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Pints for a Purpose benefits Sanctuary One Tuesday, Nov 10th 5-10p.m.

It’s time to kick off our Pints for a Purpose program! We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce Sanctuary One as our first recipient of the year. This Tuesday, from 5-10p.m, we will be donating $2 of every pint sold in the brewpub to Sanctuary One. Our staff selected this organization out of a handful of impressive non-profits and there is a good reason for it; they are hands down, awesome.

Here’s a little about Sanctuary One, directly from their webpage:

PFP

Photo courtesy of Sanctuary One.

People, Animals & the Earth: Better Together

Located on 55 acres in Oregon’s beautiful Applegate Valley, Sanctuary One was established in 2007 as the nation’s first care farm. It was founded by a small group of visionaries who, despite all the naysayers, never wavered in their belief in the Sanctuary’s mission: to be a safe place for animals and a healing place for people while promoting environmental stewardship. 

Sanctuary One provides a safe home to rescued farm animals and house pets. Elderly, disabled, chronically ill, and emotionally traumatized animals who may never be adoptable recieve personalized attention, loving rehabilitation, and a peaceful retirement. The farm includes expansive gardens which not only provide rich vegetables and food for the animals, but opportunities for growth of the people who tend them.

So let’s get this straight; not only do they rescue, rehabilitate and give a beautiful life to all sorts of animals in need; they also offer their farm as a resource to at-risk youth and adults to heal and learn, all while caring for the animals and their 35,000 square foot garden. We think this is a beautifully fluid and sustainable approach to farming.

We hope you can join us this Tuesday, Nov 10th from 5-10pm as we raise funds for our friends at Sanctuary One. Remember, the more people there, the more proceeds we can raise. And those pints add up fast, so please bring a friend and know that the beer you are enjoying is directly benefitting an awesome organization!

Click here for more information regarding adoptions, volunteering, and becoming a part of the Care Family.

Happy November! Pints for a Purpose 2015/2016

Fall is here and we are very excited to announce the 2015/2016 recipients for our Pints for a Purpose program. For those unfamiliar with Pints for a Purpose, let us explain. Each year, we invite local nonprofits to submit applications on behalf of their organizations and we as a staff vote to choose our top five favorites. November through March each group is awarded their own special evening, and from 5-10 p.m. $2 of every pint of beer sold goes straight to their organizations. We invite the group’s representatives to spend the evening with us, and share a pint as they answer questions, and offer information as to who they are and what they do. Here is the lineup for this year:

friends of library

November 10- Sanctuary One

Sanctuary One provides a safe home to rescued farm animals and house pets. The farm includes expansive gardens which not only provide rich vegetables and food for the animals, but opportunities for growth of the people who tend them.

December 1- Bee Girl

To inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. Bee Girl, a nonprofit organization founded by Sarah Red-Laird, aims to conserve our bees by educating the public on their importance through programs focused on community classes and events, public lectures, and their Kids and Bees program. 

January 12- Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County

To meet the needs of children and families in our community by providing a community-based, child-focused center that facilitates a compassionate, multi-disciplinary approach to the prevention, treatment, identification, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse.

February 9Rogue Valley Farm to School waterwatch

Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals.

March 9- No LNG Campaign 

No LNG Exports Oregon is a statewide coalition of activists, experts, and community members with the goal of stopping two LNG pipeline projects in Oregon.

So there you have it! Last year, we raised over $2,300 (that’s 1,150 pints!) benefitting five different wonderful nonprofits including, Rogue Climate, Water Watch of Oregon, Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Rogue Farm Corps and Rogue Valley Earth Day. We are very happy to continue with the tradition and hope you join us at one (or all) of our Pints for a Purpose evenings this season.

Barley Wine is Here to Toast the Holidays!

Standing Stone Brewing Co regulars know the winter holidays bring a special gift from us – Barley Wine. We know our customers anticipate this every year and wanted to let you know…the wait is over! This annual favorite is now on tap for all to enjoy responsibly.

Barley Wine blends elements of beer and wine making, thus its name. It uses traditional beer ingredients but has a higher alcohol content (typically 9-12%) like wine, so we serve it in a wine glass as a half pint size.

