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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…

Welcome Brewmaster, Larry Chase

Larry on grain delivery day

Larry Chase joined Standing Stone Brewing Company as our new Brewmaster earlier this year. He brings a wealth of brewing experience, from small brewpubs to commercial craft breweries.

Larry’s also traveled extensively across Europe and the US, visiting diverse breweries and pubs and, of course, sampling their creations to imbibe the best secrets.

We’re excited to add him to our team, as he’s known for his creativity and wide knowledge of beer styles. He’s already brewed up some great ideas for specialty beers to keep you satiated through the year.

The Brewers Association recently interviewed Larry. Check out the article to get to know more about the force behind our brew tanks.

After you’ve read it, come in and enjoy one of the tasty beers he’s put on tap. Larry would also be happy to give you a tour of the brewing area and answer any questions you have.

He especially enjoys chatting it up with other home brewers and trading tips so be sure to introduce yourself to Larry if you make your own beer.

Cheers!

p.s. It’s tax day – you deserve a good beer.

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Standing Stone at Craft Brewers Conference

Do you recognize these people? And can you tell us what they are doing in Chicago?

Ashley, Alex, Jeff & LarryWell, it’s a group of fine folks from SSBC – and they are attending the Craft Brewers Conference in Chicago, Illinois USA. It’s an annual conference for the Craft Brewing industry.

There are over 3400 people engaged in the brewing community present – brewers, brewpub operators, distributors, retailers, and a of variety vendors and suppliers. It’s a new attendance record for the BA in putting it on.

It’s an energetic atmosphere with all sorts of presenters addressing everything from technical brewing topics (lautering, mashing, water issues…) to marketing (social, online…) to food pairing with beer.

Why mention this?

Because education is key to continued growth and success. It helps SSBC better serve you all – with high quality beer, intelligent and informed staff and networking with others in the industry for best practices.

Birds of a feather…

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Live Music and Art Walk Makes for a Great Friday Night

Every First Friday in Ashland the town bustles with the monthly Art Walk. It’s a terrific opportunity to get out and about in the community, visiting different galleries that are opening their doors specifically to give you several good reasons to walk about. Many Ashland cafes and restaurants also feature shows from local artists, so be sure to check in the windows of all the storefronts downtown for the full experience.

We love the opportunities for exercise, community, running into people you know, meeting new faces, art appreciation and supporting local business.

Standing Stone Brewing Co offers live music with Duo Flamenco every Friday night after the Art Walk, starting at 8:30pm. Come in for a pint and a snack, and, who knows, maybe a little dancing.

So get out and about every First Friday!

Wood You?

Who likes to cozy up to a fire on a chilly day?

For those who have been to Standing Stone Brewing, you may know we have a wood fired oven.

We use our oven in variety of ways. One of the most obvious is in making our savory wood oven fired pizzas. We also use the heat every morning to bake all our hand made breads.  Beginning at 5 am, the restaurant begins to smell like fresh made rye, sourdough, focaccia and (yes!) cookies.

Throughout the day we warm up your desserts as well, like yummy chocolate chip cookies (should you want one warmed up!), marionberry cobbler, stir crazy cake,  and…the list goes on.

It acts as a useful tool for us and also provides a great deal of heat for the customers- nice in the cooler months to be sure.

We use Madrone as our fuel and since it’s a native tree, which fits the sustainability mission we strive for.

Come on in. The restaurant’s warm.

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Happy Birthday to Mike, our Bartender

If you get to Standing Stone today, be sure to wish Mike DuBois, one of our fine bartenders and servers, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! If you don’t get in for a few days, a late wish is still great.

Mike is a great part of the team – he brings excitement, hustle and a great sense of humor and professionalism to the brewpub. We’re so very glad to have Mike be such a terrific team member.

Cheers Mike!

Always Sunny Inside

How many of you have a skylight of some sort where you work or live?

Standing Stone has a l-o-n-g skylight that runs the entire length of the building. It provides incredible diffused light throughout a large portion of the building.

As soon as the sun begins peeking up, the glow of pending daylight permeates through, even if it is cloudy and rainy. Like being in a greenhouse, it feels promising and gives off a positive vibe.

In addition to providing illumination, our building-long skylight cuts down on energy use (fewer light bulbs). We leave it unobstructed in the winter to provide light and warmth, and filter the open panel with a cover in the summer months to keep our guests cool.  Besides all this, it’s also interesting to look at.

Functional and beautiful.

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350 Ale

350 Ale on the brain (photo: Ginger Jognson)

Our brewer, Larry, recently tapped our latest speciality beer – the 350 Ale.

He likes to let people know it’s a nice counterpoint to the Northwest hopped beers.  Nice big malty flavor, a little fruit aroma and flavor to it, and it’s at about 5.8% ABV (alcohol by volume).

Larry says it would be well paired with our tasty cheese quesadilla, the succulent lamb burger, and the yummy Marion berry cobbler.

Yes, beer AND dessert.

Come in soon – like many specialties – it’s on until it’s gone!

Cheers!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate With Greener Cuisine

St. Patrick’s Day encourages us to break out our green. We think it’s a fine idea to keep this spirit up everyday.

Green – while certainly a color of many foods – is also how many folks talk about for sustainable, responsible ways of living and doing business.

Awareness and action are both important to help make this happen, and we do our part to work on these everyday. We think about this a lot in relation to food, since we serve lots of tasty fare from our kitchen, and savor foods of our own creation daily.

There’s certainly a lot of information to sift through to identify more sustainable foods…and there’s no single definition. We’ve made it a priority to form relationships with food producers and  vendors, and ask about their practices. We also check out their websites, and stay updated on important issues through sources like Grist.

When we are aware, we make smarter more informed choices. Our choices affect not only us – they affect everyone. When we choose a burger that’s made with grass-fed beef, we’re enjoying something that much tastier and healthier, and supporting a hardworking farmer that cares for the environment and their cattle. Here at Standing Stone look for ingredients that are as local and regional as possible, produced organically, made without synthetic agricultural chemicals or hormones, humanely raised and provided by companies that uphold good social, environmental and labor practices.

So this St. Patty’s Day, and every day, celebrate with ‘green’ food. We’ve got lots on our menu to help you there. These choices help bolster our economy and personal wellness while helping the planet. Yum!

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We’re Here for You

Why do you go out to eat? Why do you go for a beer?

What is it about ‘going out’ that’s so special feeling?

At Standing Stone we want to make every experience a worthy and worthwhile one for you. A good value, nourishing and tasty, and fun. We know that we don’t always hit the mark straight on – and are always appreciative of those who say something about it. We can only fix it going forward if we know about it.

If we know about it in real-time, that’s even better. We can’t fix a poor meal after the fact – please – speak up! Tell your server if you have a suggestion for how we can do things better. We’re very grateful to be able to do so.

Our comment cards in the check presenters can also be helpful – the best experiences will flow better when you tell us what you loved, what you’d change and any suggestions in real-time.

So – when you choose to go out to Standing Stone, know we are appreciative of the opportunity to provide an excellent experience. Tell us how we can make it better.

Standing Stone. For fun, for beer, for food, for sure.