Standing Stone Brewing Company

Rogue Valley Farm to School

The Second Annual Harvest Dinner on Oak Street

A little over a year and a half ago, one of our staff members brought to the table an idea that made us ask ourselves, “why didn’t we think of that first?” Because we work alongside some brilliant people, we are fairly used to that feeling; but this idea just seemed like something we could not pass up.

The idea was to host an outdoor dinner on Oak Street towards the end of summer. We love throwing parties and we love interacting with the community outside of our own four walls, so this was a no-brainer for us.

As we started to envision what the event would look like, we quickly agreed that donating proceeds to a local non-profit would be a definite. We also knew that we wanted the dinner to highlight our local region, farmers and produce. After putting two and two together, we knew who the beneficiary would be–our friends at Rogue Valley Farm to School.

Over the course of several months, we poured everything we had into planning the first

Harvest Dinner 2016 picture by Allie Harrington Photography

Harvest Dinner on Oak Street. It was the first event of this type we had ever planned and it was a true labor of love. With the help of local vendors, donors, restaurateurs and our awesome staff, the event sold out and was more of a success than we could have ever imagined….

That was, until this year.

The Second Annual Harvest Dinner on Oak Street was held in mid-October. The event sold out, and over 75 guests wined and dined under the stars in celebration of all things local. We were thrilled with the success of the dinner and happy to have hosted it another year.

What we didn’t expect in our wildest dreams, was that this “fun idea” our employee suggested would have such an impact on the community. This year, more than $34,000 was raised to support farm to school education, connecting local schools with local farmers and supporting a healthier community.

The generosity of guests and our sponsors helped Rogue Valley Farm to School raise more than $19,000 in cash and in-kind gifts.  That amount was matched with an additional $15,000 from a private foundation.

The proceeds will be used to hire a dedicated staff member who will be working closely with local producers and schools to create systems so that schools can readily incorporate healthy, locally grown and processed food into their school meal menus.

We are filled with pride and gratitude. As a company who is driven to have a positive impact on our community, the Harvest Dinner on Oak Street has become one of our greatest success stories.

We would like to thank all the sponsors, volunteers and vendors who helped make this event possible. From the beautiful tables and decor donated by Motif Event Rentals, to the flower arrangements by Jack Lily Seasonal Floral Design and especially the helping hands from Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine, this could not have happened without your help and support. Thank You.

 

Pints for a Purpose-Rogue Valley Farm to School

We are ecstatic to welcome Rogue Valley Farm to School into our brewery this Tuesday, February 9th as the beneficiaries of our Pints for a Purpose program. On this evening, from 5-10pm, we will donate $2 from every pint sold to this amazing organization.

What about this makes us so excited? We have a chance to do what we do best (pouring great craft beers) to support local food, farms, education, and children. It’s a chance for us to give back to our community on our turf and a chance for our community to show their support for the great work the Rogue Valley Farm to School does.

“Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals. We inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members.”kids-768x576

But lets be real here: How AWESOME is this organization? We give them an 11 out of 10! They are working tirelessly to educate tomorrows generation about the importance of diet and how that connects to local food and farms.

As part of our mission at Standing Stone, we are committed to providing delicious craft beer and fare that utilizes locally grown ingredients and in turn supports small, local farms. We would like to thank Rogue Valley Farm to School for helping to support our mission and making it possible for the Rogue Valley to enjoy the rich bounties offered by our local farms.

For more information please visit Rogue Valley Farm to School’s website.

 

Happy November! Pints for a Purpose 2015/2016

Fall is here and we are very excited to announce the 2015/2016 recipients for our Pints for a Purpose program. For those unfamiliar with Pints for a Purpose, let us explain. Each year, we invite local nonprofits to submit applications on behalf of their organizations and we as a staff vote to choose our top five favorites. November through March each group is awarded their own special evening, and from 5-10 p.m. $2 of every pint of beer sold goes straight to their organizations. We invite the group’s representatives to spend the evening with us, and share a pint as they answer questions, and offer information as to who they are and what they do. Here is the lineup for this year:

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November 10- Sanctuary One

Sanctuary One provides a safe home to rescued farm animals and house pets. The farm includes expansive gardens which not only provide rich vegetables and food for the animals, but opportunities for growth of the people who tend them.

December 1- Bee Girl

To inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. Bee Girl, a nonprofit organization founded by Sarah Red-Laird, aims to conserve our bees by educating the public on their importance through programs focused on community classes and events, public lectures, and their Kids and Bees program. 

January 12- Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County

To meet the needs of children and families in our community by providing a community-based, child-focused center that facilitates a compassionate, multi-disciplinary approach to the prevention, treatment, identification, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse.

