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Pints for a Purpose Benefits WaterWatch, 12/2

Our next Pints for a Purpose benefit evening is just around the corner, December 2nd, and we’re excited to feature WaterWatch of Oregon as our next donation recipient. Of course, when we say “our recipient” we really mean yours, too! We’ll give $2 for every pint of beer sold at Standing Stone from 5-10pm, so the more people we see in the brewpub, the more we’ll raise together for this great cause.

 

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Here’s a bit about WaterWatch, from the organization’s website:

Without WaterWatch, many of Oregon’s rivers and streams would run dry. Unbelievable but true.  In fact, during key dry months in almost every river basin in Oregon, there are too many water rights and not enough water to go around. Even in the 21st century, it can be legal in Oregon to drain our rivers until they are bone dry.

That’s what WaterWatch works to prevent. For 28 years, WaterWatch has protected and restored water to Oregon’s rivers, streams and lakes for fish, wildlife and people.  Our work isn’t glamorous. It can be difficult. We keep regulators accountable. We speak for the public interest. We pass balanced water legislation and, when necessary, we go to court. Our goal is to ensure a legacy of healthy rivers in Oregon.

There are many forces working to take more and more water from Oregon’s streams and rivers. Please join us to help ensure that there is enough water in our rivers for fish, wildlife and the people who depend on healthy rivers. Our quality of life depends on it.

Last month we had record-breaking numbers of fans show up to support Rogue Climate with Pints for a Purpose. Let’s do it again! As always, we encourage everyone to drink responsibly. So let’s get friends, fans, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and that one guy all together to have a pint of craft beer for a good cause! Tuesday, December 2nd from 5-10pm…see you there.

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‘Tis the Season for ‘Pints for a Purpose’

We had a great turnout last Tuesday night for the first Pints for a Purpose benefit evening of our 2014/2015 season. Rogue Climate brought in fans and friends to drink beer and support their cause, and raised over $700 through our beer sales donation program! They brought “Rogue Climate” pins for guests to wear and show their pride, and stationed volunteers at the front table to welcome supporters and talk about the organization’s mission.

rogue climate groupWe’re also happy to announce we’ve counted the remainder of the in-house ballots and our coworkers have chosen the next four recipients for Pints for a Purpose this year. All benefits are Tuesdays evenings from 5-10pm, and $2 of every beer sold goes to the organizations:

December 2 – WaterWatch of Oregon

This nonprofit’s mission is to protect and restore flows in our rivers to sustain the native fish, wildlife, and the people who depend on healthy rivers. WaterWatch was the first organization in the West to seek structural reform of antiquated water laws to protect and restore our rivers.

January 13 – Friends of the Ashland Public Library

The mission of the Friends of the Ashland Public Library is to support our library to achieve any and all of its goals. Ensuring free access to information is part of Ashland’s community life, to which the Friends are firmly dedicated.

rogue climate tableFebruary 3 – Rogue Farm Corps

Rogue Farm Corps trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs. They work to support our local agricultural economy and serve as a model for other communities.

March 3 – Rogue Valley Earth Day

This event has become a Rogue Valley tradition. It’s a forum for non-profits, businesses and governments to raise awareness, a venue for local musicians, artists and performers to share their talents, and an outlet for students to display their knowledge and creativity.

We’re excited to bring beer-lovers together for great, local causes! Toast with us on any of the upcoming dates to show your enthusiasm for nonprofits and craft beer. We encourage everyone to drink responsibly and have a great time celebrating with us all winter-long.

Pints for a Purpose Benefits Rogue Climate, 11/11

pints_logo_smWe know, we know. You’ve been waiting all summer to see Standing Stone’s 2014/2015 Pints for a Purpose line up, you anxious donation givers! We’re happy to announce our first evening of beer sales donations will benefit…(drumroll)…Rogue Climate. We’re excited to launch this year’s beer donation program with this Southern Oregon grass-roots organization on Tuesday, November 11th.

Through our Pints for a Purpose program we donate $2 of every pint of beer sold to an employee-chosen nonprofit on their designated benefit evening, November through March. Our annual application period runs June-October, and then our staff votes for the top five favorite organizations. We award each nonprofit a special evening, during which all pints sold between 5pm – 10pm contribute to their cause. The organizations send representatives to answer questions, offer information, and participate in the fun! You just enjoy a beer (responsibly, of course) and have a great time knowing you’re helping a passionate local organization.

logo_Rogue Climate supports practical solutions to climate change that will result in cleaner energy, sustainable jobs, and a healthy environment. The organization promotes community conversations and engagement through creative art projects and educational events. Last year, they hosted the area’s first Clean Energy Day with local bands,  local brews, local clean energy businesses, and a 100 foot-wide art piece to make the statement that Southern Oregon is ready for local, cleaner energy. Check out their events page for more upcoming happenings.

