Standing Stone Brewing Company

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New Specialty Beer: Hop Night is Back!

casmapA brewpub favorite, Hop Night is back offering the best of two worlds to the craft beer lover: big hop flavors found in an IPA combined with the malty notes of a stout or porter. Relatively new to the beer world, this style is known as Cascadian Dark Ale.

Cascadian Dark Ale gets is name from its dark-as-night color and the big hop flavors favored in many Northwest ales. Our Hop Night balances the piney, citrus like characteristics of an IPA without overpowering the smooth, roasted malts used in the brewing process. You will notice prominent hop-forward notes with a creamy smooth body and a medium mouthfeel.

Hop Night is a big beer, which will pair well with foods that can stand up to its bold flavors. Our Ginger Teriyaki Ribs, Standing Stone Cheese Burger, Italian Sausage Pizza, or Black Bean Chili are perfect matches. But don’t be afraid of the Night, and try experimenting with anything you think might complement its dark side, such as the caramel flavors of Deep Fried Brussels Sprouts or Stir-Crazy Chocolate Cake.

About the beer:

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Style:  Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA

Color:  Opaque Black
Aroma:  Pine and Citrus
Mouthfeel:  Medium to Full
Flavor:  Resinous pine, black currant, lingering bitterness
Alcohol:  6.0%
IBU:  65

Malt

  • Organic Two Row
  • Organic Munich
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  • Briess Blackprinz
  • Organic C-60

Hops

  • Bittering:  Simcoe
  • Flavor/Aroma:  Golding, Cascade, Simcoe
  • Dry Hops:  Cascade, Simcoe
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New Specialty Beer on Tap: Barley Wine!

barleyIt’s time again to celebrate the flavors of the season with the long-anticipated release of our barley wine! Locals know its huge maltiness and big fruit flavors make it a seasonal favorite. It’s served in a special glass, since this unique ale is higher in alcohol content and is the perfect beer to sip on a chilly winter night.

About the Beer:

Style:  Barley Wine

Color: Reddish Brown
Aroma:  Red berry, dried fruit, caramel
Mouthfeel:  Full and Warming
Flavor:  Intense sweet maltiness, resinous wood , toffee
Alcohol:  10.2% abv
IBU:   48 (estimate)

Original Extract:   23.4 Plato (% sugar in the wort)

Malt

  • Organic 2-row
  • Briess Aromatic
  • Briess Extra Special
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering:  Organic Magnum
  • Flavor/Aroma: Organic Ahtanum, Willamette

Aging Barrels

  • Used French Oak from Wooldridge Creek Winery – barrels previously contained Malbec

Come in to the brewpub and enjoy this limited release ale, or take a liter home to share with your friends and family. Enjoy this ale in moderation and have a safe and happy holiday season.

(*photo by Marina Pecoraro)

Thanksgiving Food and Beer Pairing Ideas

heritageFor many, wine is the go-to beverage for the Thanksgiving meal. But craft-beer drinkers are discovering the variety of ales and lagers available offers a plethora of pairing possibilities. And here at Standing Stone Brewing Company, we’ve got you covered with some great ideas to bring to the table.

blue cheeseAppetizers: Try our Victory Lager to get the appetites going paired with cheeses or vegetable trays. Its lighter, toasty, flavor with a low-hop bitterness complements lighter fare, but can also stand-up to spicy dips and hummus. Or try our “I Heart Oregon Ale” with sharper or stronger cheeses like Rogue Creamery’s variety of cheddar and blues.

Bird is the word: for the main attraction, our Amber Ale is the perfect complement to turkey. Its malty, yet slightly hoppy notes bring out turkey’s caramelized herbal flavors and is the perfect complement to roasted poultry.PilotRockPale2

Stuffed? Stuffing can take on a variety of tastes depending on how it’s prepared. If yours is a sweeter style, try our Twin Plunge Double IPA. Its intense hoppy, palate cleansing style will cut through the sweetness of raisins and nuts. If you prefer a more savory stuffing, “I Heart Oregon Ale’s” crisp notes will complement oyster or bacon without overpowering it.

