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February 17, 2014

Let's be real, safety isn't the sexiest part of the beer world. There's no Festival of Safely Brewed Beers or World Safety Cup awards ceremony, and for good reason. Yet safety is the single most important effort made in breweries every day, so here's a little window into that seldom-seen world.

Read the beer news and you'll notice some patterns. There's a microbrewery doubling capacity. Here's a nano releasing bottles. Every regional brewery is opening up an East Coast shop. With all this expansion, there are more people than ever working in the industry who don't have experience in manufacturing plants. With all those green employees, there's a heightened danger of someone getting hurt.
February 13, 2014

Let us take a moment to thank you for your continued support as we've expanded and developed new formats and offerings. We're working to get more and more beer in your hands in more and more convenient ways. You'll be happy to know that it's our third highest priority - More on that from Paul is coming soon.

It took us a while to get to packaged product and thus far the response has been incredible. Continued support from our family of SOBs and the support of shops throughout Chicagoland has been humbling. This month we continue on and grow with both 1) our first beer that head brewer Tim Marshall will actually admit to being "cellarable" and 2) our largest release bottle release to date in Kidnapped.
January 16, 2014

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.

January 13, 2014

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.

January 8, 2014

We hear you--it's cold. We can't fix your furnace if it goes out; nobody here is going to stand outside long enough to tell you why your car won't start; and you're gonna need to buy your own damn wool socks. What we can do for you is give you a big, gnarly American barleywine to warm you up at our taproom or in the comfort of your favorite armchair. We guarantee this will chase the chill out yo bones. If it doesn't, Moff is providing bear hugs until you're sufficiently warm.*

Ticklefight is a malt-forward barleywine with plenty of citrusy American hop presence in the aroma and palate and firm bitterness through the finish to convince you it was made in Naperville and not Napershire. The combination of caramel sweetness, nutty complexity, and fruity fermentation and hop aromatics produces the impression of candied dried apricot with walnuts and a sidecar of brandy.
December 24, 2013
December 10, 2013

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.

December 9, 2013

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.

November 26, 2013

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.