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American Craft Beer Week

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American Craft Beer Week Celebrates 10th Year, May 11-17

From California to New York Island, from the redwood forest to the Gulf stream waters, beer lovers everywhere will celebrate the country’s small and independent craft brewery renaissance during American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), May 11-17. All 50 states will hold events including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more to honor the ever-advancing craft beer culture and unite tens of thousands of beer lovers nationwide.

“American Craft Beer Week has provided independent beer fans across the country a chance to support their local breweries since 2006,” said Julia Herz, publisher of and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “With celebrations happening in all 50 states, this is truly an annual national event that recognizes all those involved in making craft beer from small breweries in the U.S. such a success.”

In the spirit of celebration this year, created an interactive graphic with fun facts to commemorate each state and their commitment to craft brewing. Check it out on their website to view craft beer happenings and history in your area. acbw15_feature At Standing Stone, Ashland Mayor John Stromberg will join us on Wednesday, May 13th at 6pm to read the 2015 Craft Beer Proclamation. The Ashland City Council adopted the proclamation into their minutes last week, recognizing the significance of the craft beer community and its contributions to our local economy.

We’ll kick up the live-reading by tapping a collaboration beer we joined in making for last month’s Craft Brewers Conference in Portland. Spirit of the 90s is a modern Northwest Amber Ale brewed at Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland. Other contributors to this brew include Breakside BreweryGilgamesh Brewing,  Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland Brewing, and Standing Stone. Come toast a pint with us in honor of collaboration and camaraderie in the craft beer community!

To stay in the loop all week long, follow and use #ACBW on Instagram and Twitter, and visit for a complete list of events across the U.S.

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Collaboration Specialty Beer: Stone Swing Saison

stoneswingsaisonFor those of you excited about math, here’s a “beer equation” for your tastebuds:

2 Ashland, Oregon brewers + 3 types of malt + 2 kinds of peppercorns + fresh orange peel + 1 craft beer celebration

= Stone Swing Saison, A Collaborative Summer Ale

Okay, maybe it’s not perfect math, but it’s tasty math. In celebration of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), May 12-18, our brewer teamed up with Brandon Overstreet of Swing Tree Brewing to create the Rogue Valley’s first collaboration beer, a Belgian style saison, or farmhouse ale. We tapped the pale yellow brew Tuesday night at Standing Stone during the ACBW mayoral proclamation. Swing Tree will start serving Stone Swing Saison tonight, May 15th, at their taphouse on Hersey Street.

About the beer

This pale saison has refreshing, bright citrus flavor and earthy notes. The mouthfeel is light and slightly dry, and spicy aroma comes from Szechuan and white peppercorns. 4.1% abv, 15 IBU

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(photo: Marina Spelletich-Pecoraro)


  • Organic Pilsner
  • Wheat
  • Rye


  • Organic Cane Sugar


  • Bittering:  Organic Sterling
  • Flavor/Aroma:  Organic Hallertau, Organic Sterling


  • Fresh Orange Peel, White Pepper, Schezuan Pepper


Food Pairings

This beer’s smooth, dry finish and fruity character make it a great pairing with seasonal summer fare. The malt profile also makes it a good choice to pair with spicy foods if you’re looking to tame heat. For a classic pairing at home, try this saison with a fruit and cheese plate, and consider a soft-rind goat cheese. Here are our suggestions from the brewpub:

Beet & Chevre Salad

Margherita Pizza

Spicy Red Thai Curry

House Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Marrionberry Cobbler

Fish & Chips

During American Craft Beer Week the craft beer community unites to share collective ideas, passions, talents and enthusiasm, and this beer reflects these ideals. We are thrilled to partner with Swing Tree Brewing to present this never-before-brewed summertime saison. Just as the beer was brewed among friends, we suggest you enjoy it among friends. And if beer math isn’t your thing, you’ll still appreciate the sum of it parts.

Beer & Biking in the Month of May

beer flagWe love May at Standing Stone Brewing Co. Spring seasonal beers start showing up on taps, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day, and the Saturday Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market kicks off the season outside our front doors. May also brings about two awesome nationwide celebrations: American Craft Beer Week and Bike to Work Week, May 12th-18th.

Every year we join Brewers Association members across the U.S. in hosting special events and offerings to celebrate American craft beer. This year, we’re tapping our very first collaboration beer, made in partnership with Swing Tree Brewing in Ashland. This is the Rogue Valley’s first craft beer collaboration project, and we’re happy to join a fellow brewmaster, Brandon Overstreet, in crafting a beer to epitomize the week’s theme: Brewnited We Stand!

