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Photo Recap: Wild Rogue Relay

IMG_2126Last Thursday, before the Wild Rogue Relay

Rachel: “I’m so excited for the Wild Rogue Relay! I’m totally ready for a vacation.”

Danielle: “Oh, Rachel…This isn’t a vacation.”

Sure, we were exhausted after running 224 collective miles from Applegate Lake to Brookings, Oregon. Was it worth it? Absolutely. We raced along lakesides, orchards, rivers and beaches over 34 hours. We ran through mountains in the middle of the night and along the sand in the heat of the day. We came, we saw, we conquered, and we’re only still slightly sore from the efforts.

Our Slaughterhouse 12 team beat last year’s personal race time by three minutes with an additional 10 miles added to the course in 2015. We like to think we’re in better shape this year, but maybe it was the fear of cougars in the middle of the night that kept us moving quickly. Either way, we were happy to come in as #31 out of 80 finishing teams!

We want to send a huge thanks to the race organizers and all the volunteers at the check points and finish line. The exchanges went smoothly, the free coffee from Dutch Bros. was essential, and the after party was a blast. Standing Stone poured Double IPA, Commuter Gold, Milk & Honey, and Hefeweizen to quench racers’ post-run thirsts. Our apologies to all for running out of beer – turns out those racers were thirsty after running for two days – and thank you to Chetco Brewing for bringing over a keg ASAP to help us keep serving!

After all the running and sleep-deprived delirium, we’d do it again in a heartbeat. And we will! Look out for our team next year, racing to the finish line of the Wild Rogue Relay and pouring beer for all at the end.

By the way…the guy in the red cape in our group photo? We have no idea who he is. Well done photo-crasher, wherever you are!

(photos: R. Koning, Laura Pfister)

Racing to the Coast in the Wild Rogue Relay, 6/19

wrr_logoWhat was that super fast blue flash that just went by? Oh, you know, probably just one of the racers on our Wild Rogue Relay team! (Or maybe someone threw a Smurf). We’re back for our third year in this 220 mile relay race, and our Slaughterhouse 12 team has been training for months to run all the way to the Oregon coast and pour beer at the finish.

The Wild Rogue Relay starts at Applegate Lake in Southern Oregon and winds along rivers, country roads, mountain passes, and beaches to the finish line in Brookings, Oregon. There are winery stops along the way, and Dutch Bros. coffee tents to energize those sleepy middle-of-the-night racers. Our 12 teammates will each run three legs averaging between 17-25 miles total, over the course of 30+ hours! (Okay, so maybe we’re not so fast after all.) Here’s the line up of Standing Stone athletes toeing the line:

Group #1: Maire, Rachel, Laura, Nick, Alex, John

Group #2: Gina, Alecia, Josh, Suzanne, Danielle, Chuck

Good luck everyone! After the race, Standing Stone is pouring beer for all the particiants at the finish line in Azalea Park, Brookings. If you’re racing, be sure to bring your race number and ID to the beer trailer. All runners get a free pint and logo’d glass, and we’ll sell extra pints to fans, groupies, visitors, and – frankly – anyone of age who wants to toast a beer with WRR frameus!

Finishers will also find post-race grub, live music and vendors at the end, and camping nearby for those so-inclined. Personally, we’re thinking a soft bed and hot tub might be in order.

Oh, and back to that “blue flash” comment in the beginning…you’ll spot us wearing matching logo’d blue running wear along the route. Because, let’s face it, a team race is just a little more fun with matching schwag. We’re excited to debut this year’s Slaughterhouse 12 design…we’ll post photos along the way.

For now, back to the training. With just a week to go there are trails to run, bags to pack, food to buy, beer to transport…

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American Craft Beer Week Celebrates 10th Year, May 11-17

From California to New York Island, from the redwood forest to the Gulf stream waters, beer lovers everywhere will celebrate the country’s small and independent craft brewery renaissance during American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), May 11-17. All 50 states will hold events including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more to honor the ever-advancing craft beer culture and unite tens of thousands of beer lovers nationwide.

“American Craft Beer Week has provided independent beer fans across the country a chance to support their local breweries since 2006,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “With celebrations happening in all 50 states, this is truly an annual national event that recognizes all those involved in making craft beer from small breweries in the U.S. such a success.”

In the spirit of celebration this year, CraftBeer.com created an interactive graphic with fun facts to commemorate each state and their commitment to craft brewing. Check it out on their website to view craft beer happenings and history in your area. acbw15_feature At Standing Stone, Ashland Mayor John Stromberg will join us on Wednesday, May 13th at 6pm to read the 2015 Craft Beer Proclamation. The Ashland City Council adopted the proclamation into their minutes last week, recognizing the significance of the craft beer community and its contributions to our local economy.

