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Beer of the Day: Hop Night

_DSC3186_edited-2In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, May 13th-19th, we’re highlighting a different Beer of the Day all week long, and Tuesday we honor Hop Night.

Hop Night vies with another one of our rotating specialty beers (Milk & Honey Ale) for the most requested brew of Standing Stone employees and loyal customers. Its dark, rich body, hoppy aroma and spicy mouthfeel make this one of the “bigger” beers we brew, and beer aficionados all over the Northwest love the Cascadian Dark Ale variety this beer is modeled for.

To celebrate this favorite brew during American Craft Beer Week, we asked a few of our coworkers what they love so much about Hop Night and other Cascadian Dark Ales:

“I love that it combines the earthy, malty notes of Stout with a nice hoppy, tropical fruit finish.” ~ Mike

“I wait all year for Hop Night. Its seriously the ONLY IPA I drink.” ~ Chelsea

“I love that I can pour my coworker (and FRIEND!), Chelsea, a proper pint post-shift, rather than watch her mix Steel-Cut Stout with I Heart Oregon Ale in an effort to create this favorite. Welcome back Hop Night!” ~ Gina

“It’s amazing with a Reuben, but it stands great on its own, too. That’s why its good to have two – one with and one without food.” ~ Rachel

Come in and decide for yourself what you think about this Black IPA. And when we’ve tapped out of the batch and it’s gone ‘til next time, consider trying a “Wolfhound.” It’s a customer creation (thanks, Fred) mixing half Steel-Cut Stout and half Twin Plunge Double IPA, to make a rich, malty, hoppy combo.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Beer of the Day: I Heart Oregon Ale.

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Beer of the Day (and Latest Specialty): Hardtail Ale

Tune up your taste buds for our latest specialty beer, dedicated to Southern Oregon’s great mountain biking terrain, the annual Spring Thaw bike race, and this week’s Go By Bike Week celebration: Hardtail Ale._GEO7638_edited-1

Hardtail is a category of mountain bike that features front suspension and no rear suspension, as opposed to a dual or full suspension bike. With all the mountain biking enthusiasm in our brewpub (thank you, David Conley), we thought it would be appropriate to honor our patrons and friends with a namesake that credits their love of cycling outdoors.

This beer comes at an especially appropriate time as the annual Spring Thaw Mountain Bike Festival returns to Ashland next weekend, May 18th and 19th. The cross-country race on Saturday and downhill races on Sunday draw crowds from all over the Northwest. In it’s 22nd year, this festival is one of the longest-standing bike festivals in the state of Oregon, and we’re proud to be involved the last few years as a sponsor. For those of you signed up, check your packets for a $5 gift certificate to Standing Stone and grab a pint of the Hardtail to reward yourself after the race!

This week, we also celebrate Go By Bike Week, an event sponsored by goRogueValley. All_GEO0187_edited-4 week long, bike lovers can pledge to commute by bike for opportunities to win prizes and discounts, as well as join in the daily activities all around Southern Oregon. Tuesday, May 14th we’re hosting a “happy hour” for the occasion with free appetizers on the back patio from 4-6pm for anyone commuting by bicycle. There’s lots of parking on our large bike rack out front, so two-wheel over to socialize with other bike lovers and celebrate cycle opportunities in our community.

About the Beer

This light golden ale has mild spicy aroma and biscuit-like flavor. The light body and mouthfeel make this beer a refreshing finish to a day spent on the trails or simply relaxing outdoors. 4.5% abv, 18 IBU

Malt

  • Organic Two Row_GEO9585_edited-1
  • Organic Munich
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering: Organic Magnum
  • Flavor/Aroma: Organic Sterling, Willamette Valley

Food Pairing Suggestions

This light bodied ale will pair great with seafood, breads or spicy foods. While hearty and heavy foods would overpower the lighter palate of this beer, dishes with citrus and fresh ingredients let this ale shine through. Here are our suggestions from our menu:

  • Fish Tacos with Salsa Trio
  • Calamari
  • Grilled Cheese with Stout Cheddar
  • Fish and Chips
  • Caesar Salad

Whether you’re an avid biking fan or lover of light-bodied ales, we hope to see you enjoying the Hardtail Ale while it lasts. And to all you Spring Thaw riders, we look forward to cheering you on next weekend!

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Latest Specialty Beer: Return of Hop Night

There’s a handful of specialty brews we anxiously await the release of year after year. To the glee of Standing Stone coworkers and our IPA-loving customers we welcome Hop Night back to our seasonal beer list! This Cascadian Dark Ale, or Black IPA, or India Black Ale (we’ll get to all that later) boasts the hop aroma of an IPA and rich, roasted flavor of dark malt – making it a savory, complex beer to imbibe on its own or pair with hearty, robust foods.

