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Pints for a Purpose benefits Bee Girl Dec. 1st

We want to say a big “Thank You!” to everyone who turned out for our first Pints for a Purpose event. You all drank 213 pints of beer raising over $426 for our friends at Sanctuary One. What a huge success and great way to kick off the Pints for a Purpose program!

Now for round two… Join us December 1st as we benefit Bee Girl. From 5-10PM, $2 of every pint sold will be donated to their non-profit organization. 54d775_d6c21cf14378499282c390782008d18e

Bee Girl inspires communities to conserve bees and their habitat. They offer community beekeeping classes, public lectures on honey bee conservation, work with children through their Kids and Bees program and much more. Founder Sarah Red-Laird has built a dedicated team who are inspiring people all around the world to make a difference.

Why should you love honey bees? Because 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat is pollinated by a honey bee. Without bees, we have no food; and without bees, we hate to even say it, but we have no beer! These little guys are working hard to keep food on our tables and beer in our bellies. It’s the least we can do to give them a hand.

Here are 3 easy ways you can help, from the Bee Girl herself:

  1. BeePlant Flowers- Choose flowers that bees love like Lavender, Sunflowers, and Poppies. Avoid chemicals and adjust your mower to leave the clovers and dandelions on your lawn.
  2. Vote with Your Fork– Choose local, sustainably raised and farmed food choices. Not only will you support your local farmer and economy, you’re also helping to keep your local honey bee colonies thriving and healthy
  3. Create a Space in Your Heart for Bees– The more we care about honey bees, the more we can do to make choices that benefit them. Whether you’re keeping bees, or planting a garden bed full of flowers, every little bit helps.

We would love to hear ways you are helping to conserve our honey bees! Have a hive or garden at home? Feel free to share your pictures!

We hope to see you December 1st from 5-10PM. Remember, those pints add up fast! So bring your friends and family and come hang out with us and the Bee Girl team. Let’s enjoy a pint or two for a good cause!

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Our Bees at the One Mile Farm

Pints for a Purpose benefits Sanctuary One Tuesday, Nov 10th 5-10p.m.

It’s time to kick off our Pints for a Purpose program! We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce Sanctuary One as our first recipient of the year. This Tuesday, from 5-10p.m, we will be donating $2 of every pint sold in the brewpub to Sanctuary One. Our staff selected this organization out of a handful of impressive non-profits and there is a good reason for it; they are hands down, awesome.

Here’s a little about Sanctuary One, directly from their webpage:

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Photo courtesy of Sanctuary One.

People, Animals & the Earth: Better Together

Located on 55 acres in Oregon’s beautiful Applegate Valley, Sanctuary One was established in 2007 as the nation’s first care farm. It was founded by a small group of visionaries who, despite all the naysayers, never wavered in their belief in the Sanctuary’s mission: to be a safe place for animals and a healing place for people while promoting environmental stewardship. 

Sanctuary One provides a safe home to rescued farm animals and house pets. Elderly, disabled, chronically ill, and emotionally traumatized animals who may never be adoptable recieve personalized attention, loving rehabilitation, and a peaceful retirement. 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.

So let’s get this straight; not only do they rescue, rehabilitate and give a beautiful life to all sorts of animals in need; they also offer their farm as a resource to at-risk youth and adults to heal and learn, all while caring for the animals and their 35,000 square foot garden. We think this is a beautifully fluid and sustainable approach to farming.

We hope you can join us this Tuesday, Nov 10th from 5-10pm as we raise funds for our friends at Sanctuary One. Remember, the more people there, the more proceeds we can raise. And those pints add up fast, so please bring a friend and know that the beer you are enjoying is directly benefitting an awesome organization!

Click here for more information regarding adoptions, volunteering, and becoming a part of the Care Family.

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:

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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.

Catching Up with BA Board Member Larry Chase

larry drinkThis is our head brewer, Larry Chase. 
Larry likes craft beer.
Larry makes craft beer.
Larry advocates for craft beer.
And, yes, Larry drinks craft beer.

