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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.
November 12, 2013

This Thursday we have an event that isn't for everyone. It's for the diehards and the geeks. Under the radar by design and organized to take place in front of a small group, it's an event for those running breweries, just love them, or hoping to one day start one. It's for those hoping to understand more about what is going on in this industry and where it came from.

Earlier this year, we began this discussion. Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting and I began talking about how to tell this story. A story of siblings, not only actual but within the industry. Who better to team up with on this than brothers Jim and Jason Ebel of Two Brothers Brewing Co. Brothers making more beer in the state of Illinois than anyone outside of Goose Island and the ones who helped pave the way for the next wave.

October 15, 2013

Tupac Shakur once said, "California knows how to party." Being the visionary and poet that he was, we're pretty sure he was prophecizing this week as Solemn Oath descends on California for the very first time. Two ticketed events, both Saturday, are bringing two crews of SOBs to different parts of The Golden State.

Here are the details.