Common Roots Brewing Company opened its doors in December of 2014 and made a big splash with their Haus Sour series, IPAs, and Coffee Cup Imperial stout. Constantly evolving with the times, the beer lineup has grown to include a wide range of modern IPAs, coolship barrel-aged wild ales, and crisp, German-inspired lagers.
The brewery is currently rebuilding and expanding from the ground up after a fire last year. For now, their Temporary Taproom is a quarter mile from the old brewery, where you’ll need to go to get the latest Common Roots beers.
A few familiar pieces that survived the fire, like the handmade horseshoe-shaped bar and the iconic red Adirondack chairs, made their way to the temporary space. Newer additions like a social media-friendly vintage Gore Mountain gondola, and barrels full of aging beer, fill out the Temporary Taproom. Live music, trivia nights, and cornhole keep brewery goers entertained while events such as the local artisan holiday market, monthly yoga practices, and weekly group bike rides strive to bring the community together.
Common Roots is well known for their IPAs, particularly their Daylight, Last Light, and Bright Light series of beers. Ultra Modern American is one of our favorites for it’s burst of juicy hops that make it easy to return for seconds (…and thirds). For fans of the most modern IPA styles, Party Shirt Fridays is a series of fruited IPAs packed with Citra and Mosaic hops.
For you dark beer lovers, Coffee Cup is an imperial stout brewed with local cold brew from Kru Coffee. If you’re lucky, you can snag a bottle of the bourbon barrel aged version (there’s a lower ABV Half Cup and an amped up 14% ABV Double Cup).
Don’t sleep on Common Roots wild/sour offerings, either. From foeder and barrel aged beers like In Bloom, to the mixed culture Tasteful Deception series with numerous fruited offerings, and the spontaneously fermented, coolship inoculated Rooted series, Common Roots has always valued their wild program and will continue to expand it in the future.
The shockers? An assortment of crispy lagers like Reference Method, served in large, German-inspired mugs, as well as an in-house brewed hard seltzer available with a variety of fruit flavors.
Common Roots brings in local food trucks and vendors from around the area to keep beer drinkers from getting hungry while sipping on their plentiful brews. Some of our favorites have included the tacos from The City Beer Hall, farm to table pizza from 9 Miles East Farm, creative doughnut pairings from Darling Doughnuts, and Korean rice bowls and sliders from Sunhee’s Farm & Kitchen.
Look out for the new brewery opening up in the original location later this year. Triple the size in both brewing capacity and square footage, the new space will have a full restaurant with a wood fired oven and an enormous outdoor beer garden. With any luck, the brewery’s Fall Fermentation Festival will return, bringing guests unlimited pours of the best of the local sour beer scene.
Matthew 'Fuj' Scher is a published photographer and writer, avid home cook, and Shiba Inu dad. An IT nerd by day, you can often find him hitting the road on weekends to explore the regions best food and drink destinations.