Larry just returned from his most recent trip to Boulder, Colorado to attend the quarterly Brewers Association Board Meeting. He was elected to the Board in 2012, and this year moved into a new position as Secretary/Treasurer and Finance Chair on the Executive Committee. Way to go, Larry! When he got back, we asked him all about the Brewers Association, what they do, and where his travels take him.

What does the Brewers Association Board of Directors do?

The BA Board of Directors is the governing body for the Brewers Association. We develop high level strategy and provide direction for the Brewers Association staff of 50 employees. In 2013, we met for a two-day strategic planning session where we refined the organization’s purpose and revised our mission looking forward past the year 2020. The big goal that came from this session is for craft brewers to have 20+% market share by 2020. Board members also chair and/or participate in one or more of the ten committees that do more specific work in conjunction with staff.

How often do you attend BA meetings?larry desk

The board has four meetings per year. The first meeting is always in late February in Boulder, CO where the Brewers Association has its headquarters. The second quarter meeting generally occurs in conjunction with SAVOR (SSBC was a participating brewery at SAVOR in 2012 & 2013) and the BA’s annual legislative Hill Climb in Washington, D.C. For the Fall and December meetings the board picks locales around the country where we can meet with local brewers and state guilds. 2014 included Kansas City and Los Angeles. This year we are headed to Portland, ME and Tampa, FL.

How were you elected to the Board in 2012?

The Board is comprised of Brewpub members, Packaging Brewery members, and At-Large members. In 2012 I ran for a Brewpub seat – the third time I had run – and was elected by other Brewers Association brewpub members. As some would say, third time’s a charm. The elected position is a three-year term, so if I’d like to continue on the Board I’ll need to run for election again in Fall 2015.

How has your role changed over the last few years?_DSC3980_edited-1

One way the BA Board vets potential candidates is by looking for participation in committee work. Beginning in 2005 the Public Relations & Marketing committee is where I first began gaining experience with the work of the BA. In 2011, one year after I began working at Standing Stone, the BA created the Brewpub Committee in an effort to ensure the organization remained relevant to its brewpub members. I was an inaugural member of that committee, became vice-chair in early 2012, and briefly took over as chair in the latter half of 2014. Since mid-2012 I’ve worked on the Brewpub Server Training Manual subcommittee, and after almost three years we will be publishing Beer Server Training for Brewpubs – A Manual for Hiring, Training & Retaining Great People.

In 2011 I also joined the Finance Committee which is tasked with overseeing the financial side of the organization. Mark Edelson of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant was the long-time chair of that committee as the Secretary/Treasurer of the organization. With his departure from the board at the end of 2014 the board requested that I take over his position. Beginning with our February 2015 meeting in Boulder, I am now a member of the Executive Committee in my position as Secretary/Treasurer and Finance Chair.

What else do you like to do when you’re in Boulder, CO?

Drink beer and hang out with BA staff members who have become friends. On this past trip Boulder received 13 wonderful inches of snow, so [my wife,] Ginger [of Women Enjoying Beer] and I went snowshoeing in Chatauaqua Park on the outskirts of Boulder.

Thanks for keeping us in the loop, Larry! Standing Stone is proud to have you as our brewer. Cheers!

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Latest Specialty Beer: Farmer Brown

There’s a new special beer in town, and its name is Farmer Brown. This returning seasonal brew boasts warm, nutty aromas and a slightly hoppy finish. We’re thinking fireside chats, warm boots, and leather-bound books. Or maybe this is the beer to drink after a hard day of work in the cold outdoors. Whatever your lifestyle, give the Farmer Brown a try, either here at the brewpub or at home with a growler bottle.

