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Alyssa McClenning

Live Music Thursdays

By | Weekly Taproom Programs

Join us on Thursdays from 6:00-9:00 PM for live music in the temporary taproom at 30 Saratoga Ave.


Thursday, October 3rd – Chris Cronin

Friday, October 4th – Rich Clements Band

Thursday, October 10th – Donna Britton

Thursday, October 17th- Bud Traver

Thursday, October 24th – Frank and Friends

Tiki Life Release Party

By | Past Events

Join us on Friday, June 21st as we release our first collaboration with Mikkeller Brewing NYC, Tiki Life, at our temporary taproom. Tiki Life is a tropical-style dry hopped ale with passion fruit, pineapple, and tart cherry. It will be available on draft and in 4-packs.

The party starts at 3 PM. The Rich Clements band will be playing from 6-9 PM.

Let your friends know about this event.

Limit two 4-packs per person. $16 per 4-pack.

Food Truck Schedule

By | Weekly Taproom Programs


Friday, November 15th – Holy Crepe!

Saturday, November 16th – Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen

Wednesday, November 20th – 9 Miles East Farm Pizza

Sunday, November 24th – City Beer Hall

Monday, November 25th – Buena Comida

Wednesday, November 27th – Fitzy’s Fork in the Road

Monday, December 9th – Buena Comida

Saturday, December 21 – Darling Doughnuts

Monday, December 23rd – Buena Comida

Call the temporary taproom at (518) 409-8248 for further details.

The Story of Sparky

By | News

May 29, 2019

Dear Friends,

There’s been a lot of excitement around Common Roots Brewing lately but a story you probably missed is that we found a little hatchling turtle a few days after our fire a few months back. We were walking around the parking lot of what was to become our new temporary space. As we walked the lot, I spotted what turned out to be a very tiny, painted turtle on the ground.

I’m not a biologist, but seemed strange to see an obviously newly hatched turtle in a parking lot a good quarter mile from the nearest water on such a cold, raw day! The temperature was cold and we still had snow mounds in the shaded areas next to the building. Without really thinking about it, I picked up the turtle for a closer look and saw he/she was miraculously still alive! I placed him in my pocket for warmth and brought him home. After a quick Google investigation of what to do next, we decided to set up a hatchling turtle sanctuary in our kitchen and name our new household guest, “Sparky.”

We are happy to report that these efforts have not gone in vain. Sparky continues to thrive in his temporary space in our kitchen. Our plan is to release him when the weather is warmer, although that may be more difficult then we think since we’ve grown somewhat attached to him.

And really, what are the chances of finding a baby turtle in the parking lot on a cold March day?

On that note, I am sure a lot of us are wondering why things happen. Sometimes, it seems, they just do and we all have an opportunity to help or ignore.

All of us at Common Roots have been wondering a similar question—the fire and now this unbelievable outpouring of love and support—how did this happen?

I can tell you we don’t have the answers but we are all so grateful for the tremendous show of love and support. Our community has adopted us and, like young Sparky, we know we will now thrive because of it. Thank you!

Cheers to Sparky and an even brighter future.


River Run for the Roots

By | Past 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 | Past 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.


UPDATES: Taproom and Brewery

By | News

May 30, 2019

New Brewery and Taproom Site Plan Approved

March 25th still feels like yesterday. We never thought in our wildest dreams we’d be back on our feet in a temporary brewery and taproom just a few weeks later.

Today, thanks to a dedicated team of planning partners, we are beyond excited to now share with you the site plan renderings for our new brewery and taproom to be built at our flagship location: 58 Saratoga Ave in South Glens Falls. 

Thank you to Phinney Design Group for sharing our vision and demonstrating efficiency in putting this plan together, and to the Village of South Glens Falls for approving it. Most importantly, thank you to all of you for your unwavering support over the last few months. We would not be where we are today without you.

We plan to share the construction progress with you here on social media and will announce additional details in the coming weeks and months as they become available.


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.


Soft Opening Temporary Taproom

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