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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.

 

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.

 

 

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Introducing FOUR new craft brew releases!

Since the arrival of our new Brew Master, Scott Saulsbury, Standing Stone has been incredibly proud to introduce his masterful takes on traditional styles of beer. Come on down to the brew pub; we can’t wait to pour you a pint (or two) of these delicious new releases!

Tempest IPA: Like a summer storm, this IPA will blow you over with flavors of mandarin orange and grapefruit. 6.5% abv

Polonius Pilsner: A subtly hopped Pilsner with delicate sweetness from Weyerman Bohemian Malt. Highly quaffable. 5.2% abv

Puck’s Porter: Smooth, yet robust Porter. Roasty, toasty caramel notes with a mild sweetness. Devilishly delicious. 6.9% abv

Oak St. Amber: A crisp, autumnal Amber with delicious roasted malt notes. Lightly hopped with Cascades and Goldings hops. 5.8%

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

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10th Annual Pumpkins & Pints!

Fall is here, and we are excited to announce our 10th Annual Pumpkins & Pints! Come join us at the brewpub for an afternoon of pumpkin carving fun and spooky festivities.

Sunday, October 28th – Noon – 4 PM

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 featuring Danielle Kelly Soul Project and games to keep kids of all ages entertained.

Paul Turnipseed & Danielle Kelly

https://www.facebook.com/DKSoulProject/

This year we will be holding a costume and pumpkin carving contest at 3 PM. 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 beautiful patio (weather permitting). We look forward to seeing you at the 10th Annual Pumpkins & Pints!

 

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Meet Our New Brewer Scott Saulsbury

Standing Stone Brewing Company has been producing craft beer in Ashland for over two decades.  So, when the time came to recruit a new Master Brewer to take over operation of our 10 barrel brewery, which produces about 500 barrels (1,500 gallons) of fine brew each year, it was clear that we needed a professional who had the chops to handle the job.  Part athlete, part scientist, part philosopher, Scott Saulsbury is just that person.

Scott Saulsbury

Tall and broad of shoulder, Scott has the athleticism to handle the physical demands of our second story brewing facility.  With over 20 years of brewing experience, he has the know-how to tackle the scientific and technical challenges, and the heart to forge the future of Standing Stone’s brewing legacy.   Although Scott has a resume that reads like a who’s who of Oregon craft brewing, he is very humble, hardworking and down-to -earth.

A typical brewing day could include anything from carrying 50 pound bags of grain up the steep steps to the top of the hopper, to making calculations for new formulations; from sourcing and purchasing hops, grains and yeasts, to raking spent grains out of the mash tank; from maintaining equipment to networking with other beer enthusiasts. Recently he took a few minutes out of his brewing day to visit with me.

Joan: Tell me about your “brewer’s journey”?

Scott: “I was going to graduate school at University of Oregon in 1993 when I got my first job as Assistant Brewer at Steelhead in Eugene From there, I moved to Bend and started at Bend Brewing Company then moved on to Deschutes Brewery for quite a few years.  Back in Southern Oregon I helped Jim (Mills) start Caldera Brewing Company. After that, I worked at Southern Oregon Brewing Company for about 8 years from 2008 to 2016.  And finally, I was at Ram Brewing in Medford for the last year and a half…”

J: That’s a pretty impressive resume.  What drew you to brewing in the first place?

S: I was studying philosophy, English and Ancient Greek, and I realized that I wasn’t going to be an academic and I needed to get a job.  I sort of hit that early nineties wave of brewing getting more popular, and I was able to make a career out of it.

J: So, as Standing Stone was getting started as a brewery in 1997, you were already on your brewer’s journey.  You were part of that movement in the nineties when the craft brewing community was really being established in the Pacific Northwest…

S: Yep. Eugene was sort of a popular place.

J: What is it about brewing beer that speaks to you?  What do you like about it?

S: I’ve done it for so long now, that it’s hard to imagine not brewing.   Initially, during the Deschutes years and the startup of Caldera, that there was a lot of creativity.  A lot of new types of hops were becoming available.  And it’s pretty fun.  You get to play with big tanks and hoses, and make a mess; there is that blending of art and science.   You can crunch the numbers and calculate how things ought to work out.  And then there’s always that extra remainder that is sort of just winging it.  There are not as many variables as being a chef, but you get to make something that people enjoy.  And that’s always great.

