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Pints for a Purpose

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.

 

“Pints For A Purpose” Season is HERE

 Fall is in the air, and Standing Stone Brewing Company is currently accepting applications for our 2018/2019 Pints for a Purpose. Rogue Valley not-for-profit organizations who concentrate their efforts in education, environmental sustainability, community, or local food production are encouraged to apply. We will accept applications through our website (http://www.standingstonebrewing.com/about/donations/) until October 10, 2018.

The objective of Pints for a Purpose is to support local organizations by opening our doors for them one night a month, from November through March, in an effort to raise funds to support their work. On its designated evening, Standing Stone Brewing Company donates two dollars from every pint sold to the beneficiary organization and provides a meal to their staff and volunteers.

Each beneficiary organization of our Pints for a Purpose is selected by staff members at Standing Stone Brewing Company. All staff members are given the opportunity to vote for their top five choices.

The 2017/2018 Pints for a Purpose season raised over $2,000 for local not for profits and provided a space for them to educate our community about important local projects. The beneficiary organizations of last season were Modern Roots Foundation, Ashland Food Project, Rogue Riverkeper, Rogue Farm Corps and Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon.

The 2017/2018 season was a success and we look forward to selecting the applicants for our 2018/2019 season. We encourage you to partake in supporting our local organizations by getting involved or donating when possible. At the very least, join us next season for a craft brew in support of a good cause.

 

Contact

To learn more about Pints for a Purpose, please contact:

Joan Seybold Standing Stone Brewing Company

101 Oak Street, Ashland, Oregon

Office: (541) 494-8334

joan@standingstonebrewing.com

About Standings Stone Brewing Company

Standing Stone Brewing Company is a family-owned, full service restaurant-brewery committed to craft beers, great food, happy customers, fulfilled employees, community and sustainable business. We seek to ensure customers feel like friends, employees feel like family, our community values us as good neighbors and we leave the world a better place. Handcrafted beer is our passion and we love to share it.

December 12th Pints For A Purpose – The Ashland Food Project!

On the evening of Tuesday November 14 Standing Stone’s dining room was alive with the sound of music. The teachers and students from Modern Roots Foundation played fiddles and guitars and sang to the delight of guests and staff. It

was the first event of our 2017-2018 Pints for a Purpose program, and it really kicked off our season-of- giving with a flourish. The music was so much fun! Kids and adults together playing familiar tunes from traditional Americana, to pop and rock, even some yodeling by a
very talented young singer. Friends and family gathered around and raised a pint to Modern Roots Foundation and their work in musical education for youth. For each pint of beer sold that night SSBC donated $2 to Modern Roots. Together we also raised over $250 to support their programs.

We are really looking forward to our next Pints for a Purpose event. On Tuesday, December 12 we will celebrate and benefit the Ashland Food Project.

The Ashland Food Project is known by the jaunty green bags that we see outside the homes of our friends and neighbors six times a year. The green bag program was started in 2009 as a way to help Ashland residents donate to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank.

How it works is that green bags are
given to volunteers who fill them with non-perishable food items. The bags are then collected – and replaced by an empty bag – by volunteers on a Saturday morning. The food collected is taken directly to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank and placed on shelves by more volunteers. This amazing process brings over 25,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank every other month. The Ashland Food Project provides a regular supply of food to our hungry neighbors, creates new neighborhood connections that strengthen our community, and serves as a model for other communities.

Standing Stone Brewing Company is pleased to partner with Ashland Food Project this year. Whether you are already involved with the Ashland Food Project, or are interested in volunteering or just wanting to learn more, come down to Standing Stone from 5-10pm and meet representatives from Ashland Food Project. Bring your friends and raise a pint to help support their work in our community.

Pints for a Purpose benefits Maslow Project

At SSBC we like to create win-win-win situations. Pints for a Purpose is a win-win-win situation. It is another example of SSBC’s commitment to sustainability. Check out this neat set-up. SSBC guests get to enjoy our amazing beer while contributing to a valuable, local organization– win, win! Our organization of choice gets to celebrate their achievements, represent their work to the public and raise much needed funds, to help further their mission– win, win! The restaurant and brewery staff get to enjoy a lively evening of community involvement, which also increases our ability to continue to give back to the community – win, win, win!

Our second event of the 2016/2017 Pints for a Purpose season is coming up on Tuesday, December 13. That evening from 5 to 10pm we will host the Maslow Project and will donate $2 for every pint of beer and $1 from every pint of Root Beer sold to support their work with homeless youth in the Rogue Valley.

It is so appropriate that we chose to feature the Maslow Project in our December PFP.  In this holiday season, as the outside temperatures drop and we are safe and warm, celebrating friends and family, it is so important for us to turn our attention to the most vulnerable people in our community– the kids.

