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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!

By in Events, Sustainability 0

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.

By in Community, Events 0

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.

By in Brewery & Beer, Events 0

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.