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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!

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Our Bees at the One Mile Farm

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:

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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.

Join the Drive Less Challenge, October 5-18

In our opinion, this time of year is the best for looking at the 10-day forecast. All we can see are sunny, 75-degree days in our near future, and that makes us want to get out and bike while the gettin’s good. Rogue Valley Transportaion District’s (RVTD) Drive Less Connect has the same idea, and this statewide program is launching the Drive Less Challenge October 5th-18th. We’ll ride along with events all week!

challenge logoFirst, we poured beer at the official Kick-Off Party at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum yesterday from 1-5 pm.  There was live music, demonstrations, raffle prizes, and beer from us!  It was a blast, and of course great to combine beer and science.

We’re also hosting the Drive Less Challenge Trivia Night on our patio at the brewpub. Join us Thursday, October 15th from 4-6pm for commuting-themed questions and prizes. We have plenty of bike parking out front; just bring your lock and settle in with a brew out back.

Here are the details to register: the Challenge is available to anyone living or working in Oregon. Visit drivelessconnect.com to register, and begin logging your alternative transportation trips. You can also connect with other users for carpooling and ride sharing, and use the calculator to track your fuel and CO2 savings.

bike parkingAnd there are prizes! Each day, there will be a social media prize winner. Post a photo of yourself using alternative transportation on Facebook or Instagram (@drivelessconnect) using #2015ORChallenge, and chosen winners get a $50 gift card. By logging trips, you’ll also be entered to win several grand prizes, including shoes, helmets and more.

Find a ride, seek out biking partners, or just log your trips for fun. At Standing Stone, we’re creating a group for our coworkers to see how many miles we can log total for the challenge. We’ll let you know at the end just how we did! We hope you have fun, commute safely, and enjoy some fresh air while hopping around during your day.

We’ve Joined Wild Rivers, Wild Brews Coalition

Sustainability in the workplace comes in many forms.  It can mean employing sustainability programs throughout your business, supporting local growers and producers, or joining forces with like-minded companies to support conservation efforts. We try to take steps in every aspect of our business, beyond using high efficiency LED lights, low flow toilets and faucets, and high-power driers to cut down on paper waste.  Our farm also uses solar panels to power the fences, we have a rigorous recycling program to lower our landfill contributions, and our Pints for a Purpose evenings support great local causes.

We’re always excited to be part of programs that align with our sustainability mission  Earlier this year, we signed the Brewery Climate Declaration and added our name to dozens of other breweries around the United States that support sustainable operations and initiatives.  That number has since grown to 70, and we couldn’t be happier about it!

When we heard about Wild Rivers, Wild Brews, we knew we had to jump on it.  Wild Rivers, Wild Brews is a coalition seeking to spread the word about new nickel strip mining operations planned to come to our South West Oregon rivers.  As the name suggests, it’s a group of breweries getting together to voice their concerns over the proposed nickel mines.  The coalition is headed by Arch Rock Brewing Company, located on Hunter Creek just south of Gold Beach, OR.  Their creek is one of many that would threatened by the strip mines’ construction.

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Proposed Mine Locations

The proposed operation would construct mines near major rivers and creeks, such as North Fork Smith River, Bald Face Creek, Hunter Creek and North Fork Pistol River.  Thousands of acres of botanically rich National Forest and BLM lands in Southern Oregon would be put at risk for contamination.

These nickel strip mines would be put on public lands and would impede on southern Oregon’s extraordinary salmon streams.   The coalition believes the strip mines would have a drastic and persistent impact.  Most importantly, it’d be irreversible.

We believe that Southern Oregon is, quite frankly, downright gorgeous.  The last thing we’d want are nickel strip mines tarnishing its beauty and destroying the natural habitat of our region.  So we’ve signed onto the Coalition.  We’ve added our names to the list in a letter to our state congressmen.  Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representative DeFazio have already introduced legislation to protect these wild rivers from the threat of strip mining.  BLM has also taken action by temporarily segregating the threatened lands to give Congress time to act.

