Common Roots already talking rebuild after fire

March 26, 2019 01:29 PM

SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Events were already planned for a visit from a Mexican food truck and Korean fare from Troy this weekend. Now, that’s been put on hold after a fire at Common Roots Brewing Company on Saratoga Ave., a popular micro-brewery.
The attorney for the owners say the fire, which broke out around 7 p.m. Monday night, is "accidental."

At 4 p.m. this afternoon, Artisanal Brew Works in Saratoga Springs will hold a brew-storming meeting on how to help Common Roots. Owner Kurt Borchardt tells NewsChannel 13 that he recently reached out to Common Roots because he needed an ingredient for his own brew and the Webers were happy to help. Now he wants to return the favor.


“We root for one another,” Borchardt said, with no pun-intended, calling the micro-brew community “collegial.”

Hours before the fire, Common Roots had announced plans to expand with additions to the kitchen plus added seating upstairs and outside. The building was once a body shop and overhead door warehouse before becoming the current business.

"Out of ashes something great will come back,” said Matthew Fuller, attorney for the Webers, who own Common Roots. Firefighters from Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties all responded.

Common Roots opened in December 2014. It was the idea of Christian Weber back in 2005. He became an apprentice on brewing beer in New Hampshire. Then, with the support of his parents Bert and Robin, the dream became a reality. Besides the brewery business, they offer yoga classes each month as well as other events.

"They've done a lot for the community and the support that they've given a lot of organizations and just the community in general,” Fuller said. “I think the outpouring of support has been really great for the family and they appreciate it."

Events scheduled this weekend include Buena Comida Food Truck Pop-Up on Saturday, March 30 and on Sunday, March 31, Sunhee’s Farm & Kitchen from Troy was set to “Pop-Up” from 3 p.m.- 8 p.m.


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