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Common Block Brewing is Worth the Wait  |  Mail Tribune  |   January 2017

Common Block Brings Craft to Downtown Medford  |  Travel Oregon  | February 2017

8.6.2015 – PRESS RELEASE

Common Block Brewing Co. Flowing Full-Steam Ahead

Brewery Ramps Up Progress with Building Permit Approval

For immediate release: 8/6/2015
Contact Alex Amarotico | (541) 326-2277 | alex@commonblockbrewing.com 

(Medford, Ore) – Construction is moving forward at the soon-to-be Common Block Brewing Co. in downtown Medford after building permits were approved this week. The permits allow the brewpub to officially dig-in with mechanical, structural, electrical, and plumbing projects, after the City of Medford Building Department signed off all plans on Tuesday.

“We’re ready to jump in,” says Common Block co-owner Alex Amarotico. “The City of Medford has been awesome to work with and communicate with, and now we’re set to do some of the heavy lifting with our brewery plans.”

Some of that heavy lifting involves erecting an overhead steel structure that will serve as the upstairs brewery platform and concrete dining mezzanine. The building team is also excited to begin fashioning the wood-fired pizza oven and indoor/outdoor bar area, with plans to stay true to their original projection of opening later this fall.

“Granted, fall technically lasts until mid-December, so we have a nice, big window to aim for. We’re saying sometime in November/December-ish” says Amarotico.

During the waiting period for the permits, Alex and his partner, Danielle, have been busy organizing the administrative details of the restaurant and brewery as well. They and their team have stayed occupied designing menus, planning seating arrangements, designing shirts and glassware, applying for various other permits and more.

“This waiting period for the building permits hasn’t really seen a whole lot of waiting,” says Danielle. “There’s plenty to discuss and decide ahead of time, and we’re thinking it will all start moving really fast over the next few months.”

For updates and photos as the downtown brewery moves toward its projected opening date later this fall, visit their website at commonblockbrewing.com. Visitors can browse their blog posts and social media streams for all the latest news on brewery construction, local events, milestones, and – in the near future – an even narrower range for the upcoming opening date.

3.31.2015 – PRESS RELEASE

Common Block Brewing Company Takes Shape in Medford Commons

Craft beer fans can expect new brews and digs downtown later this year

For immediate release, 3/31/2015
Contact: Alex Amarotico, (541) 326-2277, alex@commonblockbrewing.com

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(Medford, Ore) – As the craft beer scene continues to brew across the U.S., Southern Oregon’s newest microbrewery is drafting plans to open in downtown Medford. Common Block Brewing Company announces it will be the latest addition to the Medford Commons, occupying the historic Monarch building adjacent to the Lithia Motors corporate headquarters and the newly developed Pear Blossom Park. The large, family-friendly brewpub is slated to open its doors and taps this fall.

Alex and Danielle Amarotico of Standing Stone Brewing Company in Ashland, Oregon cite the opportunity to launch a brewpub in the up-and-coming Commons area as a big draw for opening their new digs in the heart of downtown Medford.

“We love the energy of a bustling restaurant, and the momentum of building a great team,” says Danielle. “We are excited to use the big, open space of the Monarch building to house our vision for Common Block.”

Plans for the sizeable brewpub include 280 guest seats and outdoor seating overlooking the adjacent park. The Monarch building’s 5,000 square feet of space will house a 15 BBL (466 gallon) brewing system, producing beer in-house for microbrew-loving customers.

“Southern Oregon produces awesome craft beer and wine,” says Alex. “We feel extremely fortunate to be a part of the camaraderie among the local craft beer community for the past 18 years. We’re motivated to create a gathering space centered around socializing and adding to the local variety.”

The Amaroticos will begin construction on the brewpub this spring as they transform the now-empty building into a two-level brewing house. Plans include an indoor-outdoor bar space and a patio gas fireplace. Guests can anticipate a menu featuring wood oven-fired pizzas, sharable plates, and kid-friendly fare. And of course, craft beer.

To stay up-to-date as the public house ramps up for remodeling, followers can visit the website, commonblockbrewing.com. Photos, craft beer news, timelines, updates and more coming soon on their blog at commoncopyblog.com.

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About Common Block Brewing Co.

Common Block Brewing Company is an indoor-outdoor restaurant & brewery centered on building community, sharing ideas, engaging employees, and crafting original beer and fresh food. Located in downtown Medford, Oregon, the family-friendly brewpub welcomes guests for lunch, dinner, appetizers, dessert, pints with friends, and everything in-between.

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