On Tuesday, May 13th we’ll also welcome Ashland Mayor John Stromberg to read the Beer Week Proclamation aloud at the brewpub at 6pm. We have a special Sampler Tray beer pairing in the works, and photos of all our employees and their favorite beers on display in the brewery windows. Come see why we all love craft beer!

bikersFor Bike to Work Week, we’re encouraging our employees to two-wheel-it to work. It’s not hard – many of our employees choose to bike every day, knowing the health and environmental benefits are significant. And it’s fun! We’ll have special prizes and incentives for participants, and servers will wear Standing Stone signature “Powered By Beer” bike tees for the week.

It’s also a great time to recognize that Ashland, OR was recently awarded Gold Status by the League of American Bicyclists, and chosen as the Most Improved Bicycle Friendly City in the U.S. Our bike-riding coworkers agree; since our Employee Bike Program launched in 2009 we’ve given 52 commuter bikes to Standing Stone personnel who promised to cruise their rides to and from work at least 45 times in a year. Many of us ride on Main Street,  which improved with the introduction of the “road diet,” and we appreciate the room and safety with the new bike lanes.

Jump on your saddle, toast your pint, and join us celebrating these two great nationally recognized weeks. If you’re not in the Rogue Valley, check out and for events in your area. Happy American Craft Beer Week and Bike to Work Week to all!

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Beer of the Day: Noble Stout

Our final brew in the Beer of the Day series for American Craft Beer Week is Noble Stout. This dark, rich beer boasts the flavors and body of the Steel Cut Stout with a hearty dose of cold-brewed Mokha Java blend from Noble Coffee Roasting in Ashland, Oregon.noble pour

Noble Coffee is a local award-winning coffee roasting company just down the street from Standing Stone. All their coffees are organic and sourced through fair trade relationships, often meaning the owners travel directly to coffee-growing regions to see the coffee beans being picked first-hand. We admire Noble’s commitment to quality and social responsibility, and we’re proud to feature their delicious product in our brewery.

About the Beer

Noble Stout blends the silky smooth mouthfeel of Steel Cut Stout with rich Mokha Java coffee. You’ll enjoy roasted coffee aroma and delicate sweetness with balanced espresso, dry cherry and dark chocolate flavor, and a hint of spice. 5.1% abv


  • Organic Two-Row
  • Organic Munich
  • Organic Crystal 60

    Larry leading the nationwide toast for American Craft Beer Week

    Larry leading the nationwide toast for American Craft Beer Week

  • Organic Chocolate
  • Organic Carapils
  • Organic Roasted Barley
  • Oats


  • Bittering = Nugget
  • Aroma/Flavor = Crystal and Goldings


  • Cold-press Organic Mokha Java from Noble Coffee Roasting (origins: Ethiopia and Java)

Food Pairing Suggestions

This combination of beer and coffee makes a great all-day treat. Check out our brewer Larry Chase in the local news discussing the delicious reasons to pair Noble Stout with doughnuts in the morning. Or, try a pint with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a fun and entertaining dessert. We also love this beer with a big, juicy burger, like the Black & Blue Burger from our menu.

Take advantage of this featured brew on Sunday and savor a pint with egg dishes or dessert for a brunch-time indulgence. Happy last day of American Craft Beer Week, and we invite you to celebrate with us again next May – Cheers!

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Beer of the Day: Steel-Cut Stout

American Craft Beer Week is entering its final weekend but not before we feature a few more of our speciality craft ales in our Beer of the Day series. Today we take a look at the dark side: Steel-Cut Oatmeal Stout.


Espresso-like and dark as a starless night on Grizzly Peak, stouts have a long history in the brewing world. The first “stout porters” were brewed in England in the early 18th century. At that time, stout was used to describe any beer that was strong or hearty. The term “stout porter” was later shortened to stout to describe the dark ales popular with street and river porters in London, and Guinness of Ireland began using the term in the early 1800s when it started exporting its first beers to England.

About the Beer

As the name implies, our Steel-Cut Oatmeal Stout is brewed with 100 pounds of oats to provide a silky smooth mouthfeel. Opaque black and nearly impenetrable by light, ours has notes of roasted coffee aroma followed by espresso and chocolate flavors. 5.1% abv, 30 ibu

Butternut Brown Dark Beer


  • Two-Row
  • Roasted Barley
  • Munich
  • Crystal-60
  • Chocolate
  • Carapils
  • Rolled Oats


  • Bittering=Organic Magnum
  • Aroma=Organic Golding

Food Pairing

Due to their malty sweetness and creamy nature, stouts complement a variety of foods. But they are bold enough to stand up to grilled foods like our lamb-pita or our own farm-raised steaks. And while stouts are dark (really dark!) they are “lighter” in body and even calories. Our Steel-Cut Stout makes a great lunchtime beer with an abv of just over 5 percent.

