Where to Walk to Beer Downtown Medford

We’ve got some good news. At least, if you like walking from brewery to brewery without ever getting in your car, it’s good news. Maybe even fantastic news. By doing a very extensive, scientific, comprehensive search (a.k.a. typing in locations on Google Maps), we’ve found that you can walk to all three breweries and one bottle shop in downtown Medford, and it’s only ¾ of a mile total! Under a mile to cover all four awesome places to grab beer!

At a walking pace of 3.1 miles per hour (apparently that’s average), it’s just 15 minutes of travel time between beers. It would take more time to get in the car, drive, and park at all these places. If that’s not motivation to trek from beer to beer on foot, we don’t know what is.

With that said, if you feel like some more exercise then trek on over another brewery in the downtown area that just popped up: Osmo’s Alehouse. The tap house is located at 522 S. Central, just 1/3 of a mile from BricktownE Brewery.

Our recommendation: bike or bus to downtown (we have lots of bike parking available to be your home base), and then meander around all the great beer-centric places within a few blocks. You can also call on our friends at Pint Rider if hopping on a group bike with dance music and a chauffeur is more your style.

To recap, here’s our suggested route:

  1. Park your bike, and yourself, at Common Block for your first stop. Maybe grab a bite to eat to lubricate your belly and get ready for the adventure ahead.
  2. Stroll over to Portal Brewing Co. for their Coconut Cream Ale and Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Sandwich.
  3. Head South to Beerworks for your choice of over 300 beers, in bottles and on tap.
  4. Walk up to BricktownE for a game of pool and their Table Rock Red Ale (a local favorite).
  5. Tighten your laces and high-tail it to Osmo’s for a taste of something new in southern Oregon.
  6. Make your way back, slow and steady, to Common Block, where you hop on your bike or have us call you a cab, depending on how much tasting you’ve done.

There you have it. Probably the best way to spend your next day off.

‘Medford Beervana’ Package at Inn at the Commons

Alright all you beer-loving, romantic-getaway planners…you know how you’ve been looking for the perfect overnight stay that features beer and food in Medford? (We know, mind readers over here.) Look no further than the new Medford Beervana package at Inn at the Commons!

We’ve partnered with Portal Brewing downtown and our next-door neighbors at Inn at the Commons to put together a special treat for those wanting an all-inclusive experience of food and beer in downtown Medford. Everything is within walking distance, so you can enjoy your entire package without ever having to get in your car once you check in. Here are the details:

Medford Beervana

• Overnight stay for two
• Beer & Appetizer pairing for two at Common Block (Two 10 oz. CBBC Pale Ales paired with Fried Cheese Curds and House Marinara)
• Flight of 3 beer tasters at Portal Brewing for two
• $30 Dinner credit at LARKS Restaurant Medford located inside the hotel
• Continental breakfast
• Free WiFi and parking

Starting at $129. To book your Medford Beervana package, visit the Inn at the Commons website.

Looking for other fun places to check out downtown? We recommend Beer Works for an awesome selection of craft beers from around the world, Bricktowne Brewing for another great downtown brewery, or Jefferson Spirits for creative, unique cocktails to wind down the evening. The Craterian Theater is just up the street from Inn at the Commons and Common Block if you’re looking for a show, or you can cozy up at Limestone Coffee the next morning for a cuppa Joe before taking off back home (it’ll be hard, but we’ll still be here anytime you need more beer).

 

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.

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(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.

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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.

The Zombies are Coming! Register NOW for the Running Dead 5K

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That’s the sound you’ll hear all over downtown Medford on October 22nd for Goodwill’s Running Dead 5K. Zombies and humans are taking over the Medford Commons in a race to benefit Southern Oregon Goodwill and all the awesome things they do in our community. Sign up as an alive or undead runner, and then join us afterward for the Apocalypse Party in the Common Block parking lot.

Here’s how it works: Racers take off from the Medford Commons and run out-and-back along the Bear Creek Bike Path for 3.1 miles. Humans will take off with three flags around their waists at 4:30, and zombies will take off at 4:32. Zombies do their best to catch flags from humans, and humans have to dodge the zombies and get back to the finish line with as many flags as possible. Awards will be given to King of the Zombies and Ultimate Survivor.

And don’t forget about all the perks! Ro Sham Bo will be on-hand providing free makeup for all zombies – come as you are and start the race looking zombie-tastic. We’re giving $5 gift certificates to all the racers, and serving beer at the finish line alongside Ooblies Waffle Truck and Curbside King. Lastly, you can enter to win at the Drop Dead Beauty Contest – show off your fantastic zombie makeup as you strut across the stage! Kids ages 4-8 can join the fun, too, with the Survivor Sprint around the Commons park blocks.