February 9Rogue Valley Farm to School waterwatch

Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals.

March 9- No LNG Campaign 

No LNG Exports Oregon is a statewide coalition of activists, experts, and community members with the goal of stopping two LNG pipeline projects in Oregon.

So there you have it! Last year, we raised over $2,300 (that’s 1,150 pints!) benefitting five different wonderful nonprofits including, Rogue Climate, Water Watch of Oregon, Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Rogue Farm Corps and Rogue Valley Earth Day. We are very happy to continue with the tradition and hope you join us at one (or all) of our Pints for a Purpose evenings this season.

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

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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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

Lindsay

Roberto

Alex

Gina

Davey

Meg

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

Trent

Michael

Chava

Maire

Chrystal

Carolyn

Steel-Cut Sheriffs16th place Mixed Teamteam steel-cut

Elliot

Josh

Sienna

Marina

Javier

Sarah

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

Miguel

Nereida

Alecia

Nick

Mark

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 community.beer 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…

Latest Specialty Beer: NPK Ale

We’ve got a freshly harvested specialty beer on tap for you to enjoy: NPK Ale.

This craft brew is part of our Pints for a Purpose program wherein specialty beer sales benefit a nonprofit for three weeks. Rogue Valley Farm to School (RVF2S) is the beneficiary. You can learn more about this cause and program on a previous blog.  Join us for the kickoff on Monday, 11/7 from 5-9 pm, and enjoy a few pints from 11/7-11/26 to support this great cause.

About the name

NPK Ale is named after the NPK balance – nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (K is its elemental symbol) that farmers seek to achieve in nourishing their soil. Soil amendments often list NPK proportions. These important nutrients help build productive, healthy plants with strong roots—analogous to what we’re doing by supporting RVF2S, and the work they’re doing to connect kids, schools and local farms to cultivate a resilient food system.

About the beer

NPK Ale has a soft amber hue and a light body. You’ll enjoy a toasted marshmallow aroma, a smooth mouthfeel, rounded sweet malt flavor and low bitterness.

Malt (2nd runnings from a mash with these malts*)

  • Organic 2-Row
  • Briess Extra Special
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering:  Organic Magnum
  • Flavor/Aroma:  Goldings, Cascade

* This beer was brewed from the second runnings of our upcoming barley wine.  So what’s that mean? During the later process of brewing, the sweet wort (sugar water) is separated from the malt and run to the kettle.  The initial wort sent to the kettle comprises the high content sugar water made up of the initial mash water added to the process.  More water is added to rinse the malt of remaining sugars through a process called sparging.  This next bit of wort is lower in sugar content and is called the second runnings.

We effectively made 2 different beers from the same mash:  a higher alcohol barley wine from the first runnings and a lower alcohol “small beer” from the second runnings. While they both have the same malt bill, albeit different sugar contents, the beers can be hopped differently in the kettle.  Our small beer was very low hopped to approximately 12 IBU, allowing the malt profile to shine through.  We also added a touch of lactose to add weight to its naturally light body.

Beer and Food Pairings

Schoolkids learning about seed saving (photo: RVF2S)

We suggest complementing NPK ale with lightly flavored foods so as not to overwhelm its delicate flavor.

  • Wood Fired Pretzel
  • Savory Chicken Soup
  • Caesar Salad
  • Sauteed Veggie Wrap
  • Local food menu specials – support local farms and reward yourself, too!

Enjoy responsibly – and help RVF2S cultivate healthful eating and strong family farms!

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Pints for a Purpose to Benefit Rogue Valley Farm to School – Kickoff 11/7!

We’re excited to announce the next round of Pints for a Purpose, benefitting Rogue Valley Farm to School (RVF2S)! They connect local farms with students, teachers and school cafeterias to cultivate health and family farms. Please join us to enjoy great craft beer for a fabulous cause!

To refresh your memory, in Pints for a Purpose, we dedicate a batch of specialty beer to a nonprofit focused on the environment, local food and farms, education or community. Nonprofits apply and employees vote to select recipients. For three weeks, that nonprofit gets 25 cents for each pint of that beer sold. The specialty beer will be NPK Ale…more details in a blog post coming soon.

On November 7 from 5-9 pm, we’ll hold a kickoff at our brewery to maximize awareness and our donations. That evening, we’ll contribute 50 cents per pint if we sell up to 50 pints of NPK Ale, and $1 per pint if we sell more than 50 pints. Thereafter, through 11/27, we’ll contribute 25 cents per pint of NPK Ale sold. Please join the fun, and remember to celebrate responsibly!

