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.
You may have snagged a bottle in January, but with a few small exceptions like the taproom and Bangers & Lace (for Judas Feast) you haven't been sipping Death on draft anywhere. That changes this month as this imperial version of Kidnapped and Ravaged challenges your palate with pine needles and citrus daggers. If you see this on tap, jump on it because much like your current adoration of Sochi Olympic bathroom jokes, it will not last long.
Barleywines hold a special place in the heart of SOBs. The first beer that ever had Solemn Oath attached to its name was a barleywine we made with our friend Davin Bartosch, who took over for Tim at Rock Bottom - Lombard, and who has since opened Wiseacre Brewing with his brother Kellan down in Memphis. Ticklefight returns with its caramel sweetness and juicy citrus, tropical fruit hop balance. If there is something more American than this barleywine, we don't even want to know about it.
We've had a commitment to wood-aging beers since we began to function as a brewery in 2012, starting with Batch #1. Upon our first tank expansion in January of 2013, we strengthened that commitment and began slowly tucking away brews for a rainy, often vanilla-noted day. We're just now beginning to see the fruits of this decision. Mean 'Ol Grumpess, our massive roasted-barley-driven American Stout, sat for 16 goddamn months on in a Woodford Reserve Barrel and will be appearing soon. Just in time to be enjoyed alongside some fresh Ticklefight, Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World will hit the second week of the month after having weathered for one year to the day in a Woodford barrel as well. Finally, ultramegahighfrequency spent nine months in a Jack Daniels barrel.
Each month we will give you a preview of what to expect in the way of beer releases. In no way are we saying we’ll actually meet your expectations–just set them. If this sounds good to you, you should probably reevaluate every important relationship in your life. Like, now.