Video Cocktail Recipe: Big Bottom Bon Bon

•02/24/2015 • Leave a Comment

With winter winding down, and spring just around the corner, we wanted to share one of our more popular cocktails from our seasonal menu at Standing Stone.  A couple of our bartenders, Andy and Gina, have made it their mission to come up with delicious and unique seasonal cocktails.  This winter, we served several new cocktails; some with beet juice as a main ingredient (Beet it and Wassup Doc?), a hand warmer for our somewhat frigid winter (Release the Pumpkin!), and ginger cocktail with homemade honey simple syrup (The Honey Badger).  All of the cocktails have a fun and different twist to them, adding a little spice and variety to your lunch and/or dinner.

One of our more popular drinks is the Big Bottom Bon Bon.  If the beverage had a subheading it’d be: a chocolate twist on an age-old cocktail.  It’s been a crowd favorite, and one of the more unique concoctions Gina and Andy have come up with.

Once again the charismatic, and strikingly attractive Andy Schow (have you seen his beard?) is going to walk through the recipe for our Big Bottom Bon Bon.  When you are finished watching (and making a shopping list) be sure to check out our Mint Julep and Jalapeño-cuke Snapper recipe videos as well.

Enjoy!

1 Cherry

1 Slice of Orange

1 Tablespoon of Sugar

2 Shakes of Aztec Chocolate Bitters

1 ½ oz of Big Bottom Bourbon

Shavings from a Bar of Dark Chocolate (your choosing)

Amaretto for Chocolate rim

Splash of Soda water

Pour cacao nibs on one plate, and a very small amount of Amaretto on another.  Place glass upside-down in the Amaretto, then do the same in the Cacao nibs.  Once rim is well-chocolated, muddle sugar, cherry, orange slice and bitters together inside the glass.  Avoid the rind as much as possible.  Add ice, then add the Big Bottom Bourbon and finalize with a splash soda water.

Drink, rinse and repeat.

Pints for a Purpose Benefits Rogue Valley Earth Day, 3/3

•02/23/2015 • Leave a Comment

posterWe’re rallying-up for our final Pints for a Purpose benefit evening of the 2014/2015 season. From 5-10pm on Tuesday, March 3rd we’ll give $2 for every pint of beer sold at Standing Stone to a nonprofit near-and-dear to our hearts: Rogue Valley Earth Day.  This year, the Earth Day celebration lands on Saturday, April 25th at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum in Ashland, Oregon. We’re raising some extra funds for this Rogue Valley tradition, and we’d love your help!

Rogue Valley Earth Day is an annual celebration for all ages to learn about environmental stewardship and build community in a fun and inspirational setting. Since 2001, the event has been a forum for nonprofits, businesses and governments to raise awareness; a venue for local musicians, artists and performers to share their talents, and an outlet for students to display their knowledge and creativity.

Visitors will enjoy dozens of exhibits about waste prevention, local food and farms, green products, building materials, clean energy options, transportation alternatives, wildlife preservation, and much more. Check out the live entertainment and hands-on activities, and experience a zero-waste event! Organizers encourage attendees to walk, bike, carpool, or ride the RVTD Route 10 to get to the festivities.

PrintYou’ll also find Standing Stone pouring beer at this year’s event! Stop by for a pint while browsing the vendors and exhibits, or settle in with a cold-one while watching some of the live entertainment. You can learn more about the event or sign up to volunteer at www.RogueValleyEarthDay.net

Mark your calendar, write it on your hand, tie a string around your finger…whatever method you choose for remembering, don’t forget to join us on March 3rd for Pints for a Purpose. We’re going out with a bang for the 2014/2015 donation season, so let’s get some pint-drinking buds together to support Rogue Valley Earth Day!

