Standing Stone Brewing Company

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Get a Taste of Our 2012 Spring and Summer Happenings

This year at Standing Stone Brewing Co, we’ve got lots on our plate with great local and national festivals. We want to offer a sneak peak into what’s happening this Spring and Summer, so you can get as excited for these celebrations as we are!

March 2-4 ~ 8th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival: This weekend –long celebration of chocolate features chocolatiers and food vendors from across Oregon. Enjoy Standing Stone’s special Chocolate Stout at the Chocolate Maker’s Dinner reception, Friday at the Ashland Springs Hotel. Or, stop by the restaurant for a chocolaty pint to satisfy your craving.

March 16th ~ Joel Salatin’s “Rogue Valley Farm Tour 2012”: We’ll be joining Valley View Beef in welcoming this influential farmer and author to Ashland, OR for a day of touring and education on our neighboring farms. Tickets for the day can be purchased through the Jackson County Local Action Coalition.

April 28-29 ~ A Taste of Ashland: We’ll serve a select menu favorite to pair with one local winery in this annual extravaganza of art, music, food and beverages that benefits the Ashland Gallery Association. This year, you’ll find us right next door with our new neighbors, Hanson Howard Gallery.

May 14-20 ~ American Craft Beer Week: also known as the “Mother of All Beer Weeks.” To celebrate, we’ll offer specialty beers, food & beer pairings, menu specials, tours and more all week long. Watch our blog for details.

June 4-8 ~ Go By Bike Week: The Rogue Valley’s official get-out-and-ride week! From Central Point to Ashland, supporting businesses will host breakfast, coffee and happy hours for bike riders. You’re sure to see Standing Stone bike commuters out on the road! We’ll have prime bicycle parking for downtown Ashland right outside our front door.

June 8-9 ~ SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Washington DC: This event is a national celebration of craft beer featuring tastings, pairings, education and more. For the second year in a row, we’re among the 60 breweries in the U.S. that were hand selected to pour craft beer and represent our region with pride.

June 16 ~ Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival: This “beer-centric” festival highlights the booming craft beer industry in the Pacific Northwest. Staged in “Old Town” Medford, this gathering offers a full day of tastings and food for enthusiasts. We’ll share details as the event approaches.

July ~ Oregon Craft Beer Month: Enjoy local craft beer with us to celebrate the state that represents the hub of American craft beer! Oregon is among the top 5 in the U.S. for number of breweries, breweries per capita, craft beer production and craft beer consumption…woohoo!

Of course, we’ll brew up more great reasons to celebrate as the year continues on, so keep an eye out on Twitter, Facebook, and our Website Calendar for up-to-date info on Standing Stone events.  Cheers, to celebrating great community, food and, or course, beer!

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Gearing Up to Dig In with Our New Tractor from New Holland

The Boomer 30 Tractor from New Holland

This month, we’re rolling out a big welcome to the newest addition to our Standing Stone farm family – a Boomer 30 tractor from New Holland. We won a 5-year lease on this beautiful new piece of equipment through an online contest put on by the agriculture and construction gear supplier. Our very own Melza Quinn submitted a video on Standing Stone’s behalf illustrating how we would use the tractor on our farm, and we won!

With our new tractor en route, we’re busy making plans for new and continuing projects on our 265 acre plot of land , including building fences, turning compost, moving chicken housing and building trails. So far, all of the ventures on our new farmland on Eagle Mill Rd. have been accomplished through remarkable human-power from Standing Stone employees. This tractor will enable us to save human time and energy, and permit us to carry out even more visions and plans for our farm, including starting garden beds and irrigating the land.

The winning video highlighted several of our sustainability practices, including energy conservation, livestock farming, and composting, as well as lots of fun footage from the farm, brewery and restaurant. We couldn’t be more proud of the efforts shown by Melza and our crew in creating and submitting this video!

And, of course, we’d like to send a big thank you to New Holland for awarding us this great piece of machinery! We can’t wait to put it to good use.

Keep an eye out for more farming news coming soon – we’ll have animal babies on the way in no time, along with our first rounds of rich compost soil. Plus, who knows what kinds of great projects we’ll find we can achieve with our new tractor in tow.

“One More Time” – Easy Valley Eight’s Finale Show at Standing Stone

Join us as we commemorate the end of a musical era at Standing Stone! The Easy Valley Eight will perform their grand finale show for us on Saturday, February 4th, at 8:00pm. In tribute to their title of their first album, we’ll enjoy their show “One More Time.”

Since Standing Stone Brewing Company’s grand opening in 1997, the Easy Valley Eight have enthusiastically shared their swing jazz music with our customers every first Saturday of the month and every New Year’s Eve. Their big-band style has entertained fans with dancing feet and snapping fingers as long as our restaurant and brewery has been around. The eight-piece outfit has been the cornerstone of our music schedule for nearly fifteen years!

