John Barley President
John Barley

The End All Taco Challenge

There are events that happen in our lives that define us. A new job, a first house, or falling in love. This isn’t one of those times. This is just going to be the time that you ate a really fucking hot taco.

Together with our friends from Quiubo and Bien Trucha, we would like to invite you to the End All Taco Challenge. This will require you to sign a waiver.

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Celebrating 2100 Days of SOB

Anyone can throw a party celebrating an annual anniversary. At Solemn Oath we enjoy like doing things a little bit differently. Saturday, February 17 will be the 2,100th day our Taproom has existed. What better way than to raise a coffee beer filled glass?

Our friends from Intelligentsia will be hanging while serving coffee and fresh beans to go with tasty treats from The Almighty Dark Horse. The party will go from 11AM to 3PM. Three-tab wristbands will be sold for $21 if you wish to enjoy the specialty beers. Each tab is good for either: one full pour of any beer OR two 4oz pours of the specialty coffee beers. Wristbands will be sold upon entry into the release party area.

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Upcoming In Solemn Oath Beer

We have no intention of even trying to catch our breath in 2018. Our brew calendar is packed with a healthy balance of innovative beers in the styles you seek, innovative beers in the styles you SHOULD seek, and classic SOB standbys for everyday crushers.

This month we’re dropping a brand new year-round instigator, a slight end of winter warmer of Belgian inspiration, one of the most celebrated DIPAs we ever release, a hot off the press American India Pale Ale to fill that empty hole in your soul, and more. Buckle up, stay in tune with what we’re talking about, and keep an eye out for the newest of the new and the freshest of the fresh. The Solemn Oath beer-centric chaos of 2018 is in full swing.

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Real beer lovers know what to look for. In 2016 Solemn Oath Brewery was honored with a Bronze Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for Lü in the German-Style Koelsch category.

You have to win to get bronze. You have to lose to get silver. It’s Bronzetime™.

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The Old Order and All The Barleywines

The first beer ever to coin the name barleywine was Bass No. 1 Ale released in 1870. Saturday, February 3 we give nod to this distinctive style with the release of five beers, four wood-aged and our first English-Style version.

The Old Order is our small membership group at Solemn Oath for those that want guaranteed and advanced access to our most limited beers coming out of barrels. You can learn more about that by checking out our website, memberships for the 2018 rendition will close on Friday.

Toasty Taco will be around from 11AM-1PM on Saturday and the Taproom will be open normally.

BA Tickle Fight 4 bottles


Stage Zero: What the hell is it?

If you are new to SOB’s The Old Order it’s a merger of this and this. It’s like a mug club for wood-aged beer freaks and those looking to be a part of a unique family of like-minded people. This is the third year and after Friday, February 2nd at noon you’ll have to wait another year to join.

Now for the beers. Sometimes with each of the quarterly-ish releases for The Old Order, the two bottles available will be the same beer, other times it will be one bottle each of two different beers. For this initial drop it is the former.

Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World
American Barleywine aged 12mos in Rye Whiskey Barrels. 12% ABV. $20/22oz bottle

Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World
American Barleywine aged 12mos in Bourbon Barrels. 12% ABV. $20/22oz bottle

Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World
American Barleywine aged 12mos in Port Barrels. 12% ABV. $20/22oz bottle

Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World
American Barleywine aged 24mos in Bourbon Barrels. 12% ABV. $20/22oz bottle

UK-Style Barleywine. 12% ABV. $10/22oz bottle


Stage One: Members Only

On Saturday, February 3rd at 11AM at the brewery we will be making the first releases of the 2018 TOO calendar available to members. One of each of these beers was included in your membership. It should be noted the release party is open to members only and their chosen guest. If you are a member, you should have received an email from us with details. If you have not, please email and we’ll figure out what’s up.

Stage Two: General Sales

For you non-joiners, Saturday, February 3 at 3PM in the SOB Taproom you’ll have access to what remains after members take the first crack at the extra bottles. We do not yet have final numbers as what remains will depend on members, but we do anticipate a limited number of each beer remaining. At this time these beers will be made available to anyone and everyone.

Stage Three: Drinking the Beers

These beers are unfiltered and unpasteurized. Like you when you put a crisp flat-brimmed hat on while shoveling snow, keep these beers cold and drink them fresh.


The goal we have at Solemn Oath is simple. And maybe someday you will figure out what that goal really is. We’re going to change the world, probably. Enjoy.

2018 MIBD and BoC Pickup Nitty Gritty

We’re hitting the ground in 2018 running and a little bit jittery with the Most Important Day of Beverage. Saturday, January 13 will be the release of Most Important Beverage of the Day, Beverage of Champions, and the all-new Beverage of Champions Rock and Rye.

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.

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Most Important Day of Beverage

We at Solemn Oath are entering 2018 with a lot of new things to bring to you. Recent tank additions have freed up ability to make more frequent and innovative offerings, our barrel program volume and variety continues to grow as you’ll see right out of the gate with the first quarter release for The Old Order in February, and we are firing out cans like never before.

Within the midst of that chaos, certain beers demand that they return with a quality you require and a demand worthy of fighting their way through a market hell bent on new new new. We are thrilled to bring you this year’s rendition of Most Important Beverage of the Day and Beverage of Champions (x2). 

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Wonderful & Strange DDH IPA Release

We have no idea where this will lead us, but we have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.

On Friday, December 22 at 4PM we’ll be releasing Wonderful & Strange, a brand new double dry-hopped New England style IPA in four-pack 16oz. cans. Distinct from both Strange Old Woods and Call It What You Want before it, Wonderful & Strange is danker than those  tasty A-Frame waves Jeff Spicoli based his life around. Mosaic meets Mandarina Bavaria in a complex amalgamation of the ultimate sploof-inspired sticky take on the style of IPA rooted in the haze of the original Thirteen Colonies.

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Upcoming in Solemn Oath Beer

At Solemn Oath we have always prided ourselves on versatility and ongoing innovation in the beers we present to you. Over the last few years as we’ve grown nearly 200% in capacity we have battled with ourselves to keep kicking out what we feel is a proper variety of beer options. This is no more.

As a growing brewery with finite tank space and orders to fill we found ourselves driving deep with what has become our core. Lü, our award-winning beer {Kolsch} and a rocket ship here in Chicagoland by all commercial standards, began to edge itself into more and more tanks. The continued development of our IPA, Snaggletooth Bandana, combined with other beers that have continued to grow have left us both proud and wanting more. We have responded these last few months by investing in more tanks, more people, and more equipment, and we intend to keep in line our ability to make world-class beers at a rate and intensity that matches our passion for what we do.

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