About the beer

Our newest seasonal sports a chestnut color and offers toasted aromas of graham cracker. This brown ale’s medium body and biscuit-like flavors are followed by a slightly dry and nutty finish, with mild bitterness. 4.7% abv 25 IBU

Maltbrown ale chalkboard

  • Great Western Organic Two Row
  • Briess Carabrown
  • Briess Organic Carapils
  • Briess Special Roast
  • Briess Organic Chocolate

Hops

  • Bittering: Organic Magnum
  • Flavor/Aroma: Organic Golding

Food Pairing Suggestions

This medium intensity beer matches well with foods in the same realm. To complement a pairing, look for items with toasted bread and nutty flavors. Roasted beef and pork work well with brown ales, as do nutty cheeses like Gruyere and Asiago. Here are our pairing suggestions from our menu:quinoa burger

  • Tempeh Stir Fry
  • Greek Salad
  • Quinoa Nut Burger
  • House Salad with Mixed Greens & Stout Glazed Walnuts
  • Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Next Tuesday, we’ll welcome Rogue Farm Corps as the recipient for our Pints for a Purpose benefit evening, and we’d say this beer feels pretty appropriate. Toast your Farmer Brown with local farming enthusiasts on Tuesday, February 2nd from 5-10pm, and give $2 for every pint sold to this organization. Come enjoy this seasonal brew while it lasts!

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Pints for a Purpose Benefits Rogue Farm Corps, 2/3

PrintOur next Pints for a Purpose benefit evening is around the corner, and we’re excited to announce Rogue Farm Corps (RFC) as the next recipient. On Tuesday, February 3rd from 5-10pm, we’ll donate $2 for every pint of beer sold at Standing Stone to this youth-focused organization.

RFC trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on education. Their programs combine training, classroom learning and farm-based experience on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Oregon. Led by dedicated mentors and agricultural professionals, RFC offers opportunities to learn organic farming, animal husbandry, and marketing and distribution techniques. Visit their website to get involved, and learn more about their FarmsNext and FarmsNow programs.

rogue farm corpsRFC will be our fourth nonprofit recipient for the 2014/2015 season. In summer of 2014 we opened the Pints for a Purpose application period for local, grass-roots organizations. Then, we gave the list of applicants to our coworkers and voted on the top five nonprofits that Standing Stone employees are passionate about. We’re delighted that RFC made the cut, as their enthusiasm and passion for what they do is contagious. We’re excited to welcome them on their benefit evening! You’ll find them at a table set up by the front door with more info.

Come enjoy a pint of local craft beer and give to a great local cause. Every pint ordered earns Rogue Farm Corps $2, and it adds up quick! Bring your friends, drink responsibly, and join us for a great time celebrating this Southern Oregon nonprofit.

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SSBC at the BBC 2014

BBClogoWe’re thrilled to announce we are writing live from the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego! This year’s conference runs August 22-24th and is chock-full of sessions, speakers, panels, blogging, eating, and (of course) beer drinking.

Working in the craft beer industry obviously has its tasty benefits. We get to try new batches of Standing Stone beer all the time, and enjoy hopping to other breweries to taste the ales and lagers they keep on tap. This weekend, we’re overjoyed to be in San Diego where some of America’s best-known breweries are joining the event and bringing their best brews for us to enjoy.

Here are some of our favorites so far from beer tasting at the Opening Lunch and Trade Show:

Peanut Butter Milk Stout by Belching Beaver Brewery

White IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.

Indra Kunindra Curry Export Stout by Ballast Point Brewing Co.

Black Rye IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout from New English Brewing Co.

The last on our list was brewed with 50 lbs of coffee and chocolate, making it a rich beverage suitable (we think) for both breakfast and dessert – just like our own Noble Stout. In fact, we may have dipped our after-lunch churros in the beer just to make sure it paired well with sweet fare. It did.

larry brewery tourWe also heard from Julia Herz of the Brewers Association, speaking to the importance of beer education for the masses. Enthusiasm in the American craft beer community continues to grow year after year, and we’re honored to be a part of this giant, flavorsome movement.