Stouts also make the perfect dessert beer. Try pairing one with chocolate to bring out the flavors of the beer, or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and make a stout float! The creamy mouthfeel of the ice-cream and the stout are a match made in heaven!

Beer of the Day and American Craft Beer Week wrap up tomorrow with twist on this classic ale: Noble Stout.

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Beer of the Day: Twin Plunge Double IPA

As we continue with our Beer of the Day series for American Craft Beer Week, we land on Standing Stone’s Twin Plunge Double IPA. This long-time customer favorite outsells all our other house beers, and for good reason! This ale is dry hopped twice with Cascade, Centennial and whole-leaf Amarillo hops, giving it fresh, citrusy hop flavor and aroma. While most Double IPAs are also extremely bitter, this IPA balances well with sweet maltiness and a full-bodied mouthfeel.

We want to commemorate this brewery staple with photos of the Twin Plunge Double IPA being enjoyed over the years. And we want to send a big “thank you” to all our customers and employees who faithfully return for this beloved beer over and over again.

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Beer of the Day: Amber Ale

In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, we continue our daily beer feature with a look at one of Standing Stone’s long-standing brews, Amber Ale. Our Amber is a customer and employee favorite, and what’s not to like about this approachable ale? It can be described as a “crowd-pleaser,” or a “middle of the road” beer which gets its name from the rich amber hue derived from crystal malt. Ambers are perfect for those looking for something not too heavy or full-bodied, yet who still want lots of flavor and some hops. And our customers aren’t the only ones who like this beer: our Amber won the bronze medal at the Lallemand Brain of Brewers Contest in 2010._GEO9478_edited-1

About the Beer

Ours is a medium bodied copper-colored ale with caramel-malt flavor, moderate hop bitterness and just a hint of fruit. 6.0% abv, 38 IBU


  • Organic Crystal-60
  • Two-Row
  • Munich
  • Crystal-15
  • Acidulated


  • Bittering=Nugget
  • Aroma=Cascade, Liberty

Food Pairings

Amber Ales are known for their ability to pair well with a wide range of foods, particularly grilled or spicy items. Have an amber when you are trying to tone down the heat in spicy foods like our Thai Curry or Ginger Teriyaki Ribs. The subtle maltiness and mild hop finish of our Amber Ale also make it the perfect pint with our wood fired pizzas.garlic pizza

So, while American Craft Beer Week is the perfect time to try a new specialty craft ale like Hop Night, it’s also a good time to rediscover the classics. Amber Ales have found a home in most Northwest brewpubs because they are not overpowering, complement a variety of foods, and are a great introduction to other craft ales.

Join others celebrating American Craft Beer Week around the country tonight at The Nationwide Toast! You can simutaneously  raise a pint of your favorite ale with other craft beer lovers at 5PM Thursday right here at Standing Stone.

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Beer of the Day: I Heart Oregon Ale

All week long, in honor of American Craft Beer Week, we’re highlighting a Standing Stonebeer at alpha beta hops beer everyday. Today we pay tribute to I Heart Oregon Ale, a menu staple that made its appearance a few years ago when we were looking to create a replacement for our long-time IPA. This Pale Ale boasts a pleasant bitter finish with a lighter color and body, giving us a brew for hop heads and pale-beer lovers alike.

The I Heart Oregon Ale is named for the origin of all its ingredients! We’re fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest where fresh hops are abundant, and Oregon specifically is home to lots of quality hop farms that focus on sustainable and organic growing practices. The hops in this beer come from both Alpha Beta Hop Farm right here in Ashland, Oregon, and Goschie Farms in Silverton. Goschie in particular was one of the first hop farms in the nation to be certified Salmon Safe, and we’re thrilled to source our ingredients from an operation with truly high standards for land management and harvesting.

About the Beer

Oregon-grown barley lends a golden color to this beer. Cascade hops from both Willamette and Rogue Valleys provide distinct citrus and floral aromas. Medium bitterness finishes with hints of lemon and grapefruit. 6.0% abv, 45 IBU


  • Oregon Select Two-Rowalpha beta hop farm


  • Bittering = Nugget
  • Aroma = Cascade
  • Dry = Cascade

Food Pairing Suggestions

This light bodied, slightly bitter ale pairs great with spicy foods. Anything with lemon will help highlight the finish of I Heart Oregon Ale. For a fun experiment, you can also try spiced desserts, like Carrot Cake or Spice Cake. Here are a few suggestions from our menu:

  • Fish Tacos
  • Red Thai Curry
  • Calamari
  • Tortilla Chicken Salad
  • Spicy BBQ Chicken Pizza

Finally, we think this beer pairs great with an afternoon on our patio. If you’re looking for hoppy flavor and aroma from a beer, but want a lighter body than a traditional IPA, I Heart Oregon Ale is your ticket to an enjoyable pint outdoors.

