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Paul Schneider

@ divider
March 9, 2016

This is a big year for Solemn Oath; we're planning on doubling production and maximizing solid hangs and mellow vibes.

Exhibit A: Oath Day Four. If you were a love child of flower children, you remember hanging out with your cousins in Uncle Gary's sweet basement in the '70s. If not, this is your lucky day. We'll keep the beer flowing, lines non-existent, and sweet sounds of funk, soul, proto-punk, outlaw country, and Zeppelin piped into your eardrums. Two sessions, promiscuous approach to doors, coffee beers, barrel-aged beers, and great food. We'll supply plenty of company if you can't wrangle any friends to come with you.

January 29, 2016

It's been awhile since we spilled ink to dive deep into a beer and how we make it. With the release of Most Important Beverage of the Day this weekend, it's time.

The base beer is a milk stout brewed with a mellow, sweet, slightly toasty Scottish malt as the base along with English roasted barley, two types of chocolate malt, and dark crystal malt. A high rate of lactose leads to a high finishing gravity, full body, and velvety mouthfeel. Mild additions of Centennial hops provide a foundation of orange flavor within the darker malt-derived complexity. The result is a roasty, chocolatey, nearly smoky base that fully coats the palate and lingers with the distinctive sweetness of chocolate-covered malt balls.
August 18, 2015

As the Conquest release nears, we thought it was time to fill you in on our collaboration with Patrick Rue of The Bruery and the beer itself.

When Solemn Oath was still in planning, we read Patrick Rue's blog about his efforts to open The Bruery, learning some important lessons through his experience. Since then, we've enjoyed many of his beers as much as watching The Bruery's rise as an important American brewery known for one-of-a-kind beers with delicate, complex flavor profiles rooted in the Belgian tradition. To collaborate with Patrick on a beer is an important moment for Solemn Oath, one that we'd like to take in for a moment with you.
Here's a Q&A with Patrick and our Head Brewer Tim Marshall. Details on release day are coming shortly, so check back soon.

May 14, 2015

Ever wonder why a brewery makes the beers it makes? Ninety percent of the time it's because they're making the beers they like to drink. That couldn't be more true when it comes to Hexafoos, our American-style farmhouse ale.

We've put this beer on tap before and kept it off menu just so it would stick around longer, hoping we could squeeze a few more shift beers out before you drank it all. We squirrel some away every year in the creepy crawl space below our brewery alongside live hostages from who we're contractually bound by our landlord not to disturb until Jean Claude Van Damme arrives. Point is, the brewing team at Solemn Oath loves this beer.


Up front, Hexafoos is full of earthy, peppery, and stone fruit aroma from our French saison yeast strain and pineapple-like tropical fruit notes from a blend of Galaxy and American hops. The flavor is citrus-forward with a smack of ripe peach in the mid-palate and a dry, fruity finish with moderate bitterness and effervescent carbonation.

May 7, 2015

We brew our single-hop American pale ale a few times every year to give some of the many hop varietals we use a chance to hog the spotlight. This time, it's Chinook.

We usually use Chinook in conjunction with a citrusy, currant-ish, or tropical fruit-leaning hop like Cascade, Amarillo, or Galaxy to give the overall hop profile the Americanity we're shooting for, but 'nook is flying solo in this batch. Going lone 'nook. It's a one 'nook rodeo. Rolling 'nook deep. American denim, five pockets, one 'nook. Ya dig? (Ed. Note: That's a lot of puns). We used three different sources of Chinook to develop a degree of hop complexity while staying true to the single-hop agenda. The result is a pale ale that won't grab you with fruity tendrils and shake you, but one that will scrub your tastebuds with spruce sap until you see Sasquatch.

May 5, 2015

Damn, that's hoppy for a brown ale.

I know, I know. Hear it all the time. What else would you expect from us? We don't always drink brown ales, but when we do, it usually just makes us want a porter. That's why we amplified the Americanity--because when we want porter we want porter and when we want brown ale how about we get smacked in the face with hop aroma? Right? The hop schedule is like a slightly sedated Kidnapped by Vikings, but the malt bill gets packed with dark crystal, dark Munich, chocolate malt, and oats for a supple body and velvety, round mouthfeel. Well-toasted bread crust and bittersweet chocolate match up with grapefruit, orange rind, and pine sap for a very different brownsperience. Just don't call it a brown IPA. Unless you only drink IPAs--oh wait...

April 24, 2015

Each spring, we shout out the window, "Hey! These floors are dirty as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore!" We also roll back around to the beers we made when we opened in May, 2012. The one we most look forward to is finally here.

Today we release bombers of ultrahighfrequency in the taproom. This American double red ale is big on citrus and melon hop aroma with the underlying caramel malt lending an overall candied citrus quality.  Toasted, caramel, and a hint of chocolate malt flavor are prominent and supported by substantial body, but give way to ripe orange and a firm, lingering bitterness.
April 2, 2015

Every April, we start the vikings on a six-month hiatus and bring in the IPA series we were inspired to brew by the legendary dumpster-punk trio The Snaggletooth Bandana.

Nobody has been able to confirm this, but I've heard from four different third-hand sources that the Fireside Bowl was so named because Franklin Delano Roosevelt caught polio at a 'Dana show there back in '21 when it was Icepick Eddy's Lock-N-Key Coldbox. Heady shit man! Can you imagine? Snaggletooth Bandana is our American IPA, more west coast than Kidnapped By Vikings in that it lacks the caramel sweetness and some of the body, with a tropical fruit-driven hop character rather than citrus and pine.
March 19, 2015

Don't worry--he's not a sociopath, he just has resting dead eyes.

Psychogaze is packed with roast, toffee, and chocolate aromas with a nice big smack of earthy spice and candied citrus up front--not your standard porter fare, but damn it's good. The malt bill is stacked with dark Munich and crystal for toast and caramel sweetness, chocolate and black malt for a roasty underbelly, and oats and flaked barley for a supple, complex texture and sturdy body. And just in time for the extradition of Robert Durst, the grand swami of flat affect! Seriously, have you watched "The Jinx?" Dude describes his real-life recollection of dismembering a body with the demeanor you would expect from your neighbor relaying his mild annoyance at the corner store bread collection. Holy shudder.