Cranberry: Our specialty Wildtrail Ale, made with herbs and edibles gathered locally, will echo cranberry’s citrus-like fruity taste. Plus you can awe your guests with true local flavor.

Life of Pie: For some, the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is dessert! Our chocolaty, smooth Steel-Cut Stout, and its coffee-infused cousin Noble Stout, both offer a balanced pairing to Thanksgiving classics like pumpkin or pecan pie. Or forgo the pie and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to your glass to create just desserts to top-off a meal to remember.

beer2So grab your growler and swing by the brewery to make yours a truly traditional Thanksgiving meal (the Pilgrims had beer!) See you soon and happy Thanksgiving!

New Specialty Beer on Tap: Victory Lager

As the last leaves fall from the trees and thoughts start turning toward winter, the craft-beer drinker may still be craving autumn’s Octoberfest-style lagers with an eye on winter’s richer ales. Time for our latest specialty beer on tap: Victory Lager.

It gets its name from the Victory malts used in the brewing process. Victory malt gives this beer its toasty, biscuit-like flavor with a low hop bitterness. It is a Vienna-style lager, characterized by baked-bread like aromas and a mild sweetness.

Pair this beer with any of our grilled menu items such as 5 Spice Ginger-Teriyaki Ribs or our famous One-Mile Farm Burgers, and let the rich, malty flavors of this crisp cold-weather lager shine through.

Victory Lager Characteristics

Style:  Vienna-style Lager

Color:  Deep Gold
Aroma:  Baking bread
Mouthfeel:  Medium
Flavor:  Toasty and biscuit with low bitterness
Alcohol:  5.6%
IBU:  15 (estimate)

Original Extract:  13.1 Plato (% sugar in the wort prior to fermentation)

Malt

  • Weyermann Organic Pilsner (German malt)
  • Briess Victory®
  • Briess Organic Carapils®
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering:  Organic Sterling
  • Flavor/Aroma:  Organic Hallertau, Organic Sterling

(*photo by Marina Pecoraro)

Mark Your Calendars for Pints for a Purpose

Here at Standing Stone Brewing Co. we are committed to supporting people and the planet. Through our Pints for a Purpose program, we donate a portion of beer profits to a local nonprofit which shares our vision of environmental sustainability, local food, education and community.pints_purpose

The votes are in and Standing Stone employees have chosen four outstanding groups to benefit from this program. On a special evening, Standing Stone will donate $2 of every pint of beer sold in the brewpub from 5p-10p to the organization selected for that day. The Pints for a Purpose dates are as follows:

  • Nov. 12 Ashland Food Project– The Ashland Food Project brings in over one-thousand pounds of food a year, one bag at a time, for local food banks. It encourages long-term, community involvement.
  • Dec. 3 CASA of Jackson County–  CASA volunteers speak-up for the safety and well-being of children who have come under the care of Child Welfare due to abuse and/or neglect. They are sometimes the only legal advocates these children have.
  • Jan. 14 Rogue Valley Farm to School– This Southern Oregon non-profit educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden projects, and by increasing local foods in school cafeterias.
  • Feb. 4 Friends of the Animal Shelter– FOTAS helps animals in area shelters by encouraging adoption, improving quality of life, promoting spaying and neutering pets, and educating the community about responsible pet guardianship and animal welfare.

Since it began, we’ve raised thousands of dollars for area non-profits. All beneficiaries are chosen through vote by our diverse group of employees, who live right here in Southern Oregon.  If you know of a local non-profit that shares our vision, click the link to learn more about the program and how to apply.

It’s not often you can enjoy a craft beer while helping others. So mark your calendars and join us at the brewery on the assigned day to help support these incredible area non-profits! And, as always, drink responsibly. Cheers!

