Standing Stone Brewing Company

Specialty beer

Latest Specialty Beer, Dedicated to the Oregon Chocolate Festival 3/1-3/3: Chocolate Ale

The 9th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival graces Ashland this weekend and we are more excited than ever to be a part of this decadent event! March 1st-3rd over 40 chocolate vendors from all over Oregon are serving unique chocolate creations, and we’re joining with a chocolate-themed beer we’ve brewed just for the event!

choc2012We’re also sending a handful of our beers along with Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer for a beer and chocolate pairing demonstration, and serving our new brew at the Chocolate Maker’s Dinner Friday night. We’re getting our hands gooey with chocolaty fun, and we love it!

About the Beer

The light, orange rust color is a visual surprise in this chocolate-flavored ale. With a backbone of caramel flavor, the delicate character of the Criollo variety cacao bean is apparent in fruity notes of red berries. You’ll enjoy the silky body and nuanced flavors. 6.1% abv 15 IBU


• Briess Goldpils® Viennaimages

• Briess Caracrystal Wheat

• Briess Bonlander

• Briess Oat Flakes


• Bittering: Willamette

• Flavor/Aroma: Galaxy


• Medium Roast Criollo Cacao Nibs from Peru—Nibs sourced directly from Peruvian farms and roasted by Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point, Oregon. The Perfect Illusion chocolate bar from Lillie Belle is made with this cacao variety.

Food Pairing Suggestions

This beer pairs best with…chocolate! The finishing bitterness of the brew is similar to the finish of dark chocolate, and we suggest you try them together to pick up the similar flavors. Fruity desserts, with strawberry, raspberry or cherry, will also match the red berry finish. For lunch or dinner, we think the medium-bodied ale goes well with Mexican-style dishes with beans or mole and mild peppers. Here are our suggestions from our menu:marioncobbler

  • Stir Crazy Dark Chocolate Cake
  • Bread Pudding
  • Marionberry Cobbler
  • Black Bean Nachos with Roasted Chicken

Or, this weekend’s special: Tres Tacos de Pollo, with Habanero Onions, Salsa Trio and Jalapeno Crème.

If you’re in Ashland, we encourage you to dive into the annual Oregon Chocolate Festival for the once-a-year chocolate-lover’s paradise. Be sure to stop by the many local restaurants and shops dedicating specials, sales and events to the sweet occasion. At Standing Stone, we’re serving Chocolate Ale and a Fudge Brownie dessert for the tasty affair!

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Pints for A Purpose Kick-Off with Riverkeeper Ale 1/21

We’re pleased to announce our first 2013 Pints for a Purpose recipient – Rogue Riverkeeper. Through our two-year-old beer sales donation program, this Southern Oregon nonprofit organization will receive a portion of sales from every pint of specialty beer sold for three weeks. The kick-off night for Pints for riverkeeper logoa Purpose, and debut of the celebratory Riverkeeper Ale, is slated for Monday, January 21st at 5pm.

Rogue Riverkeeper works to protect and restore the water quality and fish populations in the Rogue River Basin. Their focus includes field work, community action, advocacy and enforcement. Some of their specific projects involve collecting bacteria testing, organizing volunteers through their Riverwatch Program, and marking storm drains in the Ashland area with “No Dumping, Drains to Creek” markers. To learn more about this fantastic nonprofit or join the flow of local volunteers, visit their website and come to the brewpub Monday night to toast a specialty beer with members in-person.