If you’ve always wanted to practice for the impending zombie apocalypse and haven’t known where to start, this is it! Get real-life experience running from zombies or being a zombie – really, its just being well-prepared. You can double up on your costume, too, for Halloween (we won’t tell anyone).

Register online soon to chase or be chased, and be sure to come see us for a beverage from 2pm-10pm on race day. We’ll be here with open doors, corn hole, food trucks, beer and root beer on tap, and a whole lot of zombie-themed excitement. Don’t get caught dead missing out on the fun!

 

 

 

 

Medford Brewery-to-Brewery Running Routes

You know what’s great about running? Having a beer after you’re done. Well, sure, there’s the “runner’s high,” health benefits, awesome neon-colored clothing, and participant medals at all the races. But mostly it’s having a beer, right? Glad we agree.

Let’s say you find yourself at a local brewery in Medford, and you decide, “Hey, I think I’ve got more in me. I’m ready to keep running to the next place!” That’s where brewery-to-brewery running routes come in handy. Good news: they also double as walking and biking routes, and lots of them are close enough that you’ll still have plenty of energy to enjoy your beer once you get there. Of course, we always recommend enjoying responsibly…these breweries aren’t going anywhere after all, so you can take your time and plan several running/biking/walking excursions to tour all these Medford beer spots.

By the way, we’ve organized these routes in a sequence: Common Block to Opposition, Opposition to Walkabout, Walkabout to BricktownE, and so on…just in case you feel like making it a full-day running or biking tour from one brewery to the next (12.4 miles total). Click on the route links for Google Map’s step-by-step directions, and then lace up those running shoes!

6 Brewery-to-Brewery Running Routes

Common Block Brewing Co. to Opposition Brewing Co. – 1.7 miles

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Opposition Brewing Co. to Walkabout Brewing Co. -0.9 miles

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Walkabout Brewing Co. to BricktownE Brewing Co. – 2.6 miles

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Bricktowne Brewing Co. to The Rogue Growler – 1.3 miles

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PS, we know The Rogue Growler isn’t an actual brewery, but they earn major points for their extensive and rotating beer selection, and their contribution to Medford’s beer scene!

The Rogue Growler to Southern Oregon Brewing – 3.1 miles

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Southern Oregon Brewing to Portal Brewing Co. – 2.8 miles

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5 Summer Picnic Recipes with (you guessed it) Beer

Gone on any picnics yet this summer? Wait, let us rephrase that…gone on any beer-themed picnics this summer? We’ve rounded up some great outside-on-a-blanket-in-the-sun-worthy recipes with beer as the star ingredient. Because (you guessed it) we’re fond of beer. Bring along some cold brews to pair, friends to share, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a pretty fantastic afternoon, we’d say.

Beer Cheese and Chicken Pretzel Sliders from Buns in My Oven

Slow cook some chicken in beer, add some cheese sauce with beer, and then enjoy with a beer.

Bacon & Beer Jam from Brit + Co.

Spread it on crackers, toast, jalapeño cornbread (see below), and pretty much anything and everything. It’s bacon jam, after all.

Jalapeno Cornbread Beer Bread Muffins with Salted Beer Honey Butter from The Beeroness

What’s more satisfying than cornbread? Easy: cornbread with jalapeños and beer, duh. Smother one of these muffins with sweet and salty beer butter, and enjoy. And then another. And another…

Spicy Beer Pickles from The Mash

According to the recipe, you can make these pickles with Pale Ale, IPA, Wheat Beer, or pretty much whatever beer you prefer. You’ll want to make a batch a few days before your picnic, though, since they’ll need some time in the fridge before they’re ready for munching.

Belgian Style White Beer Cookies from Craftbeer.com

A little fruity and a little zesty, these cookies are a great finishing touch to your summer picnic. Made with orange zest, coriander and witbier, these bite-sized desserts are best topped with orange icing and then devoured immediately.

Looking for more beer recipe ideas? Check out our previous posts:

Beer + Cocoa Recipes

6 Beer-Themed, Fall-Themed Recipes

Local Business Spotlight: Pint Rider

Get ready to pedal for your pints, Medford! There’s a new multi-person beer bike in town, and it’ll steer you to your favorite local breweries and pubs. The Pint Rider is a locally owned and operated downtown staple, proving to be part open-air party bus, part exercise activity, and a whole lot of entertainment. Sign us up!

pint riderAt a cruising speed of about 5-8 miles per hour, you and 14 of your best beer-loving and bike-riding friends can pedal around downtown for two hours, making stops at your favorite spots to eat and drink along the way. And we’re not just talking beer, here (though we’re obviously biased and think you should TOTALLY visit Medford breweries). You can also spend your rental time visiting coffee shops, winery tasting rooms, sports bars, parks…whatever you’re into.

