Insider Tasting Tours

Common Block Brewing - Beervana Awaits!

From the lobby windows at Inn at the Commons, we used to look nervously across Riverside Ave to the retro green building on the other side. Who would buy it, and would they celebrate its beautiful 1947 bones?

Lucky for us, the team at Common Block Brewing has the perfect set of hands for the historic Monarch Building. There isn’t an inch that founder Alex and Danielle Amarotico haven’t molded, welded, or handcrafted to meet both function and style. With gravity-flow taps, an adjustable floor plan, and eco-innovative heating and cooling system, the bones of that iconic building are now well-loved and appreciated by energetic brew-house staff. Pair this with some favorite local wines on tap, fresh and creative mixology, an outdoor fire pit, and warm service smiles. The brightly-lit, family-friendly atmosphere makes it an any-day-of-the-week kind of destination.

Common Block didn’t stop there in their recipe for excellence – they brought on chef David Georgeson, whose menu shines when presenting locally sourced ingredients in a fun and comfort-food-focused way. We might be biased though; this talented native Southern Oregonian chef cut his teeth in the kitchen of Larks Restaurant for over 10 years!

The beers that Common Block produces are unpretentious, refreshing, and consistent. These small batch brews aren’t trying to be clever conversation pieces – they offer straight-forward, widely enjoyable styles, the sort that bring together friends and, that’s right, neighbors.

Book the Beervana Package to sample our favorite Common Block Pale Ale paired with Fried Cheese Curds (to dip in Marinara, yum!).

Walking time from Inn at the Commons: 2 minutes
Hours of Operation: 11am-11pm

Sweet Cream Ice Cream

This sun-lit spot on Theater Alley in downtown Medford may be a secret, but it’s the kind of secret I love to share. Ice cream maker and Medford native Kayla Barton of the thousand-watt smile has created the kind of product I feel proud to purchase: seasonally inspired artisan ice cream made from scratch. She uses locally sourced, organic when possible, high-quality ingredients, and shares her small batch product to customers downtown and on her food cart for special events such as weddings. Yes please!

Sweet Cream offers silky, not-too-sweet Chocolate and bright Lavender Lemon Zest using locally sourced lavender. Seasonal rotations feature fruits and preserves from nearby Pennington Farms or coffee by local Jacksonville roaster Good Bean Coffee. There’s always a dairy-free option on rotation, and this month’s Vegan Coffee ice cream is made with coconut and cashew cream to create a smooth texture on your tongue. The flavor that really put me over the top was Gingersnap—creamy, subtle, and heartwarming, like the sunshine on warm and breezy October days!

Sweet Cream has seating in the cozy back entrance of Organic Café. Swing by for a special treat after catching a show at the Craterian Theater and let Kayla know you’re a guest at Inn at the Commons!

Walking time from Inn at the Commons: 6 minutes
Hours of Operation (as of October 2017): 11am-7pm Tues/Wed/Thurs, Friday 11am-10pm