Since 1988 ribbers have been descending upon Naperville for the annual festival of Ribfest.
It began with a traveling rib man from Michigan named Billy Bones who helped organize a few friends to barbecue at Rotary Hill and sling some of their finest work. The Daily Herald said, “The hill filled with people. The beer ran out.” Solemn Oath didn’t exist back then and we still haven’t managed to get our local beers into the fest, but that doesn’t mean we are going to hold off from shoulder-plowing our way into a massive celebration in our community.
Our post Oath Day beer release breather has ended and we are back with more freshness.
A celebration of a celebration, a PSA for blood thirsty koala bears, cool French-speaking terms for the word cool, an add-on to the lactose IPA world begun by the Gabriel Hounds, a Lü Ripfest celebration with our friends from Jimmy’s Grill in Naperville, and a brand new kind of Butterfly. Here’s what’s up for the next few weeks in Solemn Oath beer.
At Solemn Oath skateboarding and its culture has served as a major influence of our foundation story.
Next week for Oath Day Six (Get tickets) we’ll have this tee shirt available serving as a reminder that creative expression does not have to follow the status quo and can come from absolutely everywhere. There has been a lot of response to this design so better plan we’ve decided to offer it up for pre-sale to dial in our numbers.
A few weeks back we hosted our inaugural White Van Custom Vans & Custom Van Art Show featuring more than sixty artists and their interpretation of van art on miniature vans. We know that is a lot of vans but if you read it slowly, it really does make sense.
The response from our fellow collaborators on these miniature vans was exceptionally humbling. We thank you for your participation and for coming to hang out at one of our favorite events in a long time. We’re certain the White Van Art Show will return again soon and we’d love to have all of you back out for a new challenge.
Through her remarkable work with signs, banners, and public art projects, Shelby Rodeffer’s versatility is something we find incredibly impressive. A champion of work done by hand, Shelby pulls influence from folk and representational art and her work can be seen across Chicago and her native Nashville.
All week we’ll be featuring participating collaborative artists for the White Van Custom Vans & Custom Van Art Show happening at the brewery on Saturday, May 12 at 6PM.
Feel that pace? We enter May with our foot on the pedal as we prepare for more beer, parties, and reasons to make you smile than ever before.
Gabriel Hounds DDH NE IPA dropped last Saturday and is still available in limited quantities for those interested in all things Citra. This month we’re bringing you batch number two and a proper party for White Van, a brand new Pale Ale that we can’t wait to see your reaction on, some brightly colored wings with the ground thawed, and a slow farmhouse head nod to J.K. Rowling knock-offs. One other thing to remember, Oath Day is June 9th and we’d love to see your faces. Here we go.
The Gabriel Hounds roamed the dark woods and their terrors have been told since times of old. Some say Spectral and some say Demonic, but the hounds came to harvest the souls of children sometimes taking their faces as their own in the process.
Saturday, May 5 at 11AM we release the Gabriel Hounds into your custody. A New-England IPA punched with the aromatics of supreme Citra. A powerful beak of melon, lime, passion fruit, apricot, peach, and orange built on a rich round mouthfeel.
In craft beer we all focus so heavily, every single day, on getting the message out that our beer is of high quality. At Solemn Oath we also put a lot of time, effort, and passion into the way in which we present our world class beers to the world. The way that we choose to do this is with our art.
The art community is an incredible one and is a culture that we take great pride in being a part of. May 12th at the brewery we’re grabbing a mirror to shine a light on friends, artists, and collaborators with a unique event. You too can attend and even take part, so please do read this post thoroughly.
Country Green, do you know what I mean?
Debuting at the release party set for Saturday, April 14th along with a stable of bourbon barrel-aged beers, stouts, and a competition-ready porter, we are thrilled to share this unique brew with you. True and pure, Country Green is an American IPA celebrating the verdant beauty of the country with local honey, honey malt, and fragrant hops to create the answer to a poor boy’s dream. We sure as hell hope Don Gibson would be proud.