It’s important to preserve what habitat we have left, especially habitat in our back yard.  We feel very strongly about the subject and will work with the Wild Rivers, Wild Brews coalition to see this through.  If you feel the same way we do, please take some time to contact your state Congressmen, as well as the governor: your voice will make the cause that much stronger!

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Rivers at risk

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Standing Stone Ranks #5 Best Green Workplace in 2015 by Oregon Business

OBM-100-best-Green-logo-2015-500pxwToday we toast our ranking as the #5 Best Green Workplace in Oregon in 2015! The designation comes from Oregon Business and its annual review of the Top 100 Best Green Workplaces in the state. We’ve been honored to appear in the Top 10 in each of the past six years, and we’re thrilled to maintain this coveted designation alongside other great, sustainably-minded Oregon businesses.

The Top 10 Best Green Workplaces awards ceremony welcomed event-goers to The Nines Hotel in Portland, OR. The keynote speaker, Sarah Severn, engaged the crowd about staying true to sustainable values in the business world. Thank you Oregon Business for hosting this great event and bringing together a room full of passionate and pioneering business representatives from our region!

IMG_2025Standing Stone’s RPM Bike Program, waste management program and One Mile Farm operations were all recognized as top reasons for our brewpub making the list. We’re overjoyed with the recognition (especially because it’s employee-driven) and want to thank our coworkers for all their innovation and energy that keep these programs thriving!

Every year, Oregon Business offers employee surveys to companies all over the state to rank a list of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 100 Green Companies and Top 100 Best Nonprofits. Our coworkers rank how satisfied they are with efforts in various areas, as well as how meaningful those efforts are. In 2015, Oregon Business received 17,000 employee surveys from 430 businesses. Our coworkers rock for taking the time to fill out the survey so that we can join this awesome recognition year after year.

And we’re thrilled to see lots of other sustainable businesses on the list representing Southern Oregon! Congrats to Rogue Creamery, Coyote Trails School of Nature, RHT Energy Solutions, Adroit Construction, and Habitat for Humanity Rogue Valley.

IMG_2029You can view the entire list of the 2015 Top 100 Best Green Workplaces, and be sure to send congratulations to the names you recognize. These businesses are creating unique, original programs, and drive their operations with sustainable practices in mind. We feel inspired by the range of successful green-business models throughout the state, and we’ll continue to do our best to make it on the list again in 2016!

(photos: R. Koning)

Celebrating the Earth (with Beer) at Rogue Valley Earth Day, 4/25

posterWe’re always eager to be a part of Rogue Valley Earth Day, and we’ll join this year’s celebration on Saturday, April 25th at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum with beer in tow. The annual event runs 11-4pm in the Ashland museum’s outdoor courtyard and lawn, and community members and visitors alike of all ages are encouraged to come join the festivities.

Established in 2001, Rogue Valley Earth Day is a local tradition. It serves as a forum for nonprofits, businesses and governments to raise awareness, a venue for local artists and performers to share talents, and an outlet for students to display knowledge and creativity. Participants can view exhibits and join hands-on activities related to waste prevention, local food and farms, green products and building materials, clean energy options, transportation alternatives, wildlife preservation, and more. Check out more details on their Facebook page.

The best part (in our minds): this is a zero waste event! Come see how a community gathering with over 2,000 visitors can operate without generating garbage. There will be recycling and composting receptacles, and water-fill stations for all of you bringing your own reusable water bottles.

We’ll be pouring beer in our own durable glassware, so you can feel good about drinking your beer and saving the waste! We’ll serve our I ♥ Oregon Ale and a specialty brew in glass pints, and we’ll have a handful of empty-pint glass collection stations around the event. When the day is over, we’ll pack them all up and take them back to the brewery for washing. No waste, lots of delicious craft beer. 

Also, we’re extra excited about this year’s event because Rogue Valley Earth Day was our final beneficiary for our 2014/2015 Pints for a Purpose donation program. We went out with a party last month, raising $2 for every pint of beer sold for this active, long-time local organization. Thanks to everyone who came out on March 3rd to Standing Stone, and we hope to see you again on April 25th for the big event.

