We 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!
For 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!