About our 2011 Barley Wine

Our 2011 blend is reddish brown and full boded. It offers aromas of toffee swirl with vinous, prune and raisin-like flavors.  This beer will warm your heart, not to mention your soul, with its big malt flavors.  Best enjoyed at a cellar temperature of 50 F. 9.9% abv.

Malt

  • Organic Two-Row
  • Briess Extra Special
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering = Nugget
  • Flavoring = Cascade & Golding

Food & Beer Pairings

Barley Wine is a bold, rich beer so pair it with dishes with lots of flavor intensity or rich sweet desserts. We suggest these items from our restaurant menu:

  • Charbroiled 5-Spice Ginger Teriyaki Ribs
  • Our Own Valley View Beef Cut
  • Spicy BBQ Chicken Pizza

Also check our Specials Menu for the latest dessert.

Enjoy the holidays with a glass of Barley Wine. Like all our beers on tap, you can get this to go to liven up your celebrations at home and take to parties to be the most favored guest. To add even more fun for the beer lovers in your life these holidays, check out our gift selection, too.

Latest Specialty Beer: NPK Ale

We’ve got a freshly harvested specialty beer on tap for you to enjoy: NPK Ale.

This craft brew is part of our Pints for a Purpose program wherein specialty beer sales benefit a nonprofit for three weeks. Rogue Valley Farm to School (RVF2S) is the beneficiary. You can learn more about this cause and program on a previous blog.  Join us for the kickoff on Monday, 11/7 from 5-9 pm, and enjoy a few pints from 11/7-11/26 to support this great cause.

About the name

NPK Ale is named after the NPK balance – nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (K is its elemental symbol) that farmers seek to achieve in nourishing their soil. Soil amendments often list NPK proportions. These important nutrients help build productive, healthy plants with strong roots—analogous to what we’re doing by supporting RVF2S, and the work they’re doing to connect kids, schools and local farms to cultivate a resilient food system.

About the beer

NPK Ale has a soft amber hue and a light body. You’ll enjoy a toasted marshmallow aroma, a smooth mouthfeel, rounded sweet malt flavor and low bitterness.

Malt (2nd runnings from a mash with these malts*)

  • Organic 2-Row
  • Briess Extra Special
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering:  Organic Magnum
  • Flavor/Aroma:  Goldings, Cascade

* This beer was brewed from the second runnings of our upcoming barley wine.  So what’s that mean? During the later process of brewing, the sweet wort (sugar water) is separated from the malt and run to the kettle.  The initial wort sent to the kettle comprises the high content sugar water made up of the initial mash water added to the process.  More water is added to rinse the malt of remaining sugars through a process called sparging.  This next bit of wort is lower in sugar content and is called the second runnings.

We effectively made 2 different beers from the same mash:  a higher alcohol barley wine from the first runnings and a lower alcohol “small beer” from the second runnings. While they both have the same malt bill, albeit different sugar contents, the beers can be hopped differently in the kettle.  Our small beer was very low hopped to approximately 12 IBU, allowing the malt profile to shine through.  We also added a touch of lactose to add weight to its naturally light body.

Beer and Food Pairings

Schoolkids learning about seed saving (photo: RVF2S)

We suggest complementing NPK ale with lightly flavored foods so as not to overwhelm its delicate flavor.

  • Wood Fired Pretzel
  • Savory Chicken Soup
  • Caesar Salad
  • Sauteed Veggie Wrap
  • Local food menu specials – support local farms and reward yourself, too!

Enjoy responsibly – and help RVF2S cultivate healthful eating and strong family farms!

New Ale on Tap: I Love Oregon

Midsummer is peak harvest season, with the bounty from local farms filling stores, Farmers Markets and our restaurant menu. To celebrate and create the perfect beer-food pairing, we’ve crafted I Love Oregon, a microbrew using exclusively Oregon-grown ingredients. This will join our standard lineup, giving customers the opportunity to savor Oregon’s goodness and support our state’s farmers every day.

Like any other food or beverage, great craft beer starts at the farm and can have a local/regional pedigree, too. Oregon is the number two hop producing state in the US, the birthplace of Cascade hops, home to many fields of barley and a powerhouse for craft beer production, making it the ideal place to localize your beer.

