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Pints for a Purpose benefits Alzheimer’s Association– January 10th, 5-10pm

Happy New Year from Standing Stone Brewing Co. We have just come to the end of a very lively and enjoyable holiday season. It was very satisfying to be part of the holiday celebrations of so many families.

Here at SSBC we have a lot to look forward to in 2017, starting with a New Menu coming on January 4. When you have been in business for as long as SSBC has (it will be 20 years this Spring!) it is important to keep things fresh and creative.  Changing the menu from time to time also allows us to source the most seasonably sustainable food items that we possibly can. The new menu retains many long-standing favorites; and brings in some exciting new additions. I cannot wait to try the new Chicken Calzone with a pint of Citrine Pale.

On Tuesday, January 10 from 5-10pm, we will host our third Pints for a Purpose event of the 2016-2017 season. Each winter SSBC hosts five evenings from which we donate $2 from each Beer, and $1 from each Root Beer sold, to a local, charitable organization. In December we raised about $400 for the Maslow Project to help homeless youth. This month Pints for a Purpose will benefit the Southern Oregon Alzheimer’s Association.

In preparation for writing this I made an informal poll of my co-workers. Out of eight people that I asked, seven of them said that their lives had been touched by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. They said it was a grandparent, a friend or a neighbor. Some mentioned how difficult it had been to witness the mental and physical decline of a loved one and how hard it had been on caregivers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association website over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Since its foundation in 1980 the Alzheimer’s Association has grown into a national, non-profit organization with a mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

With a vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease, The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter provides education and support for people diagnosed, their families, and caregivers by providing information and resources, 24/7 telephone help lines, local support groups and educational programs, an annual caregivers conference and a nationwide identification program, MedicAlert + Safe Return, for people with Alzheimer’s disease who may wander and get lost

The goal of Pints for a Purpose is to raise cash to help the Alzheimer’s Association carry on its local work and to raise awareness about its programs. If your life has been touched by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, SSBC’s Pints for a Purpose evening on January 10 is an opportunity to make a contribution to an organization that is invaluable in both fighting against and living with Alzheimer’s disease.

We hope to see you on January 10. Come check out our new menu and make your pints count at Pints for a Purpose.

-By Joan K. Seybold

2017 Winter Brewer’s Dinner- Wednesday, January 18th 6pm

2017 Winter Brewer's Dinner at Standing Stone

Our annual Winter Brewer’s Dinner is just around the corner- Wednesday, January 18th at 6pm. This has been a long time favorite event of ours and we are excited to be hosting yet another in our downtown Ashland brewpub. This five-course food and beer pairing, created by our Chef Javier and Brewer Larry Chase, will feature a seasonal menu sure to wow your taste buds. Seating is very limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Curious what we’ve got up our sleeves for the evening? Check out the menu for this year’s event:

1st Course: Citrine Pale with Shrimp Cake Micro Green Salad, Blood Orange Segments, Pickled Onions & Citrine Pale Vinaigrette

2nd Course: Twin Plunge IIPA with Red Lentil & Barley Curry Soup, Carrots, Potatoes, Yogurt and Cilantro Micro Greens

3rd Course: Milk & Honey Ale with 5 Spice Slow Roasted Pork Roast, Roasted Sweet Potato Purée & Beer Glaze

4th Course: Robust Porter with One Mile Farm Filet Mignon, Myriad Mycology Shiitake Mushroom Sauce, Creamy Polenta, Roasted Carrots and Sautéed Kale.

5th Course: Barley Wine with Valley View Orchard Peach Bread Pudding, Cardamom Spiced Whipped Cream & Peach Coulis

This night is a great way for us to showcase the talent in the kitchen and upstairs in the brewery and we are thrilled with the menu the guys put together. The event will start at 6pm with a short “beer+cheese hour” to get you in the festive spirit of eating and drinking– and dinner will be served at 6:30pm. Tickets are $75 per guest, including gratuity and can be purchased online or at our brewpub. This event sells out almost every year, so get those tickets fast– before someone else beats you to them!

Feel free to call us at 541-261-0021 or email samantha@standingstonebrewing.com with any questions.

Happy Holidays & we look forward to serving you at this year’s Winter Brewer’s Dinner!

Pints for a Purpose benefits Maslow Project

At SSBC we like to create win-win-win situations. Pints for a Purpose is a win-win-win situation. It is another example of SSBC’s commitment to sustainability. Check out this neat set-up. SSBC guests get to enjoy our amazing beer while contributing to a valuable, local organization– win, win! Our organization of choice gets to celebrate their achievements, represent their work to the public and raise much needed funds, to help further their mission– win, win! The restaurant and brewery staff get to enjoy a lively evening of community involvement, which also increases our ability to continue to give back to the community – win, win, win!

Our second event of the 2016/2017 Pints for a Purpose season is coming up on Tuesday, December 13. That evening from 5 to 10pm we will host the Maslow Project and will donate $2 for every pint of beer and $1 from every pint of Root Beer sold to support their work with homeless youth in the Rogue Valley.

It is so appropriate that we chose to feature the Maslow Project in our December PFP.  In this holiday season, as the outside temperatures drop and we are safe and warm, celebrating friends and family, it is so important for us to turn our attention to the most vulnerable people in our community– the kids.

In Jackson County, one in ten school aged kids is homeless. That means that they are living on the streets, in shelters, in motels, in vehicles, in places not designed for people. They are couch-surfing or “doubling-up”. Most of these kids are not runaways, but living in homeless families. These are real kids in our local towns, going to our schools, who really need extra support and care.

The mission of the Maslow Project is to offer every homeless child and youth the probability of success and the opportunity for a better life. Their focus is on education completion. On average, only 25% of homeless youth in America ever graduate from high school. But 66% of Maslow Project seniors graduate on time. The Maslow Project creates their own benefit-loops by empowering kids to finish school and thus increasing their chances of breaking cycles of poverty and homelessness. 

Through street and school based outreach the Maslow Project hooks homeless kids up with basic needs byproviding access to clothing items, food boxes, hygiene supplies, hot meals, snacks and other services at their drop-in center in Medford. They also provide family advocacy, counseling and positive youth development programs.  You can go to the Maslow Project Website to learn more about their programs.

In addition to the traditional Pints for a Purpose donation, SSBC will also host a Donation Drive to collect gifts of food, new or gently-used clothing, hygiene supplies, diapers and school supplies. So, when you come visit us on December 13 to enjoy a pint or two, bring some friends along to celebrate the holidays and, please bring what you can to help fill our donation box.

 

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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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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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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

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