Wrench Night with REI

It’s National Nike Month!

If you ride a bicycle, then cycle on over and have one of REI’s certified bike give you a tip or two on keeping your bike in top shape, and enjoy a pint while you visit with other riders!

A REI bike tech will be available at Common Block on Wrench Nights (May 16th and 30th) to answer questions, and may be able to help you with fine tuning and small adjustments. This event is free and takes place right out front by the corn hole boards. All ages are welcome!

Ride with the Leaders

Hop on your bike and head downtown for a ride with the Jackson County Bike Committee. Tour around an 8-mile loop on city and county roads, and chat with the movers and shakers of the local bike community. Ride will be a mellow pace, with a few stops along the way.

The ride starts and ends in the Common Block front parking lot. Event is free — just bring your bike and helmet! Join the group afterwards for beer on the patio (and we’re throwing in a few liters for a giveaway, too).

American Craft Beer Week, May 13-17

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week with your loving, local downtown breweries! For the occasion, we’re featuring downtown Medford beer in our specials all month long. Get a taste of Portal Brewing Co., BricktownE Brewing Co., Osmo’s Alehouse and Common Block, all under one roof.

Here’s what on the plate for May:

Downtown Beer District Sampler $12

Osmo’s Alehouse ESB Pickles
Portal Brewing Company ’Grace O’Malley‘s’ Irish Red Ale Glazed Almonds
Rogue Creamery ‘Hop Yard’ Cheddar
Soft Pretzel with BricktownE Brewing Company ‘Dark Soul’ Stout Infused Sea Salt
Common Block ‘Block & Mortar’ Beer Mustard

Beer Bratwurst & Roasted Red Pepper Pizza $13

with Osmo’s Alehouse Oatmeal Stout-Sriracha BBQ Sauce, Mozzarella

Ale-Steamed Mussels $17

in BricktownE Brewing Company ‘Blue Collar’ Cream Ale, Garlic, Chorizo, served with Bread

 

Super Bowl LIII at Common Block!

That’s right…we’re setting up a big ‘ol projector screen and showing the Super Bowl in the dining room. Bring the family to downtown Medford and join us for an afternoon of football-watching, cornhole-playing, food-and-beer-intaking fun! Here’s what we’ve got planned for the day:

  • Super Bowl LIII on the projector screen in the dining room
  • Cornhole Tournament outside by the fire pit, 2-6pm. Top three winners take home $150, $75 and $50 in Common Block gift cards.
  • FREE Popcorn all day
  • Lots of Super Bowl-style appetizers, like Fried Cheese Curds, Beer-Braised Pork Nachos and IPA Onion Dip (and wood-fired pizzas!)
  • A whole lotta beer on tap (duh)
  • Frisbees for the kiddos, so they can play at the park across the street while Mom and Dad cheer on their favorite team (or Maroon 5)

No reservations needed – just come down and hang out with us for a day of football, food and fun. Also, we’ll be closing at 7pm  for our Employee Holiday Party (because we don’t like fun to end). Call us at (541) 326-2277 if you have questions or want more info, and we hope to see you here with your game face on!

 

Pint for a Pint Blood Drive

Come give blood, save lives, and earn yourself a free pint while you’re at it! We’re hosting the Red Cross Blood Mobile in our front parking lot on Wednesday, August 8th from 11am-4pm. If you come give blood that day, you’ll get a voucher for a free pint at Common Block – it’s that easy!

To schedule your Pint for a Pint appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and use the code: CommonBlock. You can choose a time that works for you, and come hang out with us!  Appointments take about 45 minutes start to finish (although the actual draw only takes about 5-10 minutes), and we’ll hand over a Pint for a Pint voucher to you for being so awesome.

So mark your calendar, make your appointment, and come join us! Help save lives and enjoy a beer for your efforts.

Cheers!

 

Thanksgiving Day at Common Block

We invite you to be a part of our first Thanksgiving Day! Join us for a special three-course Thanksgiving menu with all the traditional fixings, or order from our regular menu if you have your favorites in mind. We’re open for groups of all sizes, 11am-11pm – so head over for either the big meal or casual drinks and snacks, and help us celebrate our first Thanksgiving downtown.

Whether you’re a party of two or twenty, you can make your reservation by calling us at (541) 326-2277 or emailing us at info@commonblockbrewing.com, and we’ll set aside a table with your name on it. We look forward to serving you and yours, and we’re thankful for all of our wonderful customers over this last year!

