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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!

 

Pints For A Purpose 2016/2017 – And The Winners Are…

Well, you’ve all been waiting patiently to see Standing Stone’s 2016/2017 Pints for a Purpose line up, and here it is! We’re pfap-image-265x300excited to announce our first evening of beer sales donations will benefit White Oak Farm Education Center. We’re looking forward to launching this season’s program with this Southern Oregon grass-roots organization on Tuesday, November 15th from 5pm-9pm. 

Nestled into a northern fold of the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern Oregon, White Oak Farm is dedicated to cultivating connections between people and their local ecosystems by pursuing community food security, fostering agricultural and ecological diversity, and teaching the arts of sustainable living.

If you aren’t familiar with the Pints for a Purpose program, we donate $2 of every pint of beer sold to an employee-chosen nonprofit on their designated benefit evening, November through March. Our annual application period runs June-October, and then our staff votes for their top five favorite organizations. We award each nonprofit a special evening, during which all pints sold contribute to their cause. The organizations send representatives to answer questions, offer information, and participate in the fun! You just enjoy a beer, some excellent company and have a great time knowing you’re helping a committed local organization.

Our other Pints for a Purpose winners and dates this year, as voted for by our very own Standing Stone Crew, are:

The Maslow Project – December 13th 2016

Southern Oregon Alzheimer’s Association – January 7th 2017

Oregon Wild / Oregon Brewshed Alliance – February 7th 2017

Modern Roots Foundation – March 7th 2017

Last year, we hosted five Pints for a Purpose benefit evenings totaling over $2,000 in donations for local nonprofits. Our recipients for the 2015/2016 Pints for a Purpose included Sanctuary One, Bee Girl, Children’s Advocacy Center, Rogue Valley Farm to School, and the No LNG Pipeline Campaign.

So mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 15th from 5pm-9pm and help us kick off this season of giving. We’ll use #pintsforapurpose to tag photos of the benefit evening on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and encourage you to do the same! Come say hi, mingle and have a pint with family and friends to help support White Oak Farm with Pints for a Purpose.

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Pumpkins and Pints- Sunday, October 30th, 11am-3pm

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It’s that time of year again for Pumpkins and Pints! Join us for this 8th annual event of pure Autumn-time fun! This is one of our favorite events of the season and we are excited to announce that this year it will be held Sunday, October 30th– that’s right…the day before Halloween.

Join us at our brewery downtown Ashland from 11am-3pm. We provide the pumpkins (from our friends at Fry Family Farms) and carving tools– and you provide the talent that goes into creating beautiful works of spooky, fun jack-o-lantern art. There will be live music, beer-on-tap, bratwursts and loads of free pumpkins.

This year we will be holding a costume and pumpkin carving contest at 2pm. Prizes will be awarded to all participants; so get those little gremlins dressed up and in the Halloween spirit.

Bring the family and dress warm as the event will be held outdoors on our patio. We look forward to seeing you at the 8th annual Pumpkins and Pints!

Sunday, October 30th, 11am-3pm

101 Oak St. Ashland, OR 97520

541.261.0021

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Last Call– Pints for a Purpose 2015/2016 application period ending soon!

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Well it’s hard to believe, but Summertime is coming to an end. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably scratching your head and wondering where the heck the past few months went. While we’re scrambling to get those last minute camping trips in and hold on to our totally awesome Chaco tans, ready or not, Fall is upon us!

Kicking off the season at Standing Stone is the closing of the Pints for a Purpose application period (October 1st). All summer long we’ve had some incredible Southern Oregon non-profit groups send in their applications in hopes of being a Pints for a Purpose recipient for the 2016/2017 season.

The first week of October, we’ll have our amazing staff of over 70 employees choose which tPrintop five groups they would like to see become the next Pints for a Purpose beneficiaries. The recipients will each be given a dedicated benefit evening sometime Nov-March in which $2 from every pint of beer sold from 5-10pm will be donated to their group. It’s a great opportunity for members of the community to meet and celebrate the hard working and dedicated people behind our local nonprofits. It’s also a great opportunity to drink beer for a good cause. What more of a reason could you possibly need to be excited for Pints for a Purpose??