Freestone Sour Takes Bronze

•02/07/2015 • Leave a Comment

We can add the first notch on our belt for Best of Craft Beer Awardsaward winning beers in 2015; our Freestone Sour took bronze at the Best of Craft Beer Awards!  The beer took third place in the Berliner Weisse category, a style also designated as sour beer.  The Best of Craft Beer Awards is a competition put on by beer connoisseurs to help promote the best of the best in craft brewing.  The Berliner Weisse category was one of forty-nine styles judged at the contest.

Brewing companies from all over the United States participate: from Pennsylvania, to Wyoming, New Jersey, to Washington, and even all the way out from Hawaii with Maui Brewing Company.  Our Berliner Weisse ranked third after silver medalist Tower 23 by Cape May Brewing Company and gold medalist Volkssekt by Bend Brewing Company. Sour beer

The first thing one can assume from reading the name Freestone Sour, is that it’s probably very different.  Berliner Weisse style beers have a fruity sour tartness that gives them a unique flavor, different than any other kind of beer.  Our sour used over 120lbs of fresh peaches during the brewing process, giving us the name Freestone Sour.  The beer has a rounded, sweet-sour flavor, not as tart as some – it doesn’t pucker your face like a handful of sour candies – but still has enough to give it a lively temperament. We’re incredibly proud of the beer, and of Larry for making two award winning beers in the last six months!  In case you missed it, our Steelcut Stout took silver in an organic beer competition last fall.  For the full list of beer contestants and beer winners, check out the award list at the Best of Craft Beer Awards website.  When you’re done perusing through the winner’s list, come by Standing Stone and try out the Freestone Sour while you still can!

Taste the Town During Ashland’s Restaurant Preview Week, 2/2-2/9

•01/30/2015 • Leave a Comment

At Standing Stone, we jump on pretty much any opportunity to celebrate beer and food. Next week, February 2-9, we’re participating in Ashland’s Restaurant Preview Week, presented by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. Restaurants around town are featuring specials and events to show off what our little town has to offer, and we’re excited to join the fun with a week-long special and Sunday pairing event.

2015RestaurantWeekPosterREVRestaurant Preview Week showcases Ashland’s culinary scene and invites visitors and locals alike to take advantage of the delicious one, two, and three-course specials offered at participating restaurants. By taking part in Ashland’s Restaurant Week, dining guests will have a chance to enter to win $25 Gift Certificates from the restaurants, in addition to savoring delicious fare. The more restaurants you visit, the more entries you can submit for the drawing.

Just for the occasion, we’re featuring a special with the main ingredient from our farm down the road. Come enjoy our One Mile Farm Lamb Pita with Tzatziki, Mixed Greens, Cucumbers, Feta and I Heart Oregon Ale Vinaigrette. Our local lamb and beer-inspired dressing make this plate truly an Ashland-crafted meal.

On Sunday, February 8th follow along with a guided multi-course sampler of Standing Stone ales and food. We’ll feature tasters of menu items and discuss beer-pairing concepts such as complementing, contrasting and matching. The hour-long pairing is $25 per person and begins at 3pm. No need to make reservations; just show up and we’ll take care of the rest!

Visit the Ashland Chamber’s website for more info and to download an entry form for the $25 gift certificate drawing. You can view all the participating restaurants along with their specials, and plan a full week of culinary enjoyment! Because, heck, why not take advantage of yet another good reason to eat and drink in Ashland?

Latest Specialty Beer: Farmer Brown

•01/27/2015 • Leave a Comment

There’s a new special beer in town, and its name is Farmer Brown. This returning seasonal brew boasts warm, nutty aromas and a slightly hoppy finish. We’re thinking fireside chats, warm boots, and leather-bound books. Or maybe this is the beer to drink after a hard day of work in the cold outdoors. Whatever your lifestyle, give the Farmer Brown a try, either here at the brewpub or at home with a growler bottle.