In Jackson County, one in ten school aged kids is homeless. That means that they are living on the streets, in shelters, in motels, in vehicles, in places not designed for people. They are couch-surfing or “doubling-up”. Most of these kids are not runaways, but living in homeless families. These are real kids in our local towns, going to our schools, who really need extra support and care.

The mission of the Maslow Project is to offer every homeless child and youth the probability of success and the opportunity for a better life. Their focus is on education completion. On average, only 25% of homeless youth in America ever graduate from high school. But 66% of Maslow Project seniors graduate on time. The Maslow Project creates their own benefit-loops by empowering kids to finish school and thus increasing their chances of breaking cycles of poverty and homelessness. 

Through street and school based outreach the Maslow Project hooks homeless kids up with basic needs byproviding access to clothing items, food boxes, hygiene supplies, hot meals, snacks and other services at their drop-in center in Medford. They also provide family advocacy, counseling and positive youth development programs.  You can go to the Maslow Project Website to learn more about their programs.

In addition to the traditional Pints for a Purpose donation, SSBC will also host a Donation Drive to collect gifts of food, new or gently-used clothing, hygiene supplies, diapers and school supplies. So, when you come visit us on December 13 to enjoy a pint or two, bring some friends along to celebrate the holidays and, please bring what you can to help fill our donation box.

 

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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Pints For A Purpose 2016/2017 – And The Winners Are…

Well, you’ve all been waiting patiently to see Standing Stone’s 2016/2017 Pints for a Purpose line up, and here it is! We’re pfap-image-265x300excited to announce our first evening of beer sales donations will benefit White Oak Farm Education Center. We’re looking forward to launching this season’s program with this Southern Oregon grass-roots organization on Tuesday, November 15th from 5pm-9pm. 

Nestled into a northern fold of the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern Oregon, White Oak Farm is dedicated to cultivating connections between people and their local ecosystems by pursuing community food security, fostering agricultural and ecological diversity, and teaching the arts of sustainable living.

If you aren’t familiar with the Pints for a Purpose program, we donate $2 of every pint of beer sold to an employee-chosen nonprofit on their designated benefit evening, November through March. Our annual application period runs June-October, and then our staff votes for their top five favorite organizations. We award each nonprofit a special evening, during which all pints sold 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 committed local organization.

Our other Pints for a Purpose winners and dates this year, as voted for by our very own Standing Stone Crew, are:

The Maslow Project – December 13th 2016

Southern Oregon Alzheimer’s Association – January 7th 2017

Oregon Wild / Oregon Brewshed Alliance – February 7th 2017

Modern Roots Foundation – March 7th 2017

Last year, we hosted five Pints for a Purpose benefit evenings totaling over $2,000 in donations for local nonprofits. Our recipients for the 2015/2016 Pints for a Purpose included Sanctuary One, Bee Girl, Children’s Advocacy Center, Rogue Valley Farm to School, and the No LNG Pipeline Campaign.

So mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 15th from 5pm-9pm and help us kick off this season of giving. We’ll use #pintsforapurpose to tag photos of the benefit evening on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and encourage you to do the same! Come say hi, mingle and have a pint with family and friends to help support White Oak Farm with Pints for a Purpose.

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Last Call– Pints for a Purpose 2015/2016 application period ending soon!

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Well it’s hard to believe, but Summertime is coming to an end. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably scratching your head and wondering where the heck the past few months went. While we’re scrambling to get those last minute camping trips in and hold on to our totally awesome Chaco tans, ready or not, Fall is upon us!

Kicking off the season at Standing Stone is the closing of the Pints for a Purpose application period (October 1st). All summer long we’ve had some incredible Southern Oregon non-profit groups send in their applications in hopes of being a Pints for a Purpose recipient for the 2016/2017 season.

The first week of October, we’ll have our amazing staff of over 70 employees choose which tPrintop five groups they would like to see become the next Pints for a Purpose beneficiaries. The recipients will each be given a dedicated benefit evening sometime Nov-March in which $2 from every pint of beer sold from 5-10pm will be donated to their group. It’s a great opportunity for members of the community to meet and celebrate the hard working and dedicated people behind our local nonprofits. It’s also a great opportunity to drink beer for a good cause. What more of a reason could you possibly need to be excited for Pints for a Purpose??

These are some of the amazing groups we’ve had the pleasure of working with in the past few years: Sanctuary One, Rogue Climate, CASA of Jackson County, Bee Girl, Friends of the Animal Shelter, Rogue Valley Farm to School, No LNG Campaign and Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County. Last season alone we raised over $2,000!

There is still time to tell your favorite local non profit group to submit an application! Applicants must be locally based, grassroots organizations with 501c3 status. The form is available online here along with more information about the program.

Stay tuned– we’ll announce the 2016/2017 Pints for a Purpose recipients mid-October. We’re hoping to have a record-breaking season this year and we can’t do it without you all.

Cheers to community and to drinking good beer for a good cause!

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