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With the Changing Season Comes SSBC’s New Winter Menu!

Showcasing our own One Mile Farm, as well as locally owned farms and purveyors, our Winter Menu is sure to please!

Our new menu items contain fresh, vibrant ingredients that are farm-to-table in every sense of the phrase.  Some of the house-made ingredients in our new menu items include kimchi, Tempest IPA BBQ sauce, Gochujang BBQ sauce, French onion beef broth from the bones of our cows and a vanilla & marionberry vinaigrette, to name a few. * As always, we offer gluten-free options to include pizza dough and burger buns.

 

Fall Ratatouilli

 

Pear & Beet Salad

 

SSBC Bean Burger

 

One Mile Farm Korean Burger

 

Roasted Pear & Chevre Pizza

When you choose to dine at Standing Stone Brewing Company, you’re not only supporting our mission of sustainability and environmental awareness, but you’re also giving your support to the local economy. And for that, we sincerely thank you!

Be sure to check out our weekly specials as well; they change every Thursday, and bring variety and creativity to your dining experience.

For a detailed description of these items, as well as to view the rest of our menu, please click the following link: https://www.standingstonebrewing.com/menu/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pints For A Purpose – Beers for Bees!

The frost is on the pumpkin, and winter is upon us.  At Standing Stone Brewing Company that means that it is time for Pints for a Purpose, our annual season-of-giving, where we choose five local non-profit organizations to each benefit from a night of glass-raising, awareness-raising and fund-raising for a good cause.

The first of our Pints for a Purpose benefit evenings will be on Tuesday November 27.  For every beer that we sell that that evening, $2 will be donated to The Bee Girl Organization.

The Bee Girl Organization is a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers, and our food.  The Bee Girl Organization will use Pints for a Purpose funding toward running their two biggest projects: “Kids & Bees”, an educational bee-centered summer camp aimed at 3rd graders, and “Regenerative Bee Habitat”, which includes pollinator habitat research and floral preference surveys to develop seed mixes for both farmers and gardeners that benefit all of our bees.

While preparing to write this Blog post I visited The Bee Girl Organization website https://www.beegirl.org/.  I found such a wealth of information there!   There is information about beekeeping, about planting flowers that bees love, about habitat restoration and about teaching kids to love bees and honey.

I learned that honey is not ‘bee puke.’ “It’s flower nectar, which worker honey bees collect from flowers.  They store it in their “honey crop.”  This is like a chipmunk cheek.  The bee stores the honey, like a chipmunk stores nuts and seeds for its nest.  When the worker bee arrives back at the hive, she passes the nectar off to another bee, through their proboscises.  The bee inside the hive puts it into a honey comb “cell.”  It’s still not honey, though.  Bees add enzymes to the nectar, and evaporate over 80% of the moisture off of the nectar (using their wings as a fan).  When it’s the right consistency, the bees seal it with wax”. This is a quote from a lesson plan aimed at teaching elementary school students to appreciate bees and honey.

Promoting knowledge and appreciation of the value and the work of bees is something that SSBC supports completely.  Bees pollinate our plants to insure productivity and bio-diversity.  Healthy plant communities are crucial to the health of our livestock and to the basic local ingredients in our food and beer.  Another win-win-win situation.

Please plan to come on out and join us on Tuesday, November 27 between 5 and 10 pm.  Enjoy some delicious, locally grown and produced food and raise a pint of local brew to The Bee Girl Organization.

 

2018-2019 Season of Giving – Pints for a Purpose

At Standing Stone, we work to operate our restaurant and brewery in a way that protects and restores the environment, and supports the health and happiness of our community, guests and employees.” This is our mission statement, and it influences our business practices and our commitment to social responsibility.

One example of this is Pints for a Purpose, Standing Stone Brewing Company’s (SSBC) annual “season of giving” program.  Once a month on a Tuesday evening, from November through March, SSBC hosts a Rogue Valley non-profit organization; these participating groups are selected by Standing Stone employees.   Each of these chosen organizations work locally to contribute to many of the same core values and concerns of our business, our staff and our clientele: education, environmental sustainability, community and local food production.