Bike, walk, carpool, skip, hop, jump…consider leaving your car home for the day and hightail-it to Rogue Valley Earth Day in gas-saving mode. Once there, settle in with your pint of Standing Stone beer and enjoy the festivities. Let’s face it, celebrating the earth with a craft beer in hand is maybe – just maybe – about as good as it gets. Hope to see you there!

We’ve Joined a Call for Action on Climate Change

We’re excited to announce the debut of the Brewery Climate Declaration, a call to action that urges policymakers to seize the economic and environmental opportunities of tackling climate change. Twenty four brewery signatories have jumped on board, from small microbreweries to major international brands, and we’re one of them!

Members of the brewing industry have signed the Brewery Climate Declaration to call attention to the specific risks and opportunities of climate change on the $246 billion nation-wide industry. Breweries face multiple climate change impacts: warmer temperatures and extreme weather events can harm the production of hops, grown primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Clean water resources are also becoming scarcer in the West as a result of droughts and reduced snow pack.climate declaration

At Standing Stone, we’ve taken several steps to reduce our environmental footprint, and it’s great to operate alongside other breweries making sustainable business a priority. Here are a handful of things we do at Standing Stone to operate more efficiently:

  • Generate electricity with rooftop solar panels
  • Reduce natural gas usage with a heat recovery system
  • Reduce energy usage through lighting improvements
  • Purchase carbon and water usage offsets
  • Reduce our company-wide carbon footprint by giving bikes to employees with our Bike Program
  • Operate a farm to provide local beef, lamb and honey
  • Purchase local wines in kegs
  • Seek Salmon Safe and organic hops
  • Compost brewpub waste on our farm
  • Purchase sustainably-caught fish for our menu

And much more…breweries all over the U.S. are coming up with innovative ways to be sustainable. New Belgium captures and reuses methane to provide 15% of their brewery’s electricity needs. Odell Brewing’s modified vacuum pump triple-uses water and saves the Colorado brewery 25 million gallons of water annually.

Here is the complete list of breweries that have signed the Brewery Climate Declaration. You can learn more at ClimateDeclaration.us.

  • Aeronaut Brewing Company (MA)
  • The Alchemist (VT)
  • Allagash Brewing Company (ME)
  • Aspen Brewing Company (CO)
  • Brewery Vivant (MI)
  • Buoy Beer Company (OR)
  • Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen (WA)
  • Deschutes Brewery (OR)
  • Fort George Brewery and Public House (OR)
  • Fremont Brewing Company (WA)
  • Georgetown Brewing Co. (WA)
  • Guinness (Ireland)
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery (OR)
  • Kona Brewing Company (HI)
  • New Belgium Brewing (CO)
  • Ninkasi Brewing Company (OR)
  • Odell Brewing (CO)
  • Redhook Brewery (WA, NH)
  • Rockford Brewing Company (MI)
  • Smuttynose Brewing Company (NH)
  • Snake River Brewing Co. (WY)
  • Standing Stone Brewing Co. (OR)
  • Wet Dog Café & Brewery (OR)
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing (OR)

Pints for a Purpose Benefits Rogue Climate, 11/11

pints_logo_smWe know, we know. You’ve been waiting all summer to see Standing Stone’s 2014/2015 Pints for a Purpose line up, you anxious donation givers! We’re happy to announce our first evening of beer sales donations will benefit…(drumroll)…Rogue Climate. We’re excited to launch this year’s beer donation program with this Southern Oregon grass-roots organization on Tuesday, November 11th.

Through our 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 the top five favorite organizations. 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 (responsibly, of course) and have a great time knowing you’re helping a passionate local organization.

logo_Rogue Climate supports practical solutions to climate change that will result in cleaner energy, sustainable jobs, and a healthy environment. The organization promotes community conversations and engagement through creative art projects and educational events. Last year, they hosted the area’s first Clean Energy Day with local bands,  local brews, local clean energy businesses, and a 100 foot-wide art piece to make the statement that Southern Oregon is ready for local, cleaner energy. Check out their events page for more upcoming happenings.

