Breweries, community members come together to help Common Roots Brewery

March 27, 2019 09:27 AM

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Breweries and community members throughout the Capital Region came together Tuesday night to figure out how to help Common Roots Brewery.

The brewery in South Glens Falls went up in flames Monday night. The cause has been ruled accidental.


Artisanal Brew Works in Saratoga Springs took to Facebook to invite people to come to their brewery Tuesday night to brainstorm.

"Owning a brewery and knowing the amount of work and effort to build a brewery, build a brand and to see that literally go up in smoke for Christian and Burt, I just reacted to the situation,” said Artisanal Brew Works Owner Kurt Borchardt.

The first idea brought up is to have Common Roots Brewery create a recipe for a new beer.

“Then a bunch of the breweries will get together, they'll brew them separately in their spots, we'll sell it and basically raise money to help Common Roots by making beer because that's what we're really good at,” said Borchardt.

Something else they’re looking to do is possibly hold a fundraiser event at either Single Cut North in Clifton Park or Saratoga Winery.

“Single Cut North, they’re in Clifton Park, they called me today and they’re having a 5K the first weekend in May,” explained Borchardt. “They already have the tents and the bathrooms and the permits to have an event outside so what we would be doing is donating beer for the event, it’d be a ticketed event and then all the proceeds will go to Common Roots.”

There was also talk Tuesday night of helping employees of Common Roots Brewery.

“I'm trying to look to see what I can do with my brew schedule to see if I can take another brewer,” said Borchardt.

Organizers with the Glens Fall Brewfest, which is coming up on April 6, said Common Roots Brewery has always been there for them. They said they wanted to make sure they would still be represented at this year’s festival.

"Their distributor, Saratoga Eagle, is going to make sure they're represented at our brewfest,” said organizer Chris Reed. “They still have a booth, their beer will be there.”

It was a strong show of support for a local brewery that has always been there for others.

“We may compete when we're out in the trade selling our beer, but when it comes to behind the scenes stuff what a lot of our customers don't see is we're friends and we're helping out one another,” said Borchardt.

If anyone is interested in helping out with assisting Common Roots Brewery, they can email


Emily De Vito

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