Standing Stone Brewing Company

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Standing Stone Ranks #5 Best Green Workplace in 2015 by Oregon Business

OBM-100-best-Green-logo-2015-500pxwToday we toast our ranking as the #5 Best Green Workplace in Oregon in 2015! The designation comes from Oregon Business and its annual review of the Top 100 Best Green Workplaces in the state. We’ve been honored to appear in the Top 10 in each of the past six years, and we’re thrilled to maintain this coveted designation alongside other great, sustainably-minded Oregon businesses.

The Top 10 Best Green Workplaces awards ceremony welcomed event-goers to The Nines Hotel in Portland, OR. The keynote speaker, Sarah Severn, engaged the crowd about staying true to sustainable values in the business world. Thank you Oregon Business for hosting this great event and bringing together a room full of passionate and pioneering business representatives from our region!

IMG_2025Standing Stone’s RPM Bike Program, waste management program and One Mile Farm operations were all recognized as top reasons for our brewpub making the list. We’re overjoyed with the recognition (especially because it’s employee-driven) and want to thank our coworkers for all their innovation and energy that keep these programs thriving!

Every year, Oregon Business offers employee surveys to companies all over the state to rank a list of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 100 Green Companies and Top 100 Best Nonprofits. Our coworkers rank how satisfied they are with efforts in various areas, as well as how meaningful those efforts are. In 2015, Oregon Business received 17,000 employee surveys from 430 businesses. Our coworkers rock for taking the time to fill out the survey so that we can join this awesome recognition year after year.

And we’re thrilled to see lots of other sustainable businesses on the list representing Southern Oregon! Congrats to Rogue Creamery, Coyote Trails School of Nature, RHT Energy Solutions, Adroit Construction, and Habitat for Humanity Rogue Valley.

IMG_2029You can view the entire list of the 2015 Top 100 Best Green Workplaces, and be sure to send congratulations to the names you recognize. These businesses are creating unique, original programs, and drive their operations with sustainable practices in mind. We feel inspired by the range of successful green-business models throughout the state, and we’ll continue to do our best to make it on the list again in 2016!

(photos: R. Koning)

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!

Happy 4th of July Weekend from Ashland’s 2014 Grand Marshals

Happy 4th of July weekend! Yesterday, we had the privilege of leading this year’s Ashland, Oregon 4th of July parade through downtown. Standing Stone Brewing Company co-owners, Alex and Danielle Amarotico, were chosen as the 2014 Grand Marshals, and many of us cycled along behind their beautiful, classic car on our Standing Stone commuter bikesamarotico fam in car

Here is what the Ashland Chamber of Commerce had to say about their choice for this year’s Grand Marshal:

The Grand Marshal epitomizes this year’s theme, ‘This Land is Our Land’, to the fullest extent.  We’d like to congratulate, Alex and Danielle Amarotico and the Standing Stone Brewing Company as this year’s Grand Marshal.   Personifying the stewardship of our land, Alex, Danielle and Standing Stone are being recognized for their leadership with their sustainable business practices, investing in solar, their Farm and true ‘farm to table’ offerings at their restaurant and brewery.  Recently honored at one of the Top 100 Green Businesses to work for in Oregon, Standing Stone gives back to the community and its employees by offering one of the first employee bike programs in Ashland. Congratulations and we shall see you at the Parade!group photo

We had a great time circling our decorated bikes around the parade route, and we’re honored by this generous recognition. Thank you to the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and all the parade volunteers who make this event a once-yearly great success!high five biking

In the spirit of continued celebration, come toast a pint of American craft beer at Standing Stone this weekend. We hope you had a fun and festive Independence Day yesterday, and wish you a safe, joyful and responsible weekend to follow!rachel bike wavingtaylor in carbiking downtowndanielle waving in carriding in car parade

Sustainability Programs Earn Us #6 Best Green Business in 2014

We’re overjoyed to announce our 2014 ranking as the #6 Best Green Company in Oregon! Our standing, presented by Oregon Business Magazine, was announced Wednesday during the annual award ceremony at the Nines Hotel in Portland. Our brewpub’s co-owners, Alex and Danielle Amarotico, were there to receive the coconut-wood award with the other Top 10 winners.

GreenLogoEvery year, Oregon Business offers an anonymous employee survey to companies all over the state. From this survey they create a list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, 100 Best Green Companies and 100 Best Nonprofits. Over 16,000 employees in Oregon rank how satisfied they are with their workplace’s sustainability efforts in various areas, including recycling, composting, purchasing local, reducing overall waste and more. Out of 400 participating companies, our coworkers ranked us in the Top 10 for the fifth year in a row, and for that we send everyone a big thank you!