About the beer

Our newest seasonal sports a chestnut color and offers toasted aromas of graham cracker. This brown ale’s medium body and biscuit-like flavors are followed by a slightly dry and nutty finish, with mild bitterness. 4.7% abv 25 IBU

Maltbrown ale chalkboard

  • Great Western Organic Two Row
  • Briess Carabrown
  • Briess Organic Carapils
  • Briess Special Roast
  • Briess Organic Chocolate

Hops

  • Bittering: Organic Magnum
  • Flavor/Aroma: Organic Golding

Food Pairing Suggestions

This medium intensity beer matches well with foods in the same realm. To complement a pairing, look for items with toasted bread and nutty flavors. Roasted beef and pork work well with brown ales, as do nutty cheeses like Gruyere and Asiago. Here are our pairing suggestions from our menu:quinoa burger

  • Tempeh Stir Fry
  • Greek Salad
  • Quinoa Nut Burger
  • House Salad with Mixed Greens & Stout Glazed Walnuts
  • Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Next Tuesday, we’ll welcome Rogue Farm Corps as the recipient for our Pints for a Purpose benefit evening, and we’d say this beer feels pretty appropriate. Toast your Farmer Brown with local farming enthusiasts on Tuesday, February 2nd from 5-10pm, and give $2 for every pint sold to this organization. Come enjoy this seasonal brew while it lasts!

Pints for a Purpose Benefits Rogue Farm Corps, 2/3

•01/23/2015 • Leave a Comment

PrintOur next Pints for a Purpose benefit evening is around the corner, and we’re excited to announce Rogue Farm Corps (RFC) as the next recipient. On Tuesday, February 3rd from 5-10pm, we’ll donate $2 for every pint of beer sold at Standing Stone to this youth-focused organization.

RFC trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on education. Their programs combine training, classroom learning and farm-based experience on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Oregon. Led by dedicated mentors and agricultural professionals, RFC offers opportunities to learn organic farming, animal husbandry, and marketing and distribution techniques. Visit their website to get involved, and learn more about their FarmsNext and FarmsNow programs.

rogue farm corpsRFC will be our fourth nonprofit recipient for the 2014/2015 season. In summer of 2014 we opened the Pints for a Purpose application period for local, grass-roots organizations. Then, we gave the list of applicants to our coworkers and voted on the top five nonprofits that Standing Stone employees are passionate about. We’re delighted that RFC made the cut, as their enthusiasm and passion for what they do is contagious. We’re excited to welcome them on their benefit evening! You’ll find them at a table set up by the front door with more info.

Come enjoy a pint of local craft beer and give to a great local cause. Every pint ordered earns Rogue Farm Corps $2, and it adds up quick! Bring your friends, drink responsibly, and join us for a great time celebrating this Southern Oregon nonprofit.

Celebrating Oregon Craft Beer During Zwickelmania, 2/14

•01/20/2015 • 1 Comment

zwickelmania logo 2015Whoa there, Oregon. Valentine’s Day, Oregon’s 156th birthday, Presidents’ Day Weekend and a state-wide craft beer celebration all at once? Okay, we’ll play. Zwickelmania, the annual one-day event in Oregon when breweries open their doors to any and all beer fans, lands on Saturday, February 14th this year. More than 100 breweries are participating with meet-the-brewer events, beer samples, tours and more, 11am-4pm.

At Standing Stone, we’ll host a meet-and-greet with our brewer, Larry Chase, on the brew deck. While learning about the inner-workings of Standing Stone’s brewery, guests will taste free samples of beer and pair alongside bites of cheese and chocolate (it is Valentine’s Day after all).

For those planning a long-weekend getaway in Oregon, visitors are invited to click on one of the seven regions of the state on the Zwickelmania event page to see which breweries are participating. Itineraries and maps are available for the Bend, Eugene, Portland, Salem and Southern Oregon areas.brew deck

Last year, more than 36,750 people toured 105 participating breweries statewide, and the Oregon Brewers Guild is expecting that number to increase in 2015. Let’s help make that happen! In Ashland, you can make a day of visiting Standing Stone, Caldera Taphouse, and Swing Tree Brewing, all within a half-mile radius.

For more information, head to Oregoncraftbeer.org/zwickelmania.

 
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