Standing Stone Brewing Company

Beer Dinner

Eat, Drink & Be Merry at Our Winter Beer Dinner

Our annual Standing Stone Winter Beer Dinner is just around the corner, Thursday, January 9th 2014 at 6:30pm. This six-course, beer dinner dining roombeer and food pairing extravaganza is our biggest dining event of the year, and seating is limited to 80 hungry and thirsty guests.

Here’s the tasty line-up for this year’s festive event:

1st Course: Lager with Kimchi & Clam Stew, Pork Belly & Crazy Ramen

2nd Course: I Heart Oregon Ale with Bulls Blood Beets, Siberian Dwarf Kale & White Vienna Kohlrabi Salad with Oregon Shrimp & “Spring in Winter” Vinaigrette

3rd Course: Amber Ale with Freedom Ranger Chicken, Chocolate Stout Mole, Peruanos & Pepinos

4th Course: Steelcut Stout with Coffee Crusted Filet Mignon, Asparagus, Dungeness, Charbroiled Flat Noodle & Habanero Béarnaise

5th Course: Twin Plunge Double IPA with Roasted Lavender Lamb Tastercreme brulee course

6th Course: Noble Stout with Masala Chai Flan & Cacao Nibs

Tickets to the dinner are $60 per person and reservations are a must! Be sure to call soon, as this event sells out every year. Gift certificates for the dinner make a great holiday gift, and check out our Beer Dinner Gift Package for everything a beer-lover would want in one boxed set: includes two seats to the dinner, half gallon growler, gift card for a growler-fill of beer and two pint glasses…$145

For reservations, call the restaurant at (541)261-0021, email rachel@standingstonebrewing.com, or come in and book your seats in person. Be sure to let us know if you have other friends attending the dinner and we’ll be sure to seat you at the same table. After all, a pairing feast is more amusing when you’re with your beer buds!

Until January, check out these photos from last year’s event to get your appetite and thirst going…fig butter coursebeef courseoyster coursebeer traysoup course

7 Beer-Themed Holiday Gift Ideas from Standing Stone

Here at the brewpub we have what you’re looking for to make the beer-lover in your life swoon with joy this holiday season. Many of these items have shown up just in time at our new Online Store! Order goodies from our website to be shipped to your home (excluding beer), or stop by the brewpub to view our merchandise up-close-and-personal. These beer-ific gifts make great stocking stuffers, and check out our larger Gift Packs with everything you need to wrap up your holiday shopping.

Drink It – Beer To Goglasware and  bottles

We love bringing fresh craft beer to holiday parties (how else are we going to get invited back every year?). Take any of our beers on tap home in classic logo’d glass bottles, or try one of our stainless steel Hydro Flask bottles to keep your beer cold for up to 12 hours. For best quality, be sure to keep your beer refrigerated and sealed until you’re ready to enjoy. You can also make your own gift pack with a to-go bottle and gift certificate for a growler-fill of any favorite brew.

Half Gallon Glass Bottle…$10 + $12 fill
Liter Glass Bottle…$8 + $6 fill
Hydro Flask…$45 + $12 fill

Wear It – Apparelapparel

Make your beer-loving friends outrageously happy with a Standing Stone shirt or sweatshirt – just look at how happy these shirt models are! Our tee selection includes the “Powered by Beer” Bike Series Tee, Classic Black Logo’d Tee, and SSBC Farm Tee. We also have long-sleeved Tech Tees and Logo’d Zip-Up Sweatshirts. Sizes and styles available in both Men’s and Women’s, Small-XXL…$20-$50

Serve It – Glassware

Great drinks should be accompanied by great glassware. We’ve got logo’d pint, half pint and taster glasses, as well as our new, curvy barley wine glasses, for a great beer tasting experience over the holidays. We also have vintage-style glass water bottles with our “Tap Into It” logo, available in liter and half-liter sizes…$3-$8

Give It – Holiday Gift Packs

The Six Packsixpack

Want a little bit of everything? This wrap-ready box includes your choice of Standing Stone T-shirt, two logo’d pint glasses, four logo’d coasters, a growler (half-gallon) bottle and a gift certificate to fill with your loved one’s favorite Standing Stone beer on tap…$45

Sunday Beer & Food Pairing

Treat your beer buds to a Sunday afternoon at Standing Stone tasting brews and food. Our weekly five-course pairing features tasters of perfectly matched fare, along with tasting notes and background led by one of our knowledgeable brewery staff. This gift set includes one seat at any Sunday Pairing (3pm every week), and a Standing Stone logo’d pint glass…$28

