Join us at Brews, Burgers & Bluegrass, 6/7

•05/27/2014 • Leave a Comment

THRIVE Brews logo-NEWTap into the best of the Rogue Valley’s food, drink and music at the second annual Brews, Burgers & Bluegrass. This all-day event by Thrive (The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy) kicks off Medford Beer Week on Saturday, June 7 from 12-8pm at beautiful Eden Valley Orchards in Medford, Oregon. Event proceeds go to Thrive’s local food programs.

Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy five bands throughout the day, as well as 22 Rogue Valley microbrews on tap! Standing Stone is bringing I Heart Oregon Ale and a surprise seasonal specialty for pouring… we’ll keep your taste buds guessing until event day. Local ranchers will have delicious burgers available for purchase, and Eden Vale will offer wine for those who prefer the grape-based beverage. For the kiddos and designated drivers, we’re also bringing Standing Stone Root Beer.

Other participating breweries include: Southern Oregon Brewing, Walkabout Brewery, Wild River Brewing, Portal Brewing, Fire Cirkl Meadery, JD Sports Bar, Caldera Brewing, Bricktowne Brewing Co., Rusty Bucket Brewing, Opposition Brewing Company, and Wylie’s Honey Brews.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  Admission includes a commemorative pint glass and tasting tickets.  Music-only tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Bring the whole family, as children 15 and under are free.

We hope to see you at this great outdoor event! What better way to support local food programs than with your own burger and pint? Tickets are available online at www.buylocalrogue.org. You can also check the website for a list of ticket outlets, or call 541-488-7272 for more information.

4 Craft Beer Goodies for Memorial Day Weekend

•05/24/2014 • Leave a Comment

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Whether you’re planning an outdoor adventure, neighborhood BBQ, or lazy long weekend at home, make sure you have all the appropriate gear to enjoy your time to the fullest. We have a handful of new Standing Stone logo’d retail items to add to your stash, so stop by and grab a few for some added beer-themed fun.

 

hydroflask growlerHydroflask Growler . . . $45

This insulated beverage holder won the stamp of approval from Outside Magazine after one of their writers tested Standing Stone beer quality after 24 hours and the brew was just as cold and fresh as beer straight from the taps. These screw-cap bottles come from Bend, OR – fill them with Standing Stone brew and beam with Oregon pride!

 

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Logo Hats . . . $10

Be it rain or shine, weather the weekend with our new logo’d hats. These unisex caps are great for covering up camping hair, keeping the elements out of your eyes, or adding to your weekend wardrobe to show your craft beer appreciation.

 

 

sweatshirtsSweatshirts . . . $50

Hot late-spring days are usually followed by cool, dewey nights. Be prepared with your Standing Stone hoodie, available in both men’s and women’s sizes.

 

 

 

patchPatches . . . $4

Looking for something quick and easy to show your love of craft beer? These round patches can be ironed on to your backpack, sweatshirt, messenger bag, camping blanket, reusable grocery bag, etc.

 

You can find Standing Stone Brewing Co. retail here at the brewpub in Ashland, Oregon, or visit our online store. Support your local craft brewery, and have a safe, pleasant long weekend!

 

 

Five-Leaf Recognition for GMO-Free Food

•05/21/2014 • 2 Comments

FIP-logo-webOur greatest passions at Standing Stone span delicious craft beer, happy customers, fulfilled employees, a thriving community, and quality food that tastes great. Our efforts to use responsibly sourced ingredients in our brewpub have earned us recognition from the Food Integrity Project, a venture of Families for Food Freedom.

Through this project, restaurants and food providers are given a rating of three to five leaves based on their commitment to providing menu options that are free of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). At Standing Stone, we are happy to announce we have received the highest five-leaf designation, showing that 90% or more of our menu items are GMO free!

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Chef Eric Bell with our certificate. (Photo: Restaurants for a GMO Free Rogue Valley)

Our kitchen staff is dedicated to sustainable food preparation, and their efforts include using all parts of an ingredient, composting any leftover food scraps, and sourcing local and/or organic ingredients whenever possible, including meat and eggs from our very own One Mile Farm. We think these efforts give our customers and employees the best flavor, freshness, and nutrition possible. We wouldn’t have it any other way!

