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
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?!