Standing Stone Brewing Company

Brewer for the Day

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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6 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Beloved Beer Enthusiasts

With just a week left for holiday gift-buying, we’ve got plenty of Standing Stone goodies for the beer lovers in your life. Stop by the brewpub to tap into these tasty gift ideas! We’ve got single items for stocking stuffers and gift packs with everything you need to wrap up your shopping for a beer-ific holiday.

Beer To Goglassware

Nothing beats a liter or half-gallon of fresh craft beer for gifts or holiday parties. Take any of our beers on tap home in our classic glass bottles, or try one of our new stainless steel Hydro Flask bottles to keep your beer optimally cold and fresh while traveling. For best quality, be sure to keep your beer refrigerated and sealed until you’re ready to enjoy. Or, purchase a to-go bottle and a gift certificate for your beer-loving friend to fill his or her new bottle later with a favorite brew.

Shirts

Our larger-than-ever collection of Standing Stone shirts and sweatshirts make a great holiday gift for beer-lovers. Our selection includes the popular “Powered by Beer” Bike Series Tee, Classic Black Logo’d Tee, Standing Stone sweatshirts and the latest SSBC Farm Tee. Sizes and styles available in both Men’s and Women’s, Small-XXL…$20

Glasswaretees

We’ve got lots of glassware for enjoying a variety of your favorite beverages at home. Check out our logo’d pint, half pint and taster glasses, as well as our new 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

Holiday Six Pack

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 gft certificate to fill with your loved one’s favorite Standing Stone beer on tap…$45

Brewer for A Day

Treat your favorite beer enthusiast to a day spent brewing a professional batch of beer with our brewmaster, Larry Chase. 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 also 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 tasty brew you’ve helped with once it’s finished… $200

Winter Beer Dinner Gift Certificatesgift pack

We’re getting excited for our upcoming beer dinner on Thursday, January 10th, 2013! This five-course pairing affair is our way of bringing craft beer and food lovers together to celebrate the fantastic flavor combinations of the season. Seats are $60 per person and reservations are required. To treat the craft beer fanatic on your list, stop in and purchase a gift certificate for seats at this festive dinner, and we’ll add their names to our reservation list…$120 (two seats)

We hope you savor the Holidays 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’ll open at 11:00am the day after Christmas. Cheers!

Join a Big Brew Near You for National Homebrew Day

Being passionate about all things beer, we love to support local homebrewers and encourage folks to learn how to craft microbrews of their own. So, naturally, we’re really looking forward to National Homebrew Day on May 7th. Homebrewers around the US – and the world – mark the annual celebration by taking part in the “Big Brew,” hosting collaborative, hands-on brewing events

We’re lucky that there’s an event in our own backyard, thanks to the Bear Creek Homebrew Club and Grains Beans n’ Things. On May 7th from 11 AM to 4 PM, a “Learn to Homebrew” fiesta will be held at Grains, Beans & Things in Medford, OR (820 Crater Lake Ave, directions here). (If you’re outside the Rogue Valley, find your local homebrew clubs here).

(Photo: American Homebrewers Association)

We talked to Dennis Dye, event organizer and Bear Creek Homebrew Club member, to get the details on the festivities. There’s a fabulous lineup on tap, making this a can’t-miss event. Even better, it’s free and open to the public.

  • Imbibe interactive beer brewing demos for four different beers, including an Irish Cream Stout made by the Bear Creek Homebrew club. You’ll get to learn about a broad array of ingredients and the steps involved in the alchemy of crafting beer.
  •  Cross your fingers for great prizes in a free raffle, including gift certificates for brewing yeast from White Labs and WYeast, gift certificates for Bella Union and Wild River Brewing, organic locally-grown Alpha-Beta Hops, the opportunity to join us at Standing Stone Brewing Company’ to be a “Brewer for the Day” and craft a batch of beer with our brewmaster, Larry Chase, and more.

    One lucky Big Brew attendee will be our Brewer for the Day

  • Enjoy BBQ and connecting with a hip and hoppening community of others with an interest and passion for beer.

For more information, visit the Bear Creek Homebrew Club website or contact Dennis Dye. See you there!