Summer Concert Series Begins + New Parkside Picnic Tables

 

Flash back to summer of 2015, when we were just getting started building the brewpub…

The days were hot.

Like ridiculously hot.

Like this week kind of hot.

The building had no insulation or A/C.

And, sadly, there was no beer on tap yet.

But every week we looked forward to the concerts in the park across the street. We’d open the garage doors, continue working awhile longer, then sit back with a bottle of something good and listen to live music while imagining what it would finally be like one day when our restaurant was open in the summer.

 

Now the Medford Parks and Rec Summer Concert Series is finally here in Pear Blossom Park! Starting this Thursday, August 4th, you can come enjoy live music from the amphitheater across the street the way it was meant to be enjoyed (at least, according to us beer lovers). Come grab your favorite brew and sit back on the patio every Thursday at 7pm for fresh air, live shows and good grub at the Medford Commons, August through September.

 

Medford Parks & Rec Summer Music Concert Series: Pear Blossom Park

 

The Deadlies, 8/3

Sonido Alegre, 8/10

Fogline, 8/17

Bishop Mayfield, 8/24

Matt Brown, 8/31

Blue Lightning, 9/7

Salsa Brava, 9/14

The Evening Shades, 9/21

 

If you haven’t seen them yet, we also invite you to come sit at our next sidewalk picnic tables on the park side of the building. Perfect for four, it’s as up-close-and-personal as you can get to the live music while still having a beer in hand. And just in case the sun hasn’t quite gone down yet when the music starts, each table also has an umbrella for shade. Kids, families and dogs all welcome.

We’re excited to applaud a new concert downtown every week, and hope you’ll join us in supporting some awesome musical performances and the efforts of Medford Parks and Rec. If you decide to grab a front row seat on the lawn, bring along your lawn chairs and blankets and make yourself comfortable for the two-hour concerts. And if you get hungry, come on over for a bite, or grab yourself a pizza to-go to enjoy back on your blanket across the street. Concerts play until 9pm, and we’re here serving a full menu and full bar until 11pm, every night.

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.

Progress Update: We’re Open!

Wow.  It’s been a while.  Sorry about that, but so much has happened in the last month!  Let’s see… Nick’s cat went on a diet, our Resident Long Haired Hawaiian left to visit the homeland—oh, and we opened the restaurant!  That’s right, for those who haven’t been in yet, we opened our doors on the 26th of December.  We thought it’d make a great late Christmas present to ourselves.  Or an early New Year’s present.  A belated winter solstice present?

Regardless, Chef David has put together an awesome menu that features loads of local choices and some downright delicious food items.  (If you haven’t read our post on him, check it out and get familiar with the man behind the curtain.)  So far, fan favorites have been the Farmstead Pizza, Stout Battered Fish and Chips and, of course, our burgers.  Especially the Chefslayer (featuring a fried egg and IPA onions, served with a side of Food Coma) and the Bacon and Bacon Burger (we weren’t content with just bacon, so we made a bacon jam as well, because, really, the best pairing with bacon is always more bacon).

 

We’re also featuring 20 beers and ciders on tap, 11 wines on tap, a stellar handcrafted specialty cocktail list and a full bar for all of you drinking connoisseurs out there.  So far, our flagship Common Block Pale Ale has received rave reviews, and we’re about to start brewing more beers!  Keep an eye out in February for our Common Block IPA and Porter.

We’ve been so excited with the support that Medford and our surrounding communities have shown, and if you’ve already visited us, we thank you!  We’re humbled and grateful for the enthusiasm and feedback from our guests as we get this brewpub show on the road. And if you haven’t visited, all we can say is…

What are you waiting for?!

Brewery-Building Photo Update

Yep, we’re still building. To be honest, it’s kind of fun. We’re getting our hands (and pants, and gloves, and shoes) dirty, making our space just what we want it to be. But don’t worry, we’re making time for outdoor fun, too. Our crew ran and biked in the Pear Blossom race last Saturday, and we’re putting a team together for the Siskiyou Challenge Multi-Sport Relay at the end of this month. Because if you can’t have a little fun along the way, what’s the good in that? Did we mention we’re having beers after these races?

Here are our latest photos of the brewpub, and new things are happening every day. Our most recent big, exciting completion: the staircase to the second level. We’re using heart pine for the stairs, which was reclaimed from a brewery in Milwaukee, WI. A little bit of brewing history in a new space across the country…we’re pretty excited about it. Up next: pouring concrete for the upper-level and half-wall in the bar. Check out the “before” photos below to compare with the “after” in our next photo update!

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