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Latest Specialty Beer: Brake Time Ale

goldenHit your brakes and take a pause from your day to sit back with our latest specialty beer…Brake Time Ale. This springtime seasonal is a golden-style ale, making it the perfect beer to enjoy on a sunny day – once all your chores are finished, of course.

We tap this new specialty brew just in time for May, a big month for both beer and biking at Standing Stone. American Craft Beer Week kicks off May 12th, and breweries all over the country are celebrating with special brews, food & beer pairings, classes, beer dinners and more. We’re still finalizing all our American Craft Beer Week plans (but we can tell you some fun things are in the works), so stay tuned to learn about our upcoming happenings. That same week is national Bike to Work Week, organized by the League of American Bicyclists. We encourage you to use your two-wheeled transportation that week, and hit the brakes when you get to Standing Stone to enjoy this new beer!

About the Beer

This springtime golden ale has aroma of fresh-cut hay and a light body. A mild bitter finish follows flavors of breadiness and slight spice. 5.1% abv, 20 IBU

Maltbikes in front

  • Organic Pilsner
  • Rice Malt
  • Briess Victory

Hops

  • Organic Hallertau
  • Organic Sterling

Food Pairings

Chicken and seafood make great flavor matches with this golden ale, as will lightly toasted or fried foods. Here are our suggestions for pairing from our menu:

• Fried Calamari

• Panko Crusted Fish & Chips

• Pepperjack Quesadilla with Roasted Chicken

• Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken

• Margherita Pizza

Don’t miss the chance to try this current seasonal, and mark your calendars for American Craft Beer Week and Bike to Work Week next month, starting May 12th. We’re certainly not lacking in good reasons to enjoy craft beer and biking, but why not add another few to the list?

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Latest (Returning) Specialty Beer: Milk & Honey Ale

Welcome to the land of Milk & Honey! Our rotating seasonal ale is high on the list of customer favorites at Standing Stone. Its once-yearly appearance on our menu makes fans giddy with craft beer joy. Come see what the fanfare is about and treat yourself to a pint of malty goodness.

About the Beermilk and honey ale chalkboard

This ale presents a polished copper color, silky smooth medium body and delicate nuances of honey from a proprietary honey malt. Lactose is added to provide body and a slight residual sweetness. 6.5% abv 25 IBU

Malt

• Organic Pilsner

• Honey Malt

• Acidulated

Hops

• Bittering: Organic Centennial

• Aroma/Flavor: Willamette

In the spirit of honoring this rotating favorite, we asked a handful of our employees what they love about this brew. Here’s what they had to say:

“I like it with Fish Tacos. It clears your palate nicely between bites of the three salsas.” ~ Michael

“It goes well with lots of dishes on the menu. It paired great with the Fish Tacos I had the other night, and I’ve had it before with a simple Grilled Cheese and it was perfect.” ~ Rachel

“It’s unique and refreshing – like how a glass of orange juice can be really refreshing.” ~ Nick

“It has a mild sweetness and smooth, non-bitter finish.” ~ Andy

Food Pairing

We suggest pairing this medium-bodied beer with lightly toasted and seasoned foods. You can also use the malty character to cut heat in spicy dishes between bites. Here are our suggestions from our menu:

Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Spicy Thai Curry

Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Rogue Creamery Stout Cheddar

Come in and claim your pint of Milk & Honey Ale! Take a break from your day and let this beer take you to the land of…well, you know.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry at Our Winter Beer Dinner

Our annual Standing Stone Winter Beer Dinner is just around the corner, Thursday, January 9th 2014 at 6:30pm. This six-course, beer dinner dining roombeer and food pairing extravaganza is our biggest dining event of the year, and seating is limited to 80 hungry and thirsty guests.