Behind the Scenes: Brewing our Craft Beer

Jeff mills the grain

Through our Brewer for the Day package, we welcome beer aficionados to our Ashland brewery to craft a batch of beer with brewmaster Larry Chase.

Participant and avid homebrewer, Jeff McJunkin, who helped brew a well-received Double IPA, tag-teamed with Larry to share an account of our brewing process.

Larry took the great photos in this post, featuring our first three participants: Jeff, Brad Galusha and Chris Oliver.

You can see more on our Facebook “Brewer for the Day” photo gallery.

Mashing In & Out

Chris Oliver mashing it up

To start out, Standing Stone mills a blend of grains for the chosen microbrew. These go in a mash tun, where sugars from malt extracts are extracted from the grains using hot water, taking about an hour. The grains enter the mash tun in a controlled manner through a chute, allowing for  thorough sugar extraction and ease of handling. Once we’ve collected all of the resulting wort (sugar water), we remove the spent grain from the mash tun.

Boiling and Adding Hops

Jeff makes it hoppy

After this, the wort is heated and hops are added when it reached boiling temperature. For a five-gallon batch at home I add around three ounces of hops. Standing Stone used twenty-three pounds for the Double IPA we created. That’s more than 120 times as much! The brewery boils the wort for about the same time as homebrewing, though the temperature control at the brewpub is much better.

Wort Chilling and Yeast Pitching

Before yeast can be ‘pitched’ to start fermentation, the wort must be brought to yeast’s favorite temperature, around 68 degrees for ale.

Brad Galusha and the yeast

Larry explains…We lower the temperature of the wort using a heat exchanger, a series of thin stainless steel plates. The hot wort flows on one side of the plate while cold water flows on the other side. The cold water absorbs all of the heat from the wort. We then have hot water that is pre-heated and saved for the next brew, and colder wort at the temperature that makes for happy yeast.

Jeff continues...After this, we transfer the wort to a fermentation vessel (a 360 gallon double-jacketed stainless-steel tank), using a pump and hoses that run through the brewpub’s heat exchanger, and add yeast to produce CO2 and alcohol. Standing Stone maintains their own yeast from batch to batch for the most part, and introduces considerably more of it. I use less than an ounce for homebrewing compared to 8-10 liters at the brewery!

Larry states…At this point, the beer ferments until it’s ready to tap. We schedule our production carefully to ensure our beers are always fresh and at their peak for your to enjoy.

Cleaning

Brad Galusha cleaning up

Jeff continues...In each of these steps, cleanliness is extremely important. Between raking out spent grain, cleaning the mash tun and boil kettle, sanitizing hoses and fittings, and sweeping and mopping the floors, there’s more time involved in cleaning than brewing!

Thanks, Jeff, for joining us to brew an excellent Double IPA and sharing the secrets of brewing at Standing Stone Brewing Company.

Chris Oliver makes a clean sweep

And a big thank you to all of our Brewer for the Day participants –  our customers have enjoyed the pints of your labor!

Want to peek further into our tanks? Check out videos from Southern Oregon University’s TV station: Our brewing process and an interview with Larry Chase & summer intern Acacia Baldner.

Jeff gets down with the cleaning process

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Share Holiday Cheer With Standing Stone Gifts

The holidays are a great time to reflect about what you know and love best about your closest friends and family, and use that knowledge to find the ideal gift. We encourage you to look for items that benefit people and planet, and support small, local businesses. This season, we have you covered, with lots of ideas for the beer lovers on your list.

Gift Certificates

We offer gift certificates in any denomination. These are a terrific one-size-fits all option. That special someone can use them to dine at Standing Stone Brewing Co. or purchase merchandise or other items.

Standing Stone T-Shirts

We’ve introduced new SSBC Bike and Beer T-Shirts for men and women. In our minds these represent “the perfect fit.” We also revamped our classic Standing Stone adult T-shirt with a new color and crisp design. For kids, check out our pint-sized shirts with charming images that capture our core business values: sustainability and fun.

Glassware

Pick up a few pint, half pint or taster glasses for others and yourself. These are great for enjoying your favorite beverages at home. You can also purchase our “Tap Into It” water bottles to serve your fabulous tap water with style.

