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
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
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.
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:
- 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.
- Stroll over to Portal Brewing Co. for their Coconut Cream Ale and Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Sandwich.
- Head South to Beerworks for your choice of over 300 beers, in bottles and on tap.
- Walk up to BricktownE for a game of pool and their Table Rock Red Ale (a local favorite).
- Tighten your laces and high-tail it to Osmo’s for a taste of something new in southern Oregon.
- 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.
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?!
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!