We Want You To…Travel Oregon Forever

•02/25/2014 • Leave a Comment

TOF_Green_TransparentIn making craft beer at Standing Stone, we rely on the well-being of Oregon’s natural resources for quality brews – local hops, exceptional barley and fresh tap water. We want to do our part to make sure these resources stay healthy and abundant for generations to come, and we are thrilled to join almost 50 other organizations in the state with certification as a Travel Oregon Forever sustainable business.

Travel Oregon Forever was created to give tourism businesses access to the most current sustainable tourism resources. Based on the 37 Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge is a voluntary reporting program that quantifies and qualifies the commitment of tourism and hospitality organizations to running sustainable and environmentally responsible operations.

At Standing Stone, we operate our brewpub in a way that protects and restores the environment, and enhances the health and happiness of our employees, guests and community. Our operations focus on supporting renewable energy, waste reduction, pollution prevention, greenhouse gas reduction, resource conservation, good jobs, local food producers and the use of environmentally preferable products.

Other Sustainable Business Challenge participants from Southern Oregon include Momentum River Expeditions,travel oregon award Ashland Film Festival and Troon Vineyard. Make these businesses part of your next vacation plans and support sustainable progress in our area. You can also use Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Travel Tool to plan an entire vacation based around visiting “green” hospitality businesses, including restaurants, breweries, wineries, hotels and attractions.

We’re honored to be on this list with so many innovative companies around Oregon!  For more information from Travel Oregon, and to see other participating businesses throughout the state, visit their website. Come in for a pint and raise your glass to keeping beer-happy resources in Oregon abundant and healthy.

Tour & Taste at Zwickelmania, 2/15

•02/10/2014 • Leave a Comment

zwickelmaniaPresident’s Day Weekend is coming up, and we’re pretty sure the Founding Fathers would have supported an afternoon dedicated to touring breweries, sampling and learning about craft beer. Saturday, February 15th from 11am-4pm Standing Stone will join breweries all over Oregon in celebrating Zwickelmania, presented by the Oregon Brewers Guild.

Zwickelmania is the annual one-day event in Oregon when breweries open their doors to beer-lovers for brewer events, beer samples, tours, classes and more. Last year, 93 breweries from all over the state participated with celebratory events. At Standing Stone, we’ll host a “hang with the brewer” day. Come visit with Brewmaster Larry Chase, walk around the brewing deck, peek inside a brewing tank and taste free samples of some of our house made beers on tap.

If you’re in the Rogue Valley, make a day of it and visit Bricktowne Brewery in Medford and Caldera Brewery in Ashland, too. Both local breweries are offering tours and discounts on craft brews. Check out the Zwickelmania event page and click on any of the seven regions of Oregon to see which breweries are participating in your area.

brewery testFun fact: Zwickelmania gets its name from the “zwickel,” a sample valve on beer conditioning tanks. This sample port allows brewers to take quality control testers during the fermentation process. You have this valve to thank for your favorite craft brews!

For more information head to Oregon Craft Beer’s Zwickelmania event page, Facebook page and Twitter. If you take photos or just wish to share the celebration with others, use the hashtag #zwickel14. Bring your beer buds and celebrate a day of quality craft beer in Oregon!

New Specialty Beer: Hop Night is Back!

•02/03/2014 • 1 Comment

casmapA brewpub favorite, Hop Night is back offering the best of two worlds to the craft beer lover: big hop flavors found in an IPA combined with the malty notes of a stout or porter. Relatively new to the beer world, this style is known as Cascadian Dark Ale.

Cascadian Dark Ale gets is name from its dark-as-night color and the big hop flavors favored in many Northwest ales. Our Hop Night balances the piney, citrus like characteristics of an IPA without overpowering the smooth, roasted malts used in the brewing process. You will notice prominent hop-forward notes with a creamy smooth body and a medium mouthfeel.

Hop Night is a big beer, which will pair well with foods that can stand up to its bold flavors. Our Ginger Teriyaki Ribs, Standing Stone Cheese Burger, Italian Sausage Pizza, or Black Bean Chili are perfect matches. But don’t be afraid of the Night, and try experimenting with anything you think might complement its dark side, such as the caramel flavors of Deep Fried Brussels Sprouts or Stir-Crazy Chocolate Cake.

About the beer:

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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:  6.0%
IBU:  65

Malt

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

Hops

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

Pints for a Purpose Benefits FOTAS, 2/4

•01/30/2014 • Leave a Comment

Begging for a good reason to have a pint with pals? Our next Pints for a Purpose benefit evening is just around the corner. Next Tuesday, February 4th, we recognize Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) as the latest employee-chosen nonprofit to receive funds through our beer-sales donation program. For one evening, from 5-10pm, we will give $2 for every pint of beer sold to this wonderful local organization.fotas-logo1

FOTAS is a nonprofit that was formed in 1990 to support the programs of the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Their mission is to increase pet adoption, improve the quality of life for Shelter animals, promote spaying and neutering, and participate in outreach and educational activities regarding responsible pet guardianship and animal welfare.

