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

•05/11/2015 • Leave a Comment

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.

Photo Recap: Earth Day, Fermentation Celebration & A Taste of Ashland

•05/05/2015 • 1 Comment

The last weekend in April was a big one for Southern Oregon events. Friday through Sunday boasted the first annual Rogue Valley Fermentation Celebration in Medford, Rogue Valley Earth Day, and the Ashland Art Gallery Association’s A Taste of Ashland. Do you think we could possibly choose just one to participate? Absolutely not, we did them all.

Here’s a photo recap of the weekend, which proved to be cloudy, rainy, sunny, cool, warm, and everything in between. It didn’t seem to deter fans, as we saw lots of happy beer drinkers and food lovers all around the valley.

Rogue Valley Fermentation Celebration at Harry & David Field, 4/24-4/25

Rogue Valley Earth Day Celebration at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, 4/25

A Taste of Ashland, 4/25-4/26

New Seasonal Menu & Cocktail Recipe: Margarita Naranja

•04/17/2015 • Leave a Comment

Is that sunny weather outside?  Are those allergies we’re feeling coming on?  Is it time to take our shorts, T-shirts and sandals out of storage?  Abso-freaking-lutely.  Spring is here, and with it comes a whole new menu of seasonal cocktails at Standing Stone.  We rolled it out last week, and with it we want to share a recipe for one of our new cocktails, Margarita Naranja.

Our new drinks range from Stout Alexander (with a Noble Stout vanilla reduction, sweeter than your grandma’s birthday cards) to a Kimchi Bloody Mary (infused with our House-Fermented Kimchi).  We’ve been doing a lot of research (read: drinking) on what tastes best and we’re confident the new cocktails will keep you wanting more.

We’ve put together another video featuring a new addition to the menu: Margarita Naranja.  It’s a twist on a cocktail we all love and know – the margarita – that incorporates coconut milk and our new House-Made Orange Soda.  It tastes like an orange creamsicle.  I’d be sipping one right now if I wasn’t clocked-in (curse you, liquor laws).

Once again, the charismatic Andy Schow will be walking us through the cocktail’s creation.   Take a look at the video, write down the ingredients and make your own at home.  Be sure to tell us how you like it, and if you added your own flair or twist to it!

Ingredients:

Hornitos Plata Tequila

Cointreau Orange Liqueur

Unsweetened Coconut Milk and Orange Syrup (or Coconut Crème Mix)

Orange Juice

Toasted Coconut Shavings

Juice from Whole Lime

Long Haired Hawaiian Bartender (optional)

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

•04/09/2015 • Leave a Comment

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.

taste of ashland gallery

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.

taste of ashland lamb

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

•04/06/2015 • Leave a Comment

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!

Latest Specialty Beer: Commuter Gold

•04/03/2015 • 1 Comment

The sun is shining (mostly), the weather is warming (some days), and we feel inspired (or is it hopeful?) to bring a new seasonal specialty beer on tap. Our brewer just finished Commuter Gold, the fourth ever batch of this Standing Stone beer, and we’ve tapped it for those wanting a lighter bodied ale to help bring along spring.

About the Beer

This bright golden ale gets its spicy, herbal aroma from Sterling hops. The crisp, medium bitterness & lightly toasted finish are balanced with a refreshing mouthfeel. 4.6% abv, 20 IBU

Maltalecia commuter serve

  • Organic Pilsner
  • Briess Ashburne Mild
  • Briess Victory
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering: Sterling
  • Flavor/Aroma: Sterling

Food Pairing Suggestions

The mild bitter finish of Commuter Gold makes it a great partner for light-bodied food with a bit of oil and richness – think flash fried veggies and seafood, or tossed salad with a hearty dressing. Here are our suggestions from the brewpub menu:

Calamari with Fried Lemon Wheels and Jalapeñosbike rack

Fish & Chips

Cobb Salad

Fish Tacos

Margherita Pizza

Join us soon for a pint of Commuter Gold, and get into the commuting spirit with bike travel this spring. Help us fill our fourteen-bike yellow rack in front of the brewpub when you visit! Check out our previous post about bike tips and safety in cold weather for when you get caught in those sporadic rain storms, and feel good about biking toward a Commuter Gold in all weather conditions.

Raising Pints & Funds During the 2014/2015 ‘Pints for a Purpose’ Season

•03/23/2015 • Leave a Comment

You came, you drank craft beer, and you gave to local organizations. We want to thank everyone who joined us during our 2014/2015 Pints for a Purpose season! We gave even more money this year to southern Oregon nonprofits, and we have you all to thank for supporting the program and loving beer.

Through our Pints for a Purpose donation program, we pledged $2 for every pint of beer sold to local nonprofits on their designated benefit evening. Beer-lovers and supporters came to enjoy craft brews and give to their favorite organizations in the area. By raising your pints with friends, you all helped give hundreds of dollars to each of this year’s beneficiaries.

Here’s a recap of our 2014/2015 Pints for a Purpose nonprofits:rogue climate group

Rogue Climate

WaterWatch

Friends of the Ashland Public Library

Rogue Farm Corps

Rogue Valley Earth Day

All together, we raised just over $2,300 for these local groups. We couldn’t have done it without community support (well, actually, we could have tried but it wouldn’t have been pretty to watch us drink 1,150 pints alone).

If you know a nonprofit in southern Oregon that would like to be in next year’s line-up, encourage them to apply for our 2015/2016 Pints for a Purpose season. The program guidelines and online application are on our website, and we’ll accept submissions from June through October 1st. Once all the applications are in, we’ll get all our coworkers to vote on top five, and do it all again next year.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us on any of our Pints for a Purpose benefit evenings, and we’re excited to see new and returning faces next year. Let’s get together, drink some local beer, and give to great causes!

 
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