will offer visual presentations on our region’s geography, geology and history. We will also hear short stories from local experts about our area’s birds, fish and plants.

This educational event is inspired by other fast-paced community presentations, such as Pecha Kucha (which Standing Stone welcomes several times a year), with visual aids and a timeline for each presenter. Settle in with your preferred fare and enjoy the show on our large projector screen in the main dining room.

The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy (SOLC) is our local land trust, working exclusively in the area since 1978. By cooperatively working with landowners and partners, SOLC works to preserve traditional livelihoods while also securing the wildlife habitat. They have successfully conserved thousands of acres of working farms and ranches, riverbanks, forests, parks and scenic lands. Come support and experience this active, passionate local organization!

Arrive early to grab your seat on Tuesday, April 8th. Presentations run 5-6pm, with an opportunity for questions after. For more information, call the Land Conservancy at (541) 482-3069.

New Designation as “Emergency Prepared Business”

•03/26/2014 • Leave a Comment

cert bannerStanding Stone Brewing Company is the first Emergency Prepared Business in Ashland! The designation comes from Ashland Fire & Rescue’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and acknowledges our coworkers’ efforts in creating an emergency prepared business model.

Several brewery employees, including all the members of our in-house safety committee, attended Emergency Prepared Business Workshops held by Ashland CERT to gain information about steps business owners and employees can take to create a safer environment for themselves and patrons. The Standing Stone team created a contingency plan for how the brewery will continue to operate if negatively impacted by a disaster. To learn more about the program, visit the City of Ashland’s CERT webpage.

Our brewpub has been taking steps towards emergency preparedness for years. We created an active safety committee, retrofitted the historic building for seismic activity, and purchased generators in preparation of power outages – which is why you’ll still find us pouring beer and making food when the power goes out in town!

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(photo: R. Koning)

Since attending the workshops, we’ve included digital scheduling and employee contact procedures, video archiving of property in case of damage to quickly and easily replace, and altered brewing operations to include having 420 gallons of clean water immediately available for use in the event of a disaster similar to the Ashland flood in 1997. We also gathered all our managers and kitchen staff to do a hands-on fire extinguisher training with the Ashland Fire Department, and held an all-employee meeting to discuss workplace safety.

An award ceremony was held at the brewery on Wednesday, March 19th with the Fire Marshall giving the designation. We’re so proud of all our safety committee members for taking an active approach to improving safety in the workplace. Come have a pint and rest easy knowing you’re in one of the safest businesses in town!

Over $2K Raised with Pints for a Purpose

•03/14/2014 • Leave a Comment

pints_purposeThe numbers are in, and Standing Stone had a greatly successful giving season with our Pints for a Purpose donation program. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped raise over $2,000 total for local nonprofits! We’re thrilled with the community support for the participating organizations, and we’re so happy you all chose to come have a beer (or two) with us to raise money.

Here was the line-up for the 2013-2014 Pints for a Purpose season:

• Nov. 12 Ashland Food Project- This organization brings in over one thousand pounds of food a year, one bag at a time, for local food banks. It encourages long-term, community involvement.

• Dec. 3 CASA of Jackson County – CASA volunteers speak-up for the safety and well-being of children who have come under the care of Child Welfare due to abuse and/or neglect. They are sometimes the only legal advocates the children have.

• Jan. 14 Rogue Valley Farm to School- This Southern Oregon non-profit educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden projects, and by increasing local foods in school cafeterias.osf daedalus board

• Feb. 4 Friends of the Animal Shelter- FOTAS helps animals in area shelters by encouraging adoption, improving quality of life, promoting spaying and neutering pets, and educating the community about responsible pet guardianship and animal welfare.

• Mar. 4th OSF’s Daedalus Project – This Oregon Shakespeare Festival project raises funds to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and support those who are living with the condition.

On each nonprofit’s designated benefit evening, Standing Stone pledged $2 for every pint of beer sold from 5-10pm. Fans came in to enjoy craft beer with friends and support their favorite organizations in the area. By visiting the brewpub, you all helped give hundreds of dollars to each of these great groups.

If you have a favorite nonprofit in Southern Oregon, encourage them to apply for our 2014-2015 Pints for a Purpose season! You can view the program guidelines and the application process on our website, and we accept submissions during the summer season. Once the application period is up, we get all our coworkers to vote on their favorites. We’re excited to see new faces next year and get even more local nonprofits involved.

Here are our favorite photos and moments from the Pints for a Purpose benefit evenings. Thanks to all these smiling faces who chose to drink craft beer (responsibly) for a good cause!toasting pints for a purposefotasashland food projectrvf2sosf daedalus

Latest (Returning) Specialty Beer: Milk & Honey Ale

•03/11/2014 • Leave a Comment

Welcome to the land of Milk & Honey! Our rotating seasonal ale is high on the list of customer favorites at Standing Stone. Its once-yearly appearance on our menu makes fans giddy with craft beer joy. Come see what the fanfare is about and treat yourself to a pint of malty goodness.

