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Fresh on Tap: Grizzly Peak Pils & Robust Porter

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With the 2016 Shakespeare season closing and Summer long behind us; things have been slowing down around this little town of ours. We always appreciate the time to catch our breath and relax just a little before the Holiday madness kicks in. Though some of us are enjoying the little extra down-time, our brewer Larry Chase has been working away like a mad man up in the Brewery.

We’ve tapped two new beers within the last 14 days– and we’ve got another specialty on deck for next week. We won’t divulge the beer that has yet to be tapped (rhymes with marley vine), but we figured we better share the news about our two latest specialty beers!

Grizzly Peak Pils- 5.4% ABV, 40 IBUSSBC

This German-style Pilsner has been welcomed by many happy guests since its tapping. It’s not often that we brew Lagers (not sure about the difference between Ales and Lagers? Check out this link) and we’re always excited when we have them available to enjoy in our brewpub. With its light body and crisp, tingling carbonation– it fits the bill for those looking for a beer on the “lighter” side, while remaining a balanced beer full of bready flavors, herbaceous aromas, and a pleasantly appropriate bitterness. This is a thirst-quenching Pilsner that will carry you to Beer-vana and back to your barstool.

 

Robust Porter- 5.8% ABV, 36 IBU

SSBCOver the past couple years, we’ve had a lot of you come into the brewpub and ask for a Porter. Though Steelcut Stout has been the beer that we’ve suggested for those in search of that particular style, we figured it’s time to give a go at it. I think we all agree, Larry really hit the nail on the head with this one. This opaquely, black as night Porter is everything you could want in a 16oz. glass. Its full body and velvety mouthfeel greets you at first sip, with a chewy richness and a grainy, dry finish. It has intense flavors of dark chocolate, notes of espresso and hints of dark fruits. This Porter is the perfect company for a dark, rainy day– but we would just as happily enjoy it on a sunny one too.

Next time you’re in the brewpub, give our brewer Larry a big bear hug. He’s 2-2 with some tasty brews that we think he hit straight out of the park. We love these new beers and while he’s slaving away up in the brewery, hauling grain and cleaning tanks– we promise to do our part and enjoy these new specialties with the utmost respect and admiration; sip by sip…it’s a tough job, but someones gotta do it.

Here’s to you, Larry!

 

Life is Brew-tiful

Ashland is a town of great diversity, and our local beer haunts pay homage to that diversity. Considering we have three breweries in a 6.6 square mileage area, there’s more than enough options to go around. While we love our brews here at Standing Stone, we too like to branch out. Here are a few favorites that highlight the best of summer.

courtesy of www.gilsofashland.com

courtesy of www.gilsofashland.com

Just a stones throw (pun intended) away from our brewpub, is Gils. The sister restaurant to Ruby’s (all hail their great burritos!) they have over a dozen beers on tap from around Oregon as well as our border states. If you’re looking for a grapefruit forward beer similar to our Summer Squeeze, try the North Coast Belgium Golden (7.0% ABV.) One of the stronger ales on this list, it will make your mouth pucker at first with a sweet tang that finishes smoothly. Gils’ patio is perfect for savoring the crisp hops of this brew while viewing the mountains.

Down the hill on Hersey street is the hidden gem known as Swing Tree. Established only a couple years ago, this converted garage is making a name for itself; chief among their current brews is the Diablo Rojo (4.8% ABV.) Despite its daunting name, this is a smooth, Amber of an ale that beckons the far away flavor of fall apples, while still maintaining a fresh and light flavor to gulp in this latter era of summer. If you’re a die-hard Pilsner fan, this devil will make you reconsider your allegiance.

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photo courtesy of Katie Butler

Back into the downtown crawl, is the mecca of impossible drink choices: The Growler Guys. Talk about endless opportunities with over fifty beers on tap. Yet even with all those options, there’s one that took home the gold for us, the Wizard Island from Mazama Brewing Co. (4.8% ABV.) Similar to a Widmer, this citrusy ale delights the taste buds with a burst of lemon but finishes with the backbone of a strong Amber.

Wherever your drinking travels take you, enjoy the bounty that comes from long days and the promise of a cold one to kick off happy hour.