Other participating Southern Oregon restaurants include Ashland Food Coop, Milagros, Pangea, Greenleaf Restaurant, Bloomsbury Coffeehouse, The Lunch Show, NW Raw Organic Juice Bar, New Sammy’s Cowboy Bistro, Mystic Treats, Jupiter Café, C Street Bistro, and Hot Stuff Espresso. We’re honored to be recognized with these like-minded businesses that take the time and care to source food responsibly.

Collaboration Specialty Beer: Stone Swing Saison

•05/15/2014 • Leave a Comment

stoneswingsaisonFor those of you excited about math, here’s a “beer equation” for your tastebuds:

2 Ashland, Oregon brewers + 3 types of malt + 2 kinds of peppercorns + fresh orange peel + 1 craft beer celebration

= Stone Swing Saison, A Collaborative Summer Ale

Okay, maybe it’s not perfect math, but it’s tasty math. In celebration of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), May 12-18, our brewer teamed up with Brandon Overstreet of Swing Tree Brewing to create the Rogue Valley’s first collaboration beer, a Belgian style saison, or farmhouse ale. We tapped the pale yellow brew Tuesday night at Standing Stone during the ACBW mayoral proclamation. Swing Tree will start serving Stone Swing Saison tonight, May 15th, at their taphouse on Hersey Street.

About the beer

This pale saison has refreshing, bright citrus flavor and earthy notes. The mouthfeel is light and slightly dry, and spicy aroma comes from Szechuan and white peppercorns. 4.1% abv, 15 IBU

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(photo: Marina Spelletich-Pecoraro)

Malt

  • Organic Pilsner
  • Wheat
  • Rye

Adjunct

  • Organic Cane Sugar

Hops

  • Bittering:  Organic Sterling
  • Flavor/Aroma:  Organic Hallertau, Organic Sterling

Spices

  • Fresh Orange Peel, White Pepper, Schezuan Pepper

 

Food Pairings

This beer’s smooth, dry finish and fruity character make it a great pairing with seasonal summer fare. The malt profile also makes it a good choice to pair with spicy foods if you’re looking to tame heat. For a classic pairing at home, try this saison with a fruit and cheese plate, and consider a soft-rind goat cheese. Here are our suggestions from the brewpub:

Beet & Chevre Salad

Margherita Pizza

Spicy Red Thai Curry

House Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Marrionberry Cobbler

Fish & Chips

During American Craft Beer Week the craft beer community unites to share collective ideas, passions, talents and enthusiasm, and this beer reflects these ideals. We are thrilled to partner with Swing Tree Brewing to present this never-before-brewed summertime saison. Just as the beer was brewed among friends, we suggest you enjoy it among friends. And if beer math isn’t your thing, you’ll still appreciate the sum of it parts.

4 Beers to Pair This Mother’s Day

•05/09/2014 • Leave a Comment

Is it any coincidence we celebrate Mother’s Day right as we jump into American Craft Beer Week? We think not. It’s time to take a break, Moms, and enjoy the freshness, flavor complexity and food pairing opportunities provided by delicious craft beer. Grab a glass, toast your family, and relax with your favorite brew…no one deserves one more than you!

women enjoying beerThis Mother’s Day, bring your mom to the brewpub for an afternoon beer & food pairing, starting at 3pm. Our in-house guide, Meg, will walk you through five tasting courses of Standing Stone ales and foods that make great flavor matches. The sampler is $25 per person, and you and Mom can learn something new while spending quality time together. After all, she always stresses the importance of education, right?

If you’re planning a celebration at home, here are a handful of beer and food pairing ideas for meals throughout the day. Check your local co-op or grocery store for great craft beer selections, or (even better) swing by Standing Stone and grab fresh beer to-go in growlers.

Brunch: Stout & Doughnuts – The roasted, bitter character of stouts gives them similar qualities as coffee. The dry mouthfeel cleanses your palate between each sweet bite of delicious doughnut. For a little morning caffeine kick, try our Noble Stout with cold-brewed coffee.

Picnic: India Pale Ale with Blue Cheese – The astringent bitterness of hoppy IPAs plays well with the creamy richness of blue cheese. Our favorite version: Twin Plunge Double IPA with Rogue Creamery Crater Lake Blue.

flowers and beerDinner: Amber Ale with BBQ – If you’re lighting up the grill for Mom, give her a glass of Amber to pair with her meal. The toasty malt character plays well with a charbroiled chicken breast, burger, or pork chop. If you add a little spice, the malt profile of the beer will help cool her palate.

