From the Ashes
Common Roots Brewery Receives Support from National Grid Economic Development and Energy Efficiency Programs
Starting a business is a challenge, but Common Roots Brewery owners Bert and Christian Weber faced an uphill climb after a fire ripped through their new brewery in March of 2019. Since then, they have continued to build a well-known brand across the Northeast and build a larger taproom to welcome guests.
As they continued to build, a magnitude 3.1 earthquake hit the small town of South Glens Falls in March of 2020 as well as COVID-19, but the father and son team forged ahead with their plans.
“I believe we use the word ‘resilient’ quite often,” Bert Weber said. “Of course, without the support we received from National Grid, I am not sure what we have done here would have been possible.”
National Grid’s Energy Efficiency and Economic Development programs have provided $125,000 to date, and the company is continuing to work with the Brewery on upcoming energy efficiency support for efficient fermenters, lighting and other needed equipment. In addition, the brewery installed a ChargePoint EV charging station for customers’ use.
“This is where the rubber hits the road,” said National Grid Regional Director Laurie Poltynski. “Where National Grid supports local businesses in the communities it serves. We want businesses like Common Roots to succeed and we work closely with them to find ways to make that happen. This is a beautiful facility using reclaimed wood, energy efficient equipment and new technology and we are proud to have been a part of it.”
Although the pandemic is slowing the opening of the dining and taproom facility, the brewery is now selling beer from the new location and looks forward to a more formal opening in the coming months.