The official name of this beer style is a topic of heavy debate in the craft brewing world. Brewing communities around the globe claim rights to call this recently acknowledged beer style by their own favorite names, including Black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale and India Black Ale. To straighten things out, the Brewer’s Association defines the variety as an American-Style Black Ale – “with medium high to high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content, and balanced with a medium body.” The beer style also boasts moderate caramel malt character and medium to strong dark roasted malt flavor and aroma.

We think Hop Night is all that and more, with lots of organic malt and certified Salmon-Safe Cascade hops from Goschie Farms in Silverton, Oregon. And being in the Pacific Northwest, we’ll go ahead and say we’re partial to the name Cascadian Dark Ale.

About the Beer

This is an opaque black Cascadian Dark Ale with herbal citrus aroma, medium body and pine and black currant flavors. Enjoy a robust mouthfeel and fresh, hoppy finish. 7.7% abv, 65 IBU

Maltdark beer drinking woman

• Organic Two Row

• Organic Munich

• Briess Blackprinz

• Organic C-60

• Oat Flakes

• Organic Chocolate

Hops

• Bittering: Apollo

• Flavor/Aroma: Golding, Cascade, Simcoe

• Dry Hops: Cascade, Simcoe

Food Pairing Suggestions

This beer’s bold character matches equally hearty, rich foods. Its hoppy backbone also pairs well with spicy foods if you like to kick up heat, or use the fresh, bitter finish to clear your palate between heavy bites. Here are some suggestions from the brewpub, including a few new items from our latest menu face-lift:

• Black and Blue Burgercarlos spicy pizza

• 5-Spiced Teriyaki Ribs

• Chorizo & Arbol Chili Pizza

• Vietnamese Pork Sandwich

• Penne Marinara with Italian Sausage

• Black Bean Nachos

• Andouille Sausage & Jalapeno Pizza (recurring daily special)

Give Hop Night a whirl, and if you decide you love Cascadian Dark Ales as much as we do, try any of these additional brews from other great West Coast microbreweries: Secession CDA from Hopworks in Portland, OR, O’Dark:30 from Oakshire in Eugene, OR, and Sublimely Self-Righteous from Stone Brewing in San Diego, CA. Be sure to grab a pint of Hop Night at the brewpub while it lasts, and toast innovative, enthusiastic craft brewing!

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Latest Specialty Beer: Brewer’s Surprise Ale

Experimenting with new recipes, preparation methods and flavor combinations can be the best part of being a brewer or chef. When new ideas and ingredients brew into something delicious, we all enjoy the final reward! Hence, we’re proud to debut our latest specialty (never before brewed) beer at Standing Stone: Brewer’s Surprise Alelarrybrewery

This new beer stems from our brewer Larry Chase’s craving to use a few new Breiss Malt varieties in a specialty beer. He mixed Briess Goldpils® Vienna, Caracrystal Wheat and Bonlander for color and flavor contributions. Larry also used the “hopportunity” to feature a new organic hop variety we’ve never used before: Ahtanum. We dry hopped with 2lbs per BBL (31 gal.) in this new beer, compared with 1.4lbs per BBL for our Twin Plunge Double IPA, to create hoppy, herbal aroma. We welcome this proprietary hop as part of our mission to move toward all organic brewing ingredients.

About the Beer

This Hoppy Wheat Amber style ale features an orange-rust color, herbal aroma and medium mouthfeel. The mild bitterness and hop flavor are reminiscent of green tea and spicy herbs. 6.1% abv, 15 IBU

Malt

• Briess Goldpils® Vienna

• Briess Caracrystal Wheatbriess

• Briess Bonlander

• Briess Oat Flakes

Hops

• Bittering: Willamette

• Flavor/Aroma: Galaxy

• Dry Hops: Willamette and Ahtanum


Food Pairing Suggestions

This beer’s fresh, citrusy aroma and medium body pairs well with fried foods and spicy meats. We recommend hearty, though not creamy, dishes to let the mouthfeel shine through. Here are our suggestions from the menu:fishnchips

• Three Meat Pizza

• Calamari

• Fish & Chips

• Black Bean Nachos

• Tacos de Carne Asada

Come try Brewer’s Surprise and Chocolate Ale side by side while they last. They started out as the same batch, and then Larry separated them to add the final ingredients and fashion two new concoctions. Be sure to let us know what you think about the Ahtanum hops and the aroma and flavor this variety adds to our new beer.

