Standing Stone Brewing Company

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Meet Our New SSBC Chickens

Lately around Standing Stone we’re talking a lot about eggs.

Actually, we’ve been talking a lot about chickens, our very own flock.

In late June, Standing Stone purchased 44 chickens from Heritage Meadow Farms in the Applegate Valley. We’ve had a cooperative relationship for years, trading spent grain as feed for chickens in return for eggs for our menu. When we heard that Heritage Meadows was selling their flock, we jumped on the opportunity to keep this cycle going closer to home.

We purchased the chickens, built a coop and leased land for their new home, less than 4 miles from our restaurant. In less than one week, Standing Stone completed all this and set up an in-house egg-producing operation!  We now raise a large enough flock to supply all of our eggs on the menu, offering you healthy, local and truly delicious eggs.

Dave Westerberg, owner of Valley View Farms, was also excited about this opportunity and offered his land as home for the chickens. Valley View is the supplier for all of the beef used at Standing Stone.  Allowing the chickens to co-exist with the cattle was a no-brainer. The two species thrive in a symbiotic relationship, with the chickens and cattle grazing in a rotation across several pastures on the property.

The chickens eat exclusively Standing Stone compost, as well as grass and insects from the land. Their spacious coop features lot of nesting boxes and is a mobile unit that we move around the land to help the pasture rejuvenate and provide fresh grazing space. Our employees deliver fresh feed daily, including the spent grain from our brewing tanks, vegetable scraps, and bread crusts. And, they’re antibiotic and hormone free – we wouldn’t have them any other way.

KTVL featured a story on the coop and how the eggs are used in the restaurant.  Click here to view the video and get up close and personal with flock. You can also check out an article from the Daily Tidings and a video from KTVL for a sneak peek at our next venture in localizing our food – leasing land to raise more chickens and livestock.

p.s. Come check out our window display in the front of the restaurant! Employee, Melza Quinn, spent a day at the farm taking pictures of the cows and chickens so everyone walking by can enjoy their happy faces!

Standing Stone Bike Program Rolls Into Second Year

This month marks the One-Year Anniversary of the kick off of our Standing Stone Brewing Co. Commuter Bike Program: the RPM Club. The goal is to Reduce car trips, Promote living and working in Ashland, and Maintain an active lifestyle

Employees who’ve worked 1000 hours with Standing Stone and agree to bike commute at least 45 times to and from work per year receive a free Kona commuter bike.

We’ve had rolling success with this program, with over 700 logged trips made among our employee bike commuters! This is truly exciting for Standing Stone, since a large majority of our bike riders were car commuters before last August.

Since purchasing our first round of 17 bikes, with a lot of support from Ashland Bicycle Works, we’ve added another four to our fleet and piqued interest in our program from other businesses in the area. Rogue Creamery purchased their own bikes last year after consulting with our owners and admiring our enthusiastic employees. In fact, they brought on even more bikes to their staff than our original round!

In celebration of our anniversary, we will be participating in the annual Bike Commute Challenge put on by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance of Oregon. For the month of September, businesses and individuals who participate log trips and mileage to challenge others in the state and local community. And we do it just for fun! We have several employees who have not yet received their Standing Stone Commuter bikes and they still participated last year to contribute a large portion of our logged miles. A big thanks to our staff for showing motivation all on their own!