Standing Stone Brewing Company

American Craft Beer Week

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Latest Specialty Beer: Backyard Brew

With summer approaching quickly and local farms bustling with crops, we’re digging the opportunity to showcase our state’s excellent harvests in a seasonal beer: Backyard Brew. This ale is crafted with 100% Oregon-grown ingredients, and showcases a few of our favorite farms right here in our own regional backyard.

We’re tapping this specialty ale on Wednesday, May 16th at 6 PM in honor of American Craft Beer Week. This nationwide celebration shines the spotlight on the entire craft brewing community, and we’re joining the fun with events all week long. We’ve invited Ashland Mayor John Stromberg to read the Proclamation of Beer Independence and be our guest to tap this new specialty beer. Check out our event calendar for more info about happenings throughout the week.

We’re also thrilled to bring this ale with us across the country to Washington D.C. for SAVOR: A Craft Beer and Food Pairing Experience. This weekend-long, sold-out event features a handful of breweries from across the U.S. to pour craft brews that perfectly pair with select culinary creations. We’ve been chosen to feature the Backyard Brew at one of the private tasting salons, where our brewmaster, Larry Chase, will speak about beer ingredients and flavors, and pair our ales with cheeses from award-winning Rogue Creamery of Central Point, OR.

About Backyard Brew

This Oregon-bred beer is modeled after farmhouse ales of Belgium, where historically farms brewed beer with the ingredients that were readily available. Gold with a white haze, bubblegum aroma provided by a Belgian wheat yeast, and lots of spiciness in the flavor with some hints of anise and a tinge of smokiness.  Dry finish with a lingering bitterness.  5.7% abv

Ingredients

  • Oregon Select Malt (Klamath Basin)
  • Yamhill Variety White Wheat-unmalted (Dunbar Farms, Medford)
  • Maple Blackberry Honey (Wild Bee Honey Farm, Eagle Point)
  • Nugget Hops (Willamette Valley)
  • Organic Liberty Hops (Willamette Valley)
  • Corriander (Dunbar Farms, Medford)
  • Belgian Wheat Yeast (Wyeast, Odell)

Pairing Suggestions

The spicy and fruity qualities in this beer pair well with like flavors in food, and the seasonality of its ingredients make this a fun beer to match with other seasonal produce.  We recommend visiting your local farmers market and browsing fresh, wheaty breads and creamy cheeses, too. For added fun, try tasting an apple or plum and see if you can pull those same flavors from the beer, or bubblegum to match the hoppy aroma. Here are our pairing suggestions from our menu:

  • Pretzel with Marionberry Mustard
  • Calamari
  • Black Bean Hummus Plate
  • Spicy Thai Curry
  • Artichokes – from our Specials Board

We think the best way to enjoy the Backyard Brew is, of course, outside! Come order a pint to enjoy with the view of the hills from our back patio.  Or, take some to-go and relax in your own backyard. The Growers and Crafters Market is in full swing outside our front doors on Saturday mornings, so stop by to stock up on fresh finds from your favorite local producers before or after coming in, and raise a glass in honor of their efforts.

Celebration on Tap! American Craft Beer Week Returns, May 14-20

American Craft Beer Week is here! Each May, independent craft brewers and beer fans unite to honor and enjoy this wonderful beverage and all it brings to our communities.

Breweries across the nation take part in the festivities, and we’re doing our part to ensure Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley isn’t left out. To us, American Craft Beer Week is really about the community surrounding our brewers and brewpubs. We appreciate everyone in this community, and relish the chance to offer a little fun and special flavor as a way of saying thanks.

Here’s what’s on tap. Among the highlights: Mayor John Stromberg will read a Proclamation in support of the event, and we’ll tap a new specialty beer made entirely with ingredients from Oregon.