Last year, we had hosted five Pints for a Purpose benefit evenings totaling over $2,000 in donations for local nonprofits.  Our recipients for the 2013/2014 season included Ashland Food Project, CASA of Jackson County, Rogue Valley Farm to School, Friends of the Animal Shelter, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Daedalus Project.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 11th at 5pm and help us kick off this season of giving. We’ll use #pintsforapurpose to tag photos of the benefit evening on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and encourage you to do the same! Come shake hands, say hi, mingle and have a pint with other fans and friends to help support Rogue Climate with Pints for a Purpose.

 

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Pints for a Purpose 2014/2015 Application Period Open

pints_logo_smOur Pints for a Purpose application period has just opened for the 2014/2015 season! Encourage your favorite nonprofits to apply for the beer-sales donation program between July 15th and October 15th for a chance to be chosen by our employees as one of five local organizations to be celebrated here at the brewpub.

Giving back to our community has always been one of Standing Stone’s central missions, and providing donations to nonprofits is one way we like to do it. A few years ago we put together our first formalized in-house donation program dubbed Pints for a Purpose. Employee-chosen organizations are given specific benefit evenings, during which $2 of every pint of beer sold from 5-10pm goes to the featured nonprofit. It’s that easy!

Here are the participants from last year’s Pint for a Purpose:

pintsforapurpose fotasAshland Food Project – Bringing in over one thousand pounds of food a year for local food banks.

CASA of Jackson County – Speaking for the safety and well-being of children who have come under the care of Child Welfare due to abuse and/or neglect.

Rogue Valley Farm to School– Educating children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden projects, and increasing local foods in school cafeterias.

Friends of the Animal Shelter– Helping animals in area shelters by encouraging adoption, improving quality of life, and educating the community.

OSF’s Daedalus Project – Raising funds to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and support those living with the condition.

rvf2sAll in all, our beer and nonprofit-loving customers raised over $2,000 last season for these grassroots groups. It’s a great way for supporters to enjoy local brews and give to a good cause at the same time.

To apply, go to our online application page and check out the guidelines. Once the application period has closed, we’ll put together a list of all the applicants for our coworkers to vote on. We’ll then host monthly benefit evenings for the chosen nonprofits throughout the winter. Together, we’ll get the word out for fans, friends and family to come out, enjoy a beverage (responsibly, of course) and support these groups!

Over $2K Raised with Pints for a Purpose

pints_purposeThe numbers are in, and Standing Stone had a greatly successful giving season with our Pints for a Purpose donation program. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped raise over $2,000 total for local nonprofits! We’re thrilled with the community support for the participating organizations, and we’re so happy you all chose to come have a beer (or two) with us to raise money.

Here was the line-up for the 2013-2014 Pints for a Purpose season:

• Nov. 12 Ashland Food Project– This organization 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 the 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.osf daedalus board

• 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.

• Mar. 4th OSF’s Daedalus Project – This Oregon Shakespeare Festival project raises funds to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and support those who are living with the condition.

On each nonprofit’s designated benefit evening, Standing Stone pledged $2 for every pint of beer sold from 5-10pm. Fans came in to enjoy craft beer with friends and support their favorite organizations in the area. By visiting the brewpub, you all helped give hundreds of dollars to each of these great groups.

If you have a favorite nonprofit in Southern Oregon, encourage them to apply for our 2014-2015 Pints for a Purpose season! You can view the program guidelines and the application process on our website, and we accept submissions during the summer season. Once the application period is up, we get all our coworkers to vote on their favorites. We’re excited to see new faces next year and get even more local nonprofits involved.

Here are our favorite photos and moments from the Pints for a Purpose benefit evenings. Thanks to all these smiling faces who chose to drink craft beer (responsibly) for a good cause!toasting pints for a purposefotasashland food projectrvf2sosf daedalus

Pints for a Purpose Benefits OSF’s Daedalus Project 3/4/14

Our Pints for a Purpose program has been donating funds from beer sales to local nonprofits all winter long. Now, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is open for the season (and wowing theatergoers with exceptional performances, we might add), and we are throwing a grand finale benefit evening to support OSF’s Daedalus Project on Tuesday, March 4th.

For more than two decades the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the local community, and visitors have come together for the Daedalus Project. Every August the festival hosts a week long celebration of song, dance, theatre and more, to raise money to end the spread of HIV/AIDS and to support those who are living with the condition. Over the past 26 years the Daedalus Project has raised over $1.4 million dollars to support those affected with HIV/AIDS in our community and all over the world. For more information you can visit www.osfashland.org/daedalus.

The Pints for a Purpose benefit evening on March 4th will donate $2 of every pint of beer sold from 5-10pm to this organization. This is our last hurrah of the 2013-2014 benefit season! Make sure you don’t miss the chance to raise funds (and your beer) for this passionate local group.