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New on Tap: Wildtrail Ale

Once-again we are participating in Beers Made By Walking, a program that asks brewers to make beer inspired by plants found on nature walks. Our beer will be served during a special event, with other nature-infused brews, on October 26th at Belmont Station in Portland. The beer starts flowing at noon and some of the brewers will be available to talk from 2-4.

Michael Altman, a certified nutritionist and member of the American Herbalists Guild, blazed the trail this summer in our search for edible, flavorful, and medicinal plants for the brew. On our foray around Hyatt Reservoir,  we discovered yarrow, mint, elderflower, and St. John’s Wort among others.

Our friends at Beer Made by Walking say “yarrow, mint, and elderflower perhaps are most familiar in beer history. Yarrow has been used as a bittering agent in beer, providing some medicinal value, and was used in gruits before the widespread use of hops. Elderfower has been used recently in a few different commercial beers, and a recent cider. It is appealing to many because of it’s soft citrusy character. Mint has also been used in beer and is certainly more common in tea. It is likely that many of the mint beers have used commercially available mints, so the use of a variety growing wild in the landscape is certainly appealing.”

(*photo by Larry Chase)

Come taste the bounty of The Pacific Crest Trail with Yarrow and Saint John’s Wort! The style is similar to a braggot, which is an ale brewed with malt and honey. This light, amber colored ale with its spicy and floral aroma will leave you wanting more! Cheers!

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Style:  Its Own Style 

Color:  Light Amber
Aroma:  Spicy and Floral
Mouthfeel:  Medium
Flavor:  Honey, Yarrow, Perception of sweetness with slight sour character
Alcohol:  6.9% abv
IBU:  15 (estimate)

Original Extract:  14.8 Plato (% sugar in the wort)

Malt

  • Organic 2-row
  • Briess Special Roast
  • Organic Carapils
  • Acidulated

Adjunct

  • Wildflower Honey (Willamette Valley) – 30% of fermentable sugar

Hops

  • Bittering:  Organic Magnum

Flavoring Plants – collected near Lake Hyatt

  • Yarrow
  • St. John’s Wort

Another Great Turnout for Pumpkins and Pints

This year’s Pumpkins and Pints was a smashing success down on One-Mile Farm! Hundreds of pumpkin-carving, music-loving friends and family came out to make this one of the best years ever. And thanks to the Turner Moore Band for providing the tunes to help make this, our 5th annual event, so much fun.

We are also happy to get a chance to share the Standing Stone Brewing Co. Farm Project with the community. This is where we source all our eggs, beef and poultry for the brewpub, keeping the food loop as close to home as we can. We also compost the all restaurant’s food waste there, keeping it out of landfills.

Thanks again to all for coming out! Here’s a look at some of the fun!

(*All photos by Marina Pecoraro)

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A Fish Story.

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(photo: R. Koning)

The bite is on off the Oregon and Northern California coasts and we are getting in on the action with fresh fish specials and additions to our regular menu. And by using locally sourced, sustainably caught fish, we are helping turn the tide on practices which are harmful to ocean ecosystems while supporting the local economy.

Just-caught salmon and albacore —straight from the fisherman to your fork— is now available at Standing Stone Brewing Company. We purchase our fish right off the boat so we are not only getting the brightest, freshest seafood available on the market, but also are directly supporting local fishermen like Mark Newell of Newport who owns the Silver Quest pictured below.

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(photo: Mark Newell)

You are also supporting sustainable fishing management when you eat our locally harvested fish. Our fishermen use methods which reduce by-catch, or catching unwanted fish, and are not harmful to seafloor structure. The chinook salmon and albacore tuna are troll-caught, one of the safest types of fishing when it comes to reducing by-catch. This environmentally conscious “hook and line” method is preferred to trawling or dredging, which are harmful to the seafloor.

And best of all, it’s delicious! Chinook salmon are one of Oregon’s most sought after fish, and when you sink your teeth into a filet you’ll understand why. Look for chinook salmon on our daily specials board.  Oregon’s albacore tuna are harvested younger and have a lower accumulation of mercury. They are also high in healthful oils and are known for their mild, distinct flavor. We are currently serving our Fish Tacos with fresh albacore, and they are becoming a staff and customer favorite!

