Standing Stone Brewing Company

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Specialty Beer on Tap: Benefit Bock (A Pint for a Purpose)

Since winter is traditionally a time to brew lagers, we’ve created our latest specialty beer in a bock style. We’ve named it Benefit Bock because proceeds from this beer benefit the Mt. Ashland Association’s “Give a Kid a Lift” Fund, via our “Pints for a Purpose” donation program.

Wikipedia describes bock’s origins as “a dark, malty, lightly-hopped ale first brewed in the 14th century by Germans in Einbeck. The style was later adopted by Munich brewers and adapted to the new lager style of brewing. Munich’s Bavarians pronounced Einbeck as “ein Bock” (“billy goat”). Thus the beer became known as bock.”

About our Benefit Bock

This German lager features rich, warm tones of reddish brown. As you sip, you’ll enjoy layers of malty sweet aroma and flavor reminiscent of warm bread pudding. Benefit Bock offers a medium to full body, making it perfect to take the chill off of late winter weather. 6.0% abv.

Malt

  • Organic Munich
  • Organic Pilsner
  • Organic Chocolate
  • Crystal 60

Hops

  • Bittering = Liberty
  • Flavor/Aroma = Hersbrucker

Yeast

  • Bavarian Lager

Food Pairings

Benefit Bock’s sweetness and maltiness makes it an ideal complement to foods with some spicy heat and acidity.

Some of our favorite spicy menu pairings are:

  • Spicy Thai Curry (with Tofu)
  • Fish Tacos with a good dollop of Wasabi Aioli
  • Charbroiled 5-Spice Ginger Teriyaki Ribs
  • Free Range Wings

For those who enjoy a little zing, we recommend:

  • Seasonal Kimchi
  • Salads with our house made vinaigrette dressings
  • Italian Sausage Linguini (spice in the sausage enhances this pairing)

(photo courtesy of Mt. Ashland Association)

As we mentioned above, every pint sold through 3/12 benefits the “Give a Kid a Lift” Fund, via Standing Stone Brewing Co’s “Pints for a Purpose” nonprofit giving program. We’re hosting a kickoff pint-raising fundraising party on 2/21 from 6-9 pm. “Give a Kid a Lift” funds an after school Ski & Ride program, Youth Summer Service Environmental camps, Special Olympics and the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, helping all kids learn how to ski or snowboard regardless of economic or physical challenges. We hope you’ll join the kickoff and enjoy Benefit Bock often to support this great cause!

Celebrating & Appreciating the Best of 2010

As 2011 settles in, we wanted to reflect on all the great things 2010 brought to Standing Stone Brewing, and appreciate everyone who helped make those things happen. Here’s our 2010 Top 10…

Beer

1. Larry Chase came on as master brewer and he’s taken our beer lineup to the next level. He’s tapped his creativity to craft a fabulous specialty beers, including Milk & Honey, Pilot Rock Pale Ale and Farmer Brown Ale, complementing our other excellent everyday offerings. This trend continues with Madrone Red kicking off 2011.

2. We launched “Brewer for the Day” (inspired by our experience with our first-rate intern, Acacia Baldner), which allows beer enthusiasts to work with Larry and brew a batch of beer. One participant wrote a blog and Larry caught two more in action. Check it out.

3. Lallemand awarded a Gold to our Hefeweizen and a Bronze to our Amber Ale in its “Brain of Brewers” contest, plus a cash prize that we invested in equipment to brew more amazing beer!

Food

4. Ultra-local beef and eggs hit our menu thanks to a partnership with Valley View Farm. We purchase Valley View Beef and raise egg-laying chickens on the farm, just three miles away. Kudos to our kitchen team for mastering the art of butchering and to Melza for researching chicken breeds and rearing.

5. The City of Ashland approved our proposal to lease City land and start a farm to raise livestock, chickens and produce. Right now, we buy as much produce from local growers as we can, and thank them for their hard work and wonderful offerings.

Sustainability

6. We started an employee yoga program, inspired by employee and yoga instructor, Lindsey Holy, who developed the concept and teaches the sessions. Our employee bike commuting program turned one year old and keeps growing. Our team members make all the best things happen, and we keep looking for ways to appreciate them and give back.

7. Our well-received kegged wine program expanded with the debut of Misty Oaks Stuckagain Heights Pinot Noir. We enjoy looking for more wines to complement our lineup, delivering the best in quality and conservation.