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Flavorful Photo Recap: 2013 Winter Beer Dinner

The 2013 Standing Stone Winter Beer Dinner has come and gone, but the flavor pairings are still fresh in our minds as we look overdining room first course beer dinner marina creme brule second course beer dinner these savory photos of the evening. We want to thank our full house of beer and food lovers for making this event what we hope it is every year – a fun gathering of friends and culinary aficionados toasting a shared appreciation for flavor matching. The three-hour evening featured five main courses, plus a surprise course, with a focus on fresh, local and seasonal faire. Here is a summary of the pairings we enjoyed at last Thursday’s dinner:


First Course ~
Milk & Honey Ale with Foraged Yellowfoot Mushrooms, Fig Butter, Mama Terra Goat Cheese, Honey from our bees, Sage and Sourdough Crostini

Second Course ~ I Heart Oregon Ale with Oregon Coast Dungeness Crab & Shrimp Bisque, Fry Farms Greens, Rogue Brambles Arbequina Olive Oil, Standing Stone Beer Vinegar and Pholia Farms Evans Creek Greek Fetabeer at bar

Third Course ~ Oatmeal Stout with Coastal Oysters on the half shell, two ways – Wood Fired and Raw with a Classic French Mignonette

Fourth Course ~ Noble Stout with Black Angus Beef Roast from our farm, braised in Wooldridge Creek Tempranillo, with Thyme and Foraged Hedgehog, Black Trumpet and Seasonal Mushrooms.table setting

Surprise Course ~ Barley Wine with Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese and Apple with Truffle Salt

Final Course ~ Double India Pale Ale with Madagascar Vanilla Crème Brule with Organic Demerara Caramelized Sugar – made with Eggs from our farm.

A big thank you again to everyone who joined us for this sold-out event! Until next year, we encourage you to experiment with you own flavor pairings here at the brewpub and at home with your favorite craft beers and food. And we hope to see you at our 2014 Winter Beer Dinner next January!

A Beer Year in Review: Our Top 10 Highlights of 2012

Every December at Standing Stone Brewing Co we like to grab a pint, relax, and look back on all the events, beers and happenings that we feel characterized our year. We’re thrilled with our batch of news and brews for 2012, and we’re sharing our Top 10 with our beloved News on Tap blog readers. Thanks for staying in touch with us year-round, and we’re excited to keep you updated with beer news and highlights in 2013.

1. We brewed brand-new specialty beersgalaxy hops

Our brewer has a blast experimenting with new beer recipes and ideas, and this year we tasted some of our new favorites here at the brewpub. The list of never-before-brewed specialty beers includes: Pacific Crest Ale, Backyard Brew, Pints for a Purpose Ale, Galaxy Session, Wildcraft and 2012 Barley Wine. Which was your favorite? Let us know which specialty you’d love to taste from our menu again!

2. We were chosen the #3 Best Green Business to Work For in Oregon

Oregon Business Magazine bestows annual awards to the top 10 Green Businesses to Work For in Oregon, and this year we were one of the top three for the third year in a row! We’re honored that our employees voted to place us so high on the list – we think maybe it has something to do with the beer.

3. We rolled on more commuter bikes for our employee bike programnew bikes

We started our RPM bike program in 2009, getting brand new commuter bikes into the hands of our employees to cycle to and from work every day. Two and a half years later we’ve purchased 50 bikes total and the program continues to be a favorite benefit among our staff. Cheers to two-wheeling in 2013!

4. We started beekeeping

With our lush farmland down the road teeming with blackberries, we thought we’d better get some honeybees out there feeding on and pollinating the good stuff. We have four colorful bee boxes buzzing with honey-makers and we harvested our first batch (5 liters) of honey in October. We’ll debut our harvest in the first course of this year’s beer dinner, alongside local goat cheese and fig butter. We’re thrilled to see what year two of beekeeping brings!

5. Twenty four employees competed in the Siskiyou Challenge Relay Raceteam 1

In September 2012 we had a record number of Standing Stone athletes participate in our favorite relay race of the year, the Siskiyou Challenge! Participants biked, kayaked and ran all around Ashland in the six-leg, multi-sport course, and ended with food and beer from Standing Stone by Lithia Park. We also threw our own costume contest for the occasion, with team “Let’s Get Physical” winning growlers of beer for all their racers.

6. Our brewer, Larry Chase, was elected to the Brewer’s Association Board of Directors

We are ecstatic that our very own Standing Stone brewer has been chosen to serve on the board for the largest organization of craft brewers in the U.S.! Larry has been an active member of the BA for some time, serving on various committees and hosting seminars for the annual Craft Brewer’s Conference. Congratulations Larry!

