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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.

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Standing Stone Ranks #5 Best Green Workplace in 2015 by Oregon Business

OBM-100-best-Green-logo-2015-500pxwToday we toast our ranking as the #5 Best Green Workplace in Oregon in 2015! The designation comes from Oregon Business and its annual review of the Top 100 Best Green Workplaces in the state. We’ve been honored to appear in the Top 10 in each of the past six years, and we’re thrilled to maintain this coveted designation alongside other great, sustainably-minded Oregon businesses.

The Top 10 Best Green Workplaces awards ceremony welcomed event-goers to The Nines Hotel in Portland, OR. The keynote speaker, Sarah Severn, engaged the crowd about staying true to sustainable values in the business world. Thank you Oregon Business for hosting this great event and bringing together a room full of passionate and pioneering business representatives from our region!

IMG_2025Standing Stone’s RPM Bike Program, waste management program and One Mile Farm operations were all recognized as top reasons for our brewpub making the list. We’re overjoyed with the recognition (especially because it’s employee-driven) and want to thank our coworkers for all their innovation and energy that keep these programs thriving!

Every year, Oregon Business offers employee surveys to companies all over the state to rank a list of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 100 Green Companies and Top 100 Best Nonprofits. Our coworkers rank how satisfied they are with efforts in various areas, as well as how meaningful those efforts are. In 2015, Oregon Business received 17,000 employee surveys from 430 businesses. Our coworkers rock for taking the time to fill out the survey so that we can join this awesome recognition year after year.

And we’re thrilled to see lots of other sustainable businesses on the list representing Southern Oregon! Congrats to Rogue Creamery, Coyote Trails School of Nature, RHT Energy Solutions, Adroit Construction, and Habitat for Humanity Rogue Valley.

IMG_2029You can view the entire list of the 2015 Top 100 Best Green Workplaces, and be sure to send congratulations to the names you recognize. These businesses are creating unique, original programs, and drive their operations with sustainable practices in mind. We feel inspired by the range of successful green-business models throughout the state, and we’ll continue to do our best to make it on the list again in 2016!

(photos: R. Koning)

We’ve Joined a Call for Action on Climate Change

We’re excited to announce the debut of the Brewery Climate Declaration, a call to action that urges policymakers to seize the economic and environmental opportunities of tackling climate change. Twenty four brewery signatories have jumped on board, from small microbreweries to major international brands, and we’re one of them!

Members of the brewing industry have signed the Brewery Climate Declaration to call attention to the specific risks and opportunities of climate change on the $246 billion nation-wide industry. Breweries face multiple climate change impacts: warmer temperatures and extreme weather events can harm the production of hops, grown primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Clean water resources are also becoming scarcer in the West as a result of droughts and reduced snow pack.climate declaration

At Standing Stone, we’ve taken several steps to reduce our environmental footprint, and it’s great to operate alongside other breweries making sustainable business a priority. Here are a handful of things we do at Standing Stone to operate more efficiently:

  • Generate electricity with rooftop solar panels
  • Reduce natural gas usage with a heat recovery system
  • Reduce energy usage through lighting improvements
  • Purchase carbon and water usage offsets
  • Reduce our company-wide carbon footprint by giving bikes to employees with our Bike Program
  • Operate a farm to provide local beef, lamb and honey
  • Purchase local wines in kegs
  • Seek Salmon Safe and organic hops
  • Compost brewpub waste on our farm
  • Purchase sustainably-caught fish for our menu

And much more…breweries all over the U.S. are coming up with innovative ways to be sustainable. New Belgium captures and reuses methane to provide 15% of their brewery’s electricity needs. Odell Brewing’s modified vacuum pump triple-uses water and saves the Colorado brewery 25 million gallons of water annually.

Here is the complete list of breweries that have signed the Brewery Climate Declaration. You can learn more at ClimateDeclaration.us.

