Join the Drive Less Challenge, October 5-18

•10/05/2015 • Leave a Comment

In our opinion, this time of year is the best for looking at the 10-day forecast. All we can see are sunny, 75-degree days in our near future, and that makes us want to get out and bike while the gettin’s good. Rogue Valley Transportaion District’s (RVTD) Drive Less Connect has the same idea, and this statewide program is launching the Drive Less Challenge October 5th-18th. We’ll ride along with events all week!

challenge logoFirst, we poured beer at the official Kick-Off Party at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum yesterday from 1-5 pm.  There was live music, demonstrations, raffle prizes, and beer from us!  It was a blast, and of course great to combine beer and science.

We’re also hosting the Drive Less Challenge Trivia Night on our patio at the brewpub. Join us Thursday, October 15th from 4-6pm for commuting-themed questions and prizes. We have plenty of bike parking out front; just bring your lock and settle in with a brew out back.

Here are the details to register: the Challenge is available to anyone living or working in Oregon. Visit to register, and begin logging your alternative transportation trips. You can also connect with other users for carpooling and ride sharing, and use the calculator to track your fuel and CO2 savings.

bike parkingAnd there are prizes! Each day, there will be a social media prize winner. Post a photo of yourself using alternative transportation on Facebook or Instagram (@drivelessconnect) using #2015ORChallenge, and chosen winners get a $50 gift card. By logging trips, you’ll also be entered to win several grand prizes, including shoes, helmets and more.

Find a ride, seek out biking partners, or just log your trips for fun. At Standing Stone, we’re creating a group for our coworkers to see how many miles we can log total for the challenge. We’ll let you know at the end just how we did! We hope you have fun, commute safely, and enjoy some fresh air while hopping around during your day.

We’ve Joined Wild Rivers, Wild Brews Coalition

•09/28/2015 • 1 Comment

Sustainability in the workplace comes in many forms.  It can mean employing sustainability programs throughout your business, supporting local growers and producers, or joining forces with like-minded companies to support conservation efforts. We try to take steps in every aspect of our business, beyond using high efficiency LED lights, low flow toilets and faucets, and high-power driers to cut down on paper waste.  Our farm also uses solar panels to power the fences, we have a rigorous recycling program to lower our landfill contributions, and our Pints for a Purpose evenings support great local causes.

We’re always excited to be part of programs that align with our sustainability mission  Earlier this year, we signed the Brewery Climate Declaration and added our name to dozens of other breweries around the United States that support sustainable operations and initiatives.  That number has since grown to 70, and we couldn’t be happier about it!

When we heard about Wild Rivers, Wild Brews, we knew we had to jump on it.  Wild Rivers, Wild Brews is a coalition seeking to spread the word about new nickel strip mining operations planned to come to our South West Oregon rivers.  As the name suggests, it’s a group of breweries getting together to voice their concerns over the proposed nickel mines.  The coalition is headed by Arch Rock Brewing Company, located on Hunter Creek just south of Gold Beach, OR.  Their creek is one of many that would threatened by the strip mines’ construction.


Proposed Mine Locations

The proposed operation would construct mines near major rivers and creeks, such as North Fork Smith River, Bald Face Creek, Hunter Creek and North Fork Pistol River.  Thousands of acres of botanically rich National Forest and BLM lands in Southern Oregon would be put at risk for contamination.

These nickel strip mines would be put on public lands and would impede on southern Oregon’s extraordinary salmon streams.   The coalition believes the strip mines would have a drastic and persistent impact.  Most importantly, it’d be irreversible.

We believe that Southern Oregon is, quite frankly, downright gorgeous.  The last thing we’d want are nickel strip mines tarnishing its beauty and destroying the natural habitat of our region.  So we’ve signed onto the Coalition.  We’ve added our names to the list in a letter to our state congressmen.  Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representative DeFazio have already introduced legislation to protect these wild rivers from the threat of strip mining.  BLM has also taken action by temporarily segregating the threatened lands to give Congress time to act.

It’s important to preserve what habitat we have left, especially habitat in our back yard.  We feel very strongly about the subject and will work with the Wild Rivers, Wild Brews coalition to see this through.  If you feel the same way we do, please take some time to contact your state Congressmen, as well as the governor: your voice will make the cause that much stronger!