You may recognize FOTAS from their annual Puss & Boots Costume Ball at the Ashland Armory. This often sold-out event is their biggest fundraiser of the year and has been voted “Best Halloween Party in the Rogue Valley.” Since Halloween is still about nine months away, pounce on this opportunity to show your support for this fun and creative organization!pintsforapurpose

To stay in touch with FOTAS events and see a current roster of animals ready for adoption, visit their website or Facebook page.

We’d love to get as many animal lovers as possible to the brewpub to show support for FOTAS and all they do for the local animal shelter. Representatives from the nonprofit will be enjoying a pint in the bar, so swing by to “sit,” “shake,” and toast your favorite ale to responsible pet adoption and ownership. And as always, we encourage all you animals to enjoy responsibly!

The New Take-Out: Beef & Beer From Your Local Brewery

•01/23/2014 • 1 Comment

We’re beefing up our farm-fresh food offerings with Standing Stone’s Onebutchering Mile Farm beef to-go. Our grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus cattle are the source for our burgers, shredded beef quesadillas, nachos, soups and daily steak specials. Now you can take One Mile Farm beef home for your own sustainably-raised fare for the dinner table.

We started One Mile Farm over two years ago, located just down Oak Street a mile from the brewpub. There we raise cattle, chickens and lambs that give us lots of local protein for our kitchen. We value knowing our own Standing Stone employees raise these animals humanely, with care to their environment and diets. They graze around our 265-acre pasture in a rotational system, benefitting the land and animals with natural farming methods.cow

So why is grass-fed beef a smarter protein option? Grass-fed beef has been shown to have less overall fat and calories and higher Omega 3s than their grain-fed counterparts. The animals consume a natural, grazing diet, rather than beefing up on soy, corn, grains and other supplements in closed feedlots. Our happy cows are free of antibiotics and hormones because they stay healthy naturally, getting plenty of fresh air and space to roam.

We think these happy cattle give us the best-quality beef for our tables! Our kitchen staff has been trained to butcher all our meat in-house, and now they are preparing specialty cuts and ground beef patties for our customers to take home.

Here’s how it works: We have rotating specialty cuts available everyday. Come in or call to see what’s wrapped and ready to go. If you’re planning a special event, we can also put you in touch with our butcher who can prepare cuts for special orders. Then, you take home your local, free-range beef and cook up delectable meals for yourself and loved-ones!local beef burger on focaccia

Please call the brewpub to learn more about today’s retail beef offerings and pricing: (541) 261-0021. When you pick up your beef, grab a growler of Standing Stone beer to-go and make a full meal of locally crafted fare. We suggest Twin Plunge Double IPA with burgers, I Heart Oregon Ale with spicy Mexican-style dishes, and Steel-Cut Stout with a grilled filet. Make your next meal exceptional with local beef and beer from your neighborhood brewery!

Tasty Photo Recap: 2014 Winter Beer Dinner

•01/16/2014 • 1 Comment

Last week’s Winter Beer Dinner was our most delicious yet, with six table set upcourses of Standing Stone craft beer paired with a delectable menu of winter-themed food. Our brewer, Larry Chase, and chef, Eric Bell, were both on scene to offer guests the background behind each course, including where the ingredients came from and why the pairing worked.

We want to say “thank you,” to everyone who joined us this year. We love that you all share our fondness for flavors, and enjoy imbibing good food and beer as much as we do!

Below are some of our favorite photos from the evening, taken by our crafty house photographer, George Rubaloff. Please share if you have any of your own photos from the event and we’ll happily post them on our Facebook page.

Cheers to kicking off the new year with great craft beer and food!clam stew coursedining room 2shrimp coursechicken coursedining roombeer pourlast course

Pints for a Purpose Benefits RVF2S, 1/14

•01/07/2014 • Leave a Comment

We’re kicking off the New Year with a benefit evening supporting one of our favorite local nonprofits – Rogue Valley Farm to School. Our coworkers chose this organization to receive a donation through our brewpub’s Pints for a Purpose Program, and we’re thrilled to throw a party with them next Tuesday, January 14th at 5pm.rvf2s shirt

Through this program, Standing Stone donates $2 for every pint of beer sold from 5-10pm on one night. So come show your support for this great local organization and toast a pint in their name on the 14th!

A bit about Rogue Valley Farm to School (RVF2S): This program educates children about food systems through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals. Their efforts inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community.

One of our favorite annual RVF2S events is the Siskiyou Challenge Multi-Sport Relay Race in September. Athletes run, bike and kayak all around Ashland, and registration fees raise funds for RVF2S programs. Our brewery donates beer and food for all the racers, and we enter several of our own racing teams to participate, too. Standing Stone teams “Blue Butts,” “Half Pints,” and “Sparkle Motion” are some of the past years’ favorites.toasting pints for a purpose

Join us in toasting a local craft beer for a good cause! It’s a great opportunity to try our latest seasonal, Farmer Brown Ale, appropriately brewed for the occasion. We would love to see as many RVF2S fans as possible in the brewpub to make this one of the biggest Pints for a Purpose benefit nights yet!

Please enjoy responsibly

 
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