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American Craft Beer Week 2010 Recap

American Craft Beer Week has come and gone, but our celebration always continues!  We had a fantastic week of community fun, tapping new beers nightly from all over Southern Oregon, proudly hanging the Declaration of Beer Independance for all to sign, and tying everything up with an all-ages bike ride to Alpha Beta Hops Farm here in Ashland.

Hopefully you’ve been continuing to celebrate American Craft Brewers following American Craft Beer Week as well, running from May 17th – 23rd 2010.  It’s as easy as visiting your local brewpub and enjoying a fresh pint.

p.s. ACBW 2011 = May 16th – 22nd

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.

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.

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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.

National Tavern Month – Celebrate with Us

Standing Stone invites you to get out and help Celebrate National Tavern Month!

That’s right – get out and show your support for what our brewing community does for the local economies, as well as the national economy.

It’s about getting out, showing up – enjoying the social company of friends and savoring quality beers. Food is a great match for beer and readily available at many brew pubs and taprooms, taverns and other establishments that sell beer.

Beer drinkers, far and away, are responsible, forward thinking (heat recovery systems anyone?), engaged in their community, give much back to their cities and towns, and in general want to make the world a better place.

Beer is an affordable luxury and one way to assist – when done responsibly – in much needed economic stimulus.

Come join us, won’t you?

Save The Dates: American Craft Beer Week is Coming!

Dear beer lovers everywhere,

American Craft Beer Week is coming up May 17th – 23rd.

House 753 resolution in 2006 got the national ball rolling, and here’s a 2010 bill supported by 111th Congress.

Standing Stone Brewing Company invites you to visit the Events Page of our website, as well as the Brewers Association website here to check in on what wonders await afforded by American Craft Breweries.

We’ll be showcasing beer & food specials each of the seven days of American Craft Beer Week. For those over 21 and for those under 21, we’ll feature events, special guests and more – stay tuned for the details as we nail them down.

Why?

Our brewer, Larry Chase, says, “Because celebrating your local breweries is a perfect example of what it mean to be American.”

Mark it on your calendars – May 17th-23rd.  Savor in the hearty bounty of America’s favorite pastime -beer!

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Earth Day – Get Engaged Today and Every Day

What will you do to celebrate Earth Day today?

Taking positive action is the best way to observe the occasion, and it’s necessary to get all hands on deck to help our planet. There are lots of ways to do this, such as carrying out or helping with a volunteer project, making lifestyle changes, initiating better practices at work, learning, educating others….and more.

Need some ideas? Here’s a few to get you going.

  • Volunteer: There are tons of local and national organizations continually looking for volunteers to help them people events and stations to get the word out better. Google or grab your local yellow pages for groups to assist.
  • Start a compost: Standing Stone composts all pre-consumer food waste. It’s easy, simple, and no – it doesn’t stink when it’s done properly.
  • Refuse and reduce first: Cutting down on unnecessary things is the first step. The critical thinking about how we as consumers affect the upstream is the beginning.  Yes, still recycle – just remember it’s at the end of the equation, not the beginning.
  • Walk, bike, skateboard, inline skate or use a foot powered scooter to get to where you are going. Budget a bit more time and we all benefit – the least of which will be your body.
  • Look at what you eat: Purchase food and beverages responsibly. Ask where the stuffs come from. If the purveyor knows, have confidence. If they do not, ask more questions or shop where they know. Transparency is important.
  • Donate money to causes that are truly making strides towards an improved environment.

This just scratches the surface of what you can do. Every day.

Make Earth Day Every Day – we’ll celebrate with you.

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Up, Up, Up: Mt. Ashland Hillclimb Coming Up

Are you planning ahead for the annual Mt Ashland Hillclimb Run??

Check out the details here and come join us – good (if not arduous) exercise, beautiful views, motivated people.

Standing Stone has long sponsored the race by providing quality beer at the finish. Mmmmmmm! Good motivation indeed. Did you know that beer has Vitamin B?

Why do we help sponsor it? It engages and encourages a healthy lifestyle – exercise, it’s a social event – who doesn’t want more friends, and it’s an incredible view from the top.

So whether you run, walk, or drive to Mt Ashland August 7th, consider putting it on your calendar.

Now…go take a walk…or run…or…