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Pairing Craft Beer & Food

Not only is it wise to enjoy food when you drink alcohol, it’s more social enjoyable, and healthful…and it’s hip and trendy!

Trendy?

Yes. The rise of craft beer has attracted folks who also love fine food, and we all know they’re better together. Indeed, America recently celebrated this in fine fashion at  Savor in Washington DC, a food and craft beer extravaganza.

Handcrafted microbrews go with so many different things. Some folks pair items according to similarity, like zesty foods and a beer with spicy notes. Others like contrasts, like a solid stout and a delicate fish or salad.

There are lots of ways to join the fun. You can educate yourself, go to events, ask others for ideas and tap into resources available to learn more. 

At Standing Stone Brewing Co we’ve got both fresh beer and fresh food made on site just for you. Come in and play with some pairing ideas and ask us for suggestions. We like savoring an Oatmeal Stout with Stir Crazy Chocolate Cake, or the Double IPA with a Valley View Beef Cheeseburger.

Come join us and share your favorite pairing discoveries. Enjoy the trend.

We’re Honored: Oregon’s Best Green Companies to Work For

We’re excited and grateful that Oregon Business magazine recently named us among the Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon. What an honor! We really strive to do the best for our people and the planet and hope to inspire others while continuing to learn what we can do better.

Here’s the link to the entire list of The Green List for 2010Oregon’s Best Green Companies To Work For. We’re humbled to be included among so many great companies!

Congratulations to everyone who’s listed. One of our wonderful colleagues and purveyors right down the road, Rogue Creamery, also garnered recognition for their great efforts.

It’s motivating and inspiring to know so many are dedicated to better ways of doing business. Let’s keep it up!

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Beer Styles

Have you ever wondered what’s behind all the different beer names you see on our brewpub menu, and elsewhere?

We’re always happy to answer questions, so ask away when you’re here. While you’re surfing the web, however, here’s a link to a new beer style guideline resource via the Brewers Association.

As a longstanding member of the BA (since we opened), Standing Stone strives for the high quality beer we promote and support. Here’s another resource. And another good resource.

Knowing something about beer styles can help you further your enjoyment of the beer you savor.

What’s your style?

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American Craft Beer Week: Sunday Bike Ride

Grab your bikes and helmets – and come join us for a ride to wrap up American Craft Beer Week on Sunday!

Click here for the details.

As you may know, Standing Stone Brewing Co has an employee bike program. So it’s a perfect tie in as far as celebrating. Coincidentally Ashland just wrapped up its celebration of National Bike To Work Week, held along with American Craft Beer Week from May 17th – 21st!

Good exercise, good beer, good people. Community building, muscle using, freedom expressing activity.

Ride, Sally, ride…and Tom…and Beth…and….

American Craft Beer Week: Weekend Events

Guest Beer Lineup (Photo: Ginger Johnson)

You still have all of Friday, Saturday & Sunday to celebrate American Craft Beer Week – so get to it.

Here’s what Standing Stone Brewing Company has to offer:

  • Milk & Honey Ale – created and tapped expressly for ACBW. Enjoy it until it’s gone! (Got your growler ready? We’ve plenty to purchase for your beer to go needs)
  • Lucky 7 Beer & Food specials every day – both for kids and adults. We’ve paired our beverages – beers and lemonade & root beer – with great fresh foods to match.
  • Brewery Tours each day at 11:30 and 5:30 – just come on in and let us know you’re hear for the tour.
  • Root Beer Demo – Larry Chase, our brewer, will be putting on a demo on how we make our root beer.
  • Saturday night at 6 pm – Scott Saulsbury will come tap one of the SOB beers.
  • Sunday at 2 pm join several Standing Stone crew members in a bike ride to Alpha Beta Hops. Get some exercise and then return to SSBC to enjoy a fresh beer and tasty food.

Monday on – continue to support your local brewery. Over 100,000 jobs are in place because of America’s small brewers.

We all appreciate that kind of support – cheers!

American Craft Beer Week: Guest Beers

Tonight at 6 pm we’ll tap a Caldera Brewing Company brew in celebration of American Craft Beer Week.

