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Ales vs. Lagers

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Top Fermenting Yeast-Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Have you ever wondered what exactly is the difference between an Ale and a Lager? Let’s chat about it.

There are two different categories of beer- “Ales” and “Lagers.” Within these two categories are hundreds of different styles that can vary widely in taste, bitterness, color etc. Ales are brewed with a top-fermenting yeast, while Lagers are brewed with a bottom-fermenting yeast. What does this mean to you? Hold on for a minute while we geek out just a bit.

Top-Fermenting yeast or Saccharomyces cerevisiae as we like to call it, is the most common yeast out there. Chances are, you consume it on a daily basis. This is the type of yeast that is common in bread making, wine making and beer making. Pretty good stuff, right? The reason we say it is top-fermenting is because as the fermentation process happens, the yeast cells circulate throughout the beer, magically converting the wort (sugary water) into alcohol and C02. As the process finishes, the yeast rises to the top creating a thick Krausen and if not removed, will drop to the bottom of the fermentation vessel. Ale yeast ferments at a warmer temperature (between 60F-75F), and because of this, reaches attenuation at a faster pace than Lagers.

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Our brewer Larry checking on the yeast culture.

Saccharomyces uvarum (Bottom-Fermenting) yeast cells work from the bottom up, at a slower pace and a colder temperature (46F-59F). The term “lager” comes from the German word “lagern” which means “to store.” The discovery of lager yeast is believed to have been made in the Middle-Ages when Bavarian brewers fermented and stored their beers in ice caves over the winter. Because of the longer, colder fermentation process, Lagers are generally very crisp and clean tasting.

Did any of that make sense? We hope so, but let’s be honest, at the end of the day- Ales or Lagers, we love them all!

Want to learn more about Yeast and the process of fermentation? Check out this video!

Pints for a Purpose-Stand Up For Oregon! No LNG. No Pipeline

Tuesday, March 3- from 5-10pm is the final Pints for a Purpose for 2015/2016. We had an incredibly successful year because of your support and the hard work of the organizations involved. We are ending this season with a BANG!

The Stand Up For Oregon! NO LNG. NO Pipeline is a coalition of organizations, landowners, businesses, climate activists, conservationists and concerned citizens working to stop the Jordan Cove Energy Project. The project consists of a 230 mile pipeline and a gas export facility. The pipeline would run across Southern Oregon from Malin to Coos Bay, where the export facility location is proposed.

The pipeline would transport up to 1.2 billion cubic feet per day of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Rockies and Canada to the export facility. Once there, it would be stored and then loaded onto mega-tankers for transportation to foreign markets.

From a conservation perspective, this project possesses a significant threat to Southern Oregon’s rivers, forests, and people. The pipeline would require a 100 foot wide clear-cut, which would cross nearly 400 waterways, and cross farms and family properties regardless of the property owner’s objection. LNG Map

The export facility will require dredging of Coos Bay to allow passage of the transport tankers, a 400 megawatt processing facility, and huge storage tanks within the tsunami hazard boundaries. This facility, if allowed to operate, would become the largest greenhouse gas emitter in Oregon.

As part of our mission at Standing Stone Brewing Company, we believe in smart resource use, renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and supporting causes that align themselves with our mission. The Stand Up For Oregon! NO LNG. NO Pipeline campaign encompasses many of our values and we look forward to supporting their work by opening our doors to their organizations and by donating $2 from every pint of beer sold between 5-10pm.

We hope that you will support this cause and stand up for Oregon by drinking one (or two) of our delicious craft beers. Families welcome!

Click here to read the Medford Mail Tribune’s article on this project.

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Back on Tap: Commuter Gold

saison“What do you have that’s light?” If you work in a brewery, restaurant or bar, you are very familiar with this question. I think it’s safe to say that it’s something we hear on a daily basis. In a time where brewing trends are seeing a high demand for beers that push the envelope in terms of bitterness and high alcohol percentages, a large portion of consumers still want to enjoy something that is simple, light and crisp. And we get that! Sometimes, even for us hop-heads, it’s nice to drink a beer that doesn’t make our tongues feel like they’re being lit on fire by a swarm of angry bees.