Cheers!

written by Katie Butler

Shake It Up

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Oregon Orange Oasis

In the thirty seconds between picking your favorite bar stool and the bartender noticing you, it’s a frantic scramble in your brain to come up with an exotic and fun cocktail. For those that want to try something fresh but aren’t sure where to start, we here at Standing Stone created several new specialties to delight your taste buds.

Our lineup begins with the Wild Roots Marion Drop, invented by the charismatic Jacob Nunes. One of the best qualities about this martini is its simplicity; Wild Roots Marionberry vodka, fresh lemon and pineapple juice, and garnished with a lemon for zest. The pineapple doesn’t overpower the marion berry and the tropical undertone sets the mood for a flirty and fun drink.

One of the concoctions that took me completely by surprise, was the Oregon Orange Oasis, also created by Jacob. More complicated than the Marion Drop, it’s a charming blend of Immortal Spirits State of Jefferson Rum, house made Orange Soda, Cointreau and a wheel of orange. The first taste is likened to a Creamsicle before transitioning to a smooth finish as the whisky rounds off the sweetness. Overall, the kid in you that yearns to hear the nostalgic jingle of the ice cream truck, will rejoice as the bar tender hands you the mature beverage masquerading as summertime bliss.

Craving the taste of Sangria? Put down the Carlo Rossi and sprite for a more elevated and sophisticated feel with our select wines on tap, fresh fruit and brandy. The brandy adds a solid backbone to the tangy wine, lifting our beverage beyond its vineyard origins.

If mint is your thing (and I’m sure you know where I’m going with this) never fear: the classic Mojito is now available created by the talented Gina. A blend of Four Spirits Spiced Rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and mint from our rooftop garden, the hit of this drink is the slight spice from the rum that packs a punch without taking away from the crisp flavor of the MIMGP9246_edited-2ojito.

Deviating away from our cocktails, I must pay tribute to the newcomer available on tap: the Summer Squeeze which derives from the ingenuity of our faithful brewer Larry. Tangy with a dash of sweetness, it’s the perfect refresher for a hot day when the AC breaks down and you’re feeling defeated by the sun’s rays. What makes this sour so unique is the amount of grapefruit involved: one pound of grapefruit is added to every gallon of the mixture.

Whether you fancy one of our exotic newcomers, or want to stick with our tried and true favorites, stop into Standing Stone this week to see what our mixologists can shake up for ya.

–Written by Katie Butler

All in favor of beer say “I”…

Two things you should never talk about at a bar: Religion and Politics.oak st2

Well, this isn’t a bar and we aren’t going to talk about religion. *Spoiler Alert* We are going to talk about politics.

In a time where the American political world seems like one big giant WWF matchup-it’s good to know that behind the scenes, Republicans and Democrats in the U.S House of Representatives can still agree on one thing- Beer.

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 2903) is now officially supported by the house majority of U.S. Representatives.

The bill seeks to “reform burdensome laws regulating America’s brewers and beer importers and recalibrate the current federal excise tax structure for the nation’s brewers, fostering economic development and innovation in the industry (B.A).”

“Beer is as bipartisan as it gets,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “Brewers large and small stand together in support of this critical legislation, Democrats and Republicans have shown the same unity. We’re grateful for the degree of support behind this bill, which will have a profound impact on the breweries in this country that are actively contributing to our culture and economy (B.A).”

Let’s talk about how exactly the American beer industry contributes to our economy.

1.75 million people employed

$79 billion in wages and benefits

$253 billion generated for the U.S. economy

Those are some pretty outstanding numbers. No really, nice work America!

We want to personally thank the Brewers Association and Beer Institute who are continuing to work to pass the bill into effect. Also, thank you to our Oregon Representatives who have signed in support:

Suzanne Bonamici- 1st District Oregon Rep.

Greg Walden- 2nd District Oregon Rep. (our local representative!)

Earl Blumenauer- 3rd District Oregon Rep.

Peter Defazio- 4th District Oregon Rep.

Kurt Shrader- 5th District Oregon Rep

And finally a big THANK YOU to Senator Wyden, who was a primary Senate sponsor of this bill.

This is just one of the many reasons that we love beer- it brings people together. Do you feel those warm fuzzies? We sure do.

Let’s raise a pint to our local Government, and to Representatives all around the country for supporting U.S. Craft Beer!

