Danny and Doug Marks are two fine gentleman who show love not just to Solemn Oath, but to midwestern breweries in general. Their twenty-four lines of craft beer will give you liquid courage to challenge your closest friends (or maybe Danny, but you will get crushed) to an NBA Jam tournament. Their intense whiskey list, that we sometimes like to pair with whatever beer we are drinking is so extensive you could use it to lure your father-in-law to Emporium, just so you can kick his ass in Double Dragon and show him who's really the man.
Last week was Emporium's one-year anniversary party, and what a celebration it was. Within just one year, they have taken over the space next door and opened up the wall to bring a shit-ton of pinball machines, more games from your youth, a second bar, a stage, a killer street art mural, and a movie screen that could also pose as a jumbotron. They filled their lines with some of the best craft beer available, most with some sort of anniversary theme, such as Avery 20th Anniversary, Solemn Oath ultrahighfrequency, Stone RuinTen and Goose Island 25th. Gamers, beer nerds, and industry folk were all on hand to try to drink the lines dry, all while celebrating the accomplishments of Emporium's first year.
We arrived around 9pm to celebrate with our regular crew of hoodlums: Janna and David from Haymarket, the infamous Ben Iversen from Allagash and his much-better half, Annie. Of course, the party never really starts unless the other Iversen from Lagunitas, Nick, was there as well. We played some games, drank some Allagash Victor & Victoria, laughed, hugged, and harassed one of our favorite bartenders, beer buyers, and Frogger champions, Jared. We got a quick tour from Danny showing us the new expansion, all the new games, and the uncovered “ghost” sign at the door which they discovered after taking down the wood wall. Around midnight, we decided to call it a night, but the anniversary party raged on at Emporium until the doors were closed.
I want to take this time out to say congrats to the bad ass dudes of Emporium. Your support of the local craft community, and your support SOB has been stellar this past year. We are stoked for you, Danny and Doug. Keep up the good work. Now who wants to lose to me in Off Road?