Every Day

  • Enjoy our new specialty beer made with 100% Oregon-grown ingredients (on tap from 5/16)
  • Chef Eric Bell is designing menu specials to pair with various beers
  • We’ll offer a special beer & cheese sampler plate

Daily Special Happenings

  • Monday, May 14th, 6 PM:  Brewery tour for women with Women Enjoying Beer. Sign up online
  • Wednesday, May 16, 6 PM: Specialty beer tapping (100% Oregon-grown ingredients) and reading of Mayoral Proclamation by Ashland mayor, John Stromberg
  • Thursday, May 17th, 6:30 PM: Guest beer tapping with Southern Oregon Brewing
  • Friday, May 18th: Brewery tours at 4 PM, 5 PM and 6 PM

As we know, beer is much more than a simple libation. It’s the hub of conversation and community, and an economic engine that creates jobs, boosts allied supply and distribution industries, and supports communities. We’re proud to offer good jobs to more than 50 employees in our extended family, support local food producers and suppliers, and give back to our community, thanks to customer support. We also love how each day gives us the the opportunity to engage with friends and neighbors, while getting to know new folks and providing hospitality to travelers.

Craft beer contributes a lot to our state as well. According to the Oregon Brewers Guild, Oregon is the nation’s number two craft beer producer, with 139 breweries employing over 7,900 staff. It’s also the number two hop-growing state, with a crop value estimated at over $31 million in 2010. Southern Oregon’s brewing scene is quickly growing, and features several commercial brewers along with myriad brewpubs and taprooms.

We’re grateful and proud to be a part of this growing movement, and appreciate all those, near and far, who have helped it grow. Join us for American Craft Beer Week – it’s your party, too!

For more information on Standing Stone’s events visit our event calendar. If you’re not in the Rogue Valley and want to find events elsewhere, or if you’re looking for more information on American Craft Beer Week, see the ACBW website and calendar.


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American Craft Beer Week 2011: A Record-Setting Celebration!

American Craft Beer Week, the “Mother of All Beer Weeks,” has come to an end, alas. From May 16-22, beer makers and enthusiasts around the country celebrated in ways that were as creative and diverse as the beers we all enjoy.

All of us at Standing Stone Brewing Co enjoyed a full seven days of revelry, and we hope you did, too. Here are some highlights from the national happenings and our own local fiesta.

From a specialty beer tapping to a mayoral decree, from brewery tours to a pedal-powered hop farm tour, and from guest beer tappings to food and beer pairings, we packed in lots of beer-loving activities and invited the community to join us for our favorite pastime- enjoying beer! It was great to share so many great times, excellent beers and good food with friends and neighbors near and far.

We were also excited to be part of such a brewing movement. According to the Brewer’s Association, the 2011 ACBW was celebrated in all 50 states by over 1,500 small and independent craft breweries and retailers. Tens of thousands of fans signed the Declaration of Beer Independence, posted in microbreweries all over the country. It has been by far the largest celebration of ACBW since it began in 2006! We’re proud to be a part of this thriving community. Our kickoff event even made the USA Today Travel Blog, helping put Oregon and Ashland on the map for craft beer!

We tapped our newest specialty beer, Milk and Honey Ale

Bikers gather in front of SSBC to ride together to Alpha Beta Hop Farm

We proudly displayed the banner in our brewery

Of course, we took plenty of pictures to remember the week. We’re sharing some of our favorites from Standing Stone’s festivities.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in the fun! We hope these photos bring back good memories and get you excited for 2012! If you have photos of your own, feel free to post them on our Facebook page.

Mayor John Stromberg toasts ACBW with a pint after reading Ashland's Proclamation supporting ACBW

Though American Craft Beer Week has come and gone, of course there are many opportunities to enjoy fantastic craft beer. We’re already working on our next specialty beer and getting ready for more events that are just around the corner.

If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to SAVOR in Washington DC on June 3-4, you can find us pouring our Milk & Honey Ale and Pilot Rock Pale Ale there.

Medford Beer Week comes next, from June 12-18, and includes a fabulous slate of events featuring brewers from across the valley. It leads to a grand finale, the Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival, on June 18, bringing together a dozen of the region’s best craft brewers. We’ll be there pouring your favorite Ashland microbrews!

Keep an eye on our events page to find out about these and other beer and food events we’re participating in, in the Rogue Valley and beyond.

Wherever you find yourself, we encourage you to visit independent microbreweries near you and raise a glass to beer culture in the U.S. And, mark your calendars for American Craft Beer Week 2012, May 14-20! We’re already musing about another lineup of delicious, fun ways to honor the occasion with you.

