New year, new menu, new leadership! Talk about positive “New Year’s resolutions” put into action! Standing Stone Brewing Company has kicked off the month of January 2022 with a renewed sense of optimism, thanks to some considerable changes across the board, including a talented head chef leading a team of highly capable team members.
Executive Chef Jared Settell hails from Eagle Point, Oregon with nearly a decade of experience working in various kitchens across the Rogue Valley. He brings a fresh, energetic interpretation of typical pub fare “to the table” with an elevated flair.
“Passion is the fuel that drives me to be a chef. My love for the craft is strong, and I want to inspire and share that with others. Cooking is an extension of myself, and to create dishes for others to enjoy is what it’s really all about for me. Coming to work for Standing Stone Brewing Company is an honor, and I’m proud to develop food that pairs beautifully with our [brew pub’s] equally amazing craft brews. It’s also a pleasure to work with such great teammates to push through the barriers this pandemic has continually brought to the forefront of our industry.”
Chef Settell and his team have introduced a new Winter menu with items appealing to all tastes and palates. In keeping with tradition, there are still SSBC signature items available such as our Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Curry Fries and house “Create Your Own Burger.” However, guests can now enjoy new and creatively executed dishes such as our Kimchi Rueben fusing an American classic with an Asian twist, a Veggie Grinder packed with both fresh and marinated veggies, Smoked Salmon Chowder featuring Alaskan wild caught Coho salmon and Blackened Ahi Tuna with braised kale, pineapple pico de gallo and chai tea infused rice, to name a few.
Settell added that many of these menu items cater to various dietary preferences and restrictions to include vegetarian, pescatarian and vegan lifestyles. Celiac and allergy restrictions are also carefully considered. As always, gluten free buns and pizza crusts are offered, as well as tofu. Want to jazz up our vegetarian Kimchi or Quinoa Bowls? There is an option to add grilled or fried chicken, an SSBC beef patty, ahi tuna or even a 7-minute egg to these, as well as our entree salads! For vegan tastes, our black bean chili is always a savory crowd-pleaser, and flavor packed items such as the Veggie Grinder can be tailored to omit our house baguette in favor of the sandwich’s vegetable medley served over spring mix or chopped romaine instead. Another vegan favorite? Our Vietnamese Salad. Comprised of Napa and purple cabbage, red bell peppers, red onion, cucumbers and carrots, it’s tossed in a fresh mint-sesame vinaigrette, and topped with pan-fried tofu and shaved almonds. In the spirit of keeping menu items as new and as exciting as possible, Settell will introduce a new menu quarterly that will not only embrace the seasons, but also the local and regionally sourced products available to us.
Joining Settell is Sous Chef Nathaniel Hudek, otherwise known as “Moose.” Having roughly 7 years culinary experience under his belt, he is also an Oregon native who has worked in restaurants here in the valley and as far reaching as Lake Tahoe. Sharing a love of the industry, he matches Settell’s energy.
“Cooking has always been a deep passion of mine. Nothing is more pleasing than knowing I made a dish that someone else is going to enjoy. The kitchen experience is like no other; we’re a community built on development. From the [slowly enjoyed] delicacy of desserts to the fast-paced intensity of the dinner rush, there is never a dull moment (or knife). You build deep connections with like-minded individuals and bring incredible creations to the local culinary world [for all to enjoy]. What’s not to love?”
The introduction of our new Winter menu items has already brought several accolades to include 5-star reviews and a local following that validates the excellent job Settell and his team are doing.
In addition to our passionate kitchen crew, our brew pub has also focused on putting a fresh new spin on our brand. We recently introduced a new line of Standing Stone merchandise to include super soft tees, long sleeve shirts and hoodies. These retail items feature organic materials and are available in both men’s and women’s fits, as well as unisex sizes. We proudly offer inclusive sizing ranging from extra small to double extra-large.
Newly released merchandise also inspired a fresh look for our glass growlers, which we fill for those wishing to take our beer home! These growlers (1/2 gallon and 1 liter) feature an homage to our namesake, Standing Stone, otherwise known as Pilot Rock; the new design bears our trademark logo as well as the famous landmark itself, which stands at 5,910 feet overlooking the Shasta and Rogue Valleys.
And finally, at the heart of our operation lies our craft beer itself, which we proudly produce in-house at the hands of Master Brewer Scott Saulsbury. Our three flagship brews, Twin Plunge Double IPA, I ❤ Oregon Ale and Tempest IPA are available year-round. Additional craft beer releases are produced seasonally and are brewed in 10-barrel batches making approximately 500 barrels a year. Regionally provided and sourced water, malted barley and yeast all go into our signature brews for guests to enjoy! The start of the year has brought forth a whole new inspiration of vibrant, hoppy flavor profiles. Saulsbury’s latest release? A single hopped beer called “Windsor Winter Pale Ale,” in honor of Mount Ashland’s ski run named after Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor.” At 5.8% abv, it boasts flavors of citrus and orchard fruit with a lingering bitterness. Upon your next visit, order our $6 Sample Tray, and try all 8 of our beers on tap!
In closing, Standing Stone would like to thank you all for your continued support. We warmly welcome those who are just as passionate about excellent craft beer and delicious pub fare as we are! As we head into another year of the current pandemic, we hope you all will remain staunch in your support of local businesses such are ours, who need local support now more than ever before. Cheers!