About I Love Oregon

I Love Oregon offers a medium body with a golden color from Klamath, OR two-row barley. Cascade hops from the Willamette Valley and Rogue Valley provide fresh, floral nuances. Mild bitterness allows the distinct, Cascadian citrus character to come through with a refreshing finish. 5.9% abv

We went for a lower bitterness level to give the hops’ aroma and flavor top billing. All Cascade hops were used at the end of the boil. Cascade hops from Alpha Beta Hops in Ashland, OR, were used to dry hop.

Malt

  • Oregon Select 2-row (Copeland), Klamath Basin

Hops

  • Bittering = Nugget, Willamette Valley
  • Flavor/Aroma = Cascade, Willamette Valley
  • Dry Hops = Cascade, Alpha Beta Hops, Ashland, OR

And, as always, we proudly use pure, delicious water from our own Ashland Watershed

Beer-food pairings

I Love Oregon pairs well with menu items that match its strength and feature seasonal ingredients. Ask your server about seasonally-infused menu specials that would complement it as well. Many of these are easy to make at home and pair with a liter or growler to go.

  • Caesar Salad
  • Artichoke Chicken Wrap
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Garlic Fries
Come and enjoy with your favorite local foods to celebrate Oregon’s farms and breweries.
To inspire you, we’ll leave you with some facts about Oregon’s craft beer industry:
  • Oregonians consumed 2.7 million barrels of beer in 2010, 14% of which was made in Oregon
  • Oregon is the second largest producer of craft beer in the US.
  • Oregon has the 4th highest percentage of draft beer consumed in the US.
  • Oregon has 95 brewing companies operating 124 brewing facilities in 52 cities

Food and Beer Pairings: Expert Tips From Our Brewmaster

Our brewmaster, Larry Chase, isn’t just an expert on beer. He’s also savvy about food and is particularly fond of crafting beer and food pairings that bring out the best in both. We asked him to share a few pointers.

Why pair beer and food?

It creates new flavor experiences that are often more than the parts. Craft beers provide many flavor possibilities from the wide variety of malted barley, hops, carbonation and yeast used within and across beer styles. Microbrews also work with many foods that wine doesn’t pair so well with.

What are your general tips for pairing food and beer?

First, think about intensities. Combine foods that have a delicate flavor with lighter microbrews, and vice versa. You want the pairing to be complementary instead of having one element overwhelm the other. Think about flavors, too. For example, malted barley provides sweetness you can use to balance acidity and spicy heat. Alternately, use a beer’s bitterness to emphasize spicy heat. Balance sweet or rich food with hop bitterness, carbonation, alcohol and roasted malt flavors..

What pairings do you recommend for folks to try at home?

Bring out the cheese. Beer’s carbonation scrubs away the fat, readying your palate for more cheese. Blue cheeses have fun with IPA’s – the stronger the IPA, the stronger the cheese can be. Try mild white cheddar with a classic Pilsner. Then move to dessert. An easy one is brownies, paired with stout and a fruit-flavored lambic.

Any suggestions for combining craft beer and other ingredients for blended beverages?

A stout float is one of the tastiest and surprising blends. Our Christmas Eve tradition is to create a tomato beer with a low flavored pale lager, tomato juice and lots of spices, like a bloody mary.

What pairings do you suggest for Standing Stone’s microbrews and menu items?

  • Double IPA: Black and Blue Burger, Spicy Thai Curry
  • Amber Ale: Charbroiled 5-Spice Ginger Teriyaki Ribs, Bread Pudding
  • Pilot Rock Pale Ale: Sauteed Veggie Wrap, Cobb Salad
  • Oatmeal Stout: Sweet Potato Curry Fries, Stir Crazy Black Chocolate Cake
  • Noble Stout: Saturday breakfast, especially bacon

What’s one of the most surprising – but delicious – pairings you’ve tried?

I helped host a summer beer and food pairing a few years ago. Being a hound for basil, I topped a water cracker with a few lemon basil leaves and chevre. This was paired with a Hefeweizen. People often enjoy a slice of lemon with hefeweizen, a flavor which the lemon basil brought forth. The creamy chevre played along with the Hefeweizen’s unfiltered texture and added a tanginess to its banana-like character. It was yummy.

