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The Family Stone: Behind the Scenes Photos

At Standing Stone Brewing Company we have a lot of fun at work. Like, a lot of fun. Besides the beer and food, it’s one of the great perks of being a part of the “Family Stone,” as we like to call it. Throughout our adventures at the brewery, group races, relays and events we’ve collected a fair amount of photos that we have stored away in an online album, and it’s about time we share a few. Some of these silly, fun characters are now Standing Stone alumni, but most us are here planning new group activities and adventures all the time.

Here are some of our favorite group moments from the last year:

Mark and Gina race to the top of the boat ramp during the 2013 Siskiyou Challenge Relay Race. Standing Stone entered four teams with 24 total employees! These two are from teams “Sparkle Motion” and “Sun’s Out, Guns Out.”

mark and gina

Nick scored pink girl sunglasses somewhere for our bike ride in the 2014 4th of July parade. Co-owners Alex and Danielle Amarotico were chosen as this year’s Grand Marshals, and we cruised our Standing Stone commuter bikes along the route behind them. 

nick sunglasses

Get your workout on! With really good food and beer so readily available, a few of us decided a Standing Stone Bootcamp was in order. Check out those lean, mean muscles.


(photo: N. Blakeslee)


Yep, we work out in the wintertime, too.

workout group

(photo: N. Blakeslee)


We had a fantastic crew working the 2014 Winter Beer Dinner at Standing Stone. Six courses and three hours later, here we are taking a little break and showing each other some love at the end.FOH huddle

And here’s the kitchen crew that brought you all those amazing courses. Don’t let those crossed arms fool you – these folks get giddy about preparing a beautiful and thoughtful plate of food.BOH huddle

Whoa there, Easy Rider. Did you know Standing Stone has a Brammo electric motorcycle? If you haven’t heard, it’s because the hum of the battery-powered engine is so quiet. It’s perfect for quick trips to and from our One Mile Farm, and errands around Ashland.alex on bike

The “Family Stone” and others after our annual Turkey Day football game.  (For NFL scouts reading this blog, please show up at 7am sharp for some awe-inspiring football). 

Thanksgiving Day Football

(photo: N. Blakeslee)

Last month we entered a 12-person team in the Wild Rogue Relay Race, and poured Standing Stone brews at the end in Gold Beach for all the racers. Our team name: Slaughterhouse 12 (yes, those are lamb costumes).

wild rogue group

(photo: N. Blakeslee)

Here are a few more hooligans from the 2013 Siskiyou Challenge Relay Race…siskiyou challenge tanks…and a few more still.sisk challenge

And at the end of the day, what we like to do best is sit down with friends and enjoy craft beer. gina sienna

We may have left out some photos of mountain bike rides, group runs, volleyball, and frisbee golf, but we’ll continue to bring our cameras along when we can. Watch out for more Standing Stone shenanigans in the future, just for the fun of it.



Photo Recap: Siskiyou Challenge Relay 2013

One of our favorite Ashland events of the year has come and gone, but luckily we have plenty of photos to reminisce about thedavey chava 4th Annual Siskiyou Challenge. On a rare, non-rainy day Saturday we had 24 Standing Stone employees participate in the six-leg, multi-sport relay. We also manned the food and beverage station at the finish line, offering free lunch and beer to all the racers (and cherry lemonade for those not-quite-ready for an early afternoon brew).

Our house photographer, George Rubaloff, was on hand as usual capturing team group shots and some of our favorite moments of the day – and, believe us, there were lots. Here is a preliminary photo recap of the 2013 Siskiyou Challenge, and we’ll post even more pictures on our Facebook page in the coming week.

