On the occasional 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.
PHOTO: This has been one of the busiest weeks of our one thousand three-hundred and thirty-one day existence. We’re in the final phase of our expansion and the new brewhouse and tanks have been set in place. Seen here is our new MCF Craft Brewing Systems cold liquor tank, it was the first tank set this week.
PHOTO: Our installation team has been incredible this week. Long days for these dudes and they work their asses off nonstop. Here is out hot liquor tank coming in.
PHOTO: This is our new 30BBL mash tun getting its last bit of fresh air for a while. It is now the heaviest piece of equipment in the building.
PHOTO: The mash tun’s new home across the back wall of our brewery. It was completely customized to fit the preferences of our head brewer Tim Marshall and the beer ops team.
PHOTO: MCF systems feature a unique star bottomed mash tun which allows us to pull wort equally and more efficiently from across the entire mash. With many systems you pull from just one side which may cause you to lose out on perfectly acceptable wort hanging on the other side of the mash that may have a tougher path to get across. More wort, more beer we can make. You got it.
PHOTO: No hoses in this system, everything is hard piped to the specifications of our building. The key piece here is the quality of the design and the manufacturing. We can order a specifically sized brewhouse, with specific custom specs, and they design the entire system through a CAD-like system before fabricating the first piece and it all fits together perfectly on a computer. But, in the real world can we rely on a massive stainless tank being perfectly circular and not oval in any way? Even the finest craftsmanship in the world might be an eighth of an inch off. Do that twice and pipes don’t match up. That’s why you need awesome stainless welder.
PHOTO: Brent from MCF has been welding stainless for a long time. He’s helped build countless breweries and before that it was dairy tanks. He knows whats up. Custom stainless welding on site is one of the most important pieces to this new 30BBL brewhouse functioning the way we need it to.
PHOTO: All this awesome construction? The beer does not care. Production must continue so Thursday we filled twelve or so future barrels of Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World. Always remember to take a little piece of what you’re doing right now and invest in your future and make your pop pop proud.
PHOTO: This is a new beginning for us. This three-vessel steam-fired brewhouse will be the largest we ever will put into this building. After this we get to focus on just making more and more beer for a while. Thank you all for the support and for giving us the chance to continue to grow. Without you we’re nothing. You’re a part of this. This is ours.
The vision of Solemn Oath has always been built around the ideal that every idea should be challenged with a fresh voice. And if that idea continues to fight through, our end result is always stronger. Always better. We’re changing the world, probably.