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John Barley

@ divider
December 1, 2015

On September 25, 1066, a battle raged in East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The English army had effectively pushed back the invading Norwegian viking forces, but one lone viking held position on the narrow Stamford Bridge.

History’s lore tells us that he held ground for an hour while killing hundreds, and buying his countrymen time before dying by spear from below. He became known as the Viking of Stamford Bridge.
November 11, 2015

Holiday time is near and we’re doing our part to make sure you have the chance to share great beer to either enjoy with or block out the people around you. What better way to achieve this than with a discounted mixed case of some of the best SOB has to offer.

SOB has decided to offer 100 bomber variety packs for $50 each. That's twelve twenty-twos just in time for Thanksgiving. Make your family proud.

October 23, 2015

Each Friday we post moments and happenings from the week in the world of SOB. We hope this gives you insight into what we’re about and a look behind the scenes at our little American craft brewery.

We won’t be selling. We won’t be pushing. We won’t be trying to convince you of anything at all. These are a few moments for you to relax and enjoy some beer. And let this serve as a reminder to us all that at least some of the time, that’s really all a brewery should be.

October 16, 2015

Each Friday we post moments and happenings from the week in the world of SOB. We hope this gives you insight into what we’re about and a look behind the scenes at our little American craft brewery.

We won’t be selling. We won’t be pushing. We won’t be trying to convince you of anything at all. These are a few moments for you to relax and enjoy some beer. And let this serve as a reminder to us all that at least some of the time, that’s really all a brewery should be.

October 9, 2015

Each Friday we post moments and happenings from the week in the world of SOB. We hope this gives you insight into what we’re about and a look behind the scenes at our little American craft brewery.

We won’t be selling. We won’t be pushing. We won’t be trying to convince you of anything at all. These are a few moments for you to relax and enjoy some beer. And let this serve as a reminder to us all that at least some of the time, that’s really all a brewery should be.

September 25, 2015

Each and every Friday we’ll post moments and happenings from the week in the world of SOB. We hope this gives you insight into what we’re about and a look behind the scenes at our little American craft brewery.

We won’t be selling. We won’t be pushing. We won’t be trying to convince you of anything at all. These are a few moments for you to relax and enjoy some beer. And let this serve as a reminder to us all that at least some of the time, that’s really all a brewery should be.

September 24, 2015

As you may have been able to feel by all the cool and crisp mornings, this week marks the beginning of fall. For many, this season begins with the next phase of the Digital Era as nerds everywhere line up for their shot at being an early adopter of Apple’s newest creation. For SOB this transition marks a shift of our seasonals to a more malt-focused complexity.

This one is always highly-anticipated and a regular on our annual calendar since 2012. Bright citrus and tropical fruit hop flavor takes on a rich caramel and oatmeal sweetness in this full-bodied Belgo-American ale. You’ll see Man vs. Internet on draft in limited quantities and in bombers around town at your favorite bottle shop. Nerd out on this beer and tell us what you think. It's also a good warmer to have a chat about the merits of artificial intelligence with your best friend or robot.

August 6, 2015

The best thing about being a part of the beer industry is the people you meet. My brother Joe and I first met Matt Taylor in December of 2013. Eager to escape the Chicago cold we set out to San Diego at the invitation of Tomme Arthur of Port Brewing Co./Lost Abbey who had asked me to join a panel discussion he was having for startup breweries for Brewbound.

Since then Matt and I have spoken often of the polarizing issue of aesthetics in beer. After brewery safety, the quality of what is actually in the glass will always be what’s most important, but not far behind is the environment that beer is in. Illustration and design have been and will always be a massive part of our culture here at SOB. From the simplicity of our taproom to the passion through creativity you see in our bottle labels and murals, art is how we tell our story.

July 15, 2015

Almost as much as making great beer, our brewery likes to tell a good story. Since our doors opened in 2012 we have woven threads of our beers into an ongoing and ever-evolving fabric of storylines. From our viking beers to the Snaggletooth Bandana line of IPAs, we’ve given our beers a life of their own.

Once a year since our doors opened we’ve developed a one-off beer that has been part of a series we haven't talked much about: The Seven Seals. To date, these beers have always taken a slightly American approach to the Belgian brewing tradition from which we draw a great deal of inspiration.