Our Story

The idea to open a microbrewery originated in 2005, when Bert and Christian brewed their first beer together. But the concept of brewing and enjoying beer is rooted in a family heritage that can be traced back to the Old World. It was through honoring our family’s roots, as well as our love of craft beer, that Common Roots Brewing Company was born. Since opening our taproom doors for the first time in December of 2014, we have produced a variety of beer styles that we feel will appeal to any craft beer consumer.

In March of 2019 our original brewery suffered a devastating fire. It was ruled accidental and, thankfully, no one was injured. Sadly, the building could not be saved and a complete demolition was determined to be the best path forward. Within hours of the fire, our community rallied behind us, holding countless events to support our employees and rebuilding effort. Friends in the brewing industry offered up brewing space to keep our beer flowing, and we were able to find a temporary taproom space nearby to keep our company intact.

Over the next year and a half, we designed and constructed a new facility on the site of the original building. In June 2020, we moved into our new space. The new brewery is more energy and production efficient, and is helping us meet our sustainability goals. The expanded new taproom was designed to enhance the total craft brewery experience for all our customers. The new space now boasts a full service restaurant, special event room and expanded Biergarten. We hope you’ll stop in and visit!

When Bert and Christian began envisioning a community brewery, they established some core values: healthy living, environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and inclusiveness. The Common Roots Brewing Company was founded on that ethos, and along with great beer, it was the reason the company thrived locally in South Glens Falls, as well as amongst the craft beer community at large. While a formalized nonprofit was always part of Common Roots’ master plan, it really came to life after the fire. The Webers vowed to repay the community, and in 2020 they founded the Common Roots Foundation, with a mission to assist the community in times of need, support community wellness, and promote environmental stewardship.

Sustainability

We are excited to have been able to rebuild Common Roots with the smallest carbon footprint possible. Many of our goals and practices have remained the same, but this time around we have incorporated new technologies to minimize our environmental impact and maximize sustainability.

Meet the Founders

Christian Weber

Christian Weber

Co-Founder / Head Brewer

Christian is the son in the father/son brewing team. His beer journey began in 2005 as a home brewer in college, which led to an apprenticeship at a brewery in New Hampshire during grad school. After a few years working for an environmental nonprofit, Christian returned to his roots and opened Common Roots Brewing Company with his dad, Bert. Christian is the head brewer at CRBC and leads the creative process of recipe and product development, in addition to running the day-to-day operations of the business.

Bert Weber

Bert Weber

Co-Founder

Bert is the father in the father/son brewing team. Growing up with parents from Germany, good beer was part of his family heritage. Upon retiring from a 30-year career as a high school teacher, Bert was ready for a new adventure. His background in horticulture and design fueled the transformation of a warehouse building into our original brewery, and the inviting atmosphere of the Biergarten and taproom are the direct products of Bert’s creative vision.

Lifting the View:
Messages from the Founders

Silos at night
FoundersMessages

Spring 2022

Spring in our region can be full of disappointment. It seems just when you think…
Double Fortune Beer in front of fire pit
FoundersMessages

Winter 2022

The one thing we’ve learned in business and in training for different activities is you…
The Weber Family
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Holiday 2021

Gratitude is a great word and one we feel deeply. In every sense, we are…
Rainbow over Glens Falls
FoundersMessages

Fall 2021

As many of you may know, I tore my Achilles tendon and recently had surgery…

CONTACT US

Business ManagerRobin
Director of Sales & OperationsKeith
Director of Retail OperationsRich
Director of Packaging & Quality ControlJohn
Creative DirectorJess
Kitchen ManagerDustin
Sales ManagerLindsey

CAREERS

Our dedicated staff is one of a kind, and we take pride in how fortunate we are to work with such awesome people. Click here to see our current job openings.

EVENTS

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