The Brewers Association (2016). The Majority of House Representatives support Beer Tax Reform. [Press Release

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Ales vs. Lagers

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Top Fermenting Yeast-Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Have you ever wondered what exactly is the difference between an Ale and a Lager? Let’s chat about it.

There are two different categories of beer- “Ales” and “Lagers.” Within these two categories are hundreds of different styles that can vary widely in taste, bitterness, color etc. Ales are brewed with a top-fermenting yeast, while Lagers are brewed with a bottom-fermenting yeast. What does this mean to you? Hold on for a minute while we geek out just a bit.

Top-Fermenting yeast or Saccharomyces cerevisiae as we like to call it, is the most common yeast out there. Chances are, you consume it on a daily basis. This is the type of yeast that is common in bread making, wine making and beer making. Pretty good stuff, right? The reason we say it is top-fermenting is because as the fermentation process happens, the yeast cells circulate throughout the beer, magically converting the wort (sugary water) into alcohol and C02. As the process finishes, the yeast rises to the top creating a thick Krausen and if not removed, will drop to the bottom of the fermentation vessel. Ale yeast ferments at a warmer temperature (between 60F-75F), and because of this, reaches attenuation at a faster pace than Lagers.

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Our brewer Larry checking on the yeast culture.

Saccharomyces uvarum (Bottom-Fermenting) yeast cells work from the bottom up, at a slower pace and a colder temperature (46F-59F). The term “lager” comes from the German word “lagern” which means “to store.” The discovery of lager yeast is believed to have been made in the Middle-Ages when Bavarian brewers fermented and stored their beers in ice caves over the winter. Because of the longer, colder fermentation process, Lagers are generally very crisp and clean tasting.

Did any of that make sense? We hope so, but let’s be honest, at the end of the day- Ales or Lagers, we love them all!

Want to learn more about Yeast and the process of fermentation? Check out this video!

Sunday Sessions- The Brothers Reed (Feb 28th)

Thank you to everyone who came out last week for Eight Dollar Mountain. We had a packed house and they sure put on one heck of a show! We continue our Sunday Sessions this Sunday (Feb.28th), from 2-5pm, with The Brothers Reed.

Brothers Phil and Aaron play a medley of folk/country/bluegrass and if your lucky, a little pop. Their tight harmonies, pretty riffs, and comically fun entertainment between songs is sure to please.

Click the link to see a video of the brothers playing “Monsters In My Head“.

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We are excited to have The Brothers Reed play at Standing Stone Brewing Company and look forward to you coming to enjoy this FREE SHOW. We love our mid-afternoon live music and hope you do too. As always, KIDS WELCOME!

Pints for a Purpose-Rogue Valley Farm to School

We are ecstatic to welcome Rogue Valley Farm to School into our brewery this Tuesday, February 9th as the beneficiaries of our Pints for a Purpose program. On this evening, from 5-10pm, we will donate $2 from every pint sold to this amazing organization.

What about this makes us so excited? We have a chance to do what we do best (pouring great craft beers) to support local food, farms, education, and children. It’s a chance for us to give back to our community on our turf and a chance for our community to show their support for the great work the Rogue Valley Farm to School does.

“Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals. We inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members.”kids-768x576

But lets be real here: How AWESOME is this organization? We give them an 11 out of 10! They are working tirelessly to educate tomorrows generation about the importance of diet and how that connects to local food and farms.

As part of our mission at Standing Stone, we are committed to providing delicious craft beer and fare that utilizes locally grown ingredients and in turn supports small, local farms. We would like to thank Rogue Valley Farm to School for helping to support our mission and making it possible for the Rogue Valley to enjoy the rich bounties offered by our local farms.

For more information please visit Rogue Valley Farm to School’s website.

 

WEEKEND for WATER: JANUARY 30TH AND 31ST

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As proud partners of the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, we will be hosting “A Weekend for Water”. During January 30th and 31st, $1 from every pint of I ♥ Oregon Ale will be donated to Oregon Environmental Council and the Oregon Brewshed  Alliance (an Oregon Wild Alliance).

Why? Why would a brewery be so interested in donating money to help keep Oregon’s rivers and lakes clean you may ask? The answer is simple; beer is 90% water and CLEAN WATER MAKES THE BEST OF CRAFT BEERS.

“Since water comprises 90-95% of the liquid in your glass of beer, we need clean water to brew clean beer,” says Standing Stone brewer Larry Chase.

