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

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  • 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.

2015 Winter Beer Dinner Photo Recap

•01/13/2015 • Leave a Comment

You came, you saw, and you ate and drank a whole lot of craft beer and food. If you joined us for our Winter Beer Dinner last Thursday, we want to say a big “Thank You” for helping us make the evening a tasty and fun success! If you weren’t able to make it, there will always be next year (and keep it on the down low…we’re considering a summer pairing event, too).

toastingWe had a full house for the three-hour-long beer and food pairing soiree. Our brewer, Larry Chase, led everyone through flavor combinations and concepts, such as matching, contrasting, complementing, echoing, and finding a homerun – when the pairing is so phenomenal that all the flavors are elevated and the whole is greater than individual parts. Mmm, yes please. You can find more about beer and food interactions at CraftBeer.com.

It sounds like everyone had a different favorite course of the evening. The brewer’s favorite (as he let everyone know before the course) was the Carrot Cake with Vanilla-Mint Coulis paired with the I ♥ Oregon Ale. Typically, IPAs are great matches for carrot cake, but this hoppy pale ale provided the right amount of astringency between bites, while the lighter body complemented the light and fluffy cake and cream cheese frosting. Yes, it was delicious.

What was your favorite course of the evening? The 2011 Reserve Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery certainly stands out in our mind as a treat alongside the 2014 Barley Wine. Whichever course made your taste buds swoon, we’d love to hear about it!

For more mouth-watering fun, check out some of our favorite photos of the evening, below. Our house photographer, George Rubaloff, was on-scene to make sure every dish and Standing Stone craft beer had its time in the spotlight.

And if you’d like to be on our mailing list for next January’s Winter Beer Dinner, please email us at Rachel@standingstonebrewing.com and we’ll send the word next November when we’ve picked the perfect date. Until then, keep pairing, citizens!

Pints for a Purpose Supports Friends of the Ashland Public Library

•01/06/2015 • Leave a Comment

Next week we welcome the third recipients for our 2014/2015 Pints for a Purpose program: Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Through our beer-sales donation program we’ll give $2 for every pint of beer sold at Standing SPrinttone from 5-10pm on Tuesday, January 13th. Come in for a brew and support this great Ashland nonprofit!

In November and December we welcomed Rogue Climate and WaterWatch of Oregon as donation beneficiaries. Together, they raised nearly $1,000 total by bringing in friends and fans to enjoy craft beer and support their causes. Raise a glass of your favorite brew next Tuesday to join in the fun.

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We’ll give $2 for every pint, 1/13, 5-10pm

Friends of the Ashland Public Library is an active organization that works to ensure that free access to information remains a part of Ashland’s community.  They sponsor children’s events, summer reading programs, Ashland Mystery Readers, Author Night at the Library, and more. You can become a member by filling out a form online, and support their cause through Pints for a Purpose – go big!

If you’re planning on enjoying a local craft beer next Tuesday anyway, why not make it a pint for a purpose? Any beer sold between 5-10pm goes to the nonprofit. Call up your beer-loving friends and join the community as we drink a beer (responsibly) for Friends of the Ashland Public library.

Toasting Homebrewing with Southern Oregon’s First AHA Rally, 2/22

•12/29/2014 • Leave a Comment

We are excited to welcome the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) for the first AHA Rally in Southern Oregon! The AHA hosts several Rallies all around the country every year, with 4,500 members meeting at 31 Rallies (the most ever!) in 2014. These gatherings are great opportunities to meet other beer enthusiasts in the area, share stAHA_logoories and recipes, and kick back with some beers in a commercial brewery setting. The Rally will take place at our brewpub in Ashland on Sunday, February 22nd, 2-5pm.

Attendees will enjoy beer samples, take home a Rally-exclusive gift from the AHA, and enter to win prizes from both the AHA and Standing Stone. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Standing Stone brewers and staff, take a VIP brewery tour, and mingle with other local homebrewers.

As a special feature for our Rally, Standing Stone will do a wort give-away. Each attendee gets to take home 5 gallons of wort produced by us! AHA members will show up to the Rally with a pre-sanitized carboy or bucket. Our brewery staff will be there to help disperse the boiled and chilled wort to those who want to participate. Homebrewers can then ferment their beer and compare flavors with others from the Rally.

AHA Rallies are free to current AHA members. Non-members can join online, or sign up o_DSC3980_edited-1nsite at a discounted member rate. Save time and fill out a membership form in advance to bring with you to the Rally. You can also RSVP online to help us properly prepare for the event.

We’re thrilled to bring this beer-community get-together to Ashland. Sign up, mark your calendar, and get ready for an afternoon of beer, tours, prizes and more. Let’s show the home brewing community how Southern Oregon does a Rally!

 
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