Light beer is reminiscent. It reminds us of long, hot summer days, barbecues and camping, beach trips and coolers, Grandpa on his lawn chair, football Sunday–the list goes on and on and on. America has created a lifestyle from drinking light beer. We believe that light beer doesn’t have to imply tasteless, corporate beer out of gimmicky cans that change colors when cold.

We brewed Commuter Gold for those that want to enjoy something a little lighter, and a little more simple. Named after our RPM Bike Program, this beer goes hand in hand with that outdoorsy lifestyle we hold dear here in Oregon.

So head on down to the brewpub and grab yourself a pint of this deliciously refreshing beer. Let’s raise a pint to simplicity and a long heritage of American craft brewing.

Photo by Russell Lee©

Photo by Russell Lee©

A little about the beer:

This bright golden ale gets its slightly spicy, herbal aroma from Sterling hops. The crisp, medium bitterness & lightly toasted finish are balanced with a refreshing mouth feel. 4.8% abv, 20 IBU

Malt

Organic Pilsner
Briess Ashburne Mild
Briess Victory
Acidulated

Hops

Bittering: Sterling
Flavor/Aroma: Sterling, Hallertau

Sunday Sessions- The Brothers Reed (Feb 28th)

Thank you to everyone who came out last week for Eight Dollar Mountain. We had a packed house and they sure put on one heck of a show! We continue our Sunday Sessions this Sunday (Feb.28th), from 2-5pm, with The Brothers Reed.

Brothers Phil and Aaron play a medley of folk/country/bluegrass and if your lucky, a little pop. Their tight harmonies, pretty riffs, and comically fun entertainment between songs is sure to please.

Click the link to see a video of the brothers playing “Monsters In My Head“.

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We are excited to have The Brothers Reed play at Standing Stone Brewing Company and look forward to you coming to enjoy this FREE SHOW. We love our mid-afternoon live music and hope you do too. As always, KIDS WELCOME!

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A Photo Recap of the 2016 Brewer’s Dinner

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Latest Specialty Beer: Hop Night

We’ve got some good news to help with those winter blues–Hop Night is back!hop night

Man oh man, we love this beer. Let’s talk a little about this brewpub favorite.

Hop Night is a medium bodied Cascadian Dark Ale. It’s big, hoppy aroma and lingering piney finish will leave your taste buds begging for more. Dry hopped with Cascade and Simcoe hop varietals, this beer boasts the bitterness of an IPA with hints of toasted malt and a beautiful opaque black color. A perfectly balanced and complex beer. 7.9% abv

The Cascadian Dark Ale, or Black IPA as some like to call it, is a fairly new style to the craft beer world. Generally, these beers are made in the stylings of an IPA (hoppy, bitter, higher alcohol) but with the addition of dark malts in the mashtun, mostly for color. They generally showcase northwest hops from the Yakima and Willamette region (hence the Cascadia homage). The end result is a very drinkable, smooth dark brown to opaque black IPA with medium to high hop bitterness and hints of roasted malt notes.

About the beer:

Style:  Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA

Color:  Opaque Black
Aroma:  Pine and Citrus
Mouthfeel:  Medium to Full
Flavor:  Resinous pine, black currant, lingering bitterness
Alcohol:  7.9%
IBU:  65

Malt

  • Organic Two Row
  • Organic Munich
  • Briess Blackprinz
  • Organic C-60

Hops

  • Bittering:  Simcoe
  • Flavor/Aroma:  Golding, Cascade, Simcoe
  • Dry Hops:  Cascade, Simcoe

Time to belly on up to the bar and enjoy a pint before its gone! Let’s toast to creative and innovative brewing.

Pints for a Purpose-Rogue Valley Farm to School

We are ecstatic to welcome Rogue Valley Farm to School into our brewery this Tuesday, February 9th as the beneficiaries of our Pints for a Purpose program. On this evening, from 5-10pm, we will donate $2 from every pint sold to this amazing organization.

What about this makes us so excited? We have a chance to do what we do best (pouring great craft beers) to support local food, farms, education, and children. It’s a chance for us to give back to our community on our turf and a chance for our community to show their support for the great work the Rogue Valley Farm to School does.

“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. We inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members.”kids-768x576

But lets be real here: How AWESOME is this organization? We give them an 11 out of 10! They are working tirelessly to educate tomorrows generation about the importance of diet and how that connects to local food and farms.