Here’s the tasty line-up for this year’s festive event:

1st Course: Lager with Kimchi & Clam Stew, Pork Belly & Crazy Ramen

2nd Course: I Heart Oregon Ale with Bulls Blood Beets, Siberian Dwarf Kale & White Vienna Kohlrabi Salad with Oregon Shrimp & “Spring in Winter” Vinaigrette

3rd Course: Amber Ale with Freedom Ranger Chicken, Chocolate Stout Mole, Peruanos & Pepinos

4th Course: Steelcut Stout with Coffee Crusted Filet Mignon, Asparagus, Dungeness, Charbroiled Flat Noodle & Habanero Béarnaise

5th Course: Twin Plunge Double IPA with Roasted Lavender Lamb Tastercreme brulee course

6th Course: Noble Stout with Masala Chai Flan & Cacao Nibs

Tickets to the dinner are $60 per person and reservations are a must! Be sure to call soon, as this event sells out every year. Gift certificates for the dinner make a great holiday gift, and check out our Beer Dinner Gift Package for everything a beer-lover would want in one boxed set: includes two seats to the dinner, half gallon growler, gift card for a growler-fill of beer and two pint glasses…$145

For reservations, call the restaurant at (541)261-0021, email rachel@standingstonebrewing.com, or come in and book your seats in person. Be sure to let us know if you have other friends attending the dinner and we’ll be sure to seat you at the same table. After all, a pairing feast is more amusing when you’re with your beer buds!

Until January, check out these photos from last year’s event to get your appetite and thirst going…fig butter coursebeef courseoyster coursebeer traysoup course

New Specialty Beer on Tap: Victory Lager

As the last leaves fall from the trees and thoughts start turning toward winter, the craft-beer drinker may still be craving autumn’s Octoberfest-style lagers with an eye on winter’s richer ales. Time for our latest specialty beer on tap: Victory Lager.

It gets its name from the Victory malts used in the brewing process. Victory malt gives this beer its toasty, biscuit-like flavor with a low hop bitterness. It is a Vienna-style lager, characterized by baked-bread like aromas and a mild sweetness.

Pair this beer with any of our grilled menu items such as 5 Spice Ginger-Teriyaki Ribs or our famous One-Mile Farm Burgers, and let the rich, malty flavors of this crisp cold-weather lager shine through.

Victory Lager Characteristics

Style:  Vienna-style Lager

Color:  Deep Gold
Aroma:  Baking bread
Mouthfeel:  Medium
Flavor:  Toasty and biscuit with low bitterness
Alcohol:  5.6%
IBU:  15 (estimate)

Original Extract:  13.1 Plato (% sugar in the wort prior to fermentation)

Malt

  • Weyermann Organic Pilsner (German malt)
  • Briess Victory®
  • Briess Organic Carapils®
  • Acidulated

Hops

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

(*photo by Marina Pecoraro)

New! Beer & Food Pairing Every Sunday

We recently made a few changes to our brewpub menu, adding some late summer-time options (Blackberry & Fennel Pizza), replacing out-of-season dishes (Winter Squash Pizza) and making improvements on favorites (Chicken Flautas Salad). We also unveiled a totally new offering: Group Food and Beer Pairings, every Sunday at 3pm.ssbc bike happy hour and storefront_edited-1

For a long time we’ve gifted group beer pairing dinners as donations for auctions and raffles for the local nonprofits and community organizations we love to support. They’ve been so popular, with many people bidding on pairing dinners year after year, that we decided to make a sampler version available to all our beer- and food-loving followers on a regular basis.

Here’s how it goes: Every Sunday one of our knowledgeable brewery staff leads a five-course, prix fixe beer and food sampler for culinary and craft beer enthusiasts. No reservation is required, just show up and we take care of the rest! Pairing is $25 per person.

To get your mouths watering and minds wandering, here’s a peek into what our pairing gurus have put together for the menu this season:

I HEART OREGON ALEpairing group
Small House Salad with Savory Walnuts

STEEL-CUT STOUT
Spicy BBQ Chicken Pizza

AMBER ALE
Deep Fried Brussels Sprouts with Basil Aioli

TWIN PLUNGE DOUBLE IPA
Blackened Fish Taco

NOBLE STOUT
French Vanilla Ice Cream

Be sure to come in soon and try our several other new menu offerings, too. We currently have Hefeweizen on tap as our summer seasonal and a new brew on the way this weekend (think Hardtail Ale with a hoppy punch). The new Roasted Eggplant and Za’atar Pizza Pizza is a hit and the Deep Fried Zucchini with Horseradish Sauce is great for a snack or appetizer to share with a group. Use your imagination to make your own delicious beer and food pairings everyday, and stop by on Sundays for a little extra inspiration!