Standing Stone-ians listed several programs as “very important to them” in our overall sustainability plan. Through our Employee Bike Program, employees who work over 1000 hours are eligible for a free bike to get them cycling to and from work. Our One Mile Farm supplies the brewpub with meat and eggs from animals raised just a mile down the road, and employees love fueling up on the local fare. Finally, our recycling and composting program requires everyone being on-board with sorting kitchen and brewery waste, and Standing Stone employees jump to the task everyday to make this happen.

green business awardWe also want to give a big congratulations to Rogue Creamery for earning the #3 spot this year, up from #10 in 2013. We’re thrilled to join them in showing the rest of the state that Southern Oregon operates with sustainability in mind!

You can view the entire list of the Top 100 Best Green Companies online and in the June issue of Oregon Business Magazine. Many of these businesses are constantly forming unique and creative ways of operating to reduce their environmental footprints, so keep an eye on them for future news. Be sure to congratulate names any you recognize, and encourage other great local businesses you know to participate next year!

Standing Stone Ranks #2 Best Green Company in Oregon

We’re raising our glasses at Standing Stone Brewing Co. to toast our ranking asaward the #2 Best Green Company in Oregon! The designation comes from Oregon Business Magazine and its annual review of the Top 100 Best Green Companies. We’ve been in the Top 10 each of the past four years, and we’re thrilled to earn this coveted spot on the list.

More than 300 people came out to watch the unveiling of the Top 10 Best Green Businesses at the awards ceremony Wednesday at The Nines Hotel in Portland, OR. The keynote speaker, Oregon’s first lady Cylvia Hayes, engaged the crowd about social responsibility and the amazing work that companies are doing all over our state. We thank Oregon Business for hosting this great event and bringing together a room full of passionate and pioneering business representatives from our region.

During the presentation for Standing Stone’s award as the #2 Company, the bike programRPM Bike Program, waste management program and Farm Project all were acknowledged as top reasons why Standing Stone continues to make the list. We’re overjoyed with the recognition and want to thank our employees for all their commitment and innovation that make these programs successful!

Here’s how the ranking works: Every year Oregon Business offers an anonymous employee survey to companies all over the state. From this survey and independent research they compile a list of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 100 Green Companies and Top 100 Best Nonprofits. Employees rank how satisfied they are with their company’s efforts in various areas, as well as how important those efforts are to the individual. In 2013, they heard from 440 companies and over 18,000 employees! We want to send a big thank you to all our coworkers for taking the time to fill out the survey so that we can join this list year after year.

This year, we are extra proud to represent Southern Oregon in sustainable melza farmbusiness operations and innovation alongside Rogue Creamery of Central Point. Our friends, the world-famous makers of artisan cheese, jumped from number 48 to 10! Congratulations, Rogue Creamery, and kudos for all you do.

You can view the entire list of the Top 100 Best Green Companies, and be sure to congratulate any names you recognize! A lot of these businesses are forming unique and creative programs to constantly improve sustainable operations, and we have much to learn and gain from the various models. Until next year, we’ll continue improving upon all we do at Standing Stone and hope to be on the Top 10 list again in 2014!

A Beer Year in Review: Our Top 10 Highlights of 2012

Every December at Standing Stone Brewing Co we like to grab a pint, relax, and look back on all the events, beers and happenings that we feel characterized our year. We’re thrilled with our batch of news and brews for 2012, and we’re sharing our Top 10 with our beloved News on Tap blog readers. Thanks for staying in touch with us year-round, and we’re excited to keep you updated with beer news and highlights in 2013.

1. We brewed brand-new specialty beersgalaxy hops

Our brewer has a blast experimenting with new beer recipes and ideas, and this year we tasted some of our new favorites here at the brewpub. The list of never-before-brewed specialty beers includes: Pacific Crest Ale, Backyard Brew, Pints for a Purpose Ale, Galaxy Session, Wildcraft and 2012 Barley Wine. Which was your favorite? Let us know which specialty you’d love to taste from our menu again!

2. We were chosen the #3 Best Green Business to Work For in Oregon

Oregon Business Magazine bestows annual awards to the top 10 Green Businesses to Work For in Oregon, and this year we were one of the top three for the third year in a row! We’re honored that our employees voted to place us so high on the list – we think maybe it has something to do with the beer.