The way it works? Each organization invites its staff, volunteers, friends and supporters to come down to Standing Stone on its particular benefit night for libations, refreshments and camaraderie.  SSBC donates $2 for each pint of beer sold that evening to the participating organization.   Last year, we raised over $2,000 for these local non-profits.

Pints for a Purpose is a win-win arrangement; Standing Stone has the opportunity to host a lively, fun-filled evening for our community and friends, the benefiting groups receive publicity, networking opportunities and much-needed funding, and guests enjoy fabulous food, company and the joy of drinking beer for a good cause.

Past Benefit Night for a Local Cause

This year’s Pints For a Purpose beneficiaries are:

The Bee Girl Organization – Tuesday November 27

https://www.beegirl.org/

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon – Tuesday, December 11

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-southwestern-oregon

Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association – Tuesday, January 8

http://rvmba.org/

The Children’s Advocacy Center – Tuesday, February 12

https://cacjc.org/

Equamore Foundation – Tuesday, March 12

http://www.equamore.org/

So, be sure to mark your calendars.  Invite your friends. Plan to come out for Pints for a Purpose and drink beer (responsibly, of course!) for a great cause.

 

Standing Stone Set to Participate in 12th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival

The Ashland Culinary Festival is a yearly event that brings together some of the Valley’s biggest names in the Industry to celebrate Southern Oregon’s bounty of food, drink, talent and creativity.  Career chefs, aspiring junior chefs, “foodies,’ local vendors and the general public all congregate at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites for one weekend of cut throat competition in which 12 outstanding local chefs, and their respective sous chefs, compete for the title of “Top Chef.”

Guests will sip, sample and explore the over 30 vendors offering local wines, brews, spirits, food and culinary themed products from around the Rogue Valley. Last year’s Festival saw over 1,500 tickets sold, and this year is projected to be even bigger.  Standing Stone is incredibly proud to enter the competition with our Executive Chef, Raider Babcock representing the brew pub along with Sous Chef Jeff Hunt by his side. With a combined total of 40 years culinary experience, they are both ready to put their best knife forward when it comes to the competition.

Executive Chef Raider Babcock & Sous Chef Jeff Hunt

Asked what their plan of attack is: “We plan to utilize these amazing ingredients as creatively as possible,” said Raider. “We’re not scared.  A lot of people are scared of [secret] ingredients. We just see it as an opportunity to showcase them.”

“[Competitions like this] get the wheels turning for new ideas, new sauces, new toppings,’ said Jeff. ‘We also work exceptionally well together.'”

With a look of confidence Raider added, “It’s going to be a blast to showcase our abilities. We can’t wait.”

Jeff Hunt & Raider Babcock discussing upcoming menu items.

“The weekend also includes a ticketed event on Friday night (with a Mixology Competition and samplings), hands-on educational workshops, the 3rd annual Junior Chef competition, a Top Chef dinner and much more.  With lodging packages available and many fall adventures to experience in and around Ashland, this will be an exciting, culinary event that welcomes both locals and visitors from around the West Coast.” – Ashland Chamber of Commerce.

Raider was recently invited to film a segment for KTVL Channel 10’s upcoming series “West Coast Flavors,” which will showcase the skills of some of the participating chefs in this year’s festival.  During filming, Raider met with the show’s host, News Anchor and Reporter Trish Glose, and talked about Standing Stone’s dedication to sustainability, a healthy community and lessening the restaurant’s eco-footprint. One of the topics he also touched on was our very own “One Mile Farm (OMF),” where we raise our own, free range cows and sheep just one mile away from the restaurant.

 

It was also here that he demonstrated his skills behind a kitchen range, executing a current restaurant special: OMF beef tenderloin served with blackened corn, roasted mushroom and kale risotto in a creamy, parmesan sauce & house made red wine demi-glace.

Filming on the set of “West Coast Flavors” with KTVL Channel 10’s Trish Glose

This specific special not only features our own grass fed, grass finished beef, but it highlights the use of locally grown, fresh produce and house made sauces.  It is currently available to our customers, for those of you who would like to sample a taste of Raider’s masterful execution.

