Common Block Women of the Outdoors

In celebration of tomorrow’s Force of Nature Film Night at Common Block — Thursday, July 25th at 8pm — we want to feature some of our own rockstar women of the outdoors. These are folks on our team who run, pedal, paddle, climb, shred and otherwise have a blast outdoors, in and around Southern Oregon. These are our own personal heroes, cheerleaders, and change makers — people we work with everyday who also have a blast making our local hills, trails, lakes and rivers their outdoor playing field.

To all the women on our team who rock doin’ their thing (and doin’ it well), we salute you!

 

Carla

Day Job: Server

Favorite outdoor activities: Trail running, backpacking, mountain biking, jumping into mountain lakes (in the summer!), car camping with an ice chest loaded with delicious food and drinks, and most of all…backcountry skiing.

Favorite post-activity beverage: After I get done with a long day adventuring outdoors, nothing satisfies quite like a Steep Slope Hazy IPA. Go figure!

 

 

Abby

Day Job: Server and Bartender

Favorite outdoor activities: I love getting off the beaten path with my two favorite gals, Brittney and Joey “the dog.”

Favorite post-activity beverage: Fiery Mule and the Deep Down Double IPA. And water, lots of water.

 

 

Ashley

Day Job: Graphic Designer

Favorite outdoor activities: My favorite outdoor activity these days is hiking new trails in new places with my family and spending time taking in all of the scenery! I love that no matter where you are, if there’s a trail nearby, there’s a new experience just waiting to be had!

Favorite post-activity beverage: After a hike we love to head to a nearby winery or brewery for a snack and liquid reward!

 

 

Gina

Day Job: Bar Manager and House Manager

Favorite outdoor activities: Nothing beats a morning of backside bluebird powder laps with friends!! Yes please!

Favorite post-activity beverage: Earn your turns, earn your post-workout libations! You can find me sipping me favorite combo, Rogue Runner IPA with a little bourbon on the rocks to boot 😉

 

 

Rachel 

Day Job: Marketing and Events

Favorite outdoor activities: Running, camping, lake swimming, rafting, biking and burying her kids in the sand.

Favorite post-activity beverage: Kombucha and a Common Block Rogue Runner IPA

 

 

Danielle

Day Job: HR, Host, House Manager, Team Mom

Favorite outdoor activities: Cross country skiing, running (a nice mix of trails and roads), anything on the water but not in the water (I’m always cold!), and riding my bike.

Favorite post-activity beverage: CBBC Pale Ale

 

 

Alecia

Day Job: Server, Host and (now!) Registered Nurse

Favorite outdoor activities: Experiencing the stillness of the outdoors is essential for my wellbeing. The stress of a busy life doesn’t stand a chance against my favorite outdoor activities: trail running, gardening, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking.

Favorite post-activity beverage: Old Fashioned or Steep Slope Hazy IPA

 

 

Jamie 

Day Job: Server, Bartender, House Manager, Line Cook (she does it all!)

Favorite outdoor activities: I have an amazing time pushing myself to do things I never thought I’d be able to do. From climbing to the top of Pilot Rock, to biking 30K in the Siskiyou Challenge, to running 220 miles to the coast with my teammates in the Wild Rogue Relay, I have squashed those voices telling me what I can’t accomplish!

Favorite post-activity beverage: Rogue Runner IPA is optimal for post-adventure, victory beer drinking!

 

Wild Rogue Relay 2019: Photo Recap

We ran, we cheered, we danced deliriously at 4am…another typical year at the Wild Rogue Relay! Team Common Block Rogue Runners traversed 220 miles from Applegate Lake to Brookings last weekend, 100% powered by their own legs (and beer). This was our seventh year running the race with friends and coworkers, and we’re here to tell you it’s one of the highlights of our year.

A bit about The Wild Rogue Relay…

It starts with packet pickup at Common Block, where we give racers a free pre-race beer to calm their nerves and hopefully slow them down so we can pass them on the course. Nah, who are we kidding? We’re enjoying our own pre-race beverages, too.

The starting line at Applegate Lake is stunning (even if you’re still half-asleep at 6am), and then it only gets more beautiful as the course winds around wineries, trails and the Rogue River. Around 8pm, runners head up into the mountains and run all night. In the dark. In the woods. In costumes (some of them).

Then, at the crack of dawn on Saturday, runners start the trek down from the Coast Range and meander back along the Rogue River, popping out at the Pacific Ocean in Gold Beach.

But wait, the race isn’t done! No, no, no. There are still beaches, roads and trails to run (including our favorite leg of the relay – The Clown Puncher), until the finish line at Azalea Park in Brookings. There, all teams finally converge and share stories of killer hills, shoe-sucking sand, gravelly trips and brushes with sun-stroke. We bond over our collective trauma, thank others for their support during the course, clink our finish line beers together, and then talk about signing up again for next year.