Tomorrow’s Beer of the Day: Amber Ale

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Beer of the Day: Hop Night

_DSC3186_edited-2In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, May 13th-19th, we’re highlighting a different Beer of the Day all week long, and Tuesday we honor Hop Night.

Hop Night vies with another one of our rotating specialty beers (Milk & Honey Ale) for the most requested brew of Standing Stone employees and loyal customers. Its dark, rich body, hoppy aroma and spicy mouthfeel make this one of the “bigger” beers we brew, and beer aficionados all over the Northwest love the Cascadian Dark Ale variety this beer is modeled for.

To celebrate this favorite brew during American Craft Beer Week, we asked a few of our coworkers what they love so much about Hop Night and other Cascadian Dark Ales:

“I love that it combines the earthy, malty notes of Stout with a nice hoppy, tropical fruit finish.” ~ Mike

“I wait all year for Hop Night. Its seriously the ONLY IPA I drink.” ~ Chelsea

“I love that I can pour my coworker (and FRIEND!), Chelsea, a proper pint post-shift, rather than watch her mix Steel-Cut Stout with I Heart Oregon Ale in an effort to create this favorite. Welcome back Hop Night!” ~ Gina

“It’s amazing with a Reuben, but it stands great on its own, too. That’s why its good to have two – one with and one without food.” ~ Rachel

Come in and decide for yourself what you think about this Black IPA. And when we’ve tapped out of the batch and it’s gone ‘til next time, consider trying a “Wolfhound.” It’s a customer creation (thanks, Fred) mixing half Steel-Cut Stout and half Twin Plunge Double IPA, to make a rich, malty, hoppy combo.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Beer of the Day: I Heart Oregon Ale.

Celebrating Craft Beer & Biking Events May 13th-19th

As we roll through the month of May we tap into several local, regional and nation-wide events that celebrate lots of the things we love! We already saw the kick-off of the Saturday Growers and Crafters Market in front of Standing Stone on Oak St. We now have our favorite local growers and producers just steps away every week through November. We also cheered a group of seven Standing Stone runners last weekend who participated in the Avenue of the Giants. It’s an annual race in Humbolt Redwoods National Park, with 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon events. Next week, we raise our glasses and celebrate two more events, American Craft Beer Week and Go By Bike Week, May 13-19th.20130503-largemap

American Craft Beer Week is organized by the Brewer’s Association (BA) and encourages craft breweries, beer sellers and beer lovers around the country to join in festivities and promote our talented American microbreweries. Last year the BA saw record participation with all 50 states holding special events and 35,000 beer lovers following in the Facebook community. Every year we mix it up and participate in new ways – here’s what on deck for the 2013 celebration:

• We’ll highlight a new beer every day! We have five beers we keep on our menu year-round and two seasonal specialties on tap for the occasion. Ask for a free taste of the beer-of-the-day, and check out our specials board for flavorsome food and beer pairing ideas. We’ll also feature each beer-of-the-day on our blog, writing all about ingredients, flavors, pairings and more.

• We’re raising our glasses for the nation-wide toast on Thursday, May 16th at 5pm. AcrossIMGP7515_edited-1 the country, participating breweries and independent beer lovers are invited to take a moment to cheer our unified appreciation of craft beer. Join us with either a free sampler of beer or your own pint and show your dedication to quality American beer.

• Brewer Larry Chase will host three sessions of brewery tours and tastings on Saturday, May 18th. Come in for a walk-through of our brew deck and try a couple of our house-made beers on tap. Tours are scheduled for 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, and there’s no need to sign up – just jump in to the group.

We’re also supporting’s Go By Bike Week, a local celebration in the middle of the League of American Bicyclist’s National Bike Month. During Go By Bike Week, several local businesses in Southern Oregon are offering both early morning coffee_GEO9159_edited-2 and snacks, and “happy hour” free food gatherings for anyone commuting by bike. We’re setting aside the outside patio from 4-6pm on Tuesday, May 14th for all bike commuters and supplying appetizers for hungry appetites. We’ll have lots of Standing Stone employees joining in and riding their bikes to work all week. Visit for the full schedule of local events and pledge to ride for the opportunity to win discounts and prize drawings.

There are plenty of opportunities to join us in the fun this month, so mark your calendar with any of our upcoming events and celebrate craft beer, bike commuting and thriving communities in our valley and across the country.