OMF Beef Tenderloin

As the competition approaches, we here at Standing Stone invite our loyal and local customers to check out the action, in person, at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites on November 8th – 11 th. Join us as we spread our message of sustainability and community, and participate in the local camaraderie of our Industry. Hope to see you there!

http://www.ashlandchamber.com/Page.asp?NavID=782

Another Park Clean-Up in the Books!

As we all well know, Fall in Ashland, Oregon is a spectacular scene to behold.  Our beautiful little community nestled in the hills features some of the most picturesque parks around, with Lithia Park in particular being our shining gem.  Add to this the fiery oranges, yellows and reds of Fall time, and you have some breathtaking sights indeed.  One way Ashland’s Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) ensures our parks’ beauty is maintained is with help from the community through their “Adopt-a-Park Program.”

APRC formed this program due to the vast amount of local land requiring general maintenance; It manages 17 parks, 48 miles of trails, a golf course, multiple open spaces and numerous recreational facilities.  The organization looks to Ashland individuals, neighborhood groups and businesses to help.  Cue our amazing team here at Standing Stone Brewing Company (SSBC)!  

Front of House Staff and Park Clean-Up Volunteers

SSBC adopted a small park called Calle Guanajuato about three years ago.  Located next to Ashland Creek and behind the shops on the Plaza, this particular park is open from dawn until dusk and is dog friendly.  Although small, it still sees a lot of foot traffic due to its location downtown and, as such, trash and debris tend to accumulate regularly.  On a quartely basis, SSBC “rallies the troops” for a day of weeding, trash collection and overall grooming of the area.

Calle Guanajuato

APRC provides training as well as all of the necessary tools to get the job done.  Not only does our beautiful city benefit from this volunteer work, but our team also walks with away with a sense of pride, comaraderie and accomplishment; a win-win for all!

“Team work makes the dream work!”

With the Fall clean-up now behind us, SSBC will once again converge on the Calle this winter.  Until then, if you happen to see trash or clutter, do us all a favor and collect it!

For more information on how to adopt a local park, contact Ashland Parks & Recreation Volunteer & Event Coordinator Lori Ainsworth at 541.552.2264 or by email.

 

 

The Second Annual Harvest Dinner on Oak Street

A little over a year and a half ago, one of our staff members brought to the table an idea that made us ask ourselves, “why didn’t we think of that first?” Because we work alongside some brilliant people, we are fairly used to that feeling; but this idea just seemed like something we could not pass up.

The idea was to host an outdoor dinner on Oak Street towards the end of summer. We love throwing parties and we love interacting with the community outside of our own four walls, so this was a no-brainer for us.

As we started to envision what the event would look like, we quickly agreed that donating proceeds to a local non-profit would be a definite. We also knew that we wanted the dinner to highlight our local region, farmers and produce. After putting two and two together, we knew who the beneficiary would be–our friends at Rogue Valley Farm to School.

Over the course of several months, we poured everything we had into planning the first

Harvest Dinner 2016 picture by Allie Harrington Photography

Harvest Dinner on Oak Street. It was the first event of this type we had ever planned and it was a true labor of love. With the help of local vendors, donors, restaurateurs and our awesome staff, the event sold out and was more of a success than we could have ever imagined….

That was, until this year.

The Second Annual Harvest Dinner on Oak Street was held in mid-October. The event sold out, and over 75 guests wined and dined under the stars in celebration of all things local. We were thrilled with the success of the dinner and happy to have hosted it another year.

What we didn’t expect in our wildest dreams, was that this “fun idea” our employee suggested would have such an impact on the community. This year, more than $34,000 was raised to support farm to school education, connecting local schools with local farmers and supporting a healthier community.

The generosity of guests and our sponsors helped Rogue Valley Farm to School raise more than $19,000 in cash and in-kind gifts.  That amount was matched with an additional $15,000 from a private foundation.