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Beer Lovers Unite for American Craft Beer Week 2011

Standing Stone Brewing Co. kicks-off the Ashland, OR celebration for American Craft Beer Week(ACBW) on Monday, May 16, with lots on our trays to serve up some fun! Mark your calendars and join us for a week of great craft beer, food and friends.

(Photo courtesy of Rachel Huntley)

ACBW celebrates the culture and community of craft beer, recognizes the many contributions independent breweries make to our economy and community, and gives us the opportunity to connect with the other beer lovers.

All 50 states are hosting celebrations in this “Mother of All Beer Weeks.”  Here are some fun facts about craft brewing to whet your appetite for the festivities:

  • Beer makers in the U.S. produce 6.1 billion gallons of beer annually
  • Over 95% of breweries in the U.S. are small and independent
  • The majority of all Americans live within 10 miles of a craft brewery
  • Oregon is the second largest producer of craft beer in the U.S.
  • Oregon breweries employ more than 4,700 employees

Standing Stone has lots on tap for the big week, including beer-centered specials, food pairings, events and more:

All week

Beer Tastings: During dinner, we’ll offer samples of our beer of the day, along with a small bite to entice the palate.

Food Pairings: We’ll feature special menu items that pair perfectly pair with our beer of the day. Feel free to ask your server for additional suggestions.

Sign the Declaration of Beer Independence: Express your support for independent breweries and great microbrews!

Daily specials

5/16, 5pm, Milk & Honey specialty beer tapping & Mayoral Proclamation: Our well-received specialty beer, Milk and Honey Ale, returns!  This ale offers a polished copper color, silky smooth medium body and nuances of honey.  The honey flavor comes from a proprietary honey malt. We add lactose, an unfermentable sugar, to provide body and slight residual sweetness.  It’s about 5.5% abv.  Get more details on  Milk and Honey Ale here. Ashland, OR Mayor, John Stromberg, will also read a Proclamation in support of American Craft Beer Week.

5/16, 2-3 PM and 6-7 PM Women’s Tour with the Brewer. We’re partnering with Women Enjoying Beer (WEB) to offer free brewery tours for women. Ginger Johnson of WEB and our Brewmaster, Larry Chase, will enlighten you about the process of craft beer making. Sign up on WEB’s events page.

5/19, Guest Beer Tapping: Corey Zschoche from Klamath Basin Brewing joins us to offer their Crystal Springs IPA.

5/21, 1 pm, Bike Ride: Saddle up for a 6-mile round trip bike ride to Alpha Beta Hop Farm to tour the beautiful vines that flavor our favorite beverage. Afterwards, relax with us back at Standing Stone for snacks, beer and socializing.

5/22, Evening, Guest Beer: Scott Saulsbury from Southern Oregon Brewing will  tap their Na Zdravi’ Pilsner microbrew for all to enjoy.

5/22, 3:30 PM, Women’s Ingredients and Tasting Seminar: We’re teaming up with WEB for another great event! Brewmaster Larry Chase and, WEB founder and beer specialist Ginger Johnson, will co-host this seminar, featuring a flight of beer samples and a take-home tasting glass. Women can sign up at WEB’s website.

Please join us if you’re in Southern Oregon. If not, don’t despair – breweries all over the country are celebrating in unique and creative ways! From beer dinners to cask tappings, beer makers and beer lovers are showing their support and dedication to the American craft beer community. Visit the Brewer’s Association website to see what’s happening at craft breweries near you, and join the fun by raising a pint for American Craft Beer Week.

Brewing Up Big Plans for American Craft Beer Week 5/16-22

American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) is slated for May 16-22 and we’re ready to help you celebrate! ACBW is organized by the Brewer’s Association to highlight everything America loves about craft beer and recognizes how craft breweries support our economy and communities.

We put our heads together at Standing Stone Brewing to whip up a menu of great ways for you savor this festival. Please join us for a week of beer-centered specials, pairings, events and more.

