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Back on Tap: Commuter Gold

saison“What do you have that’s light?” If you work in a brewery, restaurant or bar, you are very familiar with this question. I think it’s safe to say that it’s something we hear on a daily basis. In a time where brewing trends are seeing a high demand for beers that push the envelope in terms of bitterness and high alcohol percentages, a large portion of consumers still want to enjoy something that is simple, light and crisp. And we get that! Sometimes, even for us hop-heads, it’s nice to drink a beer that doesn’t make our tongues feel like they’re being lit on fire by a swarm of angry bees.

Light beer is reminiscent. It reminds us of long, hot summer days, barbecues and camping, beach trips and coolers, Grandpa on his lawn chair, football Sunday–the list goes on and on and on. America has created a lifestyle from drinking light beer. We believe that light beer doesn’t have to imply tasteless, corporate beer out of gimmicky cans that change colors when cold.

We brewed Commuter Gold for those that want to enjoy something a little lighter, and a little more simple. Named after our RPM Bike Program, this beer goes hand in hand with that outdoorsy lifestyle we hold dear here in Oregon.

So head on down to the brewpub and grab yourself a pint of this deliciously refreshing beer. Let’s raise a pint to simplicity and a long heritage of American craft brewing.

Photo by Russell Lee©

Photo by Russell Lee©

A little about the beer:

This bright golden ale gets its slightly spicy, herbal aroma from Sterling hops. The crisp, medium bitterness & lightly toasted finish are balanced with a refreshing mouth feel. 4.8% abv, 20 IBU


Organic Pilsner
Briess Ashburne Mild
Briess Victory


Bittering: Sterling
Flavor/Aroma: Sterling, Hallertau

Latest Specialty Beer: Hop Night

We’ve got some good news to help with those winter blues–Hop Night is back!hop night

Man oh man, we love this beer. Let’s talk a little about this brewpub favorite.

Hop Night is a medium bodied Cascadian Dark Ale. It’s big, hoppy aroma and lingering piney finish will leave your taste buds begging for more. Dry hopped with Cascade and Simcoe hop varietals, this beer boasts the bitterness of an IPA with hints of toasted malt and a beautiful opaque black color. A perfectly balanced and complex beer. 7.9% abv

The Cascadian Dark Ale, or Black IPA as some like to call it, is a fairly new style to the craft beer world. Generally, these beers are made in the stylings of an IPA (hoppy, bitter, higher alcohol) but with the addition of dark malts in the mashtun, mostly for color. They generally showcase northwest hops from the Yakima and Willamette region (hence the Cascadia homage). The end result is a very drinkable, smooth dark brown to opaque black IPA with medium to high hop bitterness and hints of roasted malt notes.

About the beer:

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:  7.9%
IBU:  65


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


  • Bittering:  Simcoe
  • Flavor/Aroma:  Golding, Cascade, Simcoe
  • Dry Hops:  Cascade, Simcoe

Time to belly on up to the bar and enjoy a pint before its gone! Let’s toast to creative and innovative brewing.

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Live Music: Sunday Sessions @ SSBC

It’s a New Year and we’re excited to kick off a new live music series here at Standing Stone called “Sunday Sessions @ SSBC.”

Starting Sunday, Feb. 14th (yes, Valentines day!), we’ll be hosting live bands in the brewpub from 2-5pm. We’ve got a great line up including Swift Pony, The Brother’s Reed, and Eight Dollar Mountain- all local bands that we love.

Sunday afternoons are made for relaxing, and what better way to do that than at your local brewpub with a pint of craft beer in hand? Bring your friends and family and enjoy some live music with us here at Standing Stone.

Feb 14th- Swift Pony w/ Sam Cathcart

Feb 21st- Eight Dollar Mountain

Feb 28th-The Brothers Reed



Standing Stone Brewing’s 2016 Annual Brewer’s Dinner

We’re excited to announce our Annual Brewer’s Dinner coming this February 18th at 6:30 PM.  Master Brewer Larry Chase and Chef Javier Cruz have worked together to create an amazing five course feast, paired perfectly with our finest ales.

A gathering of family and friends, old and new, make the Standing Stone Brewer’s Dinner a must attend event.  This year’s incredible menu features local and organic items from our neighboring growers, cheese from our friends at Rogue Creamery, not to mention lamb and beef from our own One Mile Farm.

Space is limited, so get your tickets today!  $75 per guest (gratuity included).  Tickets are available at Standing Stone Brewing Company or online at Standing Stone Brewing – Store.

We look forward to sharing this once a year evening with you – Cheers!

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Meet Our New Chef, Javier Cruz

Javier Kitchen

It is with great pleasure that we announce our new chef at Standing Stone Brewing, Chef Javier Cruz. Congratulations, Javier!