The proceeds will be used to hire a dedicated staff member who will be working closely with local producers and schools to create systems so that schools can readily incorporate healthy, locally grown and processed food into their school meal menus.

We are filled with pride and gratitude. As a company who is driven to have a positive impact on our community, the Harvest Dinner on Oak Street has become one of our greatest success stories.

We would like to thank all the sponsors, volunteers and vendors who helped make this event possible. From the beautiful tables and decor donated by Motif Event Rentals, to the flower arrangements by Jack Lily Seasonal Floral Design and especially the helping hands from Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine, this could not have happened without your help and support. Thank You.

 

9th Annual Pumpkins & Pints – Sunday, Oct 29th 1-5pm

Fall is here and we are excited to announce our 9th annual Pumpkins and Pints! Come join us at the brewpub for an afternoon of pumpkin carving fun and spooky festivities.

We’ll provide the pumpkins and carving tools (you’re welcome to bring your own if you take pumpkin carving really seriously), and you just show up with your creative ideas. You can purchase beer, hard cider, lemonade, brats and burgers once you’ve worked up a hearty appetite. We’ll have live music from Phoenix Sigalove and games to keep kids of all ages entertained.

This year we will be holding a costume and pumpkin carving contest at 3pm. Prizes will be awarded to all participants; so get those little gremlins dressed up and in the Halloween spirit.

Bring the family and dress warm as the event will be held outdoors on our patio (weather permitting). We look forward to seeing you at the 9th annual Pumpkins and Pints!

Pints for a Purpose benefits Alzheimer’s Association– January 10th, 5-10pm

Happy New Year from Standing Stone Brewing Co. We have just come to the end of a very lively and enjoyable holiday season. It was very satisfying to be part of the holiday celebrations of so many families.

Here at SSBC we have a lot to look forward to in 2017, starting with a New Menu coming on January 4. When you have been in business for as long as SSBC has (it will be 20 years this Spring!) it is important to keep things fresh and creative.  Changing the menu from time to time also allows us to source the most seasonably sustainable food items that we possibly can. The new menu retains many long-standing favorites; and brings in some exciting new additions. I cannot wait to try the new Chicken Calzone with a pint of Citrine Pale.

On Tuesday, January 10 from 5-10pm, we will host our third Pints for a Purpose event of the 2016-2017 season. Each winter SSBC hosts five evenings from which we donate $2 from each Beer, and $1 from each Root Beer sold, to a local, charitable organization. In December we raised about $400 for the Maslow Project to help homeless youth. This month Pints for a Purpose will benefit the Southern Oregon Alzheimer’s Association.

In preparation for writing this I made an informal poll of my co-workers. Out of eight people that I asked, seven of them said that their lives had been touched by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. They said it was a grandparent, a friend or a neighbor. Some mentioned how difficult it had been to witness the mental and physical decline of a loved one and how hard it had been on caregivers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association website over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Since its foundation in 1980 the Alzheimer’s Association has grown into a national, non-profit organization with a mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

With a vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease, The Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter provides education and support for people diagnosed, their families, and caregivers by providing information and resources, 24/7 telephone help lines, local support groups and educational programs, an annual caregivers conference and a nationwide identification program, MedicAlert + Safe Return, for people with Alzheimer’s disease who may wander and get lost

The goal of Pints for a Purpose is to raise cash to help the Alzheimer’s Association carry on its local work and to raise awareness about its programs. If your life has been touched by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, SSBC’s Pints for a Purpose evening on January 10 is an opportunity to make a contribution to an organization that is invaluable in both fighting against and living with Alzheimer’s disease.

We hope to see you on January 10. Come check out our new menu and make your pints count at Pints for a Purpose.

-By Joan K. Seybold

Pints for a Purpose benefits Oregon Brewshed Alliance

McKenzie River photo by Tim Giraudier

At SSBC we really love our brewshed! Every day of the year you may find Standing Stone guests and employees enjoying the majesty of our local brewshed. We love to ski down its slopes, hike up its ridges, kayak down its creeks and drink its delicious beers.