Brewer for A Day

This full-day package includes one-on-one time with our brewer making a 10 BBL batch of craft beer for Standing Stone in our brewery. The day includes lunch at the brewpub, a sampler tray of all our beers on tap, a full pint of brew, a Standing Stone T-shirt, your choice of two logo’d glasses and a growler bottle to fill with the finished brew. Brew dates are based on Standing Stone’s brewing schedule, so call Brewmaster Larry Chase with questions or for more info (541) 494-8332 …$200

Winter Beer Dinner Gift Setbeer dinner

We’re getting excited for our upcoming beer dinner on Thursday, January 9th, 2014! This six-course pairing affair is our way of bringing craft beer and food lovers together to celebrate the fantastic flavor combinations of the season. This package includes two reserved seats to the dinner, a growler bottle, gift certificate to fill with Standing Stone beer and two logo’d pint glasses …$145

We wish you a savory holiday from all of us at Standing Stone! Remember, we’ll be closed Christmas Day to celebrate with our families and friends and enjoy some yummy beer at home. But don’t fret, we’re open all other days for regular hours, 11am-midnight. Cheers!

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Flavorful Pairing Ideas From Our 2013 Winter Beer Dinner

This time of year, when the chilly weather drives us inside and comfort food second course beer dinnertakes center stage, a great way to spice up a meal is with cleverly crafted beer and food pairings. Of course, pairing fare year-round is always a great idea, and the rich flavors of the winter season make for especially delicious combinations. Using key ideas like coordinating intensities, complementing flavor profiles and cutting fat with hoppy brews is an easy way to get started with your own food and beer creations.

For flavor-union inspirations, we asked our brewmaster, Larry Chase, to give us some background on the beer and food pairings from our Winter Beer Dinner earlier this month. Here’s what Larry has to say about the brews and dishes we chose, and why each of these courses worked especially well:

1st Course: The smooth residual sweetness of Milk & Honey Ale winter beer dinner 2013complemented the soft flavors of the Fig Butter and fresh Honey, while balancing the tanginess of Mama Terra Goat Cheese.

2nd Course: The bright crispness of the I ♥ Oregon Pale Ale helped to cleanse the palate after each bite of the rich and creamy Crab and Shrimp Bisque.

3rd Course: A classic pairing–the Oatmeal Stout’s dry roasted flavor was a counterbalance to the salinity and brininess of both Raw and Wood-Fired Oysters. Also, trying the Oatmeal Stout and the Noble Stout (next course) back-to-back was a great way to compare like-flavored beers.

4th Course: Bold food like the Roast Beef with Wild Mushrooms needs a bold beer. The upfront coffee flavors, along with the chocolate and roasted flavors, of Noble Stout stood up to the intensity of the dish.

5th Course: Truffle Salt topping the Apple and Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese equally matched the earthy and woody flavors in our 2012 Barley Wine.

6th Course: A well-hopped beer can cut through the sweetness and fat of Crème Brule to refresh your palate for each bite. Plus, the strong citrus flavors of the Double IPA played well with the vanilla flavors in the dessert.beer dinner

Thanks Larry! If you joined us for this year’s Winter Beer Dinner, please let us know which pairing was your favorite of the evening and why you loved it. You can use these examples to build your own pairings at home, too. If you have a favorite seasonal craft beer you like to keep in stock, consider its body, flavor and intensity and make a meal around your beer. After all, what better way to brainstorm dinner than with a pint?

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Flavorful Photo Recap: 2013 Winter Beer Dinner

The 2013 Standing Stone Winter Beer Dinner has come and gone, but the flavor pairings are still fresh in our minds as we look overdining room first course beer dinner marina creme brule second course beer dinner these savory photos of the evening. We want to thank our full house of beer and food lovers for making this event what we hope it is every year – a fun gathering of friends and culinary aficionados toasting a shared appreciation for flavor matching. The three-hour evening featured five main courses, plus a surprise course, with a focus on fresh, local and seasonal faire. Here is a summary of the pairings we enjoyed at last Thursday’s dinner:


First Course ~
Milk & Honey Ale with Foraged Yellowfoot Mushrooms, Fig Butter, Mama Terra Goat Cheese, Honey from our bees, Sage and Sourdough Crostini

Second Course ~ I Heart Oregon Ale with Oregon Coast Dungeness Crab & Shrimp Bisque, Fry Farms Greens, Rogue Brambles Arbequina Olive Oil, Standing Stone Beer Vinegar and Pholia Farms Evans Creek Greek Fetabeer at bar

Third Course ~ Oatmeal Stout with Coastal Oysters on the half shell, two ways – Wood Fired and Raw with a Classic French Mignonette

Fourth Course ~ Noble Stout with Black Angus Beef Roast from our farm, braised in Wooldridge Creek Tempranillo, with Thyme and Foraged Hedgehog, Black Trumpet and Seasonal Mushrooms.table setting

Surprise Course ~ Barley Wine with Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese and Apple with Truffle Salt

Final Course ~ Double India Pale Ale with Madagascar Vanilla Crème Brule with Organic Demerara Caramelized Sugar – made with Eggs from our farm.