The lineup of the Easy Valley Eight has proudly included over two dozen of the Rogue Valley’s finest jazz musicians, and good friends of Standing Stone. We’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all these talented members, past and present:

(photo: Sydney Michael)

Original Members:
Richard Cottle – Trumpet, Sax and Vocals
Dave Wright – Sax and Vocals
Clem Novak – Bass
Leo Stan – Baritone Sax
Bob Sharp – Valve Trombone and Flugelhorn
Warren Moore – Tenor Sax and Vocals
Sidney Goldberg – Piano and Vocals
Gary “Chicken” Hirsch – Drums
Pam Lawson – Vocals and Special Spirit

(photo: Denise Baratta)

Former and Incumbent Members:
Lyle Ames – Guitar, Vocals and Drums
Bruce McKern – Bass
Sue & Shue – Bass and Piano
Garret Edmands – Drum and Slide Whistle
Phil Michaels – Baritone Sax
Daryl Fjeldheim – Alto, Tenor and Baritone Sax
Fritz Hunnicut – Alto Sax, Flute and Vocals
Larry Cavalier – Piano and Vocals
Michael Barth – Bass
Robin Lawson – Piano and Arranger
Craig Mather, M.D. – Drums
Randy Hugdahl – Trombone and Vocals
Dave Richardson – Arranger

(photo: Jim Lamberson)

We have lots of great memories of performances and members over the years, and could not be more pleased with the energy they have brought to Standing Stone time and time again. We wish them the best as they continue on, as the band’s final show at Standing Stone certainly does not mark the end of the group. As said by band members, “Easy Valley Eight continues to play, driven by the respect of the past and former members, camaraderie, swingin’ jazz and musical desire!”

You can visit their website to stay in touch with band happenings and learn about future gigs. You can also view past articles about the band and their history in the Mail Tribune and Daily Tidings.

As for Standing Stone’s musical future, stay tuned to our event calendar to learn about shows on the horizon. As always, we invite Tim Church and his acoustic guitar to play for our dinner guests every Saturday from 5:30-8:30pm. We will also return our Music on the Patio series this summer with lots of local duos and trios to whet your musical appetite.

Be sure to visit us on February 4th for the Easy Valley Eight’s farewell show at Standing Stone, and toast a glass to our longest standing house band. In the mean time, you can visit the music page of our website and enjoy some sample tunes from the Easy Valley Eight at home.

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Pints for a Purpose, and Latest Specialty Beer: Peace Ale

(photo: Rachel Koning)

Our newest specialty beer is on tap – Peace Ale. This beer is part of our  Pints for a Purpose program, with portion of the sales benefitting the non-profit Peace House.

Peace Ale is expected to be on tap for about six weeks. The Pints for a Purpose program runs for three weeks, beginning with a kick-off party tonight, January 23rd, from 5-9 pm. During the kick-off, we’ll give 50 cents for every pint sold to the organization.  If supporters purchase more than 50 pints, we’ll up the donation to $1 per pint! For the remainder of the donation period, Standing Stone will give 25 cents per pint to Peace House. Come downtown and toast a pint to supporting this local non-profit!

(photo: peacehouse.net)

Peace House is a local organization that promotes community and environmental sustainability, along with non-violence and social justice in Southern Oregon.  Their list of programs includes Uncle Food’s Diner, which provides free weekly community meals in Ashland for the homeless and economically disadvantaged.  We’re thrilled to support this local group and their mission.

About the beer

This beer shows off with a bright yellow color.  A mild, slightly spicy aroma is contributed by Willamette Valley hops grown in the Oregon.  A distinct, cracker-like malt flavor balances nicely with medium bitterness. With a lower fermentation temperature (62F) than our other ales, this beer has a crisp, dry finish, much like a classic pilsner.  5.3% abv

Malt

Organic Pilsner
Ashburne Mild
Organic Carapils
Acidulated

Hops

Bittering = Centennial
Flavor/Aroma = Willamette

Beer and Food Pairings

Complement the light body and flavor of this beer with lightly flavored food. The cracker-like, dry characteristics of this beer also make it an excellent choice with foods that exhibit a light sweetness. Here are some suggestions for pairings from our menu:

  • Sea Scallop and Spinach Salad
  • Tempeh Stir Fry
  • Fish Tacos
  • House Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Sauteed Veggie Wrap
  • Black Bean Hummus

We invite you to help raise funds, and your glass, while satisfying your tastebuds with Peace Ale, January 23rd through February 12th. Support local non-profits and celebrate responsibly.

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!

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New Standing Stone Babies on Tap

Lucas and Wesley (photo: Rachel Koning)

Customers who visited us last year may remember a handful of women with large, round bellies happily moving about the restaurant. Though it may have looked like they had their stomachs full of yummy Standing Stone beer and food, they were cheerfully bearing babies-to-be.