3. We rolled on more commuter bikes for our employee bike programnew bikes

We started our RPM bike program in 2009, getting brand new commuter bikes into the hands of our employees to cycle to and from work every day. Two and a half years later we’ve purchased 50 bikes total and the program continues to be a favorite benefit among our staff. Cheers to two-wheeling in 2013!

4. We started beekeeping

With our lush farmland down the road teeming with blackberries, we thought we’d better get some honeybees out there feeding on and pollinating the good stuff. We have four colorful bee boxes buzzing with honey-makers and we harvested our first batch (5 liters) of honey in October. We’ll debut our harvest in the first course of this year’s beer dinner, alongside local goat cheese and fig butter. We’re thrilled to see what year two of beekeeping brings!

5. Twenty four employees competed in the Siskiyou Challenge Relay Raceteam 1

In September 2012 we had a record number of Standing Stone athletes participate in our favorite relay race of the year, the Siskiyou Challenge! Participants biked, kayaked and ran all around Ashland in the six-leg, multi-sport course, and ended with food and beer from Standing Stone by Lithia Park. We also threw our own costume contest for the occasion, with team “Let’s Get Physical” winning growlers of beer for all their racers.

6. Our brewer, Larry Chase, was elected to the Brewer’s Association Board of Directors

We are ecstatic that our very own Standing Stone brewer has been chosen to serve on the board for the largest organization of craft brewers in the U.S.! Larry has been an active member of the BA for some time, serving on various committees and hosting seminars for the annual Craft Brewer’s Conference. Congratulations Larry!

7. Joel Salatin came to our farmjoel and melza

The owner of Polyface Farms and an agriculturalist featured in book The Omnivore’s Dillema, Joel Salatin is the front-runner of a national movement toward sustainable and traditional agriculture. In fact, he helped inspire our own multi-species rotational-grazing system on our farm, and he came to Ashland last March to visit in person! We shared a great day on our pasture and Valley View Beef’s pasture with Joel and 30 other farming enthusiasts from around the valley. We’re more excited than ever about farming in Ashland and look forward to bringing even more produce from our farm to the brewpub tables.

8. We got a Brammo electric motorcycle

We’re fortunate to have the internationally-known electric vehicle company, Brammo, just down the road in Ashland. In April, we purchased our very own Enertia bike from their warehouse to make quick trips to and from the farm and brewpub. We like that we can get 40 miles on a 4-hour charge (in our regular restaurant outlet), which is plenty to meet our brewery and farm needs. And, it’s really quiet so we can sneak up on people easily.

9. We paired delicious food and beer at our Annual Winter Beer Dinner

Every year we put our collective beer and food loving heads together and create a mouth-watering, multi-course pairing extravaganza. melza tractorOur annual beer dinner is always a festive gathering of like-minded culinary enthusiasts, and last January’s dinner was a hit! Six-courses featuring local fare and Standing Stone beer brought about three hours of fun, and this year’s dinner promises to be no different. With local farms and products taking center stage, how can we not love what’s brewing and cooking?

10. We won a tractor

Through the creativity and efforts of one of our employees, Standing Stone won a free five-year lease on a New Holland tractor to use on our farmland. The agriculture equipment company hosted a video contest last year asking entrants to describe how they would use a Boomer 30 model tractor, and our own Melza Quinn submitted a video on Standing Stone’s behalf. Now, we turn compost, move chicken housing and build trail on the farm with ease, and we’re so grateful for the helpful hand (or tractor claw).

We hope your 2012 was as monumental and enjoyable as ours was at Standing Stone! We wish you a great 2013 and may your season be flavorful and bright.

Celebrating & Appreciating the Best of 2010

As 2011 settles in, we wanted to reflect on all the great things 2010 brought to Standing Stone Brewing, and appreciate everyone who helped make those things happen. Here’s our 2010 Top 10…

Beer

1. Larry Chase came on as master brewer and he’s taken our beer lineup to the next level. He’s tapped his creativity to craft a fabulous specialty beers, including Milk & Honey, Pilot Rock Pale Ale and Farmer Brown Ale, complementing our other excellent everyday offerings. This trend continues with Madrone Red kicking off 2011.

2. We launched “Brewer for the Day” (inspired by our experience with our first-rate intern, Acacia Baldner), which allows beer enthusiasts to work with Larry and brew a batch of beer. One participant wrote a blog and Larry caught two more in action. Check it out.