7. Joel Salatin came to our farmjoel and melza

The owner of Polyface Farms and an agriculturalist featured in book The Omnivore’s Dillema, Joel Salatin is the front-runner of a national movement toward sustainable and traditional agriculture. In fact, he helped inspire our own multi-species rotational-grazing system on our farm, and he came to Ashland last March to visit in person! We shared a great day on our pasture and Valley View Beef’s pasture with Joel and 30 other farming enthusiasts from around the valley. We’re more excited than ever about farming in Ashland and look forward to bringing even more produce from our farm to the brewpub tables.

8. We got a Brammo electric motorcycle

We’re fortunate to have the internationally-known electric vehicle company, Brammo, just down the road in Ashland. In April, we purchased our very own Enertia bike from their warehouse to make quick trips to and from the farm and brewpub. We like that we can get 40 miles on a 4-hour charge (in our regular restaurant outlet), which is plenty to meet our brewery and farm needs. And, it’s really quiet so we can sneak up on people easily.

9. We paired delicious food and beer at our Annual Winter Beer Dinner

Every year we put our collective beer and food loving heads together and create a mouth-watering, multi-course pairing extravaganza. melza tractorOur annual beer dinner is always a festive gathering of like-minded culinary enthusiasts, and last January’s dinner was a hit! Six-courses featuring local fare and Standing Stone beer brought about three hours of fun, and this year’s dinner promises to be no different. With local farms and products taking center stage, how can we not love what’s brewing and cooking?

10. We won a tractor

Through the creativity and efforts of one of our employees, Standing Stone won a free five-year lease on a New Holland tractor to use on our farmland. The agriculture equipment company hosted a video contest last year asking entrants to describe how they would use a Boomer 30 model tractor, and our own Melza Quinn submitted a video on Standing Stone’s behalf. Now, we turn compost, move chicken housing and build trail on the farm with ease, and we’re so grateful for the helpful hand (or tractor claw).

We hope your 2012 was as monumental and enjoyable as ours was at Standing Stone! We wish you a great 2013 and may your season be flavorful and bright.

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Latest Specialty Beer: The 2012 Barley Wine

We’re cheering the return of a holiday favorite – Standing Stone Barley Wine. Every year fans of this rich, bold specialty beer await its festive arrival, and we’re delighted to announce we’ll be tapping the Barley Wine this Friday, November 30th.

Barley Wine gets its name from the pronounced malty flavor this brew exhibits and its generous alcohol content (8-12%), similar to that of wines. The strong ale style originated in England, though many American craft breweries have taken to brewing this tasty cold-weather treat, too. At Standing Stone, we experiment every year with special versions of the brew, often times using barrel aging as a way to concentrate the woody, rich flavors and create a full body and mouthfeel.

This year, to make your tasting experience even better, we’re unveiling our new Barley Wine glassware. These 13 oz. logo’d glasses hold just the right amount of the hearty brew, and their curved sides hold in aroma and flavor til the very last sip.

About the beer
Aged on medium toasted American oak, this year’s reddish brown barley wine has the warm aromas of wood, sweet caramel and vanilla. With a full body and warming sensation, you’ll experience flavors of dried fruit and toffee. 9.5% abv, 55 IBU

Malt

• Great Western Organic Two Row

• Briess Extra Special

• Best Acidulated

Hops

• Bittering: Nugget

• Flavor/Aroma: Golding and Willamette


Food Pairings

Dishes with bold and intense flavors will stand up well to the strength of the barley wine. Robust cheeses, like Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola, and walnuts are classic Barley Wine pairings. Rich and sweet desserts make for pleasing beer and food twosomes as well. Here are our recommendations from our menu:

House Greens with Bleu Cheese Crumbles and Candied Walnuts

Black & Blue Burger

Spicy BBQ Chicken Pizza

Standing Stone Black Angus Beef Primal Cut – Rotating Daily Specials

Walnut Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Stir Crazy Chocolate Cake

 

We invite you to come in and toast this limited edition brew with your beer-loving friends and family (or other Barley Wine fans you meet at the brewpub!). A liter of Barley Wine to-go also makes a great gift for parties and holiday gatherings. Pair with a rich, bold appetizer for a great show-stopping indulgence. And, as always, we encourage you to enjoy responsibly. Cheers!

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Latest Specialty Beer: Milk & Honey Ale

We’re pleased to announce the return of an annual customer favorite: Milk and
Honey Ale. This highly requested specialty beer makes a guest appearance on our beer list about once a year, and once its back it doesn’t often last long!

We’re tapping it just as Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season – think of it as an extra gift to yourself while you’re out and about shopping and spending time with loved ones. Come enjoy a pint at the brewpub or take some home to friends and family in a liter or half-gallon bottle to-go.