Events & Community

8. We helped bring American Craft Beer Week to the Rogue Valley in May with events, tastings, a specialty beer, guest beers, food pairings and more. Look for events in 2011.

9. The first annual Siskiyou Challenge Relay was held, supporting Rogue Valley Farm to School, a favorite cause. Standing Stone was a lead sponsor and our team made a great showing. We also took part in annual favorites like the JPR Wine Tasting, Brews and Boogie, A Taste of Ashland, the Food & Wine Classic, the Mt Ashland Hillclimb Run and Car Free Day. We’ll be back!

10. We launched a blog and ramped up our facebook and twitter activity to engage more with our customers and community. Your support is the cornerstone of our success, and we want to make it easier to share news and get your feedback to keep doing better.

Thanks everyone! Here’s to another fabulous year!

Madrone Red Ale Specialty Beer on Tap

Madrone Red is our newest specialty beer, ideal to imbibe over lingering conversations and leisurely reading that we enjoy in the cozy indoors in winter.

It’s named in honor of the Madrone tree, a broad-leaf evergreen with reddish-orange bark that’s native to Oregon, just like the Oregon-grown hops this beer is made with. Madrone is fast-growing and thrives in unimproved soil and drought conditions. This makes it a more sustainable source of firewood,  which is why we use it in our wood-fired ovens at Standing Stone Brewing.

Madrone Red is a session style ale with a deep red color and a light to medium body. Session style beers have lower alcohol levels so you can savor the taste of multiple pints through a session of conversation. You’ll enjoy an up front malt sweetness, light caramel-flavor and medium bitterness intensity in the 25 IBU range. It offers a snappy, clean finish for the perfect ending. 4% abv.

Here’s the mash up:

Malt

  • Briess Ashburne
  • Organic Munich
  • Organic Crystal 60
  • Organic Chocolate

Hops

  • Bittering = Willamette Valley Goldings
  • Flavor/Aroma = Liberty & Goldings (both Willamette Valley)

Our chef suggests pairing Madrone Red with our wood-fired oven pizza (especially the Margherita Pizza) or Marionberry Rocket salad. The sweetness of the beer marries well with the sweet and savory blends in these dishes, and the madrone theme behind our pizzas. It also goes well with our Sauteed Veggie Wrap, Blue Corn Chips and Salsa and Italian Sausage Linguini. We also suggest creating your own pairings, as this beer is quite versatile and its light body and brightness makes it an ideal candidate to enjoy with lots of your favorite dishes.

We invite you to enjoy a few pints, perhaps after a hike through Ashland’s watershed to see the madrones in their seasonal beauty.


Double Hoppiness: Barley Wine & Farmer Brown Ale specialty brews

Those who enjoy trying a twist on what’s typically on tap, rejoice! We’ve got two specialty brews for you: Oak-Aged Barley Wine and Farmer Brown Ale.

Oak-Aged Barley Wine

This much-anticipated, annual holiday favorite is back! It’s actually a beer, since it’s made with malt, but its higher alcohol content is the reason behind the English tradition of labeling the drink as a wine. It’s also aged, something associated more with wine, though varieties of many beverages, including beer and tea, are also given time to improve.

The barley wine style originated in England, with the first commercial items hitting the market in the early 1900’s. You may see it served in various glassware to enhance the experience of its rich aromas.

About Barley Wine:

This is a big, bold, unique tasting beer with a full mouthfeel. Our 2010 batch was brewed two years ago and aged in an oak barrel made by Seguin Moreau. You’ll enjoy vinous-like aromas and dried fruit flavors of raisin and plum. It’s sweet as it hits the palate, with a drier finish that will leave you anticipating the next sip. A pleasant wood character also permeates through the tasting experience. 11% abv.

Malt

  • 2-row
  • Crystal 60
  • Munich
  • Chocolate
  • Roasted

Hops

  • Bittering = Nugget
  • Flavor/Aroma= Cascade, UK Kent Golding

Original Gravity = 23.7 Degrees Plato

What’s original gravity? This scale measures the wort density as the percent sugar by weight. Most of our beers are in the 10.0-19.0 range. A higher original gravity generally means the beer will have a higher alcohol percentage since sugar is converted to alcohol by the yeast. We hope you enjoy our Barley Wine soon—our annual holiday gift for all who enjoy great, craft beer.

