Reduce, Reuse & Go Rogue with ‘Rogue To Go’

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We’re joining other restaurants in the Rogue Valley to kick single-use takeout containers to the curb.

While we’re big fans of taking food home to enjoy, we have a hard time watching all those boxes and bags head out the doors (never to be seen again!). So we’ve partnered with Rogue To Go, a local collaboration that’s making it oh-so easy to swap takeout containers and have clean, fresh, new containers available on the regular.

Here’s How It Works

  • You purchase your first to-go container (or a redemption coin) for $10. Then it’s official…you’re in.
  • Next time you grab your grub at a participating Rogue To Go restaurant, bring your container. The restaurant will exchange it for a clean one that you can use right away, or give you a coin to bring on your next visit. When you redeem the coin, we’ll give you another box (and so on, and so on…no need to spend the $10 again).

So if you’re someone who regularly gets your food to go or takes your leftovers home, this is an AWESOME way of reducing to-go waste and using hardy, sturdy, reusable containers instead.

Did we mention they’re spiffy?! The bright green containers hail from the USA (and in Oregon no less!), and can also withstand heat from commercial dishwashers, making them an excellent choice for home dishwashers and restaurants.

About Rogue To Go Containers

There are currently two sizes available: one large box and one round container for liquids. So whether you have soup, a sandwich, pizza slices or big ol’ salad, we’ve got you covered.

They’re made in Albany, Oregon from BPA free plastic, and are 100% recyclable. They are also dishwasher-safe, freezer-safe and microwave-safe.

We like them for their durability, recyclability and happy green color!

Have Questions?

Let us know. We can also show you the containers next time you’re in.

We’re so excited to join other local restaurants in offering a product that’s great for our customers, our economy’s bottom line, and our planet.

Looking for gift ideas? Give a token as a gift to someone you know. You can also purchase boxes or tokens for your office-mates, family members, or people you see in restaurants (make some friends!).

We recommend visiting roguetogo.com for a regularly updated list of participating restaurants — there are more joining all the time! The website also has a handy-dandy FAQ page that deep-dives into how the program works.

We hope you’ll join us in curbing restaurant waste in Southern Oregon!

Buy in. Fill up. Chow down. Swap ’em out. 

Joining Forces with Rogue Food Unites

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One of the beautiful things about living in the Rogue Valley (and there are LOTS)…

When a natural disaster or pandemic strikes, we have an incredible community of leaders, helpers, businesses, organizations and individuals who make sure our people are taken care of. We are so fortunate to call you all our neighbors and friends!

And one group is stepping up to the plate to feed displaced Southern Oregonians over the next year, support the local food chain, and bolster the Rogue Valley economy. We are excited to announce our new partnership with Rogue Food Unites!

About Rogue Food Unites

Rogue Food Unites is working double-time to coordinate food businesses, farms, and cultural organizations to form a community-driven meal preparation and delivery program. Meals are prepared by local restaurants, and delivered to locations where displaced community members receive the food they need.

Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.

With the help of grants, partnerships, donations and fiscal sponsorship, Rogue Food Unites is able to reimburse restaurants for the food they make and deliver to those in need. This means restaurant workers keep working, and farmers keep farming, while impacted residents are supported by local food professionals.

Connecting local restaurants with displaced residents ensures that invested funds stay here in the Rogue Valley to support the local economy. Restaurants receive reimbursement to fund their staff, their rent, their food costs…and do what they do best: feed hungry people.

Investing locally also assures fresher, more flavorful food that supports local growers and producers, while helping to reduce environmental harm. Win-win-win-win-win!

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Donate Blood at Pint for a Pint, 9/3

Pint for a Pint at Common Block is back! Join us on Thursday, September 3rd from 12-6pm for our annual community blood drive with the American Red Cross. We’re giving vouchers for a free pint to anyone who donates, as a way to say thank you for helping those in need!

Give a pint, get a pint

To make an appointment to donate, call 541-708-1334 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code “CommonBlock.”

You can help hospitals around the country meet patient needs, and earn a pint at the same time. Giving never tasted so good! Post-donation vouchers can be used toward a beer or non-alcoholic beverage, and redeemed on your donation visit or at a later date. Your donation, your choice.