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Latest Specialty Beer: Return of Hop Night

There’s a handful of specialty brews we anxiously await the release of year after year. To the glee of Standing Stone coworkers and our IPA-loving customers we welcome Hop Night back to our seasonal beer list! This Cascadian Dark Ale, or Black IPA, or India Black Ale (we’ll get to all that later) boasts the hop aroma of an IPA and rich, roasted flavor of dark malt – making it a savory, complex beer to imbibe on its own or pair with hearty, robust foods.

The official name of this beer style is a topic of heavy debate in the craft brewing world. Brewing communities around the globe claim rights to call this recently acknowledged beer style by their own favorite names, including Black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale and India Black Ale. To straighten things out, the Brewer’s Association defines the variety as an American-Style Black Ale – “with medium high to high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content, and balanced with a medium body.” The beer style also boasts moderate caramel malt character and medium to strong dark roasted malt flavor and aroma.

We think Hop Night is all that and more, with lots of organic malt and certified Salmon-Safe Cascade hops from Goschie Farms in Silverton, Oregon. And being in the Pacific Northwest, we’ll go ahead and say we’re partial to the name Cascadian Dark Ale.

About the Beer

This is an opaque black Cascadian Dark Ale with herbal citrus aroma, medium body and pine and black currant flavors. Enjoy a robust mouthfeel and fresh, hoppy finish. 7.7% abv, 65 IBU

Maltdark beer drinking woman

• Organic Two Row

• Organic Munich

• Briess Blackprinz

• Organic C-60

• Oat Flakes

• Organic Chocolate

Hops

• Bittering: Apollo

• Flavor/Aroma: Golding, Cascade, Simcoe

• Dry Hops: Cascade, Simcoe

Food Pairing Suggestions

This beer’s bold character matches equally hearty, rich foods. Its hoppy backbone also pairs well with spicy foods if you like to kick up heat, or use the fresh, bitter finish to clear your palate between heavy bites. Here are some suggestions from the brewpub, including a few new items from our latest menu face-lift:

• Black and Blue Burgercarlos spicy pizza

• 5-Spiced Teriyaki Ribs

• Chorizo & Arbol Chili Pizza

• Vietnamese Pork Sandwich

• Penne Marinara with Italian Sausage

• Black Bean Nachos

• Andouille Sausage & Jalapeno Pizza (recurring daily special)

Give Hop Night a whirl, and if you decide you love Cascadian Dark Ales as much as we do, try any of these additional brews from other great West Coast microbreweries: Secession CDA from Hopworks in Portland, OR, O’Dark:30 from Oakshire in Eugene, OR, and Sublimely Self-Righteous from Stone Brewing in San Diego, CA. Be sure to grab a pint of Hop Night at the brewpub while it lasts, and toast innovative, enthusiastic craft brewing!

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Flavorful Pairing Ideas From Our 2013 Winter Beer Dinner

This time of year, when the chilly weather drives us inside and comfort food second course beer dinnertakes center stage, a great way to spice up a meal is with cleverly crafted beer and food pairings. Of course, pairing fare year-round is always a great idea, and the rich flavors of the winter season make for especially delicious combinations. Using key ideas like coordinating intensities, complementing flavor profiles and cutting fat with hoppy brews is an easy way to get started with your own food and beer creations.

For flavor-union inspirations, we asked our brewmaster, Larry Chase, to give us some background on the beer and food pairings from our Winter Beer Dinner earlier this month. Here’s what Larry has to say about the brews and dishes we chose, and why each of these courses worked especially well:

1st Course: The smooth residual sweetness of Milk & Honey Ale winter beer dinner 2013complemented the soft flavors of the Fig Butter and fresh Honey, while balancing the tanginess of Mama Terra Goat Cheese.

2nd Course: The bright crispness of the I ♥ Oregon Pale Ale helped to cleanse the palate after each bite of the rich and creamy Crab and Shrimp Bisque.

3rd Course: A classic pairing–the Oatmeal Stout’s dry roasted flavor was a counterbalance to the salinity and brininess of both Raw and Wood-Fired Oysters. Also, trying the Oatmeal Stout and the Noble Stout (next course) back-to-back was a great way to compare like-flavored beers.

4th Course: Bold food like the Roast Beef with Wild Mushrooms needs a bold beer. The upfront coffee flavors, along with the chocolate and roasted flavors, of Noble Stout stood up to the intensity of the dish.

