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River Run for the Roots

By | Events

June 8, 2019


A 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk, starting at 11 a.m., to benefit Common Roots & its staff, as well as Riverkeeper (New York’s clean water advocate). Starts and ends in the parking lot behind the original Common Roots brewery, and course winds through South Glens Falls and along Betar Byway and Hudson River.

T-shirts guaranteed to the first 300 registrants. Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place overall male & female, and top 3 in each age group.

Stick around for the post-race party at the temporary Common Roots taproom (two blocks away at 30 Saratoga Ave), for beer, food, awards, raffles, and more!

$30 mail-in or online pre-registration, $35 on race day

Janey’s Ride

By | Events

Sunday, May 12, 2019


This bicycle ride was originally organized to help out the Fairchild family. Shortly before opening Grey Ghost Bicycles, Steve’s wife Janey was diagnosed with breast cancer. After rounds of treatment in Glens Falls and in Boston, she is now in remission. This ride is now held to raise money for the Breast Cancer Care & Research Fund at the Glens Falls Hospital, to help others like the Fairchild’s. Grey Ghost Bicycles not only donates the proceeds from the ride to the hospital but a portion of each Grey Ghost Bicycles cycling jersey sold in the shop goes to the hospital as well.


Parking will be at the Park and Ride lot in back of our original brewery at 58 Saratoga Ave, and the ride will start from there. Registration and the after party will be at the TEMPORARY TAPROOM at 30 Saratoga Ave. You can park in the park and ride and walk or ride to the Temporary Taproom.


Soft Opening Temporary Taproom

UPDATES: Temporary Taproom and Brewery

By | News

May 8, 2019

Temporary Taproom is Officially Open

Things to note:

+Parking: Due to limited parking in the north lot at the temporary taproom, we strongly encourage our patrons to utilize the Park & Ride lot behind our flagship location at 58 Saratoga Ave. It’s a short, two block walk away. Limited street parking on Newton Ave is also available. We respectfully ask that you be mindful of our residential neighbors.

+Package Pick-Up: Due to popular demand, there is now a designated 10-minute Package Pick-Up parking space in the north lot at the temporary taproom.

+Merchandise: Yes! We have merchandise available in the temporary taproom and online.


May 7, 2019

Temporary Taproom Soft Opening Today

We have been hard at work on the temporary taproom and brewery space and are excited to finally share it with you. Our taproom doors open at 4p today. We appreciate your patience and support as we work the kinks out during this soft opening.

Things to note:

+Our credit card reader has not yet arrived, so it is cash only for today. There is not an ATM on site.

+The address is 30 Saratoga Ave in South Glens Falls; however, the taproom entrance can be found on the Newton St side of the building.

+There is limited parking in the taproom lot and street parking is permitted. Please be respectful of our neighbors. If you have any questions, feel free to inquire with our taproom staff.


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Beer Sessions Radio – Episode 476: Kindred Spirits and Common Roots

By | News

April 20, 2019

Last week, our co-founder Christian Weber, Jon Kielty from Big aLICe Brewing, and Melanie Fronhofer from Fronhofer Design sat down with Jimmy Carbone of Beer Sessions Radio on the Heritage Radio Network.

Christian, Jon, and Melanie spoke with Jimmy about the Big Alice-Common Roots collab beer – Kindred Roots, brewing on the three-barrel system that survived the fire, and the benefits of working with a small, local design company.

Have a listen:



By | News

April 15, 2019

Dear Friends,

Humbled. That’s the best word to describe how we feel right now.

So many of you turned out to hang with us at Rally for the Roots North in Glens Falls and Rally for the Roots South in Troy. More of you have shown up at your favorite local craft brewery, taproom, and restaurant for pop-up support events or are planning to attend benefit festivals like Rising From The Ashes on May 4th.

You sent texts, emails… and Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter messages, too.

We’re humbled and grateful for each and every one of you.

We also want to take a moment to publicly thank our Common Roots alumni family and friends in the craft beer industry who have taken on volunteer leadership roles to organize and activate you, our Community Roots community. Our rebuild will be deeply rooted in these good deeds.


Bert and Christian

Photo Credit: Matthew ‘Fuj’ Scher

30 Saratoga Ave

Two weeks later… and two blocks away.

By | News

April 11, 2019

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce that we have secured a site to resume brewing and taproom operations at 30 Saratoga Ave in South Glens Falls, just two blocks away from our original brewery site. We anticipate opening the temporary space later this month.

In working with our partners at Fronhofer Design, we will have the Traveler 3 barrel brewery system on-site, which will allow us to begin brewing enough beer to be served in the temporary taproom. This means fresh beer for you and near-term work for our brewery and taproom staff: a major win-win.

We want to thank South Glens Falls Mayor Harry Gutheil, Joe Patricke, and everyone at the Village of South Glens Falls and Village Planning Board for helping expedite this process. Thank you also to Ms. Elizabeth Miller and her team at Miller Mechanical for working with us to lease the temporary space.

From the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank you enough for the support you have shown us over the last two weeks. You have encouraged us to push forward and we will forever be grateful for the kind messages, warm hugs, and an overwhelming sense of community.