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This ale presents a polished copper color, silky smooth medium body and delicate nuances of honey from a proprietary honey malt. Lactose is added to provide body and a slight residual sweetness. 6.5% abv 25 IBU

Malt

• Organic Pilsner

• Honey Malt

• Acidulated

Hops

• Bittering: Organic Centennial

• Aroma/Flavor: Willamette

In the spirit of honoring this rotating favorite, we asked a handful of our employees what they love about this brew. Here’s what they had to say:

“I like it with Fish Tacos. It clears your palate nicely between bites of the three salsas.” ~ Michael

“It goes well with lots of dishes on the menu. It paired great with the Fish Tacos I had the other night, and I’ve had it before with a simple Grilled Cheese and it was perfect.” ~ Rachel

“It’s unique and refreshing – like how a glass of orange juice can be really refreshing.” ~ Nick

“It has a mild sweetness and smooth, non-bitter finish.” ~ Andy

Food Pairing

We suggest pairing this medium-bodied beer with lightly toasted and seasoned foods. You can also use the malty character to cut heat in spicy dishes between bites. Here are our suggestions from our menu:

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Spicy Thai Curry

Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Rogue Creamery Stout Cheddar

Come in and claim your pint of Milk & Honey Ale! Take a break from your day and let this beer take you to the land of…well, you know.

Pints for a Purpose Benefits OSF’s Daedalus Project 3/4/14

•02/27/2014 • Leave a Comment

pints_purposeOur Pints for a Purpose program has been donating funds from beer sales to local nonprofits all winter long. Now, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is open for the season (and wowing theatergoers with exceptional performances, we might add), and we are throwing a grand finale benefit evening to support OSF’s Daedalus Project on Tuesday, March 4th.

For more than two decades the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the local community, and visitors have come together for the Daedalus Project. Every August the festival hosts a week long celebration of song, dance, theatre and more, to raise money to end the spread of HIV/AIDS and to support those who are living with the condition. Over the past 26 years the Daedalus Project has raised over $1.4 million dollars to support those affected with HIV/AIDS in our community and all over the world. For more information you can visit www.osfashland.org/daedalus.

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(photo: osfashland.org)

The Pints for a Purpose benefit evening on March 4th will donate $2 of every pint of beer sold from 5-10pm to this organization. This is our last hurrah of the 2013-2014 benefit season! Make sure you don’t miss the chance to raise funds (and your beer) for this passionate local group.

Every summer, Standing Stone takes applications for Pints for a Purpose from local, grass-roots nonprofits with missions that align with our own. We then ask all our coworkers to vote on their top favorite organizations to support. We award each chosen nonprofit a benefit evening, during which they bring in as many friends, family and supporters as possible to raise money for a good cause. There’s no better way to enjoy a beer and give back to our community!

pintsforapurpose fotasOther Pints for a Purpose recipients from the 2013-2014 season include Ashland Food Project, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Rogue Valley Farm to School (RVF2S), and Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS). If you know and love a local nonprofit that would benefit from an evening of fundraising at Standing Stone, have them visit our Pints for a Purpose webpage to learn more and apply during our annual application period.

We wish to see you with your favorite Standing Stone beer in hand on Tuesday, March 4th. In fact, we recommend making a night of it and reserving tickets for an OSF show after you imbibe (responsibly, of course) – Comedy of Errors begins at 8pm. Cheers to good beer, good performances and good causes!

We Want You To…Travel Oregon Forever

•02/25/2014 • Leave a Comment

TOF_Green_TransparentIn making craft beer at Standing Stone, we rely on the well-being of Oregon’s natural resources for quality brews – local hops, exceptional barley and fresh tap water. We want to do our part to make sure these resources stay healthy and abundant for generations to come, and we are thrilled to join almost 50 other organizations in the state with certification as a Travel Oregon Forever sustainable business.

Travel Oregon Forever was created to give tourism businesses access to the most current sustainable tourism resources. Based on the 37 Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge is a voluntary reporting program that quantifies and qualifies the commitment of tourism and hospitality organizations to running sustainable and environmentally responsible operations.

At Standing Stone, we operate our brewpub in a way that protects and restores the environment, and enhances the health and happiness of our employees, guests and community. Our operations focus on supporting renewable energy, waste reduction, pollution prevention, greenhouse gas reduction, resource conservation, good jobs, local food producers and the use of environmentally preferable products.

Other Sustainable Business Challenge participants from Southern Oregon include Momentum River Expeditions,travel oregon award Ashland Film Festival and Troon Vineyard. Make these businesses part of your next vacation plans and support sustainable progress in our area. You can also use Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Travel Tool to plan an entire vacation based around visiting “green” hospitality businesses, including restaurants, breweries, wineries, hotels and attractions.

We’re honored to be on this list with so many innovative companies around Oregon!  For more information from Travel Oregon, and to see other participating businesses throughout the state, visit their website. Come in for a pint and raise your glass to keeping beer-happy resources in Oregon abundant and healthy.

 
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