Beer

All of our beers are available to go in liters and half-gallon growlers. Both sizes make terrific presents and are ideal for taking to holiday parties. To share our handcrafted brews as gifts, consider buying a full or empty bottle and a gift certificate for refills. If you’re taking full bottles to go, we suggest keeping it cool and storing it for no more than one week for the freshest taste.

Holiday Six-Pack

Our new Holiday Six Pack is a complete set with everything you need to please that beer guru you’re thinking of. It includes one of our T-shirts (your choice of design and size), a set of coasters, two logo pint glasses, a half-gallon growler to-go bottle and a gift certificate to fill the growler with the recipient’s favorite brew. What better way to cover all the bases for your Hard-To-Shop-For cousin or your Has-Everything uncle? Don’t forget about I-Don’t-Need-Anything Mom. She doesn’t mean it.

Brewer for the Day

Finally, for the ultimate beer enthusiast, we’re offering a “Brewer for the Day” package. This gives the recipient the opportunity to brew a professional batch of beer at Standing Stone with our brewmaster, Larry Chase. Your lucky loved one will enjoy a full day brewing a 10 BBL batch of beer, followed with lunch, a pint of beer and a sampler tray of all of our brews on tap. They’ll also take home a T-shirt and a growler full of the finished product (after the batch is finished). This is ideal for anyone who’s passionate about homebrewing or wants to experience the fascinating world of beer making firsthand, and a great gift for Mom or Dad from all the kids. To get a sense of what this offers, check out our blog post on homebrewer Isaac Overacker’s “Brewer for the Day” experience and how it helped improve his homebrewing techniques.

That’s a wrap. Come in and look over all of the items we’re showcasing to take home and share some cheer for the holidays. We hope you sit down and treat yourself to a pint as well.

“Brewer for the Day” & Supporting Homebrewers

We recently had the pleasure of inviting Isaac Overacker, an avid homebrewer, to spend a day at Standing Stone Brewing Co. and take part in the professional brewing process. Isaac was the lucky winner of a raffle prize we donated to a homebrewing event hosted by our friends at Grains, Beans & Things (supplies for homebrewers). It was a great experience so we thought we’d share it here.

Homebrewers are vocal proponents of small craft breweries. As a professional brewer I always enjoy conversing with homebrewers who are as passionate about their avocation as I am about my work. Here at the brewery, we love to welcome our hobbyist friends and help them advance their craft. So, when Dennis Dye of the Bear Creek Homebrew Club called for a raffle prize for a “Learn to Homebrew Day” event hosted by Grains, Beans, & Things as part of an annual, nationwide celebration sponsored by the American Homebrewers Association, I was glad to help. After musing about what a home brewer might like most, I thought they’d probably enjoy working on professional equipment and being able to share questions and insights with a brewmaster. So, we offered the grand prize of “Brewer for the Day,” providing the lucky winner with the opportunity to spend the day brewing at Standing Stone Brewing Co., including sampling our range of beers, eating a delicious lunch and taking home a Standing Stone t-shirt.

Isaac sent us a note reflecting on his experience and has allowed us to post it here:

I stopped by Grains Beans & Things a few weeks ago to pick up a few supplies for my next batch of beer. While I was there, I entered a drawing to be a “brewer for the day” at Standing Stone Brewing Company. I’ve been brewing all-grain with my dad for two years, but when I won the opportunity to help brew a batch of beer at Standing Stone, I knew it would be a fantastic opportunity to improve my techniques. Spending a day helping a brewer as skilled and friendly as Larry was certainly one of the best things I’ve done for my brewing! Incorporating some of his tips and tricks, we improved the mash efficiency of our next batch by 50%. But more importantly, I had a lot of fun. Thank you, Larry, and the rest of the Standing Stone staff, for a great day! ~ Isaac

We had fun too, Isaac! Thanks for coming by, and thanks to Grains, Beans & Things and the American Homebrewers Association for supporting the growing movement of homebrewers. If you’d like the opportunity to be a “Brewer for the Day,” or know a special someone who would, we offer this package for purchase with other merchandise and gift items . . .perfect for the holidays or any day.


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