Forget CNN. We can tell you what’s happening in the world. Some shit’s blowing up. Some is hitting the fan. Here’s your fleeting escape.
In case you missed round one in Armitage Awesomeness, our two breweries got together to do two things: celebrate the great venues for beer in one Chicago neighborhood and throw an event that reflects our best experiences hanging out with friends over beers. Craft-supporting establishments and breweries do a killer job of giving you options for single-venue events, but we wanted to pull together an itinerary for you that gives the beer event some legs and a breath of fresh air.
I was worried you would be too panic-stricken from oh, you know, the methane gas escaping from the Arctic, the outbreak of an untreatable virus, our poorly secured nuclear weapons, the violent conflicts spread across Eurasia, our border crisis, our vanishing and toxic drinking water, the impending Hawaiian hurricane sandwich, and what-not to even chance opening your eyes, let alone your browser. Well, here you are anyway! Whether it's bravery, non-chalance, recklessness, or sheer ignorance that got you here, I promise: it's safe. Beer news, and that's it. Isn't that a nice warm blanket of wool over your eyes? This month, fresh batches of Snaggletooth Bandana and Butterfly Flashmob will continue to roll out in draft form, along with some new releases and one returning favorite.
When our head brewer Tim Marshall and I began working full-time on Solemn Oath in August, 2011, we had no space and no equipment, but a vision and a plan to bring it to life. We would focus exclusively on draft out of the gates and eventually add packaged beer. That allowed us to offer an intimate introduction to our beer at the Solemn Oath taproom and at our favorite bars and restaurants around Chicago, where we think beer is best had and where we like to drink it. As our production increased, we rolled packaged product out in the form of twenty-two ounce bombers, making our beer available to take home for the right occasion and company, apt for sharing alongside beers from our peers whose company-in-beer we enjoy. But before we had even released our first bottle, we began actively working on our next expansion. This will all be done before the end of 2014 and we're ready to announce it.
Light-bodied, dry, and citrusy is still the battle cry. Snaggletooth Bandana, Hexafoos, and Butterfly Flashmob are in good supply around town. None More Black is, too, and hits all those attributes, but swap citrus for dank pine resin. In new releases, here's what's what.
Snaggletooth Bandana, Butterfly Flashmob, and Hexafoos will keep flowing on tap. The taproom has a nice selection of bombers available, including Foux du Fafa, E-Ville, ultrahighfrequency, Scareball, and Axe Scar Pig. Annnnnnnnd since we haven't got you , so I'm rolling in a few of those as well. Thanks, CCBW, sorry everyone else.
One of Chicago's obvious strengths is it's neighborhood diversity and this night is set to highlight exactly that. Each quarter we will select a different neighborhood or area of Chicagoland to highlight. We are creating an all evening affair with several stops where you can join from beginning to end or hop in anywhere along the way.
The release party, which is open to all, will go from 11AM to 3PM. At 3PM the party will end and all remaining bottles that need to be picked up can be done so through the Taproom. If you cannot make the celebration we will hold your bottles until close at the brewery on January 20, after which we will put any bottles not yet picked up back on sale and no refund will be given.
Your job tomorrow is to have a good time. Enjoy the beer, the company of like-minded strangers, and the amusements. We've never packed hundreds of people at a time into Solemn Oath before, so please keep our neighbors and the City of Naperville in mind when you're deciding how hard to party or how to party hard. We would love to do this regularly, and we need your help keeping things within the boundaries of such things as the law and good taste to continue to have that opportunity. We trust that we're all on the same page about this.
The best way to attack the madness is to embrace the advice your dad has been trying to pound into you since you were little, "Have a goddamned plan." This is our schedule, so be sure to join us for a few things and bring some friends.