Saratoga County

After Monday fire, owners of Common Roots Brewing thank community, vow to rebuild

Firefighters battle the Monday night fire at Common Roots
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Firefighters battle the Monday night fire at Common Roots

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The owners of a popular taproom and craft brewery heavily damaged by fire this week said in a Facebook message posted Wednesday morning they will rebuild.

Common Roots Brewing Company owners Christian and Bert Weber wrote damage caused to the 58 Saratoga Ave. facility means it will remain closed for some time, but they are working on the next steps and the timeline to rebuild. 

“So many emotions have consumed our hearts these past few days: sorrow, grief, anger, disbelief…. but also gratitude. Immense gratitude for the incredible showing of support we’ve received from our local and extended community,” the Webers wrote.

“We know that we have a few tough months ahead,” they wrote later in the statement. “We also know that will come out of this stronger than we were before.”

The family called structural damage to the brewery “devastating,” leaving much of the brewery, taproom and second floor office space “destroyed or severely damaged.”

No injuries were reported. 

“We are making every effort to support our employees through this time and are collectively driven to getting back to doing what we love as soon as possible,” they wrote.

Members of the region’s tightly-knit craft beer scene quickly mobilized to offer assistance.

Saratoga Springs-based brewery Artisanal Brew Works reported nearly a dozen brewers attended a brainstorming session on Tuesday to discuss ways to help the business.

Photos: Images from Monday night’s fire, March 25, 2019

“Community is everything,” Artisanal Brew Works wrote on Facebook.

The Webers thanked first responders and supporters. 

“While we may not be responding individually to each of you at this time, please know that your kindness is noticed, your gesture is greatly appreciated and we are deeply, deeply touched,” read the statement. “We know that have a few tough months ahead. We also know that will come out of this stronger than we were before.”

The Glens Falls Post-Star first reported on Tuesday the fire stemmed from an “accidental” cause, quoting the business’ lawyer. The specific catalyst has yet to be determined, he said.

Common Roots Brewery first opened in 2014 and had broken ground on an expansion just last week.

The full statement from Christian and Bert Weber:

 

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