Bert and Christian

Good Night, Brewery

A Message From Bert: Good Night, Brewery

By | News

March 30, 2019

Dear Friends,

The events of this past Monday are still very raw and painful. Each day since the fire, I have had a mixture of emotions: relief no one was injured, disbelief that this happened, and now the uncertainty in what the future holds. So many memories and pictures in my mind of the last 5 years keep coming back to me. I told Robin that I had a little routine each day when I left the brewery… from the day we started to renovate the old girl to the day I left it on that fateful night, I would always take just a moment to look around at the operation, perhaps pat a tank and say, “Good night, Brewery… thank you.”

It was, in retrospect, an odd little gesture but it always made me feel good to appreciate the remarkable space that it was. Even when the building was being renovated and we were still working to give it a new life, it seemed like a special place. We would work all day (and night sometimes), laughing, cursing and listening to music. Ultimately at some point, it became that time to turn off the lights and say good night.

This past Monday was no different. We had another busy day at the brewery. The fermenting vessels were all full, and the beer for the day was packaged and shipped out. The brewery looked clean and ready for the next day’s excitement. The sound of beer happily fermenting and muffled sounds of fun from the taproom — all were familiar sights and sounds to indicate that things were good. As I made my way out of the production space, I gave a little nod and said, “Good night, Brewery… thank you.”

There is a very stark transition when walking from the brewery into the taproom. A few hours earlier, the brewery was a place of organized chaos…humid, warm, loud and full of action. Our taproom, by contrast, during the day is quiet and waiting for life to come back to it… until the evening arrives and guests start trickling in. Last Monday, the taproom had a nice gathering of regular customers and some new people; there was laughter and music, stories and beer. All seemed good when I left for home for the evening.

That all changed when I picked up a call from Christian, hearing the alarm in his voice. Robin and I rushed back to the brewery and were horrified by what we now saw. The flames, the smoke, and all the first responders were all there in some strange, surrealistic scene. It was hard to conceive it was really happening and everything we had worked so hard to create was quickly being consumed in flames. Or so I thought…

As it turns out, it wasn’t everything. In the days since the fire, we have witnessed an unbelievable outpouring of love and support. A community, beyond our wildest imagination, has embraced us and is showering us with love, support, and hope! One of our founding principles as a business was to “create and be part of a community.” Never in our dreams did we realize the extent to which that is now true.  What we have collectively created in this special placed called, Common Roots, is difficult to describe. As Adam Evans described in his beautiful editorial, “the place has a certain divinity.” To me, this is the highest praise. We all know when we are in a special place because you just feel it. Our brewery was that sort of place. It felt right because the community built it, literally. The love, passion and hard work of so many people cannot be consumed by fire or any other disaster. It is still there and will rise again.

I have spent every day since the fire at the brewery looking for answers and hoping to find some important document or treasured memento. I have found them all. Some more relevant than other… but enough to help me think more about our future. I am confident we can re-create this special place called Common Roots Brewing Company again.

Yesterday, I stood there in the silent charred remains of the brewery and heard that distinctive “bubbling sound” of fermentation. The brewery was still working in its own way and, I thought, signaling to us that we’ll get through this.

Good night, Brewery… thank you.


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A Message From Our Co-Founders

By | Events, News

March 27, 2019

Dear Friends,

We are still in shock as we write you all this update.

As many of you know by now, a fire erupted in our brewery on Monday, March 25th, 2019. The structural damage to our brewery was devastating. While we are grateful that none our most cherished assets – our people – were physically harmed by the fire, much of our brewery, taproom, and second floor office space was destroyed or severely damaged.

Therefore our taproom and brewery at 58 Saratoga Ave will remain closed until further notice as we begin executing the necessary steps to rebuild. We are making every effort to support our employees through this time and are collectively driven to getting back to doing what we love as soon as possible.

So many emotions have consumed our hearts these past few days: sorrow, grief, anger, disbelief…. but also gratitude. Immense gratitude for the incredible showing of support we’ve received from our local and extended community. While we may not be responding individually to each of you at this time, please know that your kindness is noticed, your gesture is greatly appreciated, and we are deeply, deeply touched.

We are still working through the details and timeline of our rebuild. We know that we have a few tough months ahead. We also know that will come out of this stronger than we were before.

We will keep you all posted and look forward to serving you again soon.

Much love and gratitude, 
Christian, Bert and the entire Weber Family

Sunhee’s Farm & Kitchen Pop-Up

By | Events


Our friends from Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen will be at our South Glens Falls taproom on Sunday, March 31st from 3-8p serving up some deliciousness.

Stop by to enjoy a beer and a bite!


Korean BBQ Bowl – $12 – Choice of spicy pork or bulgogi beef; served over purple rice with a side of house kimchi

Mini Bibimbap Bowl (GF, vegan optional) – $7 – Purple rice, soybean sprout, Korean chives, cucumber, carrot, soy-sesame sauce, hot gochujang sauce, soft-boiled egg and sesame seed; add beef or pork (+3)

Bulgogi Slider – $5 – Deep-marinated beef, sauteed onion, sesame seeds and spicy gochujang sauce on a toasted potato bun

Spicy Pork Slider – $5 – Spicy pork, sauteed onion and long green pepper in a red pepper sauce, sesame seeds and ketchup mayo on a toasted potato bun

Mochi Ice Cream – $5 – Choice of three: strawberry, vanilla, coffee, red bean or mango