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Beer & Biking in the Month of May

beer flagWe love May at Standing Stone Brewing Co. Spring seasonal beers start showing up on taps, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day, and the Saturday Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market kicks off the season outside our front doors. May also brings about two awesome nationwide celebrations: American Craft Beer Week and Bike to Work Week, May 12th-18th.

Every year we join Brewers Association members across the U.S. in hosting special events and offerings to celebrate American craft beer. This year, we’re tapping our very first collaboration beer, made in partnership with Swing Tree Brewing in Ashland. This is the Rogue Valley’s first craft beer collaboration project, and we’re happy to join a fellow brewmaster, Brandon Overstreet, in crafting a beer to epitomize the week’s theme: Brewnited We Stand!

On Tuesday, May 13th we’ll also welcome Ashland Mayor John Stromberg to read the Beer Week Proclamation aloud at the brewpub at 6pm. We have a special Sampler Tray beer pairing in the works, and photos of all our employees and their favorite beers on display in the brewery windows. Come see why we all love craft beer!

bikersFor Bike to Work Week, we’re encouraging our employees to two-wheel-it to work. It’s not hard – many of our employees choose to bike every day, knowing the health and environmental benefits are significant. And it’s fun! We’ll have special prizes and incentives for participants, and servers will wear Standing Stone signature “Powered By Beer” bike tees for the week.

It’s also a great time to recognize that Ashland, OR was recently awarded Gold Status by the League of American Bicyclists, and chosen as the Most Improved Bicycle Friendly City in the U.S. Our bike-riding coworkers agree; since our Employee Bike Program launched in 2009 we’ve given 52 commuter bikes to Standing Stone personnel who promised to cruise their rides to and from work at least 45 times in a year. Many of us ride on Main Street,  which improved with the introduction of the “road diet,” and we appreciate the room and safety with the new bike lanes.

Jump on your saddle, toast your pint, and join us celebrating these two great nationally recognized weeks. If you’re not in the Rogue Valley, check out CraftBeer.com and BikeLeague.org for events in your area. Happy American Craft Beer Week and Bike to Work Week to all!

Saddle Up for Bike Commute Challenge in September

Every September we get in gear with biking events at Standing Stone Brewing Co. Our motivation this month stems from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s Bike Commute Challenge, encouraging employees at workplaces all over Oregon to bike to work and log collective miles. We participate annually and come up with a few incentives and events of our own to make September one of the best biking months of the year!commuter bike

Here’s how the Bike Commute Challenge works: Anyone can register their workplace for free at btaoregon.org. Participating employees log their trips and miles on an online calendar, which keeps track of totals and automatically enters members into weekly drawings. Businesses and groups can challenge each other to log the most miles, and at the end of the month the BTA ranks businesses by percentage of bike commutes and announces the winning companies at a big After Party in Portland in October.

We have all our Standing Stone Commuter-riding coworkers signed up, and bike teewe’re celebrating in a few ways of our own, too. For the month of September you’ll see brewery servers in our signature “Powered By Beer” bike tees. Come get one of your own to show your love of biking and beer! We’re also holding a weekly in-house raffle for employees who ride round-trip to work, and throwing a big grand prize drawing at the end of the month. Sorry, fans, employees only!

We’re also thrilled to announce we have seven new bikes coming to employees this week. These coworkers have been with Standing Stone for the minimum 1,000 total hours and promise to ride their new Trek bikes to and from the brewpub at least 45 times in the first year. After that, the bike is theirs to keep. This brings our total fleet to 57 bikes, growing from just 17 when we launched the program in 2009.

Lastly, our chef, Eric Bell, has recently been trained as a League of Americanbike rack Bicyclists certified instructor. All our new Standing Stone Commuter bike recipients will go through a required training with Eric later this month, and all employees wanting a refresher course will join the group as well. We’re looking forward to having on-site knowledge about safe biking practices and we’ll be sure to tap Eric’s brain for tips and ideas for biking around town.

Join in the fun by biking with us all month long! September weather makes for great riding conditions almost any time of day, and our latest specialty beer – Commuters Gold Ale – makes a great finish to any biking trip. We think the physical, psychological and environmental benefits of commuting by bike make it the preferred method of transportation for our coworkers, so expect to see lots of us two-wheeling it to and from the brewpub and using the big, yellow bike rack out front.