Rogue Valley Brewery Tours: Jump on the Bus (or Bike)

While family and friends visit over the holidays, what better way to entertain everyone (or get everyone out of the house) than with a brewery tour? Lucky for us, we’ve got a few options in the Rogue Valley for beer-hopping adventures. Sit back (or on the Pint Rider, pedal forward) and taste all the best beers our area has to offer in one big, awesome beer-tasting session.

Main St. Adventures Magic Brew Bus Tourlogo_brewtour_lg

(541) 482-9852

$69 per person

This all-inclusive, brewery-to-brewery bus tour takes guests around for beer tasting and appetizer pairing, and over the holidays they’ll also throw in a Grand Holiday Lights Tour to get you in the spirit. The four-hour ride also comes with rating sheets and notepads for your brews. Tours can be booked any night of the week over the holidays for groups of 8-16, so jump on it to schedule your own special event – because you’re special.

Pint Rider Bike Tourspint rider

(541) 227-9499

$300 per private group, 8-15 guests; $175 per shared group, 5-7 guests

Pedal-power your way around Medford on the area’s only beer bike! You and up to 14 friends can cruise at 5-8 mph, visiting as many beer stops as you can in the 2.5 hour time slot (usually about 3-4 stops). Pint Rider can make recommendations for brewery/tasting room pit stops along the way, or you can choose your own if you have a beloved beer haunt close by. Pair your beer with some fresh air!

and for after the holidays…

Beer 30 Tours beer-30

(541) 708-3569

$70 per person

Need to recover from the holidays? Jump on Beer 30 Tours, running full-steam later this winter. Choose from either the Beer 101 or Beer Enthusiast tours for four hours and 12 samples of local brews. You’ll explore Rogue Valley breweries, connect with other beer fans, and get safe transportation all around. What more could you want?

 

Meet Common Block Chef, David Georgeson

As we put the finishing touches on our building, we’re making plans to take your tastebuds on a ride to flavor-bliss, and we’ve got just the person to lead the way. We’re thrilled to introduce David Georgeson as our Common Block chef! When we met David (who has been with us for a couple months now), we immediately knew his focuses on quality ingredients, teamwork, and creative twists on classic dishes were all right up our alley. We love what David has come up with for our menu, and we can’t wait for you to try what he’s whipping up in the kitchen.

Meet Daviddavidcbbc2

Born and raised in Southern Oregon, David knows, loves and eats Rogue Valley food. With over 18 years of kitchen experience (11 of which were at the fabulous Larks Restaurant in Ashland), David has built a name for himself as a talented local chef, earning the title of Top Chef in the 2011 Food and Wine Classic (now the Ashland Culinary Festival). David’s relationships with local growers, producers and fishermen give him awesome access to regional ingredients, lots of which he has plans for in our menu.

When not in the kitchen, David enjoys fishing, hunting, spearfishing, and foraging for wild mushrooms. In fact, David took a professional break from the kitchen for a few years and became a professional fishing guide in Southern Oregon. Now, David is ready to fire up the grill again and throw some awesome recipes your way.

So what kind of mouth-watering goodness is David going to conjure up for Common Block’s menu, you ask? He’s super excited about our wood-fired oven, and has personal pizzas planned with housemade sausages among the toppings. He’s also incorporating beer (which we have lots of!) throughout the menu in sauces, desserts, dressings and more. David’s talent shines in taking classic dishes and weaving in creative twists, so expect to see sandwiches, burgers, salads and main dishes with ingredients that represent the season, our region, and Dave’s personal touch.

Hungry yet? We’re almost ready to feed your cravings, with an opening planned for the near future (stay tuned for an official date soon)! In the meantime, David is slinging recipes at home and in test kitchens, getting ready to serve up a menu that’ll knock your beer- and food-loving socks off. You can read more about David in The Local Dish and Ashland Chamber of Commerce website, and check out some of his recipes featured in 1859 Magazine.