John Barley President
John Barley

Friendship Is Magic

Pinkie Pie, you’re a genius!

There may not be a more triumphant collaboration than one that also brings just a little bit of twinkle to the eye. This year we are again partnering with the wonderful people of Whinny City Pony Con, Chicagoland’s biggest My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan convention. Run by a couple of our regulars, over the last few years we’ve learned about the unbelievably welcoming and open-minded community that surrounds MLP.

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The Old Order and All the Mallows

Saturday, April 14 we’re bringing you wood-aged joy, the return of our first bottle, a little bit of honey, and a sweet and robust hybrid of an English Porter and a Russian Imperial Stout. Bottles and cans begin sale in limited quantities beginning at 3PM for the general public.

Dark Horse will be around with actual S’Mores starting 11AM on Saturday and the Taproom will be open normally.

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Oath Day 2018

It is official. Oath Day Six is coming. Our lights are still on as we approach seventy-two months of having provided you with Solemn Oath beers.

Again this year we’ll be setting the garage doors free, opening up as much of our brewery as we possibly can, taking over our parking lot, and throwing one of the strangest and most chill parties the Midwest has to offer. We’ll have tons of pouring stations to minimize lines, a massive beer list filled with our most innovative brews, incredible restaurant and food truck partners, and copious collaborators. This year we’re featuring a market filled with unique artisans, a live band unlike most anything you’ve seen, fresh beard trims, and orchestrated disorder of all things Oath.

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Upcoming in Solemn Oath Beer

The righteously radical rollout of 2018 continues for us here at SOB. Feel the angst, feel the vibe. More beers new and returning are en route over the next several weeks as we continue to push ourselves and bring you this fiery array.

Soon you will see the return of an SOB legacy, some amaranthine isness, and a spark to to the debate of sizeism in this country. We’ll learn what’s glitter is really more of a pale gold, hand you mallows upon mallows, and introduce you to a long forgotten style that had a revival with the fall of the Iron Curtain. All but one of these beers will be bottled or canned. We hope you’ve been enjoying our beer year so far, because we sure as hell are.

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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.