The 2013 Standing Stone Brewing Company teams were:

Sparkle Motion14th place Mixed Teamteam sparkle motion







The Bearded LadiesThe jury is still out on when they finished…team bearded ladies







Steel-Cut Sheriffs16th place Mixed Teamteam steel-cut







Sun’s Out, Guns Out12th place Mixed Teamteam suns out guns out






Anna Rose

A big CONGRATULATIONS to all the participants in Saturday’s event! It was a big group (300+ racers and fans) of enthusiastic and fun-loving athletes. We want to thank Rogue Valley Farm to School for putting on the relay and organizing the routes, volunteers, vendors, prizes and more. To learn more about this great Southern Oregon organization visit their website and see all they do in our serve

As promised, stay tuned for even more photos. And if you stop by the restaurant, ask your bartender or server if they ran, biked or kayaked in a leg of the race. You might hear a good story or two: Trent getting lost for a few miles, Carolyn passing bikers twice, Davey losing his breakfast, Josh and Elliot’s short shorts…

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Snapshot of Siskiyou Challenge 2012

September 22nd, 2012 marked one of our favorite outdoor events of the year – the Siskiyou Challenge Relay Race. This community event, benefiting Rogue Valley Farm to School, hosted over 50 teams that competed in a six-leg, multi-sport relay. Over 250 racers ran, biked and kayaked their way all around Ashland, OR to the finish line in downtown Lithia Park.

This year, Standing Stone entered four teams comprised of 24 employees – our record participation! We made sure to take team photos so we could look back on all the great uniforms.

Team 1 – Let’s Get Physical:

Nick Blakeslee, Server – 13K road bike
Carolyn Stone, Server – 3K kayak
Brandon Schilling, Sustainability Coordinator – 31K road bike
Jackie Case, Server – 10K run
Ace Harvey, Line Cook – 14K mountain bike
Lindsay Wiegel , Server – 5K run

Team 2 – Stone Villagers:

Ismael Garcia Nava Jr., Line Cook – 13K road bike
Roberto Ambriz, Line Cook – 3K kayak
Javier Cruz-Paso, Manager – 31K road bike
Salvador Cruz-Paso, Lead Prep Cook – 10K run
Miguel Garcia Orosco, Line Cook – 14K mountain bike
Alex Amarotico, Co-owner – 5K run

Team 3 – Half Pints:

Danielle Amarotico, Co-owner – 13K road bike
Marina Spelletich-Pecoraro, Server – 3K kayak
Melza Quinn, Manager – 31K road bike
Laura Pfister, Server – 10K run
Matt Nunes, Server – 14K mountain bike
Ashley Nunes, Graphic Designer – 5K run

Team 4 – Out of Towners:

David Conley, Server – 13K road bike
Michael Nelson, Server – 3K kayak
Josh Nielsen, Server – 31K road bike
David Kramer, Server – 10K run
Elliot Stone, Server – 14K mountain bike
Katie Rinaker, Server – 5K run

The entrance fees for this family-friendly race went to Rogue Valley Farm to School, a local organization that connects classrooms with farms through  hands-on farm visits and in-class lessons, as well as bringing local foods into school cafeterias. This is one of our favorite Southern Oregon nonprofits and we’re thrilled to be a part of this organization’s fun, athletic event!

We also had Standing Stone employees pouring cold beer and lemonade and serving sack lunches at the finish line for all the racers. This year, we sweetened our offerings with caramel apples for the finishers of the 1.4 mile Fun Run, too. Other food sponsors for the race included Rogue Valley Roasting Company, serving early morning coffee and treats, and the Ashland Food Co-op, making sure the racers were well-fed at the pre-race dinner at Emigrant Lake.

Be sure to let the coordinators know how much you enjoyed the event if you were there. We had a full day of great exercise, team work and good old-fashioned fun, and you’ll see us at the Siskiyou Challenge again next year!