A classic pairing that gets at the essence of umami is fresh oysters and stout. The stout’s roasted barley balances the oysters’ brininess. Together, the two create a new flavor sensation that’s heavenly.

Thanks Larry. We’re excited to mix and match across the brewery and restaurant menu, and explore the options at home, too. How about you? Feel free to share your favorite beer-food pairings and any questions in the comments section.

Latest Specialty Beer: Midsummer Dream Ale

Though the summer solstice is still new in our minds, we’ve put Midsummer Dream, our latest specialty beer, on tap. This microbrewed ale debuted last year and received high raves, so we thought we’d bring it back.

Description

Midsummer Dream is named in honor of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, located here in Ashland, OR. This ale offers a bright yellow color matching summer’s rays and a very light body. It’s a session-style craft beer with a lower alcohol content, making it the perfect choice to sip on the season’s long afternoons.

It’s no lightweight when it comes to flavor, imparting a distinct cracker-like malt character with spicy and floral nuances from the blend of Cascade and Centennial hops. Due to fermentation at a lower temperature (62F) than our other ales, this beer has a crisp, dry finish much like a pilsner (a member of the lager family, oh how we doth love thee). 4.9% abv

Malt

  • Organic Pilsner
  • Organic Crystal 15
  • Organic Carapils
  • Ashburne Mild
  • Acidualted

Hops – from Oregon!

  • Bittering = Centennial
  • Flavor/Aroma = Centennial and Cascade

Food Pairings

The dry (lack of sweetness) nature of this brew lends itself well foods that have more of a sweet character, creating a delightful marriage of contrasts. You can pair it with dishes that are lightly flavored to match the delicate flavors of the beer.  You don’t want to overwhelm this microbrew with heavy foods. Here are some suggestions off of our menu:

  • Wood Fired Pretzel
  • Monterey Calamari
  • Sea Scallop and Spinach Salad
  • House Greens
  • Creamy Garlic Chicken Pizza
  • Artichoke Chicken Wrap
  • Sauteed Veggie Wrap
  • Tempeh Stir Fry
  • Fish Tacos

At home, you can enjoy a liter or growler to go with a farm-fresh salad, locally-made bread with mild cheeses and seasonal fruit, or strawberry shortcake.

Cheers to summer! Celebrate it with us by enjoying Midsummer Dream soon. Like all of our specialty brews, and summer itself, it’s on tap for a limited time and will be gone before you know it.

Hefeweizen is On Tap: Savor a Pint of Summer!

(Photo: M. Schweisguth)

With the summer solstice just around the corner and the sun gracing Ashland, OR fully, we thought it was time to bring back Hefeweizen!

This summer seasonal is always a hit, and customers have been clamoring for its return.

It’s received even more notoriety since it garnered a gold award in the Lallemand Brain of Brewers contest in 2010. Of course, we promise this batch is just as good, if not better!

About our Hefeweizen

Translated literally as “yeast wheat,” Hefeweizen is a traditional Bavarian wheat beer that’s customarily top fermented. It’s unfiltered, resulting in a hazy gold color matching summer’s late afternoon rays. This craft beer offers aromas and flavors of clove and banana. It’s highly carbonated for a refreshing mouthfeel. 6.0% abv

Malt

  • Organic Wheat
  • Organic Pilsner
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Organic Magnum for bittering
  • Organic Saaz for flavor/aroma

Food and beer pairings

Hefeweizen is a lighter flavored, refreshing summer beer, so it goes well with lighter foods, following the concept that you should pair food and beer intensities. Think of refreshing menu items that are lighter on the palate. Several of our menu items and specials have goat cheese as an ingredient, as well as strawberries in season, which pair wonderfully with hefeweizen. Here are some other menu items we really enjoy with a pint of Hefeweizen:

  • Sea Scallop and Spinach Salad
  • Artichoke Chicken Wrap
  • Sauteed Veggie Wrap
  • Fish & Chips
  • Fish Tacos
  • Strawberries Roulade (specialty dessert)

We encourage you to pick up a liter or growler to go and try it with favorite foods at home, too.