We love this race, and you can absolutely plan on seeing us on the course next year. We’re addicted, in the best way. Until then, we want to thank the organizers, volunteers, racers and supporters along the relay for another amazing year! See everyone in 2020!

 

Let the Fun Begin: New Brew House In The House

“Where do you make your beer?”

“When are you getting an in-house system?”

“What do you mean by ‘soon'”?

 

Folks, the time has come! As we speak, our long-awaited, inaugural brewing system is being installed in our dining room. It’s big, beautiful, shiny, and full of beer-making potential.

 

About Our Brewing System

 

Our team has gone to work immediately (because we waited a long time for this) installing the stainless-steel tanks and fixtures in the brewery. We purchased the used O’Neil brand brew house from a brewery in Denver, Colorado, and it just happens to fit perfectly in the space we’ve set aside since opening.

With its 15 barrel batch size, the up-cycled system has the capacity to brew 720 barrels (or 22,320 gallons) of beer each year. The fermenting and serving tanks, which will live on the upstairs mezzanine of Common Block, are currently being fabricated separately by Practical Fusion in Portland, Oregon.

Since opening in December 2016, we’ve contracted-brewed our original recipes on equipment at other local breweries, including Climate City Brewing Co. in Grants Pass and Wild Card Brewing Co. in Redding. And to them, we say a big THANK YOU – we couldn’t have made it through these first couple of years without you!

Our new in-house system will allow us to expand our varieties (including more specialties and seasonals), explore new distribution options, and develop employee and community education about the beer making process with brewery tours, classes, pairings and more.

 

brewing tanks

 

A Special Thank You to SOREDI

 

We secured final funding for the brewing system with the help of SOREDI, Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc.  This organization works to advance local economic development, and fortunately they like beer…or at least they’ve chosen to help bolster local brewing in Southern Oregon. So a big thank you to the SOREDI team for helping make our beer dreams come true sooner rather than later.

 

So What’s Next for the Brewery?

 

You’ll see lots of changes over the next several months while we install the new system on the platform in the dining room (you know, the big empty concrete pit), and the upstairs mezzanine. We’ll be open during construction, and anyone interested will be able to watch the process phase by phase, until expected completion in the late summer or early fall of 2019.

While we’re building, you can still imbibe the same beers we’ve been serving, brewed at the same great local breweries. And once the system is fully in place, be ready to watch the brewing process in-action on our fully-visible platform.

 

So, are we excited? Uh huh.

Do we have a lot to do to put it all together? Yep.

Are we going to throw a big party when we make our first batch of beer AT COMMON BLOCK???!!! You betcha.

 

Stay tuned for news, photos, progress reports and all the updates over the next couple of months. We couldn’t be happier to reach this milestone, and we want to say thank you to all our guests who have supported us during the past two and a half years while we’ve maneuvered, pivoted, and planned to make beer happen. We’re over the moon to finally be able to brew right here, on our own equipment, and pour straight into your pints.

 

 

Thanks for Joining Us at Bales & Ales!

We had a toe-tappin’, pumpkin-carvin’, corhole-throwin’ good time last Sunday at Bales & Ales at Common Block, and want to thank everyone who joined us throughout the day! You all carved nearly 200 pumpkins, and we loved seeing the sweet, scary, silly and spooky jack-o-lanterns from kids and adults alike. Seeing families hanging out on hay bales warmed our hearts (and the Bale Bucker Harvest Ale warmed the rest of us!).

Tunes from DK Jazz Duo and The Brother’s Reed were fantastic, and we so loved the live music in the sunshine. A huge thank you to both groups for joining us and keeping the outdoors fall-time spirit alive! And we were so happy Pint Rider spent the day with us, too. Nothing like a beer bike in the sunshine to remind us why we love downtown Medford.

We want to share some photos from throughout the day, because y’all are just so darn cute. And — wow — we were lucky to have some amazing Southern Oregon autumn weather. We loved getting everyone together to share good food, beer and company, and we can’t wait to do it again next October!

Join Us for Bales & Ales, October 14th

 

 

Sure, you could carve a pumpkin.

You could even carve a pumpkin with a beer.

Or, you could come hang out with us to carve pumpkins with beers, BBQ, games, sweet treats, a parking lot party and live music. Your choice.

We invite you to downtown Medford for Bales & Ales on Sunday, October 14th, 12-5pm at Common Block! We’re roping off the parking lot and spreading out hay bales for seating while you carve pumpkins and enjoy seasonal goodies. Bring your own pumpkin, or get one free with any food or beverage purchase. We’ll have all the carving tools you need – just bring your skills!

Of course, we’ll have our corn hole boards set up for playing and tossing, and we’ve invited the DK Jazz Project (12-2pm) and The Brothers Reed (3-5pm) to play live music throughout the day.