5th Course: Truffle Salt topping the Apple and Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese equally matched the earthy and woody flavors in our 2012 Barley Wine.

6th Course: A well-hopped beer can cut through the sweetness and fat of Crème Brule to refresh your palate for each bite. Plus, the strong citrus flavors of the Double IPA played well with the vanilla flavors in the dessert.beer dinner

Thanks Larry! If you joined us for this year’s Winter Beer Dinner, please let us know which pairing was your favorite of the evening and why you loved it. You can use these examples to build your own pairings at home, too. If you have a favorite seasonal craft beer you like to keep in stock, consider its body, flavor and intensity and make a meal around your beer. After all, what better way to brainstorm dinner than with a pint?

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Flavorful Photo Recap: 2013 Winter Beer Dinner

The 2013 Standing Stone Winter Beer Dinner has come and gone, but the flavor pairings are still fresh in our minds as we look overdining room first course beer dinner marina creme brule second course beer dinner these savory photos of the evening. We want to thank our full house of beer and food lovers for making this event what we hope it is every year – a fun gathering of friends and culinary aficionados toasting a shared appreciation for flavor matching. The three-hour evening featured five main courses, plus a surprise course, with a focus on fresh, local and seasonal faire. Here is a summary of the pairings we enjoyed at last Thursday’s dinner:


First Course ~
Milk & Honey Ale with Foraged Yellowfoot Mushrooms, Fig Butter, Mama Terra Goat Cheese, Honey from our bees, Sage and Sourdough Crostini

Second Course ~ I Heart Oregon Ale with Oregon Coast Dungeness Crab & Shrimp Bisque, Fry Farms Greens, Rogue Brambles Arbequina Olive Oil, Standing Stone Beer Vinegar and Pholia Farms Evans Creek Greek Fetabeer at bar

Third Course ~ Oatmeal Stout with Coastal Oysters on the half shell, two ways – Wood Fired and Raw with a Classic French Mignonette

Fourth Course ~ Noble Stout with Black Angus Beef Roast from our farm, braised in Wooldridge Creek Tempranillo, with Thyme and Foraged Hedgehog, Black Trumpet and Seasonal Mushrooms.table setting

Surprise Course ~ Barley Wine with Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese and Apple with Truffle Salt

Final Course ~ Double India Pale Ale with Madagascar Vanilla Crème Brule with Organic Demerara Caramelized Sugar – made with Eggs from our farm.

A big thank you again to everyone who joined us for this sold-out event! Until next year, we encourage you to experiment with you own flavor pairings here at the brewpub and at home with your favorite craft beers and food. And we hope to see you at our 2014 Winter Beer Dinner next January!

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Latest Specialty Beer: Milk & Honey Ale

We’re pleased to announce the return of an annual customer favorite: Milk and
Honey Ale. This highly requested specialty beer makes a guest appearance on our beer list about once a year, and once its back it doesn’t often last long!

We’re tapping it just as Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season – think of it as an extra gift to yourself while you’re out and about shopping and spending time with loved ones. Come enjoy a pint at the brewpub or take some home to friends and family in a liter or half-gallon bottle to-go.

About Milk & Honey Ale

This ale presents a polished copper color, silky smooth medium body and nuances of honey, which comes from a proprietary honey malt. We add lactose, an unfermentable milk sugar, to provide body and a slight residual sweetness. 5.5% abv. 25 IBU

Malt

  • Pilsner
  • Honey
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering = Centennial
  • Flavor/Aroma = Willamette

Food Pairings

The medium body and light sweetness of Milk and Honey Ale make it a great pairing with like-bodied comfort foods. Or, if you prefer cutting some of the heat when savoring spicy meals, the malt character of the brew will cool your palate in between hot bites. Here are a few pairing suggestions from our menu:

  • Chicken Marsala
  • Bread Pudding
  • Spicy Thai Curry
  • Fish Tacos
  • Spicy BBQ Chicken Pizza

Come in to the brewpub and relish in a pint while it lasts! If it runs out quickly, rest assured we are saving some for our Winter Beer Dinner in January – be sure to make a reservation soon for your seat at the five-course beer and food pairing extravaganza. The Milk and Honey Ale is slated to be the headline craft beer of the show.

We hope to see you savoring this specialty brew soon!