Why a beer that’s not our own?

Because the brewing community – like all kinds of communities – survives and thrives better when we’re all in the boat. Together. Grabbing an oar, so to speak, helps all of us go forward.

Caldera is out neighbor in Ashland, recently garnered 2 – 2010 World Beer Cup awards as well.

Come join us – we still have more events to come – ACBW lasts through Sunday, May 23rd.

Brewery tours every day at 11:30 & 5:30, Root beer demo Saturday at 2 pm, Southern Oregon Brewing guest tap, Saturday at 6 pm, Bike ride to and from Alpha Beta Hops Sunday at 2 pm.

American Craft Beer Week: Proclamation

Ashland, OR got fully behind America Craft Beer Week, with a Proclamation in support of the occasion signed by our Mayor and approved by our city council!

Here’s the Proclamation, which Mayor John Stromberg  read Monday at our American Craft Beer Week launch party Monday.

Proclamation for American Craft Beer Week

May 17 – 23, 2010

American Craft Beer Week is annually celebrated in breweries, restaurants, and beer stores by craft brewers and home brewers nationwide;

Our local breweries continue to grow their businesses in the city of Ashland and the greater State of Jefferson;

American craft brewers employ nearly 100,000 full- and part-time workers and annually generate more than $3,000,000 in wages and benefits;

American craft brewers support American agriculture by purchasing barley, malt, and hops grown, processed, and distributed in the United States;

And our local breweries are actively involved in the Ashland community through philanthropy and sponsorship of community events;

Now, therefore, the City Council and Mayor, on behalf of the citizens of Ashland, herby proclaim May 17-23, 2010 as  “American Craft Beer Week.”

And encourage all citizens to:

  1. Support the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week, as founded  by the Brewers Association;
  2. Recognize the significant contributions of our local breweries to the city of Ashland’s economy;
  3. And invite beer-lovers of Ashland, Oregon to celebrate American Craft Beer Week through events at our local breweries and to appreciate the accomplishments of all craft brewers.

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Latest Specialty Beer: Milk & Honey

Happy American Craft Beer Week!!

Mayor John Stromberg was our guest last night to kick off ACBW – he read a proclamation, tapped the specialty Milk & Honey Ale our brew master, Larry Chase, made in honor of ACBW, and then joined the happy patrons at the bar with the first glass.

Larry proceeded to take samples out to all tables and offer them all around (legal age patrons of course). The beer was met with licking lips and positive comments.

We call it Milk & Honey because Larry used lactose (an unfermentable milk sugar) and a honey malt for some residual sweetness to provide a nice, drinkable medium bodied beer. We also paired a special menu item – Habanero Chicken Tacos. Good combo!

“This ACBW specialty beer turned out to be a totally different kind of beer because lactose is primarily used in stouts,” says Larry.

So come on in soon to try it – limited time only.

We are also tapping into our first guest beer tonight at 6 pm – Ross from Walkabout Brewing will be here to share his beer (regular prices) and visit.

Cheers!

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Taxes and Beer

SSBC Brewer Larry Chase

Here’s a short clip of our Brewmaster, Larry Chase, as interviewed last week per the pending Excise Tax issue, HR 4278.

Speak up to your congressional and local representatives if you agree. It’s gaining momentum and could still use community support (like calling our elected officials).

And when people – like you – speak up in support of the issues that help our nation’s small brewers survive and support the opportunity to thrive, we can all enjoy high-quality independent beer.

Cheers –

Bike to Work Week

Get that bike ready (if you’re not already riding it regularly)!!

May 17th kicks off Bike To Work Week.

Here’s a helpful piece on how to be ready – ride safely by keeping your bicycle in good condition.

At Standing Stone, we have an employee bike program – in short – employees can earn a free quality road bike to make their commutes green and healthy. The state is offering help.

That bike yellow rack outside? It’s part of the whole big picture – making a safe place to put your bike when you’re working is important too.

So get on your bikes and join us!

p.s. scroll down to May 23rd here…ride along.