The current hours of operation at the Temporary Taproom are Noon-8pm 7 days a week. We are also accepting online orders for home delivery within 15 miles of the brewery 7 days a week. Visit the Shop link at the top of our homepage to place your order. Orders placed before 2pm will be eligible for same-day delivery.
Our staff will continue to operate at the highest level of cleanliness and sanitation and will be granted full flexibility to stay home if they are feeling unwell or unsafe. We ask that you send a friend on the beer-run if you’re not feeling 100% at this time and continue to practice good hand-washing, social distancing and self-awareness at this time.
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.
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.
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:
March 30, 2019
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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