How many months have 28 days in them? All of them! Remember that overly-intellectual prick who dropped that in high school? He probably still tells that dumb joke. February is great. It’s short and next up is March which tricks your brain into thinking it should be spring.
Just because it’s insanely frigid, it does not mean the beer will stop. This month we’ll be waving bon voyage to Kidnapped By Vikings as we have already brewed our final batch of the season, we’ll wrap our metaphorical tastebud-arms around some wood-aged disciples, we’ll enjoy Death on draft, and swoon over a barleywine. Bottle schedule announcement coming soon.
In the history of Western civilization we’ve had our cultures woven around the idea of threes. From religion to folklore, our generational storytelling has been influenced by this concept for thousands of years.
In modern society, ‘The Rule of Three’ is a writing principle in which grouping things in threes is funnier, more interesting, and a better way to communicate your point. Charles Dickens’s used this principle in a A Christmas Carol with the three spirits. There’s the Three Little Pigs and the Three Stooges. There’s also always the Latin phrase ‘omne trium perfectum’ means everything that comes in threes is perfect.
There’s a feeling of fulfillment that comes along with reaching the end of a trilogy, in knowing the coup de grâce is imminent.
This month, Death by Viking completes our viking triptych. Death will be dealt in bottles, with draft to follow in February.
Monday, January 13th is a very special day for us for two reasons.
One: It is the first Monday our taproom will be open (Noon-9pm). We’ve decided to keep our doors open seven days a week. We know Mondays kind of stink for most of you SOBs out there and we are thrilled that we can now welcome you in the taproom with open arms and a fresh brew. Feel free to vent about your a-hole of a boss, how your significant other has never done the dishes, or whatever, to our cool-as-a-cucumber bartenders.
The holidays are a special time for people to hang with family and friends and enjoy a break from the daily grind. For a brewery, however, they’re a bit of a pain in the ass as we try to balance giving our crew time to spend with their blood and making sure you have beer to drink come January.
Taproom hours and brew schedules all become a moderately-sophisticated game of chess, always involving humans and sometimes involving yeast strains. Regardless, we take pride in the fact that the fruits of our efforts are used by you as something you share with those you care about around the holidays. And we hope, you’ll come hang with us for at least part of your down time. Also remember to utilize Paul’s Holiday Conversion Guide to blow some minds this year with not only our beer, but that of some great breweries around town and across the world.
When the concept for Solemn Oath Brewery began we knew from the start we wanted to focus on draft beer only. As a small brewery with a small staff in a huge market, we wanted to focus our efforts in one space and keep things relatively simple. Now we move forward. Next week, for the first time ever, Solemn Oath will be available in bottles.
For the foreseeable future, we will be releasing two beers per month in limited volume. Until sold out, 22 oz. bottles will be available at the Solemn Oath taproom as well as many of your favorite liquor stores across the Chicagoland area. We ask that you contact your local liquor store directly regarding their availability of Solemn Oath releases.
Stop. Do not order those fruit cakes.
We have new gear available in the taproom. Double-embroidered maroon beanies are $15. Barley strand on one side, Solemn Oath Brewery on the other. For the first time, our stemless bulb beer glasses come in sets of two ($12) or four ($20). Don’t say we never did anything nice.
Bottles. Bottles. Bottles? Bottles?! Bottles!!! More on that soon.
Kidnapped by Vikings is now in very steady supply throughout Chicago and its hinterlands. Ravaged by Vikings is working its way through the supply chain right now, and we’re brewing Death By Vikings, our imperial IPA, for the first time ever this month for a January release.
Black Wednesday is upon us and this bird is thrilled about it.
I know it’ll be hard, but please try and refrain from drinking until 12pm. That’s when we’ll open up our taproom doors. We want you fresh, wide-eyed, and craving a brew.