Farmer Brown Ale

Our latest specialty beer is an English-style Brown Ale. Employee Alison Blakeslee suggested the name “Farmer Brown” and we liked it, since it expresses our support for local producers everywhere. This is a complement to a previous, and very well received specialty beer, Butternut Brown, which was more of an American Brown Ale.

In general, American browns follow the American culture mantra of bigger is better. Whether “bigger is better” is debatable and differs across palates, but “bigger” is certainly different. While English browns have mild bitterness and toasty flavors, American browns have more hops, and thus higher bitterness, and the toasty flavor can tend toward more pronounced roasted characteristics with more caramel tones. English browns impart a lighter bodied mouthfeel and you’ll generally be able to enjoy more of them because of their lower alcohol content.

About Farmer Brown Ale:

This ale is copper to light brown in color. It offers a fruity and fresh-bread-yeast aroma, toasty and graham cracker flavors, and low hop bitterness. 5.0% abv

Malt

  • Organic 2-row
  • Organic Carapils
  • Vienna
  • Briess Brewers Reserve Carabrown

Hops

  • Bittering = Nugget
  • Flavor/Aroma = Golding (from the Willamette Valley)

Food Pairings

We enjoy this with our Black Bean Hummus Plate, Chicken Marsala and other pleasantly spicy foods, including desserts like bread pudding.

Cheers to farmers, and the diversity of brown ale! Hop in and try a pint before this limited specialty beer is gone!

Specialty Beer on Tap: Milk & Honey Ale

Our latest specialty beer is on tap: Milk & Honey Ale!

Regular Standing Stone Brewing guests may remember this beer from May when we tapped it for American Craft Beer Week. It was so well received we’ve decided to bring it back.

About Milk & Honey Ale

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

Malt

  • Pilsner
  • Honey
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering = Centennial
  • Flavor/Aroma = Czech Saaz and UK Goldings

Adjunct
Lactose

Milk and Honey Ale pairs well with our Chicken Marsala or Bread Pudding. Or, take some home and pair it with your own favorite holiday foods.

Stop by and enjoy it while it lasts!

Latest Specialty Beer: Oktoberfest is on Tap

It’s that time of year again – Oktoberfest is on tap!

We always enjoy brewing this beer style since it is one of the few lagers that we make.  It’s also fun to be a part of the history behind this annual favorite and the slate of celebrations that bear its name.

About our 2010 Oktoberfest

This seasonal lager is deep gold with a smooth medium body. It imparts hints of orange and a sweet malty flavor with balanced bitterness. 6.3% abv.

Malts

  • Organic Pilsner
  • Organic Carapils
  • Vienna
  • Briess Bonlander

Hops

  • Bittering = Centennial
  • Aroma = German Hersbrucker

Lagers are brewed with bottom-fermented yeast. The name of this beer style comes from the German word for storage, associated with storing beer at cool temperatures to keep it fresh.

Food Pairings

Oktoberfest pairs well with a variety of dishes on our menu. We suggest:

  • Wood Fired Pretzel with Spicy Ale-Marionberry Mustard
  • Three Meat Pizza
  • Standing Stone Italian Sausage Pizza
  • Charbroiled Naturally Raised Oregon Pork Chops

Oktoberfest Style Origins

If you’ve ever wondered how the Oktoberfest style came about, here’s a little history from RealBeer.com. Many years ago, the Germans used to brew a malty, amber-hued lager in March, which they’d store in caves (lagers) through the summer in the absence of refrigeration. This usually lasted through early fall, making it available during the Oktoberfest celebration. In honor of this tradition, German brewers began to produce a special autumn beer, inspired by the original German recipe. The style has evolved over the years, but generally consists of a malty, copper-colored lager, perhaps with nuances of spice and a dry finish. Some breweries make ales for Oktoberfest but we like to honor the tradition and stick with a lager.

You will want to come enjoy our Oktoberfest and the wonderful autumn season that heralds its annual arrival.

Specialty Beer on Tap: Butternut Brown Ale

We tapped a new specialty beer this week at Standing Stone Brewing Company.  In honor of the great flavor nuances of the fall harvest, we’re calling it Butternut Brown Ale.  We sampled it at a preview event on 9/20 with a terrific response and tapped it for customers on 9/21.

This ale is particularly special because it was brewed by Acacia Baldner, an exceptional intern we had this summer.