Double Take on the Siskiyou Challenge 2011

The Second Annual Siskiyou Challenge race has come and gone, but our Standing Stone teams are still invigorated with team spirit after a day full of running, biking, kayaking and post-race festivities. Twelve Standing Stone Brewing Co employees competed on two teams with approximately 250 other athletes in this six-leg multi-sport relay race covering 44 miles around Ashland, OR. Our teams finished 7th and 8th in the mixed gender division. In addition, Standing Stone Team B won the prize for Best Costumes, earning the nickname “Team Blue Butts.”

Proceeds from this family fun outdoor event benefit Rogue Valley Farm to School (RVF2S), one of our favorite non-profits. This program builds relationships between local farms and schools by offering classroom education and hands-on farm visits, and increasing the availability of local foods in school meals. We proudly sponsored this event this year and last, and whipped up food and beverages for racers at the finish line in Lithia Park. Other food sponsors included Rogue Valley Roasting Co serving coffee and morning treats, Artik Creamery scooping up handmade ice cream in waffle cones for the 1.4-mile Fun Run racers, and the Ashland Food Co-op donating dinner for the pre-race BBQ at Emigrant Lake. View the full list of wonderful sponsors here.

Here was the lineup of Standing Stone Brewing Co. teams for the Siskiyou Challenge 2011:

Team A:
Meg Dias, server – 13K road bike
Elliot Stone, server – 3K kayak
Brandon Schilling, waste management coordinator – 31K road bike
Salvador Cruz-Paso, prep cook – 10K run
Gina Velando, bartender – 14K mountain bike
Shey Yearsley, server – 5K finishing run

Team B:
Lindsey Wilkens, server – 13K road bike
Carolyn Stone, server – 3K kayak
Alex Amarotico, co-owner – 31K road bike
Mike DuBois, bartender – 10K run
Andy Schow, bartender – 14K mountain bike
Alicia Walker, server – 5K finishing run

As usual, our fabulous photographer, George Rubaloff, was on hand snapping shots of the racers from beginning to end. From the starting line at Lithia Park, to Emigrant Lake, and along the way back to the park for the finish, George was enthusiastically snapping photos of our Standing Stone racers. Here, we’d like to share some of our favorite moments from throughout the day.

Thank you RVF2S for another fun race in 2011, and we promise to see you again next year!

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Standing Stone Fuels Employee’s Quest for Xterra World Championship

David (on right) at the lake. (Photo courtesy David Conley)

At Standing Stone, we believe that supporting employee health is the right thing to do, and it makes for happier employees. In August 2009, we took our first big leap into employee wellness incentives by purchasing commuter bikes for employees who promise to bike to work at least 45 times in a year. In 2010, we teamed up with Standing Stone server and yoga instructor, Lindsey Holy, to offer free weekly yoga classes for all employees.

When Standing Stone server and triathlete, David Conley, came to us with a proposal to sponsor his quest to qualify for the XTerra World Championships, we were happy to support another team member’s passions for a healthy lifestyle. We asked David to share his story and some tips for others who enjoy challenging themselves through  recreational sports.

What are your goals and motivations?

My goal this year is to qualify for the XTerra World Championship in Maui and compete among the top amateurs in the country. Long term, I’d like to turn pro and be competitive on that level. My motivations are the competition, the healthy lifestyle, all the new places I get to see and ride and, most of all, the friendships I make along the way. After every race it is like your family grows by two or three members!

What’s your racing schedule this season?

This season there are 8-10 races I plan to compete in. I’ve already participated in the Xterra Real in Folsom Lake, Sacramento where I finished 6th overall. Then I raced in the Xterra South Central Championship in Waco, Texas and finished 49th overall. My next race is May 15th in Santa Cruz. If I place high enough in the next few races this summer, I’ll qualify for the Xterra World Championships.

Where do you train for your races?

Most my training gets done right in my backyard here in Southern Oregon. I’m extremely fortunate to live where I do and have access to such great trails. I spend a lot of time pedaling up to Four Corners (above Ashland) and bombing down. I also really enjoy climbing the White Rabbit trail. (Ashland, OR trail maps here.) Recently, I have been putting in some hours on my road bike, and my favorite ride is up the Greensprings Highway. For swimming, a lot of my time is spent at the YMCA in Ashland, but once the water at Emigrant Lake warms up to about 60 degrees I’ll be doing open water swims. Also, Applegate Lake is a great place to train for swimming, mountain biking and trail running.

