Restoration crews are cleaning up and securing what’s left of Common Roots Brewing Company. A portion, if not all, of the building will have to come down. One thing, however, has been made very clear by the owners; they will be rebuild.
Bert and Christian Weber are father and son. According to their website, brewing and enjoying craft beer has been a part of their German family traditions for years. In 2014, they opened Common Roots Brewing Company on Saratoga Ave in South Glens Falls.
A small business, big on community involvement. “If anybody knows the Webers, they know they’re a very positive family. So, out of this tragedy, something great is going to come. I think we’ve turned the dawn here. It’s a gorgeous day and the positive energy is coming back around. We’re looking up,” said their attorney, Matt Fuller.
One week ago, the owners broke ground on an expansion of their facility. They were preparing to add more taproom and retail space as well as a kitchen.
It was a full house in their taproom Monday night when the flames broke out around 7 p.m. State fire investigators have determined the fire was accidental and started somewhere in an exhaust pipe. The owners said they’re just happy everyone made it out safely. Now, their main concern is taking care of their 20 or so full-time employees and determining what’s salvageable. Any product that was saved was transferred to another warehouse to be stored for the time being.
“We’re going to start putting together the design team to resign the facility,” said Fuller. “Hopefully we’ll be up and running here in a matter of months,” he said.