Common Roots is now a two-building brewery in South Glens Falls

Common Roots is now a two-building brewery in South Glens Falls

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A few years ago, the family behind Common Roots Brewing Company welcomed the community to their rebuilt taproom and restaurant, after the original was destroyed by a fire in 2019. This week, the same family made the cut The bar on the new building almost mirrors the other building – and is located directly across from the parking lot.

On a rainy Monday, the Weber family welcomed supporters of all kinds inside Common Roots’ new Bierhall Barrel House. The new facility is located on the same side of Saratoga Street as the restaurant and brewery that has been filling cases of beer and serving fresh pizza since the end of the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown. It transforms this small portion of a brewery in South Glens Falls into something of its own campus — and allows for a fresh look at the future.

“My 90-year-old grandmother was visiting us last night — you would totally think she was only 81,” said Christian Weber, co-owner of Common Roots. “After she left that night, I was thinking about her a lot, and it made me think about my grandfather, who is no longer around. The one thing he always said was, ‘Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.’ And that resonated deeply because that’s who she is.” The basic ethos here at Common Roots.

The 10,000-square-foot Barrel House is made of the same mirror shapes — warm colors and triangular corners in the front, steel walls in the back, creating a mix of shower rooms and industrial space. The front side of the new facility may look like the bar and restaurant already located across the road, but this side was built with public and private events in mind. Out back, a massive amount of new Common Roots beer storage will help run the 30-barrel brewing system at maximum capacity, and provide space for barrel aging.

Growth doesn’t come cheap, but as before, Common Roots got there with some timely help. The $3.6 million construction project was supplemented by a $250,000 capital grant from Empire State Development, plus another $200,000 in Excelsior Jobs tax credits. Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado made the trip from Albany to personally congratulate the Weber family.

“As I sit here, Christian, and hear you talk about your family, and the way communities come together and the spirit of work, I was trying to process the name: ‘Common Roots,'” Delgado said. “The more I thought about it, and the more I listened to you talk, it made me think In humanity as a common root. That human touch, that can-do spirit, exists within each one of us. It’s always a real honor to be in the company of someone and a community that has benefited from that.

Common Roots says the new building will create eight new full-time jobs, adding to the 26 full-time employees already working there. Common Roots beer is served and sold in seven states around the Northeast, and is also found in certain parts of Canada.

The brewery is celebrating a decade in business this year — and the new building isn’t the only thing that’s changed. In 2013, Common Roots produced 500 barrels of beer over the course of a year – compared to 10,000 barrels today. When the fire broke out in 2019, the brewery worked with others to keep the beer flowing. Common Roots also has plans to take over operations at Albany Pump Station, formerly home to CH Evans Brewing Company.

Common Roots Brewing Company is open every day except Tuesday at 58 Saratoga Street in South Glens Falls.

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