(Photo courtesy of David Conley)

Man, nothing beats Standing Stone’s teriyaki ribs with sweet potato fries. I come in to Standing Stone for those even when I’m not working out or on the clock. When I’m there, I also like a “Wolfhound,” which is a favorite that one of our regular customers created with the Noble Stout and Oatmeal Stout mixed half and half. And, of course, water, water, water.

Daivd will be keeping his fans up to date on his racing progress through his blog.  You can also get updates on our Standing Stone Facebook page and twitter feed as we’ll post his progress throughout the summer.  Be sure to wish him luck whenever you stop by the restaurant!

Get in Gear: Tips For Safe & Fun Bike Riding Year Round

As you may know, we love to ride our bikes, both for commuting to work and errands, and exploring Oregon’s beautiful Rogue Valley. Standing Stone Brewing Co even provides free bikes to employees to encourage bike commuting and we host a sidewalk café in front of our brewery for International Car Free Day in Ashland, OR.

From late fall through early spring, when precipitation, colder temperatures and shorter days present themselves, it can be a little more challenging to conjure up that pedal power. Yet, there are lots of benefits for those who get in gear, including saving gas money, getting free exercise and helping the environment.

Committed cyclists know it’s easy to cruise through the seasons with well-chosen gear and clothing, and a little know-how. Here are some tips:

  • Layer up: Dress in layers you can remove as you heat up through your ride. Get durable apparel that can withstand the elements and that will last many years. Check out thrift stores or purchase items made with recycled materials to keep your pedaling light on the planet.
  • Stay dry: It’s essential to have water-resistant or waterproof pants and a jacket. Getting wet chills you to the core…brrr. Savvy shoppers can score good snow pants and such at secondhand shops, saving money and reducing your environmental footprint.
  • Coddle your hands and feet: Extremities get cold first, so they need extra TLC. Wear warm socks, and good shoes and gloves.

    Ashland, OR's International Car-free Day in front of our restaurant and brewpub (Photo: Rogue IMC)

  • Lighten up: Get bright lights for the front and back of your bike—and yourself—so you can see and be seen.
  • Watch out: Look ahead for ice, puddles and other hazards so you can avoid them.
  • Ride responsibly: Learn the rules of the road for bicyclists and follow them, year round. This maximizes safety and mutual respect for everyone.
  • Get handy: Take a basic maintenance class so you know how to fix flats and other inevitable bumps in the road, and what tools and supplies you should have for riding.
  • Prepare…for the unexpected: Give yourself extra time to get to your destination…no matter what your form of transport! Keep extra clothing at work or pack it. Carry spare batteries for lights (we love rechargeables), basic tools, water and a snack. Have a back up plan to get where you need to go if the weather makes cycling unsafe or not possible.

    Our co-owners, Alex and Danielle, receiving RVTD's "Transportation Hero" award. (Photo: RVTD)

  • Enjoy the ride: Take in the fresh air and beautiful scenery and think about the financial, wellness and planetary benefits that add up with each turn of your wheels.
  • Learn and share: Ask other riders for their secrets to success and share yours. Check out these tips from our friends at RVTD and an article with ideas and inspiration from committed cyclists.

Standing Stone Bike Program Rolls Into Second Year

This month marks the One-Year Anniversary of the kick off of our Standing Stone Brewing Co. Commuter Bike Program: the RPM Club. The goal is to Reduce car trips, Promote living and working in Ashland, and Maintain an active lifestyle

Employees who’ve worked 1000 hours with Standing Stone and agree to bike commute at least 45 times to and from work per year receive a free Kona commuter bike.