Every summer, Standing Stone takes applications for Pints for a Purpose from local, grass-roots nonprofits with missions that align with our own. We then ask all our coworkers to vote on their top favorite organizations to support. We award each chosen nonprofit a benefit evening, during which they bring in as many friends, family and supporters as possible to raise money for a good cause. There’s no better way to enjoy a beer and give back to our community!

Other Pints for a Purpose recipients from the 2013-2014 season include Ashland Food Project, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Rogue Valley Farm to School (RVF2S), and Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS). If you know and love a local nonprofit that would benefit from an evening of fundraising at Standing Stone, have them visit our Pints for a Purpose webpage to learn more and apply during our annual application period.

We wish to see you with your favorite Standing Stone beer in hand on Tuesday, March 4th. In fact, we recommend making a night of it and reserving tickets for an OSF show after you imbibe (responsibly, of course) – Comedy of Errors begins at 8pm. Cheers to good beer, good performances and good causes!

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Pints for a Purpose Benefits FOTAS, 2/4

Begging for a good reason to have a pint with pals? Our next Pints for a Purpose benefit evening is just around the corner. Next Tuesday, February 4th, we recognize Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) as the latest employee-chosen nonprofit to receive funds through our beer-sales donation program. For one evening, from 5-10pm, we will give $2 for every pint of beer sold to this wonderful local organization.fotas-logo1

FOTAS is a nonprofit that was formed in 1990 to support the programs of the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Their mission is to increase pet adoption, improve the quality of life for Shelter animals, promote spaying and neutering, and participate in outreach and educational activities regarding responsible pet guardianship and animal welfare.

You may recognize FOTAS from their annual Puss & Boots Costume Ball at the Ashland Armory. This often sold-out event is their biggest fundraiser of the year and has been voted “Best Halloween Party in the Rogue Valley.” Since Halloween is still about nine months away, pounce on this opportunity to show your support for this fun and creative organization!pintsforapurpose

To stay in touch with FOTAS events and see a current roster of animals ready for adoption, visit their website or Facebook page.

We’d love to get as many animal lovers as possible to the brewpub to show support for FOTAS and all they do for the local animal shelter. Representatives from the nonprofit will be enjoying a pint in the bar, so swing by to “sit,” “shake,” and toast your favorite ale to responsible pet adoption and ownership. And as always, we encourage all you animals to enjoy responsibly!

Pints for a Purpose Benefits RVF2S, 1/14

We’re kicking off the New Year with a benefit evening supporting one of our favorite local nonprofits – Rogue Valley Farm to School. Our coworkers chose this organization to receive a donation through our brewpub’s Pints for a Purpose Program, and we’re thrilled to throw a party with them next Tuesday, January 14th at 5pm.rvf2s shirt

Through this program, Standing Stone donates $2 for every pint of beer sold from 5-10pm on one night. So come show your support for this great local organization and toast a pint in their name on the 14th!

A bit about Rogue Valley Farm to School (RVF2S): This program educates children about food systems through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals. Their efforts inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community.

One of our favorite annual RVF2S events is the Siskiyou Challenge Multi-Sport Relay Race in September. Athletes run, bike and kayak all around Ashland, and registration fees raise funds for RVF2S programs. Our brewery donates beer and food for all the racers, and we enter several of our own racing teams to participate, too. Standing Stone teams “Blue Butts,” “Half Pints,” and “Sparkle Motion” are some of the past years’ favorites.toasting pints for a purpose

Join us in toasting a local craft beer for a good cause! It’s a great opportunity to try our latest seasonal, Farmer Brown Ale, appropriately brewed for the occasion. We would love to see as many RVF2S fans as possible in the brewpub to make this one of the biggest Pints for a Purpose benefit nights yet!

Please enjoy responsibly

Pints for a Purpose Supports CASA, 12/3

Our next Pints for a Purpose benefit evening is this Tuesday, December 3rd and the beneficiary is CASA of Jackson County. On this occasion, $2 from every pint of Standing Stone beer sold from 5-10pm with go to CASA. Come toast your favorite pint and support this great local organization!pints_purpose

CASA of Jackson County serves Southern Oregon through advocating for children’s welfare. Volunteers are well-trained community members appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have come under the care of Child Welfare due to parental abuse and/or neglect. CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers speak up for these children and work hard to better their lives. Children helped through CASA and the court system are far less likely to experience re-abuse, spend less time in foster care, and receive needed services more often.

With our Pints for a Purpose program, local nonprofits apply through our website and Standing Stone employees vote for their top picks. We then host a benefit evening for each chosen organization and encourage their fans and supporters to show up, buy a pint, and increase their total donation amount.

Come out and enjoy a beer for a good cause! As always, we encourage everyone to drink responsibly. Join us tomorrow for a good time with friends and community – we hope to see you there!

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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