We’ll kick up the live-reading by tapping a collaboration beer we joined in making for last month’s Craft Brewers Conference in Portland. Spirit of the 90s is a modern Northwest Amber Ale brewed at Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland. Other contributors to this brew include Breakside BreweryGilgamesh Brewing,  Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland Brewing, and Standing Stone. Come toast a pint with us in honor of collaboration and camaraderie in the craft beer community!

To stay in the loop all week long, follow and use #ACBW on Instagram and Twitter, and visit CraftBeer.com for a complete list of events across the U.S.

Nibble & Sip at A Taste of Ashland, 4/25-4/26

For locals and visitors alike, A Taste of Ashland is a not-to-be-missed springtime event. This year the food, wine and gallery tour spans Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th from noon to 4p.m. As usual, Standing Stone will join the fun with food samples to pair with local wines. You’ll find us at Hanson Howard Gallery, just next door at 89 Oak St.

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Fun to be had at Hanson Howard Gallery, 4/25-4/26

A Taste of Ashland is the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event. This annual walking tour of Ashland galleries pairs local restaurants and regional wineries to create a weekend-long pairing experience. Foodies and wine lovers can follow a map to 17 galleries around town, and hop a shuttle if the four-hours-a-day tour calls for a little rest.

This year, we’re thrilled to be paired once again with Simple Machine Wine. Tasters can expect unique wines crafted from Rogue Valley vineyards by winemaker Brian Denner. Check out their history and varietals on Simple Machine’s website.

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A Taste of Ashland 2014: Roasted Lamb with Lavender Sea Salt

As for our food, we’re not going to let that cat out of the bag just yet. There’s tasting to be done, recipes to perfect, ingredients to procure…but we do vow to bring along appetizing food samples from our kitchen right next door. In the past, our wood-fired pizzas, lamb meatballs, and artichoke fondue have all gone over great, and we promise to make this year no exception.

Tickets are available at atasteofashland.com for weekend-long or single-day passes. Wine glass and tour map included, and then you make your own fun! If you need a break during or after your tour, stop by Standing Stone downtown for a pint, meal, and resting place at 101 Oak St. Trust us, we won’t scoff if you kick up your legs and relax – gallery hopping with food and wine is hard work!

Celebrating the Earth (with Beer) at Rogue Valley Earth Day, 4/25

posterWe’re always eager to be a part of Rogue Valley Earth Day, and we’ll join this year’s celebration on Saturday, April 25th at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum with beer in tow. The annual event runs 11-4pm in the Ashland museum’s outdoor courtyard and lawn, and community members and visitors alike of all ages are encouraged to come join the festivities.

Established in 2001, Rogue Valley Earth Day is a local tradition. It serves as a forum for nonprofits, businesses and governments to raise awareness, a venue for local artists and performers to share talents, and an outlet for students to display knowledge and creativity. Participants can view exhibits and join hands-on activities related to waste prevention, local food and farms, green products and building materials, clean energy options, transportation alternatives, wildlife preservation, and more. Check out more details on their Facebook page.

The best part (in our minds): this is a zero waste event! Come see how a community gathering with over 2,000 visitors can operate without generating garbage. There will be recycling and composting receptacles, and water-fill stations for all of you bringing your own reusable water bottles.

We’ll be pouring beer in our own durable glassware, so you can feel good about drinking your beer and saving the waste! We’ll serve our I ♥ Oregon Ale and a specialty brew in glass pints, and we’ll have a handful of empty-pint glass collection stations around the event. When the day is over, we’ll pack them all up and take them back to the brewery for washing. No waste, lots of delicious craft beer. 

Also, we’re extra excited about this year’s event because Rogue Valley Earth Day was our final beneficiary for our 2014/2015 Pints for a Purpose donation program. We went out with a party last month, raising $2 for every pint of beer sold for this active, long-time local organization. Thanks to everyone who came out on March 3rd to Standing Stone, and we hope to see you again on April 25th for the big event.

Bike, walk, carpool, skip, hop, jump…consider leaving your car home for the day and hightail-it to Rogue Valley Earth Day in gas-saving mode. Once there, settle in with your pint of Standing Stone beer and enjoy the festivities. Let’s face it, celebrating the earth with a craft beer in hand is maybe – just maybe – about as good as it gets. Hope to see you there!

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

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

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!

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

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?

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

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.

2015 Winter Beer Dinner Photo Recap

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!

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