Rivers at risk

7th Annual Pumpkins & Pints

•09/18/2015 • Leave a Comment


Mark your calendar, hold all phone calls, and reschedule all meetings. Pumpkins and Pints is Sunday, October 25th from 12pm-5pm. This annual autumn get-together started with a small group of Standing Stone employees who gathered at the brewpub in October to carve pumpkins with their families. Years later, it has grown to be our biggest event of the year. In 2014 we welcomed hundreds of guests to our farm to carve pumpkins, enjoy BBQ and beer, play games, run amok, and help us celebrate a beautiful southern Oregon day (last year was sunny and 70 degrees). We invite you to come help us do the same in 2015!

hay balesHere’s what’s on the books for this year: weather permitting, we’ll hold the event at One Mile Farm, just down the road from Standing Stone. We’ll provide the pumpkins and carving tools (you’re welcome to bring your own if you take pumpkin carving really seriously), and you just show up with your creative ideas. You can purchase beer, hard cider, lemonade, brats and burgers once you’ve worked up a hearty appetite. We’ll have live music with Swift Pony and Special Guest Sam Cathcart (you can visit their new music store, Hilltop Music Shop, in Ashland) and games to keep kids of all ages entertained.

To get to the farm, follow Oak Street from Standing Stone to the very bottom, where it meets Eagle Mill Road. Take a right, go under the overpass, and find the entrance to our farm immediately after the bridge on the left side of the road. Limited parking is available on the roadside, so we suggest biking to the event to take advantage of front-row, two-wheeled parking inside our pasture. And if these directions are just too confusing, plug in the farm address to your Maps app: 1469 Eagle Mill Road in Ashland.

pastureIf the weather turns sour, our PLAN B is bringing all the pumpkins back to Standing Stone for an indoor/patio event at the brewpub. We’ll call the weather one week prior (check back here or on our social media pages), so you’ll know well in advance where to find us. If the week before is wet, but the event day is sunny, we’ll do it all on the patio outside at the brewpub to avoid the mud and still get some fall-fresh air.

The event is free and family-friendly! And if the weather lets us play at the farm, dogs on leashes are welcome, too. We’re excited to see you all elbow-deep scraping seeds and creating great jack-o-lanterns. Bring along your farm boots and cozy clothes, and we’ll all have some good, old-fashioned autumn time fun!

Latest Specialty Beer: Madrone NW Red Ale

•09/12/2015 • Leave a Comment

As autumn steals the show this month, we think about all the seasonal colors: oranges, browns, yellows, and…Reds! Introducing our latest specialty beer, just tapped this week – Madrone Red. We think you’ll like this change of pace. Madrone Red is a big, bold beer made for enjoying slowly. So kick up your feet, take in the scenery, and give yourself a bit to unwind with this new brew.

beer2About the beer

This NW Red Ale is garnet colored with toffee aromas. The medium body, spicy and piney hops, and big bitter finish make this beer a great fit with hearty fall-time foods. 8.1% abv, 60 IBU


  • Great Western Organic Two-Row
  • Simpsons Crystal Light
  • Simpsons Crystal Dark
  • Briess Victory
  • Briess Organic Chocolate


  • Bittering: Apollo
  • Flavor/Aroma: Organic Citra, Organic Ahtanum

Food Pairing Suggestions

At home, fish out your slow-cooker from the back of the pantry and put on some spicy chili, pork shoulder, or a sharp cheese fondue. Anything big and bold, with not too much sweetness, will stand up to this beer’s character. Here are our pairing suggestions from the menu:

reubenBlack & Blue Burger

Fig & Bacon Pizza

Lamb Shawarma (seasonal special)

Black Bean Nachos with Chorizo

I Heart Oregon Pastrami Reuben

Come give this red a spin, especially if your usual go-to is the Twin Plunge Double IPA, or the seasonal Barley Wine. The toffee aroma and big hop bitterness will keep malt-lovers and hop-heads alike happy and ready for more.

Get Your Fill During Eat Local Week, 9/11-9/20

•09/01/2015 • Leave a Comment

buy local buy rogueWe’ll join just about any celebration dedicated to food and/or beer, and it’s even better if it’s featuring fresh, local goods. We’re excited to join Thrive’s annual Eat Local Week, September 11-20, alongside lots of other southern Oregon businesses. It’s a week of eating, drinking, and enjoying our region’s local bounty. What more could we ask for?

Thrive (The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy) is southern Oregon’s resource for connecting local businesses and producers. They organize educational events all year long, and encourage local food production and consumption. We’ve been members for years, and always jump at the opportunity to create a new special in honor of the Eat Local Week Celebration.

Here’s what we have in store for our locally-themed menu special, available 9/11-9/20:

One Mile Farm Beef Burger on Potato Focaccia with Mama Terra Goat Cheese, Tulelake Horseradish & Fire-Roasted Barking Moon Farm Peppers. Served with Fry Family Farms Potato Chips

tomatoesYou can get involved in several ways, too. Dine at the restaurants listed online with local specials, and match them with local wine and beer where you can! Join any of the Eat Local Week classes, and get some education with your meal. Visit special events all week long, including the Tomato Taste-Off at the Grants Pass Growers Market, Jackson County Harvest Festival in Central Point, or the Salsa Showdown at the Saturday Growers Market in Medford.