As part of our mission at Standing Stone, we are committed to providing delicious craft beer and fare that utilizes locally grown ingredients and in turn supports small, local farms. We would like to thank Rogue Valley Farm to School for helping to support our mission and making it possible for the Rogue Valley to enjoy the rich bounties offered by our local farms.

For more information please visit Rogue Valley Farm to School’s website.

 

Standing Stone Brewing’s 2016 Annual Brewer’s Dinner

We’re excited to announce our Annual Brewer’s Dinner coming this February 18th at 6:30 PM.  Master Brewer Larry Chase and Chef Javier Cruz have worked together to create an amazing five course feast, paired perfectly with our finest ales.

A gathering of family and friends, old and new, make the Standing Stone Brewer’s Dinner a must attend event.  This year’s incredible menu features local and organic items from our neighboring growers, cheese from our friends at Rogue Creamery, not to mention lamb and beef from our own One Mile Farm.

Space is limited, so get your tickets today!  $75 per guest (gratuity included).  Tickets are available at Standing Stone Brewing Company or online at Standing Stone Brewing – Store.

We look forward to sharing this once a year evening with you – Cheers!

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WEEKEND for WATER: JANUARY 30TH AND 31ST

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As proud partners of the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, we will be hosting “A Weekend for Water”. During January 30th and 31st, $1 from every pint of I ♥ Oregon Ale will be donated to Oregon Environmental Council and the Oregon Brewshed  Alliance (an Oregon Wild Alliance).

Why? Why would a brewery be so interested in donating money to help keep Oregon’s rivers and lakes clean you may ask? The answer is simple; beer is 90% water and CLEAN WATER MAKES THE BEST OF CRAFT BEERS.

“Since water comprises 90-95% of the liquid in your glass of beer, we need clean water to brew clean beer,” says Standing Stone brewer Larry Chase.

Besides our addiction to creating great craft brews, we here at Standing Stone Brewing Company feel that as apart of our community it is our responsibility to help maintain the health of our ecosystem. By supporting great organizations like Oregon Environmental Council and Oregon Wild we can do just that.

Please join us January 30th and 31st to show your support for Oregon’s clean lakes and rivers.

Happy New Year! Our favorite beers from 2015-

Happy New Year! What better way to reflect on this past year, than to remember the beers we’ve enjoyed the most! Here are our top 5 local faves of 2015 (not in any particular order):

1. Lavendula Saison– Standing Stone Brewing Co.
Remember this beer? Oh, we sure do! This was a perfect summer Belgian Ale brewed with Organic Lavender. Crisp and tasty with a hint of flowery/herbaceous aromas. 5.2% abv

2. Mogli Imperial Porter-Caldera Brewing Co
Holy Smokes! This oak-aged Imperial Porter was rich and full bodied, with a huge roasty/toasty, chocolate flavor profile boasting an 8.5% abv. This beer was a magical treat in and of itself. Warm fuzzies all around!

3. Porch Swing Pale Ale– Swing Tree Brewing Co.                                         saison
What a tasty, tasty beer this was! A+ for a great take on the Pale Ale. Crisp and refreshing with a citrusy hop finish that kept us wanting more. Have you checked out their tasting room yet? What are you waiting for!

4. Old Humbug Winter Ale– Southern Oregon Brewing Co.
This holiday seasonal is a favorite of so many for a reason! A big, bold Winter Ale perfect for warming you up on a cold day. Specialty malts lend this beer a nutty, chocolatey flavor with a deep, brown hue. 8.1% abv. Get it while you can!

5. Madrone Red NW Ale– Standing Stone Brewing Co.
This was our best selling seasonal beer of the summer. It was here and gone in a flash! We’re not sure if we have the public to thank for that, or our staff. It was certainly the shift drink of choice while we had it. Medium bodied, nice and malty with a huge hop finish–this puppy came in at a whopping 8.1% abv. We want to thank the Madrone Red for helping us unwind after those long, hard summer shifts.

There you have it! Sure, we drank a lot of beer this year, but who’s keeping track? We’d love to hear some of your favorites.

Here’s to a New Year full of lots of delicious, craft brews.

Cheers!

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