Food, Beer & Wine suggestions for this Holiday Season

•11/21/2015 • Leave a Comment

It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away, but ready or not, the holidays are here! We would love to offer some helpful suggestions for beer and wine pairing to help ease the stress of your menu planning.

Here are a few tips on the basics of beer and wine pairings:

barley wine

1. Pair Like with Like— This is one of the easiest ways of appeasing the palate and impressing your guests. Look to find similarities in the food you are preparing and your beverage of choice. Match lighter dishes with lighter accompanying beer or wine selections and vice versa.

Pairing Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar with Pecan Sweet Potato Pie will bring out the caramel, nutty tones of both the beer and this holiday favorite.

2. Consider the Contrast Elements— How does the chosen beer or wine interact with the food? For instance, a full bodied, dry red goes perfectly with richer foods as the tannins help to cut the fat and balance out the flavors of the dish. We love pairing highly carbonated Belgian ales with richer foods for this very reason.

Pairing Cliff Creek’s 2008 Syrah with braised beef short ribs will strip the palate and allow you to savor each bite.

farm gate entrance

3. Buy Local!— The perfect pairing for any holiday event. Beer, wine and produce are all agricultural products and as so, take on a specific taste dependant on the region in which they were grown (or brewed!). In the world of fermentation we call this TerroirThis holiday season, think about different ways to bring home the bounty of your region. Not only can you ensure freshness and quality, it’s a great way to support your local farmer, vintner and brewer alike.

Pairing our Twin Plunge Double IPA with a heritage wood grilled pork chop from Willow-Witt Ranch will highlight the caramel and roasted tones in both items.

4. Don’t Sweat It— Honestly, we could go on and on about food, wine and dining room 2beer pairings; but at the end of the day, what matters most is the love put in to the meal and your family and friends around the table. So relax, you’ve got this! Grab an apron, pour yourself a drink and get to cooking. As Julia Child admitted, “I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food…” So make sure you are stocked with enough beer and wine to make it through the evening.

Feel free to swing by the restaurant for a growler fill and we will be happy to help you select the perfect beer to pair for your holiday event.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Family Stone!


Pints for a Purpose benefits Sanctuary One Tuesday, Nov 10th 5-10p.m.

•11/07/2015 • 1 Comment

It’s time to kick off our Pints for a Purpose program! We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce Sanctuary One as our first recipient of the year. This Tuesday, from 5-10p.m, we will be donating $2 of every pint sold in the brewpub to Sanctuary One. Our staff selected this organization out of a handful of impressive non-profits and there is a good reason for it; they are hands down, awesome.

Here’s a little about Sanctuary One, directly from their webpage:


Photo courtesy of Sanctuary One.

People, Animals & the Earth: Better Together

Located on 55 acres in Oregon’s beautiful Applegate Valley, Sanctuary One was established in 2007 as the nation’s first care farm. It was founded by a small group of visionaries who, despite all the naysayers, never wavered in their belief in the Sanctuary’s mission: to be a safe place for animals and a healing place for people while promoting environmental stewardship. 

Sanctuary One provides a safe home to rescued farm animals and house pets. Elderly, disabled, chronically ill, and emotionally traumatized animals who may never be adoptable recieve personalized attention, loving rehabilitation, and a peaceful retirement. The farm includes expansive gardens which not only provide rich vegetables and food for the animals, but opportunities for growth of the people who tend them.

So let’s get this straight; not only do they rescue, rehabilitate and give a beautiful life to all sorts of animals in need; they also offer their farm as a resource to at-risk youth and adults to heal and learn, all while caring for the animals and their 35,000 square foot garden. We think this is a beautifully fluid and sustainable approach to farming.

We hope you can join us this Tuesday, Nov 10th from 5-10pm as we raise funds for our friends at Sanctuary One. Remember, the more people there, the more proceeds we can raise. And those pints add up fast, so please bring a friend and know that the beer you are enjoying is directly benefitting an awesome organization!

Click here for more information regarding adoptions, volunteering, and becoming a part of the Care Family.

Happy November! Pints for a Purpose 2015/2016

•11/05/2015 • Leave a Comment

Fall is here and we are very excited to announce the 2015/2016 recipients for our Pints for a Purpose program. For those unfamiliar with Pints for a Purpose, let us explain. Each year, we invite local nonprofits to submit applications on behalf of their organizations and we as a staff vote to choose our top five favorites. November through March each group is awarded their own special evening, and from 5-10 p.m. $2 of every pint of beer sold goes straight to their organizations. We invite the group’s representatives to spend the evening with us, and share a pint as they answer questions, and offer information as to who they are and what they do. Here is the lineup for this year:

friends of library

November 10- Sanctuary One

Sanctuary One provides a safe home to rescued farm animals and house pets. The farm includes expansive gardens which not only provide rich vegetables and food for the animals, but opportunities for growth of the people who tend them.

December 1- Bee Girl

To inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. Bee Girl, a nonprofit organization founded by Sarah Red-Laird, aims to conserve our bees by educating the public on their importance through programs focused on community classes and events, public lectures, and their Kids and Bees program. 

January 12- Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County

To meet the needs of children and families in our community by providing a community-based, child-focused center that facilitates a compassionate, multi-disciplinary approach to the prevention, treatment, identification, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse.

February 9Rogue Valley Farm to School waterwatch

Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals.

March 9- No LNG Campaign 

No LNG Exports Oregon is a statewide coalition of activists, experts, and community members with the goal of stopping two LNG pipeline projects in Oregon.

So there you have it! Last year, we raised over $2,300 (that’s 1,150 pints!) benefitting five different wonderful nonprofits including, Rogue Climate, Water Watch of Oregon, Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Rogue Farm Corps and Rogue Valley Earth Day. We are very happy to continue with the tradition and hope you join us at one (or all) of our Pints for a Purpose evenings this season.

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.


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