J: Yeah, for sure, that’s the bottom line, when people say, “Oh yes, this is so good.  Thank you so much!”  So, what is your brewing philosophy?  What do you look for when you are creating a beer?

S: Drinkability, or integration of flavors, as opposed to something that is distinct…like really bitter or really coffee-flavored.  Something that has a more integrated flavor profile and also something that dries out and has a clean finish.

J: How’s your palate?

S: I can taste distinctions that most people can’t… but sometimes that doesn’t work in my favor because I start to focus on imperfections or defects over enjoying the beer.  But that’s part of it.  It’s one of the best ways in the process to see if everything’s going okay, you know, tasting it out of the fermenter and tasting the yeast.

J: And that’s where the science meets the art.

S: Right.

J: How do you go about creating a new beer?

S: Well, there are style guidelines that you can follow. There’s a range.  Like making that IPA [Tempest, for example].  There’s a range of gravity, hop character and desired alcohol in the result.  You have sort of a rough range that you’re playing in.  You can do some bitterness calculations for hop addition, or for the color that you’re going to get, what sort of malt character you’re looking for….I sort of back into recipes a lot because over the years of brewing I just know how to fall into that range.

J: Let’s talk about stepping into this position at Standing Stone, a brewery with a 20 year legacy of craft beer and with several flagship beers – I ( heart) Oregon Ale, Milk & Honey and Twin Plunge Double IPA . How do you approach that?

S: My goal is to maintain the consistency as much as I can with the flagship beers, and then like with the Tempest IPA, bringing in something that both the staff and customers have been asking for….  I also want to bring in some other flavors and see what takes.  Try to get to where there are a few more special beers on all the time.

J: What are your plans for the future?  How will you make your mark here at Standing Stone?  What can we look forward to?

S: I have some traditional leanings. I plan to have a Pilsner on most of the time as well as maintaining that IPA, and possibly bringing on a porter that becomes a flagship brew….  And then just be available to hear what people want…

“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.

Skip the straw at Standing Stone

You may have seen the viral video on You Tube showing a single-use, plastic drinking straw being removed from the nose of a Costa Rican Sea Turtle. If not, you can go to www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org to check it out. The video is painful to watch because the afflicted creature is clearly suffering and the cause is so obviously generated by wasteful human habits.

According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States. That is a huge number of straws; enough to fill 125 school busses! Once found mostly in Soda fountains of the 1930’s, straws have come to be expected with every beverage served. And while there are some legitimate reasons that some people need single-use straws, for the most part, they are unnecessary.

Because of their size and light-weight, straws do not usually make it into plastic recycling streams. They go into landfill where they take centuries to break down and emit toxic pollutants into the earth and ground-water. Or they go into the oceans where they become dangerous to marine life.

Plastic straws are just the tip of the plastic iceberg. And the issue of plastic straws has been taken up by environmental activists as a “gateway” to raising awareness about the monumental, global problem of single-use plastics in general. Choosing not to use plastic straws is a first step that we all can take in the direction of curbing the use of single-use plastics.

At Standing Stone Brewing Company we have a commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation. Long ago we gave up on petroleum-based, plastic drinking straws in favor of biodegradable, corn-based straws. However, the biodegradable straws still require an inordinate amount of time to break down in landfill and are still at risk of being washed into the ocean.

Now we are going a step further. Standing Stone Brewing Company has joined with the City of Ashland and Recology in participating in the “Straws on Demand” program.  This pilot program will be kicked off on May 14. Participating restaurants will make straws available on request. The pilot will run from May 14 to August 14, 2018.  Participating businesses are requested to take notes of the reduction of number of straws, on customers’ reactions, and to staff reactions.

We recognize that as food-servers we have an opportunity to help educate people about the dangers of single-use plastics. So, while we will continue to give straws to guests who prefer to use them, we will not be bringing a straw with every beverage. We welcome our patrons and guests to join with us in reducing unnecessary, single-use plastic waste.

For more information about the “Straws on Demand” pilot program, visit www.Recology.com/Recology-Ashland.

 

 

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.

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.