  • Aeronaut Brewing Company (MA)
  • The Alchemist (VT)
  • Allagash Brewing Company (ME)
  • Aspen Brewing Company (CO)
  • Brewery Vivant (MI)
  • Buoy Beer Company (OR)
  • Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen (WA)
  • Deschutes Brewery (OR)
  • Fort George Brewery and Public House (OR)
  • Fremont Brewing Company (WA)
  • Georgetown Brewing Co. (WA)
  • Guinness (Ireland)
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery (OR)
  • Kona Brewing Company (HI)
  • New Belgium Brewing (CO)
  • Ninkasi Brewing Company (OR)
  • Odell Brewing (CO)
  • Redhook Brewery (WA, NH)
  • Rockford Brewing Company (MI)
  • Smuttynose Brewing Company (NH)
  • Snake River Brewing Co. (WY)
  • Standing Stone Brewing Co. (OR)
  • Wet Dog Café & Brewery (OR)
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing (OR)
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We Want You To…Travel Oregon Forever

TOF_Green_TransparentIn making craft beer at Standing Stone, we rely on the well-being of Oregon’s natural resources for quality brews – local hops, exceptional barley and fresh tap water. We want to do our part to make sure these resources stay healthy and abundant for generations to come, and we are thrilled to join almost 50 other organizations in the state with certification as a Travel Oregon Forever sustainable business.

Travel Oregon Forever was created to give tourism businesses access to the most current sustainable tourism resources. Based on the 37 Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge is a voluntary reporting program that quantifies and qualifies the commitment of tourism and hospitality organizations to running sustainable and environmentally responsible operations.

At Standing Stone, we operate our brewpub in a way that protects and restores the environment, and enhances the health and happiness of our employees, guests and community. Our operations focus on supporting renewable energy, waste reduction, pollution prevention, greenhouse gas reduction, resource conservation, good jobs, local food producers and the use of environmentally preferable products.

Other Sustainable Business Challenge participants from Southern Oregon include Momentum River Expeditions,travel oregon award Ashland Film Festival and Troon Vineyard. Make these businesses part of your next vacation plans and support sustainable progress in our area. You can also use Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Travel Tool to plan an entire vacation based around visiting “green” hospitality businesses, including restaurants, breweries, wineries, hotels and attractions.

We’re honored to be on this list with so many innovative companies around Oregon!  For more information from Travel Oregon, and to see other participating businesses throughout the state, visit their website. Come in for a pint and raise your glass to keeping beer-happy resources in Oregon abundant and healthy.

Mark Your Calendars for Pints for a Purpose

Here at Standing Stone Brewing Co. we are committed to supporting people and the planet. Through our Pints for a Purpose program, we donate a portion of beer profits to a local nonprofit which shares our vision of environmental sustainability, local food, education and community.pints_purpose

The votes are in and Standing Stone employees have chosen four outstanding groups to benefit from this program. On a special evening, Standing Stone will donate $2 of every pint of beer sold in the brewpub from 5p-10p to the organization selected for that day. The Pints for a Purpose dates are as follows:

  • Nov. 12 Ashland Food Project– The Ashland Food Project brings in over one-thousand pounds of food a year, one bag at a time, for local food banks. It encourages long-term, community involvement.
  • Dec. 3 CASA of Jackson County–  CASA volunteers speak-up for the safety and well-being of children who have come under the care of Child Welfare due to abuse and/or neglect. They are sometimes the only legal advocates these children have.
  • Jan. 14 Rogue Valley Farm to School– This Southern Oregon non-profit educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden projects, and by increasing local foods in school cafeterias.
  • Feb. 4 Friends of the Animal Shelter– FOTAS helps animals in area shelters by encouraging adoption, improving quality of life, promoting spaying and neutering pets, and educating the community about responsible pet guardianship and animal welfare.

Since it began, we’ve raised thousands of dollars for area non-profits. All beneficiaries are chosen through vote by our diverse group of employees, who live right here in Southern Oregon.  If you know of a local non-profit that shares our vision, click the link to learn more about the program and how to apply.

It’s not often you can enjoy a craft beer while helping others. So mark your calendars and join us at the brewery on the assigned day to help support these incredible area non-profits! And, as always, drink responsibly. Cheers!

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