From November 2010 to November 2011, five Standing Stone couples welcomed their new little ones to Ashland, OR.

All of the moms and dads in each of the couples are, or have been, employees of our restaurant and brewery, making these babies 100% products Standing Stone! We so glad to have these new additions in our extended family.

Since we gave you a taste of this baby news on our Top 11 of 2011 post, we’d like to offer up close and personal introductions to our new Standing Stone half pints and their proud parents:

Lucia and mom, Sophie

Baby Samuel, born to Magda and Jose in November 2010

Baby Wesley, born to Rachel and Rob in February 2011

Baby Lucas, born to Alex and Danielle in March 2011

Baby Lucia, born to Eric and Sophie in July 2011

Baby Cohen, born to Ashley and Matt in September 2011

A big congratulations to all the happy families! We also want to pass on warm wishes to our customers with new babies, too. We’re proud and excited to have all these beautiful beings around the restaurant.

Be sure to wave “hi” if you catch a glimpse of any of these pint-sized bundles on your next visit or around town. Some of them are just learning to wave “hi” back, and they have irresistible smiles.

On a related note, stay tuned for news of Standing Stone farm animal babies coming soon.

Cohen (photo: Ashley Nunes)

Though our pasture puppies are quickly turning into full-grown dogs, we’ll have baby lambs and chicks on the way before long.

Chalking It Up

All of us at Standing Stone lovingly remember the chalkboards at the heads of our elementary school classrooms. Our teachers used them to give lessons, illustrate topics, stay organized and play. We took a learning from our early education and brought chalkboards to our brewery! We feature them in every area of the restaurant, with ever-changing info for our customers and coworkers.

These eco-friendly boards allow us to communicate a range of news, updates and offerings without using paper (and trees). And, they’re fun! They’ve also helped us discover hidden art talents among our staff and let employees express their creativity. Here’s  virtual tour of our gallery:

Since its unveiling two years ago, the Standing Stone Specials Board has become a favorite centerpiece for our customers. This three-tiered hanging chalkboard is colorfully bursting with daily food and drink specials, often boasting local ingredients from our Standing Stone Farm and neighboring farms.

If you’ve visited us during the past year, you’ve no doubt noticed the vibrant chalkboards on display in the front windows and dining room. These are “chalked-full” of information about upcoming events, specialty beers, and lots more. Our resident artist, Sienna Quinn, illustrates these, making them extra eye-catching. Check them out on your next visit, and see what’s happening around here.

To share the fun, we recently replaced our paper kids’ menus with reusable mini chalkboards! Now kids can create chalk art of their own at the table. It’s okay if adults want to try their hand and art and play. too.

We make all of our chalkboards and thought we’d share tips for those who want to try this at home.  We craft ours from repurposed wood, often using extra pieces from construction projects. We smear each board with two coats of chalkboard paint then rub the boards with chalk to prep them for use. Check out the chalkboard paint at your local hardware store and try making your own at home! They make great reusable message boards as an alternative to paper.

Keep an eye out for these fresh, new boards around the restaurant and brewery. And enjoy them while they last, because odds are, you won’t see the same one twice!

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Wassail Your Way to Warmth with Two Winter Drink Recipes

There’s nothing like a hot drink to warm your hands and heart after weathering winter’s chill. This season, our thoughtful beverage gurus have created a few drinks to do just that, providing holiday cheers for young and old. As a gift to you, we’re sharing a few recipes from our current drink specials list, in both spirited and non-alcoholic versions.

These holiday drink recipes are ideal for hosting get-togethers. Save time by preparing batches of the ingredients early on and storing them in the refrigerator, then whipping up individual drinks as you’re ready.

Wassail

This traditional English beverage combines mulled cider with ale. Its name comes from the custom of “wassailing” through the streets at Christmastime, signing and drinking to the health of the apple trees.

1 quart apple cider
2 sticks cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp grated nutmeg
4 whole cloves
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced

Combine all ingredients in a pot on the stove, and simmer on low for 1 hour. Once your mulled cider is ready, strain or ladle 1 cup into a glass, add 4 oz of Oatmeal Stout and ½ oz of rum. Or, serve on its own as a delicious spiced cider. Enjoy warm!

Hot Buttered Rogue

This drink mixes a seasonal classic with Oregon’s own Rogue Dark Rum, distilled by Rogue Spirits in Newport.

½ cup softened butter
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
pinch salt

Blend all ingredients and refrigerate to harden. To make one drink, add 2 scoops of batter to a mug, top with 2oz Rogue Dark Rum, fill with hot water and stir. For a non-alcoholic version, top batter with warm milk. Garnish with a cinnamon stick for extra merriment!

Raise your warm, full glasses and cheer to the holiday season! Remember to swing by and grab beer to go for Wassail at home, or to enjoy on its own. All of us here at Standing Stone wish you happy holidays, and encourage you to celebrate responsibly.

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!