Bring the family, because they’ll be jealous if you leave them out of the fun. We’re cooking up snacks for the outdoor grill, and whipping up some fall-themed treats for the kiddos. We also talked our brewer into making a seasonal ale (it wasn’t hard), so look for the debut of our Bale Bucker Harvest Ale to warm you up on a fall afternoon.

How does it all work?

Show up anytime 12-5pm, and get a free small pumpkin with any purchase. Pick your pumpkin, find some carving tools (or bring some with you if you’re a pro), and enjoy some live tunes and grub while you carve an award-winning jack-o-lantern (c’mon, we know you have it in you!). And if the weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll just move the party inside.

To recap:

  • Live music
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • New Harvest Ale Release
  • Fall-Themed Treats
  • BBQ

Mark you calendar, save the date, tie a piece of string around your finger, or do whatever it is you do to remember events, because we’d love to see you at Common Block for our first annual Bales & Ales on Sunday, October 14th!

New Beer on the Block: Tangerine Squeeze IPA

tangerine ipa

Squeeze more local craft beer into the last days of summer with our latest Common Block seasonal special: Tangerine Squeeze IPA. This beer takes citrus notes from Centennial, Citra, Columbus and Ekuanot hops, and then splashes in additional tangerine notes to give us a late-summer beer worth writing home about (seriously, if you want, we have postcards here and we’ll mail them for you).

We also have new Common Block growler bottles in stock if you prefer your beer to-go. Grab a liter for the road – $12 each for Common Block brew fills – and take your beer along to pair with your own summer feasts at home. We love this beer with grilled chicken, pineapple salsa, and romantic sunsets (obviously).

We’re also big fans of organizing your own brown-bag IPA tasting, and seeing which flavors you and friends can pull out of a blind taste test. Grab a few of your favorite IPAs, throw in some lesser-known options, and then do a side-by-side comparison and see where your favorites pop up. It’s also a great way to pull out some less-obvious flavors and aromas when comparing your beers side-by-side. You might get some funky hop flavors or malty undertones where you never noticed them before.

Tangerine Squeeze IPA

Malt:

  • 2-Row
  • Wheat
  • Crystal

Hops:

  • Centennial
  • Columbus
  • Citra
  • Ekuanot

6.3% abv, 65 IBU

Food pairing recommendations: This brew drinks great on it’s own (like really great), but of course we’ve had to test it alongside food on the menu, too. Our top picks are the Double Blue Buffalo Chicken Burger, Sea Salt Truffle Chicken Breast, Cold-Brew Chicken Tacos, and Fried Cheese Curds. If you’re taking a growler to-go, we recommend pairing it with chicken, lamb or guacamole at home. It’s light, bright mouthfeel and slightly astringent finish make it a fun match for spicy foods.

Come and get it while it lasts! This beer has quickly become a Common Block guest favorite, and we may even make it a year-round brew if enough IPA-lovers are banging down the doors to get their pint before this batch runs out. We wouldn’t want that (doors are expensive), so we’ll probably just brew more.

New Beer on the Block: Parkside Pilsner

Let’s do a little guided beer-mediation…

You’re on the back patio, and the sun is shining overhead.

You’ve got your sunglasses on, and you’re enjoying the view of the park across the street – a nice little oasis in downtown Medford.  

You reach for your cold beer (because what could be better in this scenario?!), and it’s the new Parkside Pilsner.

You take a drink, throw out an obligatory “ahhhhhhhhh” just like all the commercials, and smile because life is good.

 

We’re excited to announce the latest addition to our Common Block beer line-up: the Parkside Pilsner. This beer is here right on time for summer, and whether you love light-bodied beers or steer toward flavor-full options, this beer is here to make your daydream of lazy summer afternoons come true.

 

About Parkside Pilsner

 

Style: German Style Pilsner

ABV: 5.1%

IBU: 40

 

Malt:

  • Pilsner
  • Munich
  • Wheat (just a teeny bit!)

 

Hops:

  • Saaz (Czech style)
  • Tettnanger (German style)

 

Food Pairing Suggestions:

  • Cold Brew Chicken Tacos
  • Double Blue Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
  • Roasted Carrot Hummus Plate

 

We invite you to come enjoy this new specialty beer while it lasts! We think the name, Parkside Pilsner, says it all…sit back, relax, take in the view, and enjoy summer to the fullest.

Local is Love: May Specials with Dunbar Farms

Food and beer go together like…well…food and beer. And as much as we think our entire food menu is special, for the last year our chef has been pining over seasonal produce from the Rogue Valley. There’s just so much awesomeness that comes from local farms, and we’ve been daydreaming about all the food specials we can feature throughout the seasons.

local is love may specialsSo, we’re excited to announce our new Local is Love program! Each month, we’ll feature a local farm in three to four menu specials. The star-ingredients will come from our chosen featured farm, until the next month when we’ll shine the spotlight on another. You can find the specials on a cute little notecard at your table, with information on the back about the farm of the month.