Next up on our conference list: dinner at Karl Strauss Brewing Co. and a dance party hosted by Lagunitas Brewing Co. We’ve tasted so many quality craft beers, and seen so much beer industry collaboration. This passionate American craft beer community has come together for one big, educational and tasty event, and we’re grateful to be here. We’ll keep you updated all weekend long on the up-and-coming happenings in the craft beer world, from this sunny scene in San Diego, CA.

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Join us at Brews, Burgers & Bluegrass, 6/7

THRIVE Brews logo-NEWTap into the best of the Rogue Valley’s food, drink and music at the second annual Brews, Burgers & Bluegrass. This all-day event by Thrive (The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy) kicks off Medford Beer Week on Saturday, June 7 from 12-8pm at beautiful Eden Valley Orchards in Medford, Oregon. Event proceeds go to Thrive’s local food programs.

Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy five bands throughout the day, as well as 22 Rogue Valley microbrews on tap! Standing Stone is bringing I Heart Oregon Ale and a surprise seasonal specialty for pouring… we’ll keep your taste buds guessing until event day. Local ranchers will have delicious burgers available for purchase, and Eden Vale will offer wine for those who prefer the grape-based beverage. For the kiddos and designated drivers, we’re also bringing Standing Stone Root Beer.

Other participating breweries include: Southern Oregon Brewing, Walkabout Brewery, Wild River Brewing, Portal Brewing, Fire Cirkl Meadery, JD Sports Bar, Caldera Brewing, Bricktowne Brewing Co., Rusty Bucket Brewing, Opposition Brewing Company, and Wylie’s Honey Brews.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  Admission includes a commemorative pint glass and tasting tickets.  Music-only tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Bring the whole family, as children 15 and under are free.

We hope to see you at this great outdoor event! What better way to support local food programs than with your own burger and pint? Tickets are available online at www.buylocalrogue.org. You can also check the website for a list of ticket outlets, or call 541-488-7272 for more information.

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 on Tap: Wildtrail Ale

Once-again we are participating in Beers Made By Walking, a program that asks brewers to make beer inspired by plants found on nature walks. Our beer will be served during a special event, with other nature-infused brews, on October 26th at Belmont Station in Portland. The beer starts flowing at noon and some of the brewers will be available to talk from 2-4.

Michael Altman, a certified nutritionist and member of the American Herbalists Guild, blazed the trail this summer in our search for edible, flavorful, and medicinal plants for the brew. On our foray around Hyatt Reservoir,  we discovered yarrow, mint, elderflower, and St. John’s Wort among others.

Our friends at Beer Made by Walking say “yarrow, mint, and elderflower perhaps are most familiar in beer history. Yarrow has been used as a bittering agent in beer, providing some medicinal value, and was used in gruits before the widespread use of hops. Elderfower has been used recently in a few different commercial beers, and a recent cider. It is appealing to many because of it’s soft citrusy character. Mint has also been used in beer and is certainly more common in tea. It is likely that many of the mint beers have used commercially available mints, so the use of a variety growing wild in the landscape is certainly appealing.”

(*photo by Larry Chase)

Come taste the bounty of The Pacific Crest Trail with Yarrow and Saint John’s Wort! The style is similar to a braggot, which is an ale brewed with malt and honey. This light, amber colored ale with its spicy and floral aroma will leave you wanting more! Cheers!

Beer Made By Walking

Style:  Its Own Style 

Color:  Light Amber
Aroma:  Spicy and Floral
Mouthfeel:  Medium
Flavor:  Honey, Yarrow, Perception of sweetness with slight sour character
Alcohol:  6.9% abv
IBU:  15 (estimate)

Original Extract:  14.8 Plato (% sugar in the wort)

Malt

  • Organic 2-row
  • Briess Special Roast
  • Organic Carapils
  • Acidulated

Adjunct

  • Wildflower Honey (Willamette Valley) – 30% of fermentable sugar

Hops

  • Bittering:  Organic Magnum

Flavoring Plants – collected near Lake Hyatt

  • Yarrow
  • St. John’s Wort