Last year, we had hosted five Pints for a Purpose benefit evenings totaling over $2,000 in donations for local nonprofits.  Our recipients for the 2013/2014 season included Ashland Food Project, CASA of Jackson County, Rogue Valley Farm to School, Friends of the Animal Shelter, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Daedalus Project.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 11th at 5pm 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 shake hands, say hi, mingle and have a pint with other fans and friends to help support Rogue Climate with Pints for a Purpose.

 

Biking and Work: a Perfect Pairing in September

September means many things for Ashland, Oregon; students are going back to school, trees are changing colors, and fall is beginning to ease in as summer sneaks out.  Standing Stone welcomes the season with the Bike Commute Challenge. The annual cycling challenge takes place during September (Oregon’s Bike to Work Month) and encourages companies, schools and individuals across the state to commute with two wheels.

It’s a call to action by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, our regional cycling advocates. The BTA’s goal is to increase health of our state, while decreasing transportation and health care costs, by commuting to work every day.  Over 228 schools participated in 2011 and the BTA helped obtain over 1,100 signatures for Portland’s bike sharing program.  1,400 workplaces participated, with 12,000 riders (including, of course, Standing Stone Brewing Co.).  We even got featured as an inspirational picture of the week!

Currently, Standing Stone boasts 500 miles biked by employees, with over 150 round trips in just the last three weeks!  Our very own Josh Nielsen leads the pack with over 105.6 miles logged.  Nice work, Josh!  Employees also get to enter in a raffle for every day they bike to work to win prizes at the end of each week.  And of course, there is a grand prize winner at the end.

Why do we participate in the Bike Commute Challenge every year? Well, that’s easy: we care about the health and well-being of our community and employees.  Standing Stone’s commuter bike program is in its fifth year and we’re always looking for new ways to increase employees’ health and happiness.  In fact, we’re starting a new employee wellness program at the end of the month – keep an eye out for more info soon!

As is tradition, we also tapped our annual September seasonal ale, the Commuter Gold in honor bikebeertshirtof Bike to Work Month.  Be sure to check out information on this refreshing beer and stop by to try it for yourself. When you’re in, you’ll see our coworkers wearing Standing Stone bike tees all week in celebration of the Challenge. We hope to see your bike out front with ours on the big, yellow rack soon!

Happy 4th of July Weekend from Ashland’s 2014 Grand Marshals

Happy 4th of July weekend! Yesterday, we had the privilege of leading this year’s Ashland, Oregon 4th of July parade through downtown. Standing Stone Brewing Company co-owners, Alex and Danielle Amarotico, were chosen as the 2014 Grand Marshals, and many of us cycled along behind their beautiful, classic car on our Standing Stone commuter bikesamarotico fam in car

Here is what the Ashland Chamber of Commerce had to say about their choice for this year’s Grand Marshal:

The Grand Marshal epitomizes this year’s theme, ‘This Land is Our Land’, to the fullest extent.  We’d like to congratulate, Alex and Danielle Amarotico and the Standing Stone Brewing Company as this year’s Grand Marshal.   Personifying the stewardship of our land, Alex, Danielle and Standing Stone are being recognized for their leadership with their sustainable business practices, investing in solar, their Farm and true ‘farm to table’ offerings at their restaurant and brewery.  Recently honored at one of the Top 100 Green Businesses to work for in Oregon, Standing Stone gives back to the community and its employees by offering one of the first employee bike programs in Ashland. Congratulations and we shall see you at the Parade!group photo

We had a great time circling our decorated bikes around the parade route, and we’re honored by this generous recognition. Thank you to the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and all the parade volunteers who make this event a once-yearly great success!high five biking

In the spirit of continued celebration, come toast a pint of American craft beer at Standing Stone this weekend. We hope you had a fun and festive Independence Day yesterday, and wish you a safe, joyful and responsible weekend to follow!rachel bike wavingtaylor in carbiking downtowndanielle waving in carriding in car parade