We’re launching this program with one of our favorite local farms in Southern Oregon, just up the street in Medford: Dunbar Farms. This family-owned farm has been a gem of the Valley for over 100 years growing organic produce, stone-milled flours, grains, beans and other fantastic staples, as well as grapes for delicious award-winning red wines.

 

May ‘Local is Love’ Specials

 

‘The Beet Is On’ Salad

Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper tossed Arugula, topped with Roasted Chioga Beets, Marinated Carrots & Creamy Goat Cheese

 

Spring Up! Pizza

Grilled Spring Onions, Lamb Sausage, Mozzarella, Marinara, Scallions & Crisp Parsnips

 

The Herbed Bird Burger

Housemade Turkey & Herb Burger, Smoked Onion Mustard, Spicy Mayo, Lettuce & Five Cheese Sauce

 

Modeling the farm as a complex ecosystem, Dunbar focuses on varying crops on the diverse terrain below Medford’s “Rocky Knoll.” And to educate the next generation of local growers and buyers, they also partner with Kids Unlimited of Medford and Rogue Valley Farm to School to offer after-school programs, field trips and summer programs for youth at the farm!

Want to try Dunbar Farms produce for yourself? Well first of all, you can come in and try their goodness in our May specials! You can also swing by their Honor Barn Stand on Hillcrest Rd. anytime from dawn until dusk, or join their Farm Pick-Up newsletter list, where you can order your veggies, fruits, breads, eggs and more online and then pick them up at the farm stand each Friday. As a bonus, you can purchase their Rocky Knoll wine and wood-fired pizza while you’re there, too.

We invite you to come taste the flavors of Southern Oregon in our new ‘Local is Love’ specials! Your choice to dine on dishes made with local ingredients supports our local farming community, and just tastes really freakin’ good. Pair your plate with your favorite beer, and you’ll be about as fresh as it gets!

New Beer on the Block: Deep Down Double IPA

We have a new brew on tap: the Deep Down Double IPA.  We call it ‘Deep Down’ because, deep down, we really love beer. Everything about it. Creating new recipes, pouring it fresh, pairing it with food, serving it at race finish lines (like the upcoming Siskiyou Challenge Relay), and drinking it (duh).

This beer, like all our Common Block brews, also pays homage to a beloved Southern Oregon landmark – Crater Lake. We named this beer in honor of the deepest lake in the United States, because that’s how deep our feelings for beer run. And now that we have Common Block liter growlers available, you can take your Deep Down Double IPA to the rim itself and look deep down while savoring a glass…or whatever vessel you choose to use for your beer to-go. We don’t judge if you drink straight from the bottle.

Here’s a bit about the beer from Brewer John:

Dee Down Double IPA has a mellow malty profile that lets the pounds and pounds of hops added to the kettle shine through. Generous amounts of Citra, Ekuanot, and Mosaic hops added after fermentation give this beer a fruity, floral, herbal and citrusy aroma and deep down hop flavor. Brewed for us by out friends at Climate City Brewing Company in Grants Pass.

 

Deep Down Double IPA

 

Deep Down Double IPAStyle: Double India Pale Ale

ABV: 8.5%

IBU: 90

 

Malt:

  • 2-Row
  • Crystal Malt
  • Dextrose

 

Hops:

  • Cascade
  • Chinook
  • Centennial
  • Citra
  • Ekuanot
  • Mosaic

 

Food Pairing Suggestion:

  • Bacon & Bacon Burger
  • Reuben
  • Beer Braised Pork Nachos
  • Usual Suspect Pizza

Open Thanksgiving Day at Common Block

Love beer with your turkey? We invite you to join us for Thanksgiving Day at Common Block!

Because we just can’t bear to be away from our beer for the holiday, we are open all day with a special three-course Thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional fixings ($30 per person). We’ll also have a limited menu available, with beer, wine, cider and hot drinks (you know, the important things) to pair with your holiday meal. So whether you’re hungry for a full Thanksgiving feast or simply want to grab a snack with friends in town, we’re here 11am-8pm to serve you and say thanks for being a part of Common Block’s first year open!

Here’s what’s on the menu for the big day:thanksgiving restaurant menu

 

And just for the holiday, we’re taking reservations for parties of all sizes! Whether you’re a group of two or twenty, you can make your reservation by calling us at (541) 326-2277 or emailing us at info@commonblockbrewing.com. Let us know how many people you have in your party and what time you’d like to come in, and we’ll set aside a table with your name on it.

We look forward to serving you on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the holiday season, and we’re so thankful for all of our wonderful customers who have made this first year of being open so fulfilling! We’re excited to spend the day with our favorite comfort foods, yummy drinks, and good friends, both old and new.