American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) is slated for May 16-22 and we’re ready to help you celebrate! ACBW is organized by the Brewer’s Association to highlight everything America loves about craft beer and recognizes how craft breweries support our economy and communities.
We put our heads together at Standing Stone Brewing to whip up a menu of great ways for you savor this festival. Please join us for a week of beer-centered specials, pairings, events and more.
Beer Tastings: We’re shining the spotlight on a specialty beer every day. Every night during the dinner hour we’ll be passing around free samples of our beer of the day, along with a small bite to entice the palate. If another beer on the list strikes your fancy, remember we offer free tastes of our beers on tap, so feel free to try another!
Food Pairings: On the menu, we’ll feature special items that we think perfectly pair with our beer of the day. Can you say Oatmeal Stout and fresh oysters? Try one of our suggested pairings or get creative and make one of your own. Let us know how it is!
5/16, 5 pm, Kickoff and Milk & Honey specialty beer tapping: It all starts with a kick-off party and keg tapping. Ashland Mayor John Stromberg will read the Proclamation of Beer Independence (to be passed officially at the 5/3 Council meeting). We’ll follow this with a ceremonial tapping of our specialty beer, Milk and Honey, to commemorate this week. Read the mayoral speech from last year’s celebration.
5/16, 2-3 PM and 6-7 PM Women’s Tour with the Brewer. We’re partnering with Women Enjoying Beer (WEB) to offer free brewery tours for women. Ginger Johnson of WEB and our Brewmaster, Larry Chase, will enlighten you about the process of craft beer making. Sign up on WEB’s events page.
5/19 and 5/21 Guest Beers: We’ll feature a few guest beers to celebrate other passionate members of the brewing community. Corey from Klamath Basin Brewing will be here on 5/19 and Scott from Southern Oregon Brewing will join us on 5/21 to tap their microbrews. Be sure to try these handcrafted beers as well.
5/21 Bike Ride: Throw on your biking gear and join us for a 6-mile round trip bike ride to Alpha Beta Hop Farm to tour the beautiful vines that flavor our favorite beverage. Afterwards, relax with us outside on the patio back at Standing Stone for snacks, beer and socializing (weather permitting).
5/22 Women’s-only Ingredients & Tasting Seminar: On Sunday, Standing Stone once again with Women Enjoying Beer (WEB) to present a women-only event! Brewmaster Larry Chase, and WEB founder and dynamic beer enthusiast, Ginger Johnson, will co-host this session, highlighting flavors in varieties of beer. Participants will receive the program, beer samples and a tasting glass. Women can sign up at WEB’s website.
Stay in touch with us for more details as the week of May 16th-22nd gets closer. If you won’t be around Ashland, OR, check out the Brewer’s Association’s ACBW website to see what other beer makers and lovers around the country are brewing up to join in the fun. Cheers!