To inspire folks to support RVF2S, we asked Executive Director, Tracy Harding, to tell us about their work and why it matterss

What does RVF2S do?

Our programs include farm field trips, nutrition education, school garden support and farm summer camps. Our cafeteria program helps get food from local growers into school lunchrooms. RVF2S works with school food service staff to evaluate produce needs and then assist farmers in seasonal planning. We stay appraised of local and regional product availability to facilitate the purchase of fresh, local produce according for school cafeterias. We’re also engaged in local to national efforts to improve school food though policies that determine funding and nutrition guidelines.

Why is it important to connect kids, schools and local farms?

It’s crucial to influence healthy lifestyle choices and to keep farmers farming. On-farm experiences connect students to where their food comes from using hands-on experiences that create immediate outcomes. Children who may have declined a serving of vegetables in another setting are excited to eat what they’ve helped plant, nurture, harvest and prepare on the farm.

What are some of the highlights of your work?

Tracy (ED) and Melina (Education) of RVF2S (photo: RVF2S)

Establishing relationships between school food service managers, farmers and kids, and connecting eaters with the origins of their food. Working with Grants Pass School District Food & Nutrition Assistant Manager Lisa Fisher is a true highlight. She and her staff all have their agricultural roots intact, they grow their own food and want students to eat the best food they can serve. Lisa works with local farmers and ranchers, and has made Grants Pass one of just a few schools serving local meat.

How can people support farm to school programs and RVF2S, besides coming in and getting a pint of the NPK?

We welcome and depend on volunteers. If you’re interested in helping with farm events, summer camps, school garden activities, cafeteria programs or office needs, please contact Melina.

Donations are always appreciated and we’d especially like to grow our Recurring Gift program to generate regular income to cover monthly expenses. People can start at as little as $5.00 monthly. It’s an easy way to give that maximizes the dollars going directly to our programs by reducing donation processing time.

Thanks Tracy, and everyone involved with RVF2S, for your great work. Enjoy a Pint for a Purpose and help us support this fantastic cause!

Speeding From the Mt Ashland Hillclimb to the Siskiyou Challenge

Photo: Andy Atkinson

Southern Oregon’s great summer and early fall weather make these seasons perfect for racing – whether it’s biking, running or water sports. Two of our favorites are the Mt. Ashland Hillclimb Run and the Siskiyou Challenge.

The Mt. Ashland Hillclimb Run, which we’ve sponsored for years, took place in early August. This 13.3-mile race climbs more than a vertical mile, starting in Lithia Park at the center of Ashland, OR and ending at the peak of Mt. Ashland. Organizers added even more available spots to this ever-popular event, but it filled up in near record time nonetheless.

Photo: Andy Atkinson

Congratulations to everyone who participated, and a special hats off to male and female winners Erik Skaggs (of Ashland, OR, in the photo above) and returning champion Stephanie Howe (of Bend, OR). We offered gift certificates and post-race beer as usual, and hope everyone enjoyed that little reward for your efforts. See you next year!

We’re already looking toward the Siskiyou Challenge on September 24 with excitement. This six-leg multi-sport relay benefits Rogue Valley Farm to School, one of our favorite causes.

The race was a blast last year and promises to be even better its second time around. They’ve added another leg to last year’s five-leg relay and moved the start/finish area to Lithia Park increase the fun and community participation.

This year’s race course starts with a road bike ride to Emigrant Lake, followed by a kayak/surfboard paddle at Emigrant Lake, a road bike ride back to Lithia Park through farms and orchards, a 10k run climbing above Lithia Park, a mountain bike segment and a 5k run around Lithia Park.

Team Standing Stone, 2010 Siskiyou Challenge

Solo racers and teams of 2-6 are invited to step up for the challenge. Standing Stone is assembling a team again this year, and we’re looking to improve our placing while having even more fun!

Those looking for an easier taste of the action can participate in a Fun Run/Walk in Lithia Park, with registration starting at 9 AM and the run/walk starting at 9:30 AM.

The festivities extend well beyond the starting and finish line, and the community is welcome. There will be a pre-race BBQ at Emigrant Lake on Friday, September 23. After the race, participants and supporters can enjoy live music and a post race meal from Standing Stone, Artik Creamery and others featuring local food and beverages.

The Siskiyou Challenge offers lots of ways for local food advocates to support a great cause, from racing to volunteering and, of course, eating. Cruise over to the event website to register for the relay, sign up for the BBQ, learn about the fun run/walk, volunteer or make a donation. Stop by their Facebook page and check out a photo slide show by our very own photographer, George Rubaloff, to get even more connected  and inspired.  See you there!