Here’s how it works: The Pint Rider is rented on a two-hour basis, and how you spend your rental time is up to you. Along with a Designated Driver (every rental comes with a bike pilot to steer you along), you’ll weave along Medford streets and stop as often or as little as you want. Think bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, company parties, cyclist group events, parades, wedding parties, family reunions…and the list goes on. Pint Rider has suggested routes and stopping points to visit, or you can create your own voyage with your top spots along the way.

We’re excited to see this fun and ecofriendly pastime come to Southern Oregon! We can’t think of much better than spending a sunny afternoon biking to and from local breweries with a pack of pals to keep things entertaining. Visit Pint Rider’s website and Facebook page for more info, and make your reservation for Medford’s only brewery-hopping cycle pub adventure.

Best Gear For Toting Beer

No matter which way you travel, getting your beer from the brewery to the fridge (if it really makes it that far) can be a challenge. Rolling around in the backseat, freezing your hands, unbalancing your bike…we make a lot of sacrifices for our beloved beverage. Luckily, there’s gear for that!

We’ve racked up a list of our favorite solutions for toting beer from here to there, whether in growlers or six packs. Some are fancy, some are super simple, and all of them help us keep our brews snug and secure. Safety first, afterall.

bicycle growler holderBy Bike

Fyxation Growler Caddy

This leather growler caddy securely fastens to your bike’s top tube and has secure straps that hold the front and the back of the growler tightly in place.

Growler Cagegrowler cage

The Growler Cage fits in place of any water bottle cage, and has a steel core wrapped in a waterproof neoprene sheath to protect your growler while holding on tightly.

Donkey Products 6Pack Bike Bag

donkey six packWe think the description on this German company’s website says it all: “…turning every bicycle tour into a detour of some kind!”

 

On Foot

Frostbite Growler Totefrostbite

The neoprene case zips securely around most standard 64 oz. growlers, and the handle and adjustable strap let you carry your beer any which way.

Picnic Time Six Pack Cooler Tote

picnic time toteNeoprene body and handle, extra outer pocket, and holes to loop over bottle necks. Carries beer, soda, and water bottles. Obviously, you know our preference.

 

In The Car

growler crate 2 seaterGrowler Crate

Side insert handles on these all-wood crates make them easy to carry, and standard-size growler compartments provide extra stability. No more rolling around on the passenger-side floor.

Kegworks Growler on Board

growler on boardMade of lightweight foam, this 3-pack growler holder works for car floors, seats or trunks. Each slot also has a bottle neck-sized hole to hold your upside-down growler after finishing (for draining or drying).

We realize we didn’t include teleporting, hover boarding, or sailing as transportation options, but as soon as someone comes up with beer gear for those, too, we’ll throw them on the list. Now carry on with your beer-toting journeys!

Oregon Chocolate Festival + Beer and Cocoa Recipes

Smooth, rich, luscious, irresistible…

No, we’re not referring to that one person you met that one time at that one party in college. We’re talking about two of our favorite things – beer and chocolate. Both. Together. As one.

ChocolateFestThe Oregon Chocolate Festival is coming up March 4th-6th at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites. Here you’ll find over 40 chocolatiers showing off their delicious cocoa creations for Southern Oregon to sample and indulge. They’ve also lined up a schedule chock-full of events, including three beer-themed pairing workshops during the weekend:

“Always a Classic: Beer + Chocolate Pairing Tasting” – Friday at 5:30pm

“Together Forever: Beer, Wine & Chocolate Tasting” – Saturday at 3:30pm

“Better All The Time: Beer, Chocolate & Cheese Tasting” – Sunday at 11:30am

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(photo: How Sweet It Is)

If you can’t make it (or even if you can, and still can’t get enough beer and chocolate in your life) try these beer + cocoa recipes we’re over-the-moon for, and add some sweetness to your home kitchen:

Coffee Stout & Chocolate Bread Pudding ~ Craftbeer.com

Chocolate Covered Beer Marshmallows ~ How Sweet It Is

Beeramisu ~ I Am A Food Blog

Chocolate Stout S’Mores Icebox Pie ~ The Beeroness

You can grab your tickets for the Oregon Chocolate Festival online or by swinging by the Ashland Hills Hotel. Tickets are available for individual days or weekend-long passes. We suggest buying them sooner rather than later, and giving yourself sweet, chocolate-induced motivation to power through the rest of your week. There’s chocolate and beer at the end, after all.