A big thank you again to everyone who joined us for this sold-out event! Until next year, we encourage you to experiment with you own flavor pairings here at the brewpub and at home with your favorite craft beers and food. And we hope to see you at our 2014 Winter Beer Dinner next January!

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.

Mark Your Calendars for Our 2013 Winter Beer Dinner

There’s not much we’d rather do than pair delicious craft beer with perfectly matched food. The thought of savoring every sip and bite is enough to make our mouths water and minds wander toward savory flavor matches. To celebrate the fantastic union that is craft beer and artisan food, we present our Annual Winter Beer Dinner, Thursday, January 10th 2013 at 6:30pm.

This five-course feast of fare is our way of featuring our beloved brews with fresh, innovative dishes that shine the spotlight on other local crafters and producers in our region. This year, we’re highlighting several Southern Oregon goods and businesses, and including many ingredients from our own Standing Stone Farm. You’ll delight in courses starring eggs, beef and honey from our pastures just a mile away.

Seats for the Winter Beer Dinner are $60 per person. Seating will be limited to 60 people, so be sure to make your reservation soon! We have tables of various sizes available and welcome you to reserve seats together with friends and family – please let us know when you make your reservations.

To book your seat, come visit us at the restaurant to fill out a reservation card, or call us at 541-261-0021. You can also email us at Rachel@standingstonebrewing.com. We printed our Beer Dinner menu on mail-ready postcards, so feel free to send one to friends who love to celebrate beer and food, too.

And if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas, we also have Winter Beer Dinner gift cards available.

Cheers to the flavors of the season and our region! We can’t wait to showcase these tempting beer-pairing courses, and we hope to see you at this year’s Winter Beer Dinner. In the meantime, whet your appetite with these photos from Beer Dinners of yesteryear.

2012 Winter Beer Dinner Brews Up Great Times

We want to thank everyone who joined us for our 2012 Winter Beer Dinner! This is our yearly event to celebrate two of our greatest passions: beer and food. Our brewmaster and chef, Larry Chase and Eric Bell, enticed our guests’ taste buds with carefully concocted food and beer pairings. This year’s dinner was held on January 12th at Standing Stone.

Our dining room was full of eager Standing Stone Brewing fans, excitedly awaiting each beautiful dish to harmonize with each tasty beer during our six-course annual dinner. As each course was served, Larry and Eric took a moment to explain the flavor profiles of their creations and the characteristics that make for exquisite pairings.

If you missed this year’s dinner, here’s a recap of the flavor and fun:

Milk and Honey Ale with Feuillete de Poisson

I Love Oregon Ale with Warm Artichoke and Mizuna Salad

Amber Ale with Sushi Lasagna with Vodka Gravlox, Flying Fish Roe and Matchstick Ginger

Double IPA with Standing Stone Farm Black Angus Rib Eye and Chanterelles

Oatmeal Stout with Mont Blanc

Barley Wine with Caramel Chevre Crème Brulee

We captured lots of great moments this year, both in the dining room and behind the scenes. The colorful dishes coming from the kitchen and our guests’ happy faces made for some great pictures. We want to share a few of these photos and highlight this great night! You can also view our full photo album for more tasty snapshots.

For those of you who attended, thank you for joining us and we were thrilled to see everyone there! This is our favorite Standing Stone event of the year, and we couldn’t be happier to see lots of our regular customers and new faces as well.

Keep your eyes open on our event calendar for the next Standing Stone Beer Dinner on the horizon. Remember, you can always create your own food and beer pairing at the restaurant any time, too. Feel free to ask one of our servers or bartenders for suggested combinations, or get inspired to try your own. Cheers!

Reserve Your Seat For Our 2012 Winter Beer Dinner

Once a year, we get our collective heads together here at Standing Stone Brewing and organize a beer dinner, offering one fun, sumptuous event for beer lovers and culinary enthusiasts alike. We present our 2012 Winter Beer Dinner, Thursday, January 12th at 6:30pm!