About the Riverkeeper Ale

This light-brown brew offers toasted aromas of graham cracker and a light to medium body. Warm, biscuity flavors are followed by a slightly dry and nutty finish with mild bitterness. 4.0% abv. 25 IBU


• Great Western Organic Two Row

• Briess Carabrown

• Briess Organic Carpils

• Best Acidulated

• Briess Midnight Wheat


• Bittering: Willamette

• Flavor/Aroma: Golding

Food Pairing

This medium intensity beer matches well with menu items in the same realm. To complement flavors, look for foods with toasted bread or nut-flavored attributes. Beef and pork, especially when roasted, work well with the brown ale style, as do nutty cheeses like Gruyere and Asiago. From our menu we suggest:

  • Wood Fired Pretzelhouse salad
  • Hummus Plate
  • House Greens with Blue Cheese Crumbles and Candied Walnuts
  • Pesto Pizza
  • Three Meat Pizza
  • Standing Stone Cheeseburger

We hope to see you this Monday evening at 5pm as we toast this round of benefiting beer! For the kick-off party, 50 cents of every pint of Riverkeeper Ale sold will go to the organization. If over 50 pints are sold, we’ll bump up the contribution to $1 per pint, so come down and help this active and passionate local nonprofit with a pint to benefit the cause!

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Latest Specialty Beer: Wildcraft Ale

Larry with Jon Carlson from the Vitalist School of Herbology

If there has ever been a craft beer that warrants attention from all the senses, that beer is Wildcraft Ale. This intriguingly complex brew is the latest in our specialty beer line-up, and boasts ingredients that no other Standing Stone beer has: wild foraged herbs from Southern Oregon’s own Grizzly Peak. These herbs blend with hops, malt and yeast to create a dark, black colored beer with strong anise aroma, earthy flavor and spicy mouthfeel.

Last month, our brewmaster, Larry Chase, stepped up to a challenge presented by Beers Made By Walking, a Pacific Northwest group that encourages breweries to craft a specialty beer with locally foraged ingredients. This summer, they asked five craft breweries in Oregon to join in and brew up their own unique beers that show off edible (and drinkable) herbs in their regional landscapes. All five breweries came together in Portland last Sunday, October 21st, to present their specialty concoctions at the unveiling event, a fundraiser for the Northwest Trail Alliance. You can visit the Beers Made By Walking website to see all the participating breweries and their creative new brews.

Larry rose to the beer-making challenge with enthusiasm last June and enlisted local herbalist, Jon Carlson, to join him on a hike to Grizzly Peak to identify edible plants near Ashland, OR.

SSBC Brewer, Larry Chase, at Beers Made By Walking event (photo:

After a day of trekking through local trails and identifying handfuls of edible and medicinal plant varieties, Larry chose the featured ingredients for Wildcraft Ale – Sweet Root and Wild Ginger.

About Sweet Root

Sweet Root can be found in nearly all the mountains of the Pacific West and is best harvested late-summer through fall. Its flavor can be compared to licorice or fennel, and a tea made with the plant can aid in digestion and respiratory function.

About Wild Ginger

This plant is indigenous to America and can be found in moist woods and shady areas that are at mid- to low-elevation. The root is strongly aromatic with a mild bitter taste, and slight sweetness.

Of course, we recommend having an expert with you when doing any wild foraging for edible plants. Contact Jon Carlson with the Vitalist School of Herbology in Ashland if you’re interested in learning more about wild, edible herbs specific to Southern Oregon.

About the Beer

Deep black color, strong anise aroma, and medium body. The spicy, tingling mouthfeel is accompanied by flavors of earthy and woody licorice. 5.5% abv. 20 IBU

Organic 2-row
Briess Extra Special
Briess Carapils
Briess Midnight Wheat

Bittering = Willamette

Italian Sausage Linguini

Suggested Pairings

The licorice and earthy qualities of this beer make it an excellent pairing with similar-flavored food. Try it with roasted fennel at home, or pair with black and red licorice to compare the flavors. Mushrooms make a great match, especially wild-foraged varieties from your local farmers market or food co-op. Dark chocolate is an excellent pairing, too, with its slightly sweet and bitter qualities. Here are our pairing suggestions from the menu:

Italian Sausage Pizza
Three Meat Pizza
Italian Sausage Linguini
Sautéed Crimini Mushrooms
Stir Crazy Dark Chocolate Cake

Be sure to ask your server or bartender for a sample of Wildcraft Ale on your next visit. We’re certain it’ll grab your attention! Take a few moments to assess its color, aroma, flavor and mouthfeel for an enjoyable and complex tasting experience.