Acacia is a biochemistry major at Southern Oregon University and an experienced home brewer.  She’s entering her senior year at SOU and has already been accepted to the highly regarded and very competitive UC Davis Extension Brewing program for 2012, where she’ll continue her training to become a professional brewmaster.  If the Butternut Brown Ale is any indication of what’s brewing in her future, we know she’ll craft some amazing beers!

About Butternut Brown:

Based on the American Brown Ale style, this beer features a deep brown hue and a rich, medium body. This malty, flavorful microbrew exhibits notes of caramel, roasted nuts, and a crisp, dry walnut-shell finish with aromas of mild hop and biscuit. 6.1% abv

Malts

  • Organic Two-Row
  • Organic Crystal 60
  • Organic Chocolate
  • Carabrown from Briess Maltster’s Reserve Series

Hops

  • Bittering: Nugget
  • Aroma/Flavor: Crystal & Cascade

It pairs well with autumn fruits such as figs, apples and pears, and bold cheeses like Rogue Creamery’s award-winning cheddar.  You’ll find these in several items on our menu and specials.

As with all specialty beers, this is a limited edition small batch and these always go quickly.  Come savor it while it lasts! Please feel free to share your comments about this beer on this blog post and chat with the brewmaster when you stop by to enjoy it.

350 Ale is Back on Tap!

Standing Stone’s limited edition 350 Ale is once again available due to great reception after its original debut.

If you enjoyed a beer with us this past March you may remember the 350 Ale, our specialty offering at the time. We’re wrapping up the summer beer season by bringing 350 Ale back after many requests.

The beer is golden and medium bodied with a slightly sweet aroma. It pleases the palate, offering a tart and bready flavor with a balancing mild bitterness. Alcohol content is 6.5%.

It pairs well with fruit flavors such as our Marionberry Cobbler or Marionberry Rocket Salad. You’ll also find it’s a nice match with the delicious, house-made, candied nuts that top a few of our salads. It’ll soon be the end of strawberry season, and the 350 would be a great pairing with fresh fruit at home, too.

This beer has an interesting backstory: It came into being because I miscounted the number of malt bags slated for the original recipe. As a result, the batch contained 350 lbs of 2-row organic malt instead of the 250 lbs called for in the original recipe. And you, our customers, loved it. Ah, serendipity!

The 300-gallon batch was tapped August 18. Come and drink up, and get it before it’s gone!

Latest Specialty Beer: Midsummer Dream

Our latest limited edition specialty beer is Midsummer

Dream.

It’s wonderful summer beer to enjoy in the afternoons and evenings alike.

Larry Chase, our brewer, shared some specs about the beer.

  • Session style, only 4.9% ABV (Alcohol By Volume) – lighter alcohol content. Session style means that it is designed for you to be able to responsibly enjoy a few in a session.  For instance, it’s perfect for enjoying while listening to our Sunday Summer Jazz out on the patio.
  • Crisp and refreshing – using some Mt Hood variety hops from the Indie Hops farm.
  • One of the malts (meaning malted barley) is a Gambrinus Organic Pilsner style malt which means that you get a gorgeous light golden color and plenty of flavor together.

Come on in to enjoy a pint or two. We’ve got lots of great foods to pair with it like our Marionberry Rocket Salad or fish tacos…and that’s just for starters.

Cheers!

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Latest Specialty Beer: Milk & Honey

Happy American Craft Beer Week!!

Mayor John Stromberg was our guest last night to kick off ACBW – he read a proclamation, tapped the specialty Milk & Honey Ale our brew master, Larry Chase, made in honor of ACBW, and then joined the happy patrons at the bar with the first glass.

Larry proceeded to take samples out to all tables and offer them all around (legal age patrons of course). The beer was met with licking lips and positive comments.

We call it Milk & Honey because Larry used lactose (an unfermentable milk sugar) and a honey malt for some residual sweetness to provide a nice, drinkable medium bodied beer. We also paired a special menu item – Habanero Chicken Tacos. Good combo!

“This ACBW specialty beer turned out to be a totally different kind of beer because lactose is primarily used in stouts,” says Larry.

So come on in soon to try it – limited time only.

We are also tapping into our first guest beer tonight at 6 pm – Ross from Walkabout Brewing will be here to share his beer (regular prices) and visit.

Cheers!