We are proud to support the region’s hard-working fishermen, and are committed to sustainably sourced ingredients. We look forward to hooking our guests up with the best fish on the market! So follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see what’s coming in off the docks and making its way to your dinner plate!

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(photo: Mark Newell)

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Beer of the Day: Steel-Cut Stout

American Craft Beer Week is entering its final weekend but not before we feature a few more of our speciality craft ales in our Beer of the Day series. Today we take a look at the dark side: Steel-Cut Oatmeal Stout.

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Espresso-like and dark as a starless night on Grizzly Peak, stouts have a long history in the brewing world. The first “stout porters” were brewed in England in the early 18th century. At that time, stout was used to describe any beer that was strong or hearty. The term “stout porter” was later shortened to stout to describe the dark ales popular with street and river porters in London, and Guinness of Ireland began using the term in the early 1800s when it started exporting its first beers to England.

About the Beer

As the name implies, our Steel-Cut Oatmeal Stout is brewed with 100 pounds of oats to provide a silky smooth mouthfeel. Opaque black and nearly impenetrable by light, ours has notes of roasted coffee aroma followed by espresso and chocolate flavors. 5.1% abv, 30 ibu

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Malt

  • Two-Row
  • Roasted Barley
  • Munich
  • Crystal-60
  • Chocolate
  • Carapils
  • Rolled Oats

Hops

  • Bittering=Organic Magnum
  • Aroma=Organic Golding

Food Pairing

Due to their malty sweetness and creamy nature, stouts complement a variety of foods. But they are bold enough to stand up to grilled foods like our lamb-pita or our own farm-raised steaks. And while stouts are dark (really dark!) they are “lighter” in body and even calories. Our Steel-Cut Stout makes a great lunchtime beer with an abv of just over 5 percent.

Stouts also make the perfect dessert beer. Try pairing one with chocolate to bring out the flavors of the beer, or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and make a stout float! The creamy mouthfeel of the ice-cream and the stout are a match made in heaven!

Beer of the Day and American Craft Beer Week wrap up tomorrow with twist on this classic ale: Noble Stout.

Beer of the Day: Amber Ale

In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, we continue our daily beer feature with a look at one of Standing Stone’s long-standing brews, Amber Ale. Our Amber is a customer and employee favorite, and what’s not to like about this approachable ale? It can be described as a “crowd-pleaser,” or a “middle of the road” beer which gets its name from the rich amber hue derived from crystal malt. Ambers are perfect for those looking for something not too heavy or full-bodied, yet who still want lots of flavor and some hops. And our customers aren’t the only ones who like this beer: our Amber won the bronze medal at the Lallemand Brain of Brewers Contest in 2010._GEO9478_edited-1

About the Beer

Ours is a medium bodied copper-colored ale with caramel-malt flavor, moderate hop bitterness and just a hint of fruit. 6.0% abv, 38 IBU

Malt

  • Organic Crystal-60
  • Two-Row
  • Munich
  • Crystal-15
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering=Nugget
  • Aroma=Cascade, Liberty

Food Pairings

Amber Ales are known for their ability to pair well with a wide range of foods, particularly grilled or spicy items. Have an amber when you are trying to tone down the heat in spicy foods like our Thai Curry or Ginger Teriyaki Ribs. The subtle maltiness and mild hop finish of our Amber Ale also make it the perfect pint with our wood fired pizzas.garlic pizza

So, while American Craft Beer Week is the perfect time to try a new specialty craft ale like Hop Night, it’s also a good time to rediscover the classics. Amber Ales have found a home in most Northwest brewpubs because they are not overpowering, complement a variety of foods, and are a great introduction to other craft ales.

Join others celebrating American Craft Beer Week around the country tonight at The Nationwide Toast! You can simutaneously  raise a pint of your favorite ale with other craft beer lovers at 5PM Thursday right here at Standing Stone.