We’ve had rolling success with this program, with over 700 logged trips made among our employee bike commuters! This is truly exciting for Standing Stone, since a large majority of our bike riders were car commuters before last August.

Since purchasing our first round of 17 bikes, with a lot of support from Ashland Bicycle Works, we’ve added another four to our fleet and piqued interest in our program from other businesses in the area. Rogue Creamery purchased their own bikes last year after consulting with our owners and admiring our enthusiastic employees. In fact, they brought on even more bikes to their staff than our original round!

In celebration of our anniversary, we will be participating in the annual Bike Commute Challenge put on by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance of Oregon. For the month of September, businesses and individuals who participate log trips and mileage to challenge others in the state and local community. And we do it just for fun! We have several employees who have not yet received their Standing Stone Commuter bikes and they still participated last year to contribute a large portion of our logged miles. A big thanks to our staff for showing motivation all on their own!

Up, Up and Away! Mt. Ashland Hillclimb Run

Ashland runner Erik Skaggs (2nd) enjoys a post-race beer from Standing Stone.

Here at Standing Stone, we’re always up a challenge and we love to enjoy the mountain trails that surround us. So, naturally, the Mount Ashland Hillclimb Run, held this weekend, is our kind of event.

We’ve been a longtime supporter, offering gift certificates and complimentary beer at the finish, and providing a home for the race trophy – a keg inscribed with the male and female winners’ names. It’s really a fun community event that brings together a diversity of folks of all ages.

As its name implies, the Mount Ashland Hillclimb Run takes intrepid runners and walkers uphill. To be exact, it’s a 13.3 mile-long journey with a vertical gain of 5,600 feet, starting at Ashland’s Lithia Park and ending at the summit of Mount Ashland.

Stephanie Howe, women's winner

The beautiful course starts with a run around Lithia Park, offering a nice 2-mile warm up with only a slight incline. After that point, the route becomes a steep climb through Ashland’s stunning watershed until it levels out for a bit around 8.5 miles. At about 10.5 miles, it heads back uphill until it reaches the Mount Ashland ski lodge. From there, participants scramble a little over one half mile, up a ski slope to the summit.

This was an especially exciting one in the race’s 33-year history, as Max King of Bend, OR set a new course record (1:41:50). Stephanie Howe, also from Bend, took the women’s title for the second year in a row (2:12:07). Erik Skaggs of Ashland was 2nd and Tim Van Oreden of Vermont was 3rd. The 2nd and 3rd females were Melissa Schweisguth and Jenn Shelton, both from Ashland. Go Ashland! Check out the full results online and a great article by local reporter Daniel Newberry from the Mail Tribune.

Max King, men's winner and new course record holder

Standing Stone co-owner Alex Amarotico and server Rob Koening joined over 200 other participants on the trek to the top. Both thoroughly enjoyed themselves and will certainly inspire more of us to take part next year. We raise our glasses to race director Torsten Heycke and all the volunteers and sponsors who make it such a fabulous event

Congratulations to all runners and walkers, and thanks to all of you who stopped by Standing Stone during race weekend. We hope to see you there next year! We’ll be back with beer and good cheer.

(photos: Andy Atkinson/Mail Tribune)

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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….

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Up, Up, Up: Mt. Ashland Hillclimb Coming Up

Are you planning ahead for the annual Mt Ashland Hillclimb Run??

Check out the details here and come join us – good (if not arduous) exercise, beautiful views, motivated people.

Standing Stone has long sponsored the race by providing quality beer at the finish. Mmmmmmm! Good motivation indeed. Did you know that beer has Vitamin B?

Why do we help sponsor it? It engages and encourages a healthy lifestyle – exercise, it’s a social event – who doesn’t want more friends, and it’s an incredible view from the top.

So whether you run, walk, or drive to Mt Ashland August 7th, consider putting it on your calendar.

Now…go take a walk…or run…or…