Facts about blood donations

  • Giving blood is absolutely considered essential!
  • Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products need to be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.
  • Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Schedule your appointment

Blood donation appointments typically take 45 minutes from start (sign-in) to finish. Walk-ins are welcome, but we recommend holding your place ahead of time by booking a time slot for Pint for a Pint. Remember to bring your driver’s license for ID!

The Red Cross Blood Mobile will be sitting on the street in front of Common Block. You can’t miss it! Masks will be required, and please stay home if you are experiencing a fever or any flu-like symptoms. Volunteers will be checking temperatures, giving hand sanitizer, wearing gloves and sanitizing surfaces throughout the drive. You know, all the good stuff to keep everyone healthy!

We look forward to seeing you for Pint for a Pint on September 3rd, and toasting your support of the Red Cross!

 

 

Join us for Beers with Benefits, Supporting Mt Ashland

Beers are great. Beers with Benefits are better!

Support the Mt Ashland Association by enjoying Steep Slope Hazy IPA at Common Block! We’re launching our new Beers with Benefits program, and giving $1 from every pint sold to Mt Ashland, opening day through closing day of the 2019 – 2020 ski season.

When: Kick-off party on Wednesday, January 22nd 2020 from 6-8pm

Where: Common Block Brewing Co. (joined by our friends at Mt Ashland)

What: Raffle, giveaways, and raising our glasses to local mountain fun!

Why: Beers with Benefits is the newest addition to our ‘Local is Love’ program at Common Block. Throughout the year, we pair with different local organizations and support their good causes through our in-house beer-sales donation program. When brewery guests order the specialty program brew at Common Block (like this round’s Steep Slope Hazy IPA), we’ll give a portion of sales to the nonprofit — it’s a win-win-win for all!

We’re excited to launch this program now that we are brewing in-house at Common Block! We’re bringing it all home — the brewing, the events, the partnerships. This event will be the first of many Beers with Benefits kick-off celebrations to come, and we’re looking forward to making it a BIG one with great beer, food, company and giveaways.

Want to learn more about the Mt Ashland Association? Visit their website at https://www.mtashland.com/nonprofit-ski-area/. We love our local community-focused ski area, dedicated to encouraging outdoor recreation for people of all ages and skill levels. Well, don’t get us wrong…Mt Ashland is STEEP! But they have awesome programs to get both kids and new riders out on the hill and enjoying wintertime in Southern Oregon.

We look forward to toasting our glasses with you on Wednesday, January 23rd at Common Block!

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!

 

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!

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!

Drive Less, Bike & Walk More, September 16 – 30th

The Oregon Drive Less Challenge returns for two weeks this year, September 16-30. At Common Block, our team is joining the fun and logging our collective trips to try and beat last year’s numbers – 1,523 total miles for Common Blockers not driven alone! Our favorite parts of the Challenge: catching up with coworkers during the commutes and rewarding our efforts with beer at the end of each day. Because, heck, we feel like we’ve earned it. Also avoiding traffic, because…grrrrr.

Join us in burning calories instead of gas by biking or walking to work and play. Divide the ride and the cost by carpooling, or take the bus and let someone else do the driving so you can listen to music, read or dominate Candy Crush. Then log your trips at DriveLessConnect.com to win awesome weekly and grand prizes!

Cutting back on driving alone even a few times a week can make a big difference for your health and happiness, and we’ve got the awesome Bear Creek Bike Path that makes it easy to get from Point A to Point B throughout the valley. Plus, the more non-drive-alone trips you log during the Challenge, the greater your chances are to win weekly and grand prizes like Hydro Flasks, Dutch Bros coffee, KEEN shoes, gift cards and more. Every trip counts!

How to join the Oregon Drive Less Challenge

  • Sign up at DriveLessConnect.com (or reactivate your account)
  • Bike, take the bus, carpool, vanpool, walk or telework for work, errands or play
  • Log trips Sept. 16-30
  • Challenge yourself to drive less…every trip counts!
  • WIN PRIZES!
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Last year’s dedicated Common Block commuters

Thank you to the Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) for promoting this awesome community event, and we’re excited to log trips and join events for the rest of the month. To see what’s happening near you, check out their Events page for meet-ups and themes everyday from Grants Pass to Ashland (and be sure to plan a bus trip on Transit Tuesdays, when you can ride the RVTD buses around the valley for free!). For more information, visit the Oregon Drive Less Challenge page on www.RVTD.org, and we’ll see you on the road!