This formal dinner features six courses of beer and food pairings. Chef Eric Bell has once again devised delicious fare, created to pair perfectly with six of our beers. We’ll highlight flavors of the season and the state, with Oregon coast Dungeness crab and rockfish, Mama Terra goat cheese from Williams, and potatoes from Klamath Falls, to name a few. This year, for the first time, our Beer Dinner menu features our very own Standing Stone Black Angus beef, served in a rib eye cut with wild foraged chanterelles. This grass-fed beef comes from our very own farm, just a few miles away in Ashland, OR!

Seats for this event are $60 a person. Seating is limited, with 80 seats available for this year’s dinner, so be sure to make your reservation soon to save your spot at one of our tables! We have tables in various sizes, and you’re welcome to reserve seats together with friends and family.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re also featuring a Beer Dinner Gift Pack as a great gift for your favorite beer aficionado. This gift pack includes two logo’d pint glasses, two half gallon growler bottles and a gift card for filling with a favorite Standing Stone beer, as well as a gift card for two seats at this year’s Winter Beer Dinner. It’s the gift that keeps giving! We also have gift cards available in any amount, so you can purchase seats separately, or put together your own gift package.

To make your Winter Beer Dinner reservation, call the restaurant at (541) 482-2448, or come in and speak with a bartender or server to learn more. You can also email us at Rachel@standingstonebrewing.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping with Great SSBC Gifts!

The holiday gift-giving season is here, and we’ve got lots of great ideas at Standing Stone for your nearest and dearest! From individual items like pint glasses and T-shirts, to Holiday Gift Packs in wrap-ready boxes, we’ve got goodies for every member of the family, young and old alike.

Shirts

We have a large selection of men’s, women’s and kid’s T-shirts in a handful designs and sizes. Our popular “Powered By Beer” shirt series makes a great gift for beer and bike lovers alike. Our kids’ shirts feature pint-size images of Standing Stone’s bikes and farm animals, as well as our restaurant and brewery’s namesake, Pilot Rock. Take home a Standing Stone shirt for every member of the family!

Glassware

We have Standing Stone logo’d pint glasses, half pint glasses and taster glasses for enjoying your favorite beer at home in stye. Throw in one of our rolled up t-shirts a gift certificate for a quick and easy beer gift set!

Gift Cards

Standing Stone has gift cards available for any amount – a great present for that hard-to-shop-for person on your holiday list. It also makes a great stocking stuffer! This hand held gift can be used for dining in the restaurant and brewery, or toward any of our retail items.

Beer To Go

Take Standing Stone home with any of our beers on tap in liter and half gallon logo’d bottles. These bottles make great gifts and are a hit at holiday parties. If you’re waiting to open until Christmas Day, make sure to refrigerate and keep sealed to maintain freshness, or purchase an empty bottle with a gift certificate to fill it later at the brewery. We also have several sizes of kegs available. Either way, nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a favorite beer in the comfort of home.

Holiday Six Pack

We’re bringing back our Holiday Six Pack with lots to cover all the bases for the beer lover in your life. This package includes a Standing Stone T-shirt (in your choice of size and design), a set of coasters, two logo’d pint glasses, and half gallon bottle with a gift card to fill with his or her favorite Standing Stone brew.

Brewer for the Day

For the true brewing enthusiast, we’re offering a Brewer for the Day package, which gives the lucky recipient an opportunity to brew a professional batch of beer with our brewer, Larry Chase. This is a great gift for anyone wishing to expand his or her homebrewing knowledge, or wanting a behind-the-scenes look into the beer making world. This pack includes a full day of brewing a 10 BBL batch of Standing Stone beer, followed by lunch, a pint of beer, and a sampler tray of all of our brews on tap.  The brewer for the day will also take home a Standing Stone T-shirt and a growler bottle, to be filled later with the finished beer product. You can read more from one of our brewer for the day recipients last year, who learned lots about homebrewing and had tons of fun!

Beer Dinner Gift Pack

Finally, we’re introducing our Beer Dinner Gift Pack this year, with reserved seats for our always popular annual Beer Dinner, this year on Thursday, January 12th at 6:30pm. This formal dinner will feature six savory and sweet courses, each perfectly paired with Standing Stone beer (blog post with more details coming soon!). This gift pack is just right for two, with a pair of dinner seats, two logo’d pint glasses, and two liter bottles with gift certificates for filling with two of our beers on tap.

Savor the flavor of the season and spread some cheer with Standing Stone at home. To purchase any of our gift items, come on in to the restaurant and talk with the bartender or your server, and check out everything on display near the bar. You can also view more pictures of our merchandise on our website photo gallery. Happy Holidays!

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