Standing Stone Brewing Company

A Taste of Ashland

Happy November! Pints for a Purpose 2015/2016

Fall is here and we are very excited to announce the 2015/2016 recipients for our Pints for a Purpose program. For those unfamiliar with Pints for a Purpose, let us explain. Each year, we invite local nonprofits to submit applications on behalf of their organizations and we as a staff vote to choose our top five favorites. November through March each group is awarded their own special evening, and from 5-10 p.m. $2 of every pint of beer sold goes straight to their organizations. We invite the group’s representatives to spend the evening with us, and share a pint as they answer questions, and offer information as to who they are and what they do. Here is the lineup for this year:

friends of library

November 10- Sanctuary One

Sanctuary One provides a safe home to rescued farm animals and house pets. The farm includes expansive gardens which not only provide rich vegetables and food for the animals, but opportunities for growth of the people who tend them.

December 1- Bee Girl

To inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. Bee Girl, a nonprofit organization founded by Sarah Red-Laird, aims to conserve our bees by educating the public on their importance through programs focused on community classes and events, public lectures, and their Kids and Bees program. 

January 12- Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County

To meet the needs of children and families in our community by providing a community-based, child-focused center that facilitates a compassionate, multi-disciplinary approach to the prevention, treatment, identification, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse.

February 9Rogue Valley Farm to School waterwatch

Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals.

March 9- No LNG Campaign 

No LNG Exports Oregon is a statewide coalition of activists, experts, and community members with the goal of stopping two LNG pipeline projects in Oregon.

So there you have it! Last year, we raised over $2,300 (that’s 1,150 pints!) benefitting five different wonderful nonprofits including, Rogue Climate, Water Watch of Oregon, Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Rogue Farm Corps and Rogue Valley Earth Day. We are very happy to continue with the tradition and hope you join us at one (or all) of our Pints for a Purpose evenings this season.

Nibble & Sip at A Taste of Ashland, 4/25-4/26

For locals and visitors alike, A Taste of Ashland is a not-to-be-missed springtime event. This year the food, wine and gallery tour spans Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th from noon to 4p.m. As usual, Standing Stone will join the fun with food samples to pair with local wines. You’ll find us at Hanson Howard Gallery, just next door at 89 Oak St.

taste of ashland gallery

Fun to be had at Hanson Howard Gallery, 4/25-4/26

A Taste of Ashland is the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event. This annual walking tour of Ashland galleries pairs local restaurants and regional wineries to create a weekend-long pairing experience. Foodies and wine lovers can follow a map to 17 galleries around town, and hop a shuttle if the four-hours-a-day tour calls for a little rest.

This year, we’re thrilled to be paired once again with Simple Machine Wine. Tasters can expect unique wines crafted from Rogue Valley vineyards by winemaker Brian Denner. Check out their history and varietals on Simple Machine’s website.

taste of ashland lamb

A Taste of Ashland 2014: Roasted Lamb with Lavender Sea Salt

As for our food, we’re not going to let that cat out of the bag just yet. There’s tasting to be done, recipes to perfect, ingredients to procure…but we do vow to bring along appetizing food samples from our kitchen right next door. In the past, our wood-fired pizzas, lamb meatballs, and artichoke fondue have all gone over great, and we promise to make this year no exception.

Tickets are available at atasteofashland.com for weekend-long or single-day passes. Wine glass and tour map included, and then you make your own fun! If you need a break during or after your tour, stop by Standing Stone downtown for a pint, meal, and resting place at 101 Oak St. Trust us, we won’t scoff if you kick up your legs and relax – gallery hopping with food and wine is hard work!

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Sample Fine Art, Wine and Food at A Taste of Ashland, 4/28-29

Springtime is upon us in Southern Oregon, and festivals and happenings are popping up all over our region. Every year we look forward to A Taste of Ashland, a weekend-long event celebrating local fine art and fare. This year, the festival will run from Noon-4pm on April 28th and 29th, with 17 galleries hosting art, food and wine.

This annual extravaganza benefits the Ashland Gallery Association, which works to support artists in our community. A Taste of Ashland also shines the spotlight on local restaurants, wineries, artisan food and breweries by inviting chefs, winemakers, fine food purveyors and craft brewers to create sensational pairings at each stop on the festival map. Here’s what you’ll savor:

17 Galleries
20 Wineries
23 Restaurants (including brewpubs like us) and artisan food purveyors

Participants stroll from gallery to gallery, all within walking distance in and around the downtown area (there’s also a free shuttle available for those who might need to kick up their feet throughout the day). Each gallery features fine artwork, wine tastings and culinary samples to create one great sensory experience! Tickets are available for either Saturday or Sunday, or all weekend long.

This year, Standing Stone is happy to serve up tasty fare right next door at Hanson Howard Gallery. The long-time Ashland gallery moved to our neighborhood last fall when we did a remodel on a historic building on our block. With the fresh renovation and new neighbors, we think the store front has never looked better, and we’re thrilled to have this great display of contemporary artists so close to our restaurant and brewery.

We’re also excited to be paired up with Weisingers of Ashland, which is another long-time local landmark. The winemakers offer regional varietals and innovative blends, and we’ll be pairing fare from our kitchen to match up with their pours. With past food samplings like Goat Cheese and Spinach Fondue and Lamb Kafta, we’re confident that our Chef Eric Bell will come up with more palate-pleasing goodies for this year’s celebration.

If you feel the need to stop and rest during the day, come in and enjoy a meal and pint to refresh before going back out and hitting the pavement. Tickets are available online and at several local studios. Visit the A Taste of Ashland website for more information and details about participating businesses and sponsors. Come out and treat yourself to a day (or weekend) of fun!

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Indulge Your Senses at A Taste of Ashland

Spring is in full swing in Ashland, Oregon and this season brings a flurry of great events. The Oregon Chocolate Festival and the Ashland Independent Film Festival are fresh in our memories as we look forward to the next fiesta: A Taste of Ashland.

A Taste of Ashland is a two-day extravaganza of art paired with local, artisan food and beverages – wine, beer and other spirits, and a little music. It benefits the non-profit Ashland Gallery Association, which is essential in helping maintain a vibrant arts scene and supporting artists in our community.

This year the festival is held April 30-May 1. It features 17 galleries with food and beverage samples. Check out the tantalizing lineup!

Standing Stone Brewing Co always participates in this annual favorite, sharing tastes of  food from our restaurant. With past culinary creations like Goat Cheese and Artichoke Fondue, and Lamb Kafta, we’re excited to see what surprises Chef Bell will whip up for this year’s presentation. We’ll be paired with Plaisance Ranch from Williams, pouring their wines to complement Standing Stone’s samples.

You can find us at Art & Soul Gallery on Main St. on Sunday, May 1st.  Art & Soul Gallery exhibits the fine art of artists from Oregon and Northern California, many of them award winning. The artwork reflects a variety of mediums including watercolors, oils, pastels and mixed media for all tastes to enjoy.

The participating galleries are clustered around Ashland’s downtown core, making for a wonderful stroll to balance out all that food and drink. Check out a map. There’s also a shuttle for those who need to rest their legs. Or, stop by Standing Stone to kick back and enjoy a full meal and fresh beer in between galleries.

We encourage you to come out and indulge your senses. This event typically sells out early, so reserve your tickets today. Hope to see you there!