Despite the title, there’s no whining here. Just a running chronicle of what makes us Solemn Oath–matters serious and funny, big and small, and so on and so on.
Being a fan of both Founders and Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids was the perfect first stop. After a little research on hotels (yes, I am what some would call a hotel snob), I found City Flats Hotel. A modern boutique, LEED-certified hotel right in the heart of town. After checking in, we wasted no time time and headed over to Founders. If you have never been there, just look for a few grain silos and construction. Lots of it. This place is growing by leaps and bounds and they should be; they make awesome beer.
She has charmed us with her dancing skills time and time again, and her bubbly persona never fails to conjure up a smile on even the most evil of human beings’ faces. Heck, even when Sarah upchucks due to her intake of bad meatloaf, we still feel giddy just being in her vomity presence. Her quirky antics make all of us chuckle on a regular basis and they ended up landing her a job here at Solemn Oath.
After the boil, we send yeast into a clean and sanitary fermenter with sugar, nutrients, and a whisper. "Come out bright and clean, baby, will you?" From that point on, everything is done sight unseen. Our fermenting beer is much like Schrodinger's cat, existing in multiple states at one time given our inability to observe it. There's no sight glass on our fermenters, no glass manway. It could be going well inside, or off the rails. Rolling bubbles in the blowoff bucket give us a sign. Temperature control gives us some options. Our preparation for this moment gives us confidence.
Since 2007, Gabriel Magliaro and his colleagues at Half Acre Beer Company have proven themselves to be leaders in the beer community, churning out innovative brews surrounded by a constantly growing culture that is as equally impressive.