I really enjoy it with chevre and a leaf or two of lemon basil on a water cracker. The water cracker provides a flavor-neutral medium to hold the chevre and lemon basil. Many people like to put a slice of lemon in their hefeweizen and the lemon basil offers the same citrus flavor in a different format. The creaminess of the chevre and its slight tartness create a new flavor sensation when mixed with the banana and clove character of the beer.

Pair it with local, seasonal foods for a complete summer experience that’s full of flavor and supports growers in your community. Strawberries and greens are at their peak, making a crisp salad a perfect pairing. Try it with a strawberry shortcake for dessert, too.

We’ll keep Hefeweizen on tap through the summer. Please come in and enjoy this microbrew while it lasts. Feel free to take some to go, too, to savor the flavor of summer at home and share it with friends.

Latest Specialty Beer: Hop Night (Cascadian Dark Ale)

(Photo: Larry Chase)

As a Northwest-based brewpub, we try to honor our roots. In that spirit, our latest specialty beer is Hop Night, a Cascadian Dark Ale.

Also called Black IPA and India Black Ale, this beer style originated in the Pacific Northwest and features the region’s signature Cascade hop varietal. We chose a name for this microbrew that harkens its dark color and pronounced hoppiness. You can get more details on the style from CraftBeer.com and Lisa Morrison at Hop Press.

About Hop Night

This microbrew is as dark as night with a light tan head of foam. Before your imbibe, take in its spicy aroma to prime your palate. You’ll enjoy a big, full mouthfeel, and a roasted malt flavor with subtle nuances of mint. A lingering finish of hop bitterness tops off the experience. 7.2% abv

Malt

  • Two-Row
  • Carafa
  • Munich
  • Chocolate
  • Crystal 60
  • Acidualted
  • Oat Flakes
  • Wheat Flakes

Hops

  • Bittering = Apollo
  • Aroma/Flavor = Cascade, Goldings, Liberty
  • First Dry Hop = Golding
  • Second Dry Hop = Cascade (from Alpha Beta Hops Farm in Ashland, OR)

Food Pairings

To pair beer and food, one tried and true method is to match intensities. For example, a microbrew that offers a less intense flavor is the ideal pairing for food with a delicate disposition. Hop Night has a big, robust, strong character. Here are some menu items that can stand up to it and complement its qualities for an enhanced dining experience:

  • Black Bean Nachos

    (Photo: Larry Chase)

  • Black and Blue Burger (made with Rogue Creamery cheese)
  • Grilled Reuben
  • Daily Beef Primal Cut
  • Tempeh Stir Fry

Stop by to enjoy a pint of Hop Night any time. It’s a great way to savor and celebrate the Northwest’s passion around beer, and its influence on innovation and quality in the broader craft beer movement.

Latest Specialty Beer: Indie Pilsner (Benefits AIFF)

The newest specialty beer to hit our taps is Indie Pilsner. Pilsner is a lager-style beer, named after the Czech town of Pilsen, where this beer originated. Pilsners use bottom-fermenting yeast and are generally pale in color, as they use lighter malts.

We named this microbrew in honor of the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF), which receives a portion of sales from 3/30-4/20. This is the latest round of our Pints for a Purpose program. We’re holding a kickoff party at Standing Stone Brewing Company on 3/30 from 5-9 pm and encourage you to join us. The more pints we sell that night, the more we donate per pint!

Back to the beer….here are the details:

Indie Pilsner has a bright yellow color. You’ll savor a spicy-herbal hop aroma from the use of Czech Saaz hops. Enjoy the light to medium body and a bready, biscuit-like malt profile.  A finishing medium bitterness rounds out the tasting experience.  4.9% abv.

It’s made with 100% organic ingredients.

Malt

  • Pilsner
  • Carapils

Hops

  • Bittering = German Magnum
  • Flavor/Aroma = Czech Saaz

It pairs well with lighter food like chicken, salmon, salads and mild cheddar cheeses. We recommend trying it with these offerings from our restaurant menu:

  • Sea Scallop and Spinach Salad

    Photo: AIFF

  • Creamy Garlic Chicken Pizza
  • Lamb Pita
  • Sauteed Veggie Wrap
  • Penne Pasta

It’s also the perfect complement to the fabulous offerings at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Check out AIFF’s lineup so you don’t miss out on the fun, and treat yourself to a pint of Indie Pilsner and some food before or after the films.