If you’re camera-savvy, we also suggest checking out this year’s Selfie Photo Contest. Take a shot of yourself riding the blender bicycle at the Salsa Showdown, meeting animals at the Rogue Flavor Farm Tour, or making dinner at home with all local ingredients. Visit their website for contest instructions, and use #EatLocalRogue all week long.

Valley-wide, there’s plenty to do and eat all week long! Grab your food-loving friends and make plans to cruise around southern Oregon on a local cuisine adventure. We hope to see you at Standing Stone, around town and beyond, filling your belly with our area’s abundant, delicious goods.

Beer + Food = Delicious.

•08/26/2015 • Leave a Comment

brussels sproutsThe nice thing about beer is that it’s so versatile.

OK, let’s be honest, the nice thing about beer is that it’s delicious, refreshing, flavorful, a social lubricant, delicious, and great for gathering people together.  And it’s frickin’ delicious.  Other than that, the nice thing about beer is versatility.  Flavors can range from a crisp, clean golden ale to a dark, rich and creamy stout.  In our opinion, it’s perfect for any weather or occasion.

Of course, every flavor of beer has a wide range of food that pairs with it.

Tip: when planning an occasion, it’s good to have entertainment.  Things to have: 1. Beer.  2. Food.  3. Music.  4. A game to play. Things to avoid: 1. Live, uncaged, meat-eating animals.  2. Squirt guns filled with vinegar.  3. Trapezists; beer and balance don’t mix.

For example, our new Saison style beer we tapped last week goes well with lighter meals: fondue, fish tacos or our Salmon Springroll Salad. Wine and food pairings are no different: some wines go great with some things, while you may not want to pair them with others.

Tip: don’t pair a heavy, boxed Cabernet with something light like saltine or Ritz crackers, for a couple of reasons: 1. The Cabernet smothers the flavor of the crackers.  2. It’s sad.

There are a wide variety of flavors, dishes and foods that fit together perfectly with different beers. This week, we want to highlight our weekly food and beer pairing special.  But instead of attaching the sixteen page screen play we created, we thought it would be better to show you a two-minute video instead:

We do the pairing every Sunday at 3pm, for $25 per person.  You don’t need to make any reservations (perfect for an impulsive afternoon), and you’ll be treated to a multi-course meal featuring a selection of our beers paired to perfection with every dish.  Depending on how the pairing goes, our server will also give out a high five.

Also, our resident food and beer pairing guru is there to answer all of the tough questions (“What’s the malt for?” or “What’s the difference between a stout and a porter?” or “What’s the meaning to life?” or “How do I assert my dominance as the alpha male to my cat?” or “Can you please use an adjective other than ‘Delicious’ to describe this beer?”).

Again, no reservations necessary!  Just show up with friends, or solo, with $25 and drink beer, eat food, and be merry!  Why?  Because it’s delicious, that’s why.

Latest Specialty Beer: Lavandula Saison

•08/19/2015 • Leave a Comment

Our newest beer on tap might be a little difficult to pronounce, but you’ll be so busy sipping it you won’t have time to say much anyway. We welcome the Lavandula Saison to our taps this week, making it the second never-before-brewed ale we’ve crafted this summer (see Whittle Wit). You could say we’re feeling adventurous.

Lavandula is the genus name for lavender, which we added at the finish of this Farmhouse-style brew. Historically, saisons are brewed using a range of different spices such as coriander, orange zest or ginger. We threw in some lavender flowers to add to the floral character, without being too over-powering. We think you’ll like it.

About the Beersaison

This Farmhouse-style saison is hazy yellow with a mild floral lavender aroma, light body and slightly tart mouthfeel. 5.3% abv, 15 IBU



  • Organic Pilsner
  • Organic Wheat
  • Rye
  • Acidulated


  • Organic Hallertau


  • Lavender flowers

Food Pairing Suggestionsfish tacos

First off, we’d say pair this beer with some sunshine and an Adirondack chair. Then, we’d suggest a soft goat cheese, fruit plate, and dessert. The light body and floral, spicy aroma also pair well with white fish and herbed foods.

  • Three Cheese, Mushroom & Herb
  • Goat Cheese Fondue
  • Fish & Chips
  • Tacos de Pescado
  • Salmon Springroll Salad
  • Beet & Chevre Salad
  • Marionberry Cobbler

We’re excited to take this beer along on our last camping and rafting trips of the season. So far, we’ve heard words like “new favorite” and “boom” from our coworkers. Come try a pint, and grab some to-go in a liter or growler bottle for the road.


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