Besides our addiction to creating great craft brews, we here at Standing Stone Brewing Company feel that as apart of our community it is our responsibility to help maintain the health of our ecosystem. By supporting great organizations like Oregon Environmental Council and Oregon Wild we can do just that.

Please join us January 30th and 31st to show your support for Oregon’s clean lakes and rivers.

Happy New Year! Our favorite beers from 2015-

Happy New Year! What better way to reflect on this past year, than to remember the beers we’ve enjoyed the most! Here are our top 5 local faves of 2015 (not in any particular order):

1. Lavendula Saison– Standing Stone Brewing Co.
Remember this beer? Oh, we sure do! This was a perfect summer Belgian Ale brewed with Organic Lavender. Crisp and tasty with a hint of flowery/herbaceous aromas. 5.2% abv

2. Mogli Imperial Porter-Caldera Brewing Co
Holy Smokes! This oak-aged Imperial Porter was rich and full bodied, with a huge roasty/toasty, chocolate flavor profile boasting an 8.5% abv. This beer was a magical treat in and of itself. Warm fuzzies all around!

3. Porch Swing Pale Ale– Swing Tree Brewing Co.                                         saison
What a tasty, tasty beer this was! A+ for a great take on the Pale Ale. Crisp and refreshing with a citrusy hop finish that kept us wanting more. Have you checked out their tasting room yet? What are you waiting for!

4. Old Humbug Winter Ale– Southern Oregon Brewing Co.
This holiday seasonal is a favorite of so many for a reason! A big, bold Winter Ale perfect for warming you up on a cold day. Specialty malts lend this beer a nutty, chocolatey flavor with a deep, brown hue. 8.1% abv. Get it while you can!

5. Madrone Red NW Ale– Standing Stone Brewing Co.
This was our best selling seasonal beer of the summer. It was here and gone in a flash! We’re not sure if we have the public to thank for that, or our staff. It was certainly the shift drink of choice while we had it. Medium bodied, nice and malty with a huge hop finish–this puppy came in at a whopping 8.1% abv. We want to thank the Madrone Red for helping us unwind after those long, hard summer shifts.

There you have it! Sure, we drank a lot of beer this year, but who’s keeping track? We’d love to hear some of your favorites.

Here’s to a New Year full of lots of delicious, craft brews.

Cheers!

Pints for a Purpose benefits Bee Girl Dec. 1st

We want to say a big “Thank You!” to everyone who turned out for our first Pints for a Purpose event. You all drank 213 pints of beer raising over $426 for our friends at Sanctuary One. What a huge success and great way to kick off the Pints for a Purpose program!

Now for round two… Join us December 1st as we benefit Bee Girl. From 5-10PM, $2 of every pint sold will be donated to their non-profit organization. 54d775_d6c21cf14378499282c390782008d18e

Bee Girl inspires communities to conserve bees and their habitat. They offer community beekeeping classes, public lectures on honey bee conservation, work with children through their Kids and Bees program and much more. Founder Sarah Red-Laird has built a dedicated team who are inspiring people all around the world to make a difference.

Why should you love honey bees? Because 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat is pollinated by a honey bee. Without bees, we have no food; and without bees, we hate to even say it, but we have no beer! These little guys are working hard to keep food on our tables and beer in our bellies. It’s the least we can do to give them a hand.

Here are 3 easy ways you can help, from the Bee Girl herself:

  1. BeePlant Flowers- Choose flowers that bees love like Lavender, Sunflowers, and Poppies. Avoid chemicals and adjust your mower to leave the clovers and dandelions on your lawn.
  2. Vote with Your Fork– Choose local, sustainably raised and farmed food choices. Not only will you support your local farmer and economy, you’re also helping to keep your local honey bee colonies thriving and healthy
  3. Create a Space in Your Heart for Bees– The more we care about honey bees, the more we can do to make choices that benefit them. Whether you’re keeping bees, or planting a garden bed full of flowers, every little bit helps.

We would love to hear ways you are helping to conserve our honey bees! Have a hive or garden at home? Feel free to share your pictures!

We hope to see you December 1st from 5-10PM. Remember, those pints add up fast! So bring your friends and family and come hang out with us and the Bee Girl team. Let’s enjoy a pint or two for a good cause!

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Our Bees at the One Mile Farm

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