We are beyond excited to have Chef Javier as our new kitchen leader.  He is conscious to healthy, sustainable living and shares the values consistent with our ethos – cuisine being fresh, locally sourced, innovative, seasonal and celebratory. Although he is new to his current position, he has been working at Standing Stone for the past 8 years, and we can’t wait for many more.

Chef Javier started his restaurant career in 1998, working through the service ranks to become the dining room manager of Il Giardino.  During that time he developed a real appreciation for the customer experience as it related to food service.  His admiration of the skill and creativity of the kitchen staff there led him to enroll in Le Cordon Bleu at the Medford Culinary Institute, from which he graduated in 2007.

Javier Chalkboard

Shortly after, two regulars at Il Giardino, (and coincidentally owners of Standing Stone Brewing) Abe Oberlin and Nancy Branghurst, encouraged Javier to come work in the Standing Stone kitchen.

From 2008 to 2015, while working as Sous Chef with Chef Eric Bell, Javier also continued his restaurant immersion in the Standing Stone as Dining Room Manager.  Javier has always appreciated that Standing Stone has provided opportunities for daily learning and growth, both in the kitchen, and especially the experiences outside the restaurant on our One Mile Farm.  There he has worked with our farm manager Michael Smelser, as well as cultivated relationships with local farmers and ranchers, and attended conferences to further his knowledge of local and sustainable food producers.  Javier has continually nurtured his passions and skills with food and kitchen management, aligned with a great belief and respect for sustainable, organic, and local products.  Chef Javier enjoys crafting specials with  the bounty our One Mile Farm provides, as well as opportunities to his express creativity with daily menu items, while exploring seasonable local ingredients.

Please come in and treat yourself to some of his amazing creations.






Pints for a Purpose benefits the Children’s Advocacy Center- Jan 12th, 5-10PM

Join us January, 12th from 5-10pm as we welcome the team from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County for our Pints for a Purpose program. We will be donating $2 from every pint of beer sold during the event and are hoping to rally the community together to show our support for this cause.

The mission of the CACJP is to meet the needs of children and families in our community by providing a community-based, child-focused center that facilitates a compassionate, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, treatment, identification, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse.image

The Children’s Advocacy Center was opened in 1991 with the help of the community and is located in the historic Reames building in Medford, OR. Their vision is to see communities where children are safe, families are strong, and child victims can become children again. They provide services in a home like, child-friendly environment where the victims are able to safely disclose abuse to law-enforcement and Child Protective Services. They are also provided with medical and therapeutic services to put them on the road of recovery and healing.

For information on volunteering and donations for CACJP, click here.

This years Pints for a Purpose program has been a huge success and we want to thank you all for showing your support. If you’ve yet to attend one of these events, it’s easy-show up and have a pint! Remember, we donate $2 from every pint of beer sold during the night, and they really add up fast! So bring some friends and have a good time knowing you’re supporting a great cause.

Want to see a day in the life at the Center? Watch the video below-

Happy New Year! Our favorite beers from 2015-

Happy New Year! What better way to reflect on this past year, than to remember the beers we’ve enjoyed the most! Here are our top 5 local faves of 2015 (not in any particular order):

1. Lavendula Saison– Standing Stone Brewing Co.
Remember this beer? Oh, we sure do! This was a perfect summer Belgian Ale brewed with Organic Lavender. Crisp and tasty with a hint of flowery/herbaceous aromas. 5.2% abv

2. Mogli Imperial Porter-Caldera Brewing Co
Holy Smokes! This oak-aged Imperial Porter was rich and full bodied, with a huge roasty/toasty, chocolate flavor profile boasting an 8.5% abv. This beer was a magical treat in and of itself. Warm fuzzies all around!

3. Porch Swing Pale Ale– Swing Tree Brewing Co.                                         saison
What a tasty, tasty beer this was! A+ for a great take on the Pale Ale. Crisp and refreshing with a citrusy hop finish that kept us wanting more. Have you checked out their tasting room yet? What are you waiting for!

4. Old Humbug Winter Ale– Southern Oregon Brewing Co.
This holiday seasonal is a favorite of so many for a reason! A big, bold Winter Ale perfect for warming you up on a cold day. Specialty malts lend this beer a nutty, chocolatey flavor with a deep, brown hue. 8.1% abv. Get it while you can!

5. Madrone Red NW Ale– Standing Stone Brewing Co.
This was our best selling seasonal beer of the summer. It was here and gone in a flash! We’re not sure if we have the public to thank for that, or our staff. It was certainly the shift drink of choice while we had it. Medium bodied, nice and malty with a huge hop finish–this puppy came in at a whopping 8.1% abv. We want to thank the Madrone Red for helping us unwind after those long, hard summer shifts.