Dessert: Stout & Vanilla Ice Cream – This dessert pairing is great as a float, or side-by-side. What’s easier than pouring ice cream and beer in a glass for a tasty way to end the day?

Happy Mother’s Day to the amazing craft beer-loving women in our lives! Don’t forget, American Craft Beer Week kicks off on Monday, May 12th. Continue the celebration all week long with your own family, the greater craft beer family, and Mom.

Beer & Biking in the Month of May

•05/02/2014 • 2 Comments

beer flagWe love May at Standing Stone Brewing Co. Spring seasonal beers start showing up on taps, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day, and the Saturday Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market kicks off the season outside our front doors. May also brings about two awesome nationwide celebrations: American Craft Beer Week and Bike to Work Week, May 12th-18th.

Every year we join Brewers Association members across the U.S. in hosting special events and offerings to celebrate American craft beer. This year, we’re tapping our very first collaboration beer, made in partnership with Swing Tree Brewing in Ashland. This is the Rogue Valley’s first craft beer collaboration project, and we’re happy to join a fellow brewmaster, Brandon Overstreet, in crafting a beer to epitomize the week’s theme: Brewnited We Stand!

On Tuesday, May 13th we’ll also welcome Ashland Mayor John Stromberg to read the Beer Week Proclamation aloud at the brewpub at 6pm. We have a special Sampler Tray beer pairing in the works, and photos of all our employees and their favorite beers on display in the brewery windows. Come see why we all love craft beer!

bikersFor Bike to Work Week, we’re encouraging our employees to two-wheel-it to work. It’s not hard – many of our employees choose to bike every day, knowing the health and environmental benefits are significant. And it’s fun! We’ll have special prizes and incentives for participants, and servers will wear Standing Stone signature “Powered By Beer” bike tees for the week.

It’s also a great time to recognize that Ashland, OR was recently awarded Gold Status by the League of American Bicyclists, and chosen as the Most Improved Bicycle Friendly City in the U.S. Our bike-riding coworkers agree; since our Employee Bike Program launched in 2009 we’ve given 52 commuter bikes to Standing Stone personnel who promised to cruise their rides to and from work at least 45 times in a year. Many of us ride on Main Street,  which improved with the introduction of the “road diet,” and we appreciate the room and safety with the new bike lanes.

Jump on your saddle, toast your pint, and join us celebrating these two great nationally recognized weeks. If you’re not in the Rogue Valley, check out CraftBeer.com and BikeLeague.org for events in your area. Happy American Craft Beer Week and Bike to Work Week to all!

Latest Specialty Beer: Dear Abbey

•05/01/2014 • Leave a Comment

Dear Abbey,

I’m a craft beer lover with a craving for Belgian-style ales. I love the fruity Belgian yeast, smooth malt profile and a little spiciness. I enjoy locally brewed beer and I want one right now. Can you help me?

Sincerely,

Everyone, Everywhere”

barleyOur newest specialty beer, Dear Abbey, is a reflection of traditional Belgian styles. Here’s a bit of history: Trappist ales were traditionally brewed only under direct supervision of monks at breweries on monastery grounds. Abbey beers are similar in style, but have the freedom to be brewed by those not connected to a monastery or abbey (Fun fact: our brewer once attended seminary school and chose to be a brewer instead!). While these styles were brewed in ancient times, modern abbey styles have grown popular in the U.S. – think New Belgium and Blue Moon breweries.

About Dear Abbey

This Belgian Trappist-style ale is reddish-brown in color and has an enticing bubblegum aroma. A mildly dry finish follows the light mouthfeel and up-front fruitiness. 6.3% abv, 15 IBU

Malt

• Organic Pilsner

• Belgian Dark Rock Candi Sugar

• Cara Aroma

• Acidulated

Hops

• Flavor/Aroma: Organic Hallertau, Organic Sterling

teriyaki ribsFood pairings

This dynamic ale will pair well with a wide range of hearty foods. Though the body is light, the big flavor and aroma play well with meats, cheeses and desserts. Try any of these suggestions from our menu:

  • 5-Spice Teriyaki Ribs
  • Sweet Potato Fries with Harissa Aioli
  • Beet and Chevre Salad
  • Stir Crazy Chocolate Cake
  • Noble Stout Crème Brulee

Just for fun, we’re serving Dear Abbey in a Belgian-style glass for optimal aroma and tasting. Come try a 13oz glass for $4.

 
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