You might ask, what is a brewshed? According to the experts at Oregon Wild, the term “brewshed®” refers to the “watersheds where brewers and breweries source their water to brew craft beer.” That means the wild lands, forests, streams and rivers that surround our communities here in the Rogue Valley. Brewsheds are so important to brewers because beer is over 90% water. The quality of the water is paramount to the quality of the microbrew. Our purest, best-tasting water comes from rivers and streams flowing through unspoiled public forest lands.

Yes, we love our brewshed! That is why Standing Stone Brewing Company is a proud member of the Oregon Brewshed Alliance; a group of craft breweries from across the state that seeks to protect Oregon’s many amazing brewsheds by supporting the efforts of Oregon Wild. Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild has been instrumental in securing permanent legislative protection for some of Oregon’s most precious landscapes, including nearly 1.7 million acres of Wilderness, 95,000 acres of and almost 1,800 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers. As a leader in the national grassroots campaign for conservation of roadless areas in our national forests, Oregon Wild helped secure administrative protections for more than 58 million acres of spectacular roadless areas across the country.  Oregon Wild’s wilderness, old-growth forest and clean rivers/watersheds programs protect pristine drinking water, unparalleled recreation opportunities and fish and wildlife habitat across Oregon.

Learning about the work or Oregon Wild makes me think of one of my favorite Dr. Seuess books, “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. And I’m asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs…”  The Lorax is a fable about the destruction of the environment at the hands of corporate greed.  Although things get pretty dreary, there is a message of hope in the end, and a stern warning, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Advocating for healthy brewsheds means speaking up for the trees, and protecting the wild animals that live in them.

On Tuesday, February 7, from 5-10pm Standing Stone Brewing Co. will celebrate our love for our Oregon brewsheds at our Pints for a Purpose event. SSBC will donate $2 for each beer and $1 for each root beer sold during the event to Oregon Wild to support their ongoing work to protect our precious wild lands.

So come on by next Tuesday for a delicious meal and a pint – or just a pint (or two).  Bring friends. Come learn more about Oregon Brewshed Alliance and raise some funds to support the work of Oregon Wild. Come check out our newest brew “You Asked for it Amber” to go with our wood fired Steelhead. Or grab a pint of Fireside Porter to accompany a nice warm vegetable salad. Or try a pint of Citrine Pale with our yummy Fig and Bacon Pizza. Or choose a pint of Grizzly Peak Pilsner and a plate of Baja Tacos. Or just have your old favorite Twin Plunge Double IPA. Whatever you choose, make your pints count at Standing Stone Brewing Company’s Pints for a Purpose.

–Written by Joan Seybould

Pints For A Purpose Returns!

Well, Summer is officially here!  Whether hitting the trails, lakes or rivers, we’re all excited for outdoor adventures and warm weather fun here in the Rogue Valley. At Standing Stone, it’s also a time we look forward to kick off our annual Pints for a Purpose application period, which runs from July 1st to October 1st, 2017.  

If you aren’t familiar with the program, through our Pints for a Purpose we donate $2 of every pint of beer sold to an employee-chosen nonprofit group, on their designated benefit evening. The top five voted recipients gather family, friends, and supporters from all over Southern Oregon on nights running November through March.

Our great staff votes for the top five favorite organizations, and we’re always amazed at all the wonderful work being done by the people in our communities. We award each nonprofit a special evening, during which all pints sold between 5pm – 10pm contribute to their cause. The organizations send representatives to answer questions, offer information, and participate in the fun! You just enjoy a beer, some excellent company, and have a great time knowing you’re helping a passionate local organization.

Last year’s Pints For a Purpose Events Supported:

White Oak Farm Education Center

The Maslow Project

Southern Oregon Alzheimer’s Association

Oregon Wild / Oregon Brewshed Alliance

Modern Roots Foundation

This year, to celebrate twenty great and exciting years of business at Standing Stone Brewing, we’re inviting all of our past Pints for a Purpose groups to apply, as well as looking for new groups to support.  If your nonprofit would like to apply for a Pints for a Purpose evening at Standing Stone, please visit our donations page. We look forward to hearing from you!

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