About Milk & Honey Ale

This ale presents a polished copper color, silky smooth medium body and nuances of honey, which comes from a proprietary honey malt. We add lactose, an unfermentable milk sugar, to provide body and a slight residual sweetness. 5.5% abv. 25 IBU

Malt

  • Pilsner
  • Honey
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering = Centennial
  • Flavor/Aroma = Willamette

Food Pairings

The medium body and light sweetness of Milk and Honey Ale make it a great pairing with like-bodied comfort foods. Or, if you prefer cutting some of the heat when savoring spicy meals, the malt character of the brew will cool your palate in between hot bites. Here are a few pairing suggestions from our menu:

  • Chicken Marsala
  • Bread Pudding
  • Spicy Thai Curry
  • Fish Tacos
  • Spicy BBQ Chicken Pizza

Come in to the brewpub and relish in a pint while it lasts! If it runs out quickly, rest assured we are saving some for our Winter Beer Dinner in January – be sure to make a reservation soon for your seat at the five-course beer and food pairing extravaganza. The Milk and Honey Ale is slated to be the headline craft beer of the show.

We hope to see you savoring this specialty brew soon!

Mark Your Calendars for Our 2013 Winter Beer Dinner

There’s not much we’d rather do than pair delicious craft beer with perfectly matched food. The thought of savoring every sip and bite is enough to make our mouths water and minds wander toward savory flavor matches. To celebrate the fantastic union that is craft beer and artisan food, we present our Annual Winter Beer Dinner, Thursday, January 10th 2013 at 6:30pm.

This five-course feast of fare is our way of featuring our beloved brews with fresh, innovative dishes that shine the spotlight on other local crafters and producers in our region. This year, we’re highlighting several Southern Oregon goods and businesses, and including many ingredients from our own Standing Stone Farm. You’ll delight in courses starring eggs, beef and honey from our pastures just a mile away.

Seats for the Winter Beer Dinner are $60 per person. Seating will be limited to 60 people, so be sure to make your reservation soon! We have tables of various sizes available and welcome you to reserve seats together with friends and family – please let us know when you make your reservations.

To book your seat, come visit us at the restaurant to fill out a reservation card, or call us at 541-261-0021. You can also email us at Rachel@standingstonebrewing.com. We printed our Beer Dinner menu on mail-ready postcards, so feel free to send one to friends who love to celebrate beer and food, too.

And if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas, we also have Winter Beer Dinner gift cards available.

Cheers to the flavors of the season and our region! We can’t wait to showcase these tempting beer-pairing courses, and we hope to see you at this year’s Winter Beer Dinner. In the meantime, whet your appetite with these photos from Beer Dinners of yesteryear.

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Latest Specialty Brau: Oktoberfest 2012

(photo: Oktoberfest.de)

As we toast the arrival of the autumn season we welcome back one of our favorite annual specialty beers – Oktoberfest. This traditional German lager honors the centuries-old Oktoberfest celebration that countries rejoice in around the world. This year, the official Oktoberfest festival runs September 22nd-October 7th. At Standing Stone,we’ll keep the merriment alive with this seasonal beer on tap all month long.

Oktoberfest is a two-week holiday held each year in Munich, Germany during late September and early October.  It is attended by six million people each year, making it the world’s largest fair, and inspires similar events in Germany and around the world. In 2010, the festival rang in its 200 year anniversary! Of course, we’re happy to join in the age-old fun.

About Oktoberfest Beer

Take a vacation from hops with this traditional German lager. The biscuity aroma, toasty caramel flavor, and creamy mouthfeel make this rich orange beer a perfect pair with the Fall season. 5.8% abv

Malt

Briess Vienna
Briess Bonlander
Briess Ashburne Mild
Great Western Organic C-60
Best Acidulated

Hops

Bittering = Nugget
Aroma/Flavor = Organic Liberty

Yeast

Wyeast Octoberfest Lager Blend

Food & Beer Pairings

This malty lager makes a great complement to hearty and spicy foods, as well as traditional German fare like meats and krauts. We suggest:

  • Italian Sausage Pizza
  • Pretzel with Marionberry Mustard
  • Spicy Kimchee
  • Black Bean Nachos
  • Reuben Sandwich with Saurkraut
  • Spicy Italian Sausage Linguini

As always, we also have the beer available to take with you in liter and half-gallon bottles. At home, try it as a brunch or dessert pairing with spice cake. Or, enjoy a pint while grilling some Wurst outside to catch that festive feeling of Oktoberfest and enjoy the weather. Prost!