There you have it! Sure, we drank a lot of beer this year, but who’s keeping track? We’d love to hear some of your favorites.

Here’s to a New Year full of lots of delicious, craft brews.


Bee Girl Pints for a Purpose Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out to our most recent Pints for a Purpose event. The Bee Girl team joined us for a wonderful evening full of fun, community and lots of beer. The tallies are in, and we raised…drum roll please…$438 for their organization! We are so grateful to have the opportunity to give back to the community, and couldn’t do it without you.

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Mark your calendars for our next event as we host the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County, January 12th, from 5-10pm. We’ll have more to come on that soon…



Pints for a Purpose benefits Bee Girl Dec. 1st

We want to say a big “Thank You!” to everyone who turned out for our first Pints for a Purpose event. You all drank 213 pints of beer raising over $426 for our friends at Sanctuary One. What a huge success and great way to kick off the Pints for a Purpose program!

Now for round two… Join us December 1st as we benefit Bee Girl. From 5-10PM, $2 of every pint sold will be donated to their non-profit organization. 54d775_d6c21cf14378499282c390782008d18e

Bee Girl inspires communities to conserve bees and their habitat. They offer community beekeeping classes, public lectures on honey bee conservation, work with children through their Kids and Bees program and much more. Founder Sarah Red-Laird has built a dedicated team who are inspiring people all around the world to make a difference.

Why should you love honey bees? Because 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat is pollinated by a honey bee. Without bees, we have no food; and without bees, we hate to even say it, but we have no beer! These little guys are working hard to keep food on our tables and beer in our bellies. It’s the least we can do to give them a hand.

Here are 3 easy ways you can help, from the Bee Girl herself:

  1. BeePlant Flowers- Choose flowers that bees love like Lavender, Sunflowers, and Poppies. Avoid chemicals and adjust your mower to leave the clovers and dandelions on your lawn.
  2. Vote with Your Fork– Choose local, sustainably raised and farmed food choices. Not only will you support your local farmer and economy, you’re also helping to keep your local honey bee colonies thriving and healthy
  3. Create a Space in Your Heart for Bees– The more we care about honey bees, the more we can do to make choices that benefit them. Whether you’re keeping bees, or planting a garden bed full of flowers, every little bit helps.

We would love to hear ways you are helping to conserve our honey bees! Have a hive or garden at home? Feel free to share your pictures!

We hope to see you December 1st from 5-10PM. Remember, those pints add up fast! So bring your friends and family and come hang out with us and the Bee Girl team. Let’s enjoy a pint or two for a good cause!


Our Bees at the One Mile Farm

Food, Beer & Wine suggestions for this Holiday Season

It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away, but ready or not, the holidays are here! We would love to offer some helpful suggestions for beer and wine pairing to help ease the stress of your menu planning.

Here are a few tips on the basics of beer and wine pairings:

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1. Pair Like with Like— This is one of the easiest ways of appeasing the palate and impressing your guests. Look to find similarities in the food you are preparing and your beverage of choice. Match lighter dishes with lighter accompanying beer or wine selections and vice versa.

Pairing Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar with Pecan Sweet Potato Pie will bring out the caramel, nutty tones of both the beer and this holiday favorite.

2. Consider the Contrast Elements— How does the chosen beer or wine interact with the food? For instance, a full bodied, dry red goes perfectly with richer foods as the tannins help to cut the fat and balance out the flavors of the dish. We love pairing highly carbonated Belgian ales with richer foods for this very reason.

Pairing Cliff Creek’s 2008 Syrah with braised beef short ribs will strip the palate and allow you to savor each bite.

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3. Buy Local!— The perfect pairing for any holiday event. Beer, wine and produce are all agricultural products and as so, take on a specific taste dependant on the region in which they were grown (or brewed!). In the world of fermentation we call this TerroirThis holiday season, think about different ways to bring home the bounty of your region. Not only can you ensure freshness and quality, it’s a great way to support your local farmer, vintner and brewer alike.

Pairing our Twin Plunge Double IPA with a heritage wood grilled pork chop from Willow-Witt Ranch will highlight the caramel and roasted tones in both items.

4. Don’t Sweat It— Honestly, we could go on and on about food, wine and dining room 2beer pairings; but at the end of the day, what matters most is the love put in to the meal and your family and friends around the table. So relax, you’ve got this! Grab an apron, pour yourself a drink and get to cooking. As Julia Child admitted, “I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food…” So make sure you are stocked with enough beer and wine to make it through the evening.

Feel free to swing by the restaurant for a growler fill and we will be happy to help you select the perfect beer to pair for your holiday event.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Family Stone!