Beer Tastings: We’re shining the spotlight on a specialty beer every day. Every night during the dinner hour we’ll be passing around free samples of our beer of the day, along with a small bite to entice the palate. If another beer on the list strikes your fancy, remember we offer free tastes of our beers on tap, so feel free to try another!

Food Pairings: On the menu, we’ll feature special items that we think perfectly pair with our beer of the day. Can you say Oatmeal Stout and fresh oysters? Try one of our suggested pairings or get creative and make one of your own. Let us know how it is!

5/16, 5 pm, Kickoff and Milk & Honey specialty beer tapping: It all starts with a kick-off party and keg tapping. Ashland Mayor John Stromberg will read the Proclamation of Beer Independence (to be passed officially at the 5/3 Council meeting). We’ll follow this with a ceremonial tapping of our specialty beer, Milk and Honey, to commemorate this week. Read the mayoral speech from last year’s celebration.

5/16, 2-3 PM and 6-7 PM Women’s Tour with the Brewer. We’re partnering with Women Enjoying Beer (WEB) to offer free brewery tours for women. Ginger Johnson of WEB and our Brewmaster, Larry Chase, will enlighten you about the process of craft beer making. Sign up on WEB’s events page.

5/19 and 5/21 Guest Beers: We’ll feature a few guest beers to celebrate other passionate members of the brewing community. Corey from Klamath Basin Brewing will be here on 5/19 and Scott from Southern Oregon Brewing will join us on 5/21 to tap their microbrews. Be sure to try these handcrafted beers as well.

5/21 Bike Ride: Throw on your biking gear and join us for a 6-mile round trip bike ride to Alpha Beta Hop Farm to tour the beautiful vines that flavor our favorite beverage. Afterwards, relax with us outside on the patio back at Standing Stone for snacks, beer and socializing (weather permitting).

5/22 Women’s-only Ingredients & Tasting Seminar: On Sunday, Standing Stone once again with Women Enjoying Beer (WEB) to present a women-only event! Brewmaster Larry Chase, and WEB founder and dynamic beer enthusiast, Ginger Johnson, will co-host this session, highlighting flavors in varieties of beer. Participants will receive the program, beer samples and a tasting glass. Women can sign up at WEB’s website.

Stay in touch with us for more details as the week of May 16th-22nd gets closer. If you won’t be around Ashland, OR, check out the Brewer’s Association’s ACBW website to see what other beer makers and lovers around the country are brewing up to join in the fun. Cheers!

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American Craft Beer Week: Sunday Bike Ride

Grab your bikes and helmets – and come join us for a ride to wrap up American Craft Beer Week on Sunday!

Click here for the details.

As you may know, Standing Stone Brewing Co has an employee bike program. So it’s a perfect tie in as far as celebrating. Coincidentally Ashland just wrapped up its celebration of National Bike To Work Week, held along with American Craft Beer Week from May 17th – 21st!

Good exercise, good beer, good people. Community building, muscle using, freedom expressing activity.

Ride, Sally, ride…and Tom…and Beth…and….

American Craft Beer Week: Weekend Events

Guest Beer Lineup (Photo: Ginger Johnson)

You still have all of Friday, Saturday & Sunday to celebrate American Craft Beer Week – so get to it.

Here’s what Standing Stone Brewing Company has to offer:

  • Milk & Honey Ale – created and tapped expressly for ACBW. Enjoy it until it’s gone! (Got your growler ready? We’ve plenty to purchase for your beer to go needs)
  • Lucky 7 Beer & Food specials every day – both for kids and adults. We’ve paired our beverages – beers and lemonade & root beer – with great fresh foods to match.
  • Brewery Tours each day at 11:30 and 5:30 – just come on in and let us know you’re hear for the tour.
  • Root Beer Demo – Larry Chase, our brewer, will be putting on a demo on how we make our root beer.
  • Saturday night at 6 pm – Scott Saulsbury will come tap one of the SOB beers.
  • Sunday at 2 pm join several Standing Stone crew members in a bike ride to Alpha Beta Hops. Get some exercise and then return to SSBC to enjoy a fresh beer and tasty food.

Monday on – continue to support your local brewery. Over 100,000 jobs are in place because of America’s small brewers.

We all appreciate that kind of support – cheers!

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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.

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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!