These are some of the amazing groups we’ve had the pleasure of working with in the past few years: Sanctuary One, Rogue Climate, CASA of Jackson County, Bee Girl, Friends of the Animal Shelter, Rogue Valley Farm to School, No LNG Campaign and Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County. Last season alone we raised over $2,000!

There is still time to tell your favorite local non profit group to submit an application! Applicants must be locally based, grassroots organizations with 501c3 status. The form is available online here along with more information about the program.

Stay tuned– we’ll announce the 2016/2017 Pints for a Purpose recipients mid-October. We’re hoping to have a record-breaking season this year and we can’t do it without you all.

Cheers to community and to drinking good beer for a good cause!

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Harvest Dinner on Oak Street

Harvest Dinner September 18, 2016

You are invited to join us for a special evening dining under the stars. “Harvest Dinner on Oak Street” is a community event benefiting Rogue Valley Farm to School. Some of the best chefs in the Rogue Valley will collaborate together to create a farm to table meal celebrating our local farmers and the bounty of our region.

We will be closing down Oak Street and transforming it for the evening into a beautiful, communal dining space. The chefs joining us will be Damon Jones and Franco Console of Larks Restaurant, Neil Clooney of Smithfields Restaurant and Bar, Javier Cruz of Standing Stone Brewing Co, and Coral Console of Luna Cafe + Mercantile.

Local craft beer, wine and cider will be poured throughout the evening along with live music from local favorites The Brothers Reed and DJ Veach. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening with some amazing packages donated from businesses all over the valley.

This will be a night you don’t want to miss! Join us for a fantastic evening of incredible food, drink and company and help us raise proceeds for a great cause. Tickets are limited and selling quickly. They can be purchased at Standing Stone Brewing Co. or online (click here). Please call 541.482.8334 if you have any questions.


When: Sunday, September 18th, 2016 6pm-10pm

Where: On Oak Street in Ashland (between Main Street and Lithia Way)

$75 per person (gratuity not included)- all proceeds donated to Rogue Valley Farm to School


Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods served in school meals. RVF2S inspires an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members.

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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.

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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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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

Summertime Fun in the Rogue Valley

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There are a couple things us Southern Oregonians think of when it comes to summer: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Britt Fest. OSF and Britt provide opportunities to draw out our classy nature and enjoy shows and concerts beneath dark pines that scrape the stars. Together, they form a gateway of performance glamour in our quaint town of wayward travelers and inquisitive locals. In time though, I began to peel back the gloss that Ashland prides itself on to discover summertime jamming that flirts at the edges of stage life. With the official start of summer this week, it’s time to reveal some of the lesser known gems of the Rogue Valley.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Featured is the set of OSF's 2013 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Just up the street from the trio of theatrical siblings in the shell of an abandoned church, is a performance space where fine dining and musicals of bygone eras come to life: the Cabaret Theater. While the directors like to showcase lesser known shows such as the ongoing 9 to 5 which concludes on July third, its successor, Chicago, is sure to be a provocative experience, as the ambience of the building’s stained glass windows draw you in the moment you step across the threshold. While dinner reservations typify the dining experience of the Cabaret, it’s just as fun (and a lot less pricey) to simply order appetizers and desserts.

Beyond the streets, it’s no secret the Rogue valley is ripe with countless wineries beckoning folks in from the heat and humidity. Beyond the tantalizing aromas of fermented fruit, lies summer concert series spanning a range of musical genres. If you want to bask in a secret garden-esque patio while listening to valley favorites such as the Brothers Reed– then South Stage Stage Cellars is the place to be every Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 pm. Got a hankering for some food trucks as well? Swing by Del Rio Winery every Friday from 6-9 until September 23rd  for a range of food including BBQ and Peruvian cuisine and a spectrum of music from soft rock to bluegrass.

One more overlooked event that can’t be missed, is the Rogue Poetry Slam. A participatory event that occurs the third Tuesday of every month, aspiring poets read their original work during three rounds of a competition. If you don’t fancy yourself a writer, it’s just as much fun to be a judge: just make sure you stick around until the final round. Admission is $5 and sign ups begin at 7:30, and I guarantee you’ll laugh, cry, or be inspired during this event.

This is only a taste of the summertime events, but it’s a start in what’s sure to be a remarkable season of unbridled joy that only the Rogue Valley can bring. Cheers!

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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