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Thanksgiving Food and Beer Pairing Ideas

heritageFor many, wine is the go-to beverage for the Thanksgiving meal. But craft-beer drinkers are discovering the variety of ales and lagers available offers a plethora of pairing possibilities. And here at Standing Stone Brewing Company, we’ve got you covered with some great ideas to bring to the table.

blue cheeseAppetizers: Try our Victory Lager to get the appetites going paired with cheeses or vegetable trays. Its lighter, toasty, flavor with a low-hop bitterness complements lighter fare, but can also stand-up to spicy dips and hummus. Or try our “I Heart Oregon Ale” with sharper or stronger cheeses like Rogue Creamery’s variety of cheddar and blues.

Bird is the word: for the main attraction, our Amber Ale is the perfect complement to turkey. Its malty, yet slightly hoppy notes bring out turkey’s caramelized herbal flavors and is the perfect complement to roasted poultry.PilotRockPale2

Stuffed? Stuffing can take on a variety of tastes depending on how it’s prepared. If yours is a sweeter style, try our Twin Plunge Double IPA. Its intense hoppy, palate cleansing style will cut through the sweetness of raisins and nuts. If you prefer a more savory stuffing, “I Heart Oregon Ale’s” crisp notes will complement oyster or bacon without overpowering it.

Cranberry: Our specialty Wildtrail Ale, made with herbs and edibles gathered locally, will echo cranberry’s citrus-like fruity taste. Plus you can awe your guests with true local flavor.

Life of Pie: For some, the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is dessert! Our chocolaty, smooth Steel-Cut Stout, and its coffee-infused cousin Noble Stout, both offer a balanced pairing to Thanksgiving classics like pumpkin or pecan pie. Or forgo the pie and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to your glass to create just desserts to top-off a meal to remember.

beer2So grab your growler and swing by the brewery to make yours a truly traditional Thanksgiving meal (the Pilgrims had beer!) See you soon and happy Thanksgiving!

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12 Reasons Our Team Is Thankful In 2012

For this year’s festive front window display at the brewery we captured photos of (nearly) all our employees and asked them what they are most thankful for. We are so thrilled to work everyday with all these wonderful and talented people, and we loved reading what they wrote!

Now that it’s hanging for all passers-by to read and enjoy, we thought we’d better show off some of these fun photos online as well for all of those who may be outside Ashland, OR for the holidays. If you are in the area, stop by and browse over all of the other things our team had to say. Would you be surprised if we told you lots of them have to do with good beer?

We hope you all have lots of reasons to be thankful this year and every year, too! We think craft beer, tasty food, close friends, community and a healthy environment are at the top of our list. What’s at the top of yours?

Happy Holidays from all of us at Standing Stone Brewing Co! Cheers!


Andy ~ I am thankful for my incredible son, my wonderful woman, and all of my friends and “family” in this beautiful little town.

Mike Nelson

Mike ~ Thankful for my daughter, Steelhead and beer.


Sarah ~ I am thankful for the amazing people in my life… my family and friends. I am also thankful for this awesome town…you rock, Ashland!


Chrystal ~ I am thankful for a loving family, a job that cares about the world we live in and making a difference, and good health! Cheers and Merry Christmas.


Sam ~ I am thankful for my family, friends, beer! And my family at Standing Stone!


Chava ~ I am thankful for my life and the ability to live another year!


Cameron ~ I am thankful for my family, good food and water.

Dave and Katie

Katie & Dave ~ We are thankful to live in a place where the sun shines more days than it does not!


Nick ~ I am thankful for my friends and family! I’m thankful for good food and, of course, good beer. Life ain’t so bad.


Carlos ~ I am thankful for the holidays and being able to spend time with friends and family.


Carla ~ I am thankful to be able to take walks in beautiful Lithia Park & our watershed everyday.

Elliot and Carolyn

We are thankful for God’s faithfulness and love.


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Wassail Your Way to Warmth with Two Winter Drink Recipes

There’s nothing like a hot drink to warm your hands and heart after weathering winter’s chill. This season, our thoughtful beverage gurus have created a few drinks to do just that, providing holiday cheers for young and old. As a gift to you, we’re sharing a few recipes from our current drink specials list, in both spirited and non-alcoholic versions.

These holiday drink recipes are ideal for hosting get-togethers. Save time by preparing batches of the ingredients early on and storing them in the refrigerator, then whipping up individual drinks as you’re ready.


This traditional English beverage combines mulled cider with ale. Its name comes from the custom of “wassailing” through the streets at Christmastime, signing and drinking to the health of the apple trees.

1 quart apple cider
2 sticks cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp grated nutmeg
4 whole cloves
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced

Combine all ingredients in a pot on the stove, and simmer on low for 1 hour. Once your mulled cider is ready, strain or ladle 1 cup into a glass, add 4 oz of Oatmeal Stout and ½ oz of rum. Or, serve on its own as a delicious spiced cider. Enjoy warm!

Hot Buttered Rogue

This drink mixes a seasonal classic with Oregon’s own Rogue Dark Rum, distilled by Rogue Spirits in Newport.

½ cup softened butter
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
pinch salt

Blend all ingredients and refrigerate to harden. To make one drink, add 2 scoops of batter to a mug, top with 2oz Rogue Dark Rum, fill with hot water and stir. For a non-alcoholic version, top batter with warm milk. Garnish with a cinnamon stick for extra merriment!

Raise your warm, full glasses and cheer to the holiday season! Remember to swing by and grab beer to go for Wassail at home, or to enjoy on its own. All of us here at Standing Stone wish you happy holidays, and encourage you to celebrate responsibly.