Common Roots Brewing Company suffered a devastating fire yesterday. Thankfully, reports are that nobody was hurt but this is still sure to be a very tough time for the owners and the employees and their loyal beer fans. The brewery was insured, so hopefully everyone will be able to rebuild and get back to doing what they love. This may even be the catalyst needed to leap into larger production.
This is in stark contrast to one of the most famous brewery fires in craft beer history – the fire at Pierre Celis’ brewery in 1985. Pierre Celis had single-handedly saved the Belgian-style witbier and brought it over to the US to great success. When his uninsured brewery burned down, he had no real choice but to sell to InBev.
Hopefully, this fire will not lead to a similar result. Our thoughts go out to everyone at Common Roots and we hope to be able to get a taste of their beer in the near future.