3. Lallemand awarded a Gold to our Hefeweizen and a Bronze to our Amber Ale in its “Brain of Brewers” contest, plus a cash prize that we invested in equipment to brew more amazing beer!

Food

4. Ultra-local beef and eggs hit our menu thanks to a partnership with Valley View Farm. We purchase Valley View Beef and raise egg-laying chickens on the farm, just three miles away. Kudos to our kitchen team for mastering the art of butchering and to Melza for researching chicken breeds and rearing.

5. The City of Ashland approved our proposal to lease City land and start a farm to raise livestock, chickens and produce. Right now, we buy as much produce from local growers as we can, and thank them for their hard work and wonderful offerings.

Sustainability

6. We started an employee yoga program, inspired by employee and yoga instructor, Lindsey Holy, who developed the concept and teaches the sessions. Our employee bike commuting program turned one year old and keeps growing. Our team members make all the best things happen, and we keep looking for ways to appreciate them and give back.

7. Our well-received kegged wine program expanded with the debut of Misty Oaks Stuckagain Heights Pinot Noir. We enjoy looking for more wines to complement our lineup, delivering the best in quality and conservation.

Events & Community

8. We helped bring American Craft Beer Week to the Rogue Valley in May with events, tastings, a specialty beer, guest beers, food pairings and more. Look for events in 2011.

9. The first annual Siskiyou Challenge Relay was held, supporting Rogue Valley Farm to School, a favorite cause. Standing Stone was a lead sponsor and our team made a great showing. We also took part in annual favorites like the JPR Wine Tasting, Brews and Boogie, A Taste of Ashland, the Food & Wine Classic, the Mt Ashland Hillclimb Run and Car Free Day. We’ll be back!

10. We launched a blog and ramped up our facebook and twitter activity to engage more with our customers and community. Your support is the cornerstone of our success, and we want to make it easier to share news and get your feedback to keep doing better.

Thanks everyone! Here’s to another fabulous year!

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Our Hefeweizen Takes the Gold

Brewmaster Larry Chase with our awards

The Great American Beer Fest (GABF) is being held this week in Denver, CO – always a favorite happening. This year it’s even more special since our Hefeweizen won a gold medal in the Brain of Brewers contest sponsored by Lallemand Yeast, and the awards were presented at an event coinciding with GABF

The national contest had three categories open to all craft-brewery beers using Lallemand yeast: Stout, American Ale and German Wheat beer. Gold, silver and bronze rankings were awarded.

We entered our Hefeweizen into the German Wheat beer category and received the gold medal. Lallemand provided a generous cash prize with Gold awards, which we plan to reinvest in brewing equipment to make even more great beer. We also submitted our Amber Ale for the American Ale/Amber Ale category and earned a bronze medal.

Here’s some information about these two beers:

Hefeweizen: An unfiltered wheat ale is fermented with a Bavarian yeast, imparting light banana and clove flavors with a mellow spicy aroma. 5.5% abv. Learn more about this beer style at Craftbeer.com.

Amber Ale: A medium bodied copper-colored ale that shows notable caramel malt flavor with moderate hop bitterness and a hint of fruit. 5.6%abv. Learn more about this beer style at Craftbeer.com.

We’re truly honored to receive these awards, since many excellent breweries offered up their beers (totaling over 40 entries), including Wynkoo and Limestone. Congratulations to other award recipients, and to all entrants for making such high-quality craft beer.

This is the 2nd year that Lamelland has held the competition and invited craft brewers to submit their beers for judging. We’ve been on our toes for weeks, since we shipped the beer in the first few days of September. The judging took place September 14th at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver and we learned about the results at the awards ceremony September 15th.

Many thanks to Lallemand for the opportunity, and for the great food and refreshing Wynkoop beer at the event. If you’re on facebook, you can view photos from the awards ceremony here. Again, cheers to everyone who put their beers in the ring – we all make beer better through events like this.

What a terrific chance to celebrate American Craft Beer!

We’re Honored: Oregon’s Best Green Companies to Work For

We’re excited and grateful that Oregon Business magazine recently named us among the Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon. What an honor! We really strive to do the best for our people and the planet and hope to inspire others while continuing to learn what we can do better.

Here’s the link to the entire list of The Green List for 2010Oregon’s Best Green Companies To Work For. We’re humbled to be included among so many great companies!

Congratulations to everyone who’s listed. One of our wonderful colleagues and purveyors right down the road, Rogue Creamery, also garnered recognition for their great efforts.

It’s motivating and inspiring to know so many are dedicated to better ways of doing business. Let’s keep it up!

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