Since the late 8th century Vikings have had their ups and downs in both historical context and pop culture. From the destruction of the abbey on Lindisfarne in England to the Norsemen and chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok raiding their way through your television set each fall on the History Channel, Vikings keep coming back.
Since SOB began its pillage on the great shores of Ogden Avenue back in 2012 we’ve seasonally brought you the malt-focused, Simcoe hop-driven, American India Pale Ale of Kidnapped By Vikings. For the first time ever we will be packaging this beer in sixteen-ounce vessels along with the fall canning of its brethren in Ravaged By Vikings and Death By Viking.
Man vs. Internet has been an annual staple and one of the most highly-sought beers at Solemn Oath since our founding in 2012. Mothra is more sporadic. Mothra just comes occasionally. You might kill Mothra, but she never really dies.
This Saturday, July 22 we’ll be setting the next release of The Old Order into the world. Man vs. Internet vs. Mothra brings an oaky, bourbon, and toasted coconut mélange (as Paul would say) to the front with this Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Red Ale. This beer spent twelve patient months in Four Roses bourbon barrels before being hand-bottled, one at a time, in a craft-beer-as-hell fashion here are the brewery in Naperville.
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On Friday, July 21 we will divert from expectation. We will introduce you to a mammoth feast of papaya, passionfruit, mango, tangerine, and key lime with mellowed bitterness and a round mound of ripe and juicy hop flavor.
This is the release of Solemn Oath’s newest creation Strange Old Woods, a double dry-hopped New England-style India Pale Ale. The owls are not what they seem and this beer is properly hazed.
The fifth day of Oath. This is our 1,849th day of operation and we’re thrilled to have the chance to celebrate with many of you on Saturday from 4-10PM.
Your primary goal for tomorrow is to have a good time. Enjoy the beer, the company of friends you’ve just met, and celebrate responsibly. For the last several years we’ve packed four figures worth of people into our parking lot and brewery successfully, so please keep our neighbors and the City of Naperville in mind when you’re deciding how hard to party or how to party hard. We would like to continue to have the option to celebrate big, so now it’s on you to conduct yourselves in a manor that your grandparents would be proud of. We trust that we’re all on the same page about this.
If you’re just finding out about this, see here for tickets.
As the Midwest finally thaws we enter Solemn Oath’s period for cool spring sippers. This year we’re celebrating our actual fifth birthday week by releasing a pair of beers that will scratch that wood-aged itch. But they’re not alone, they’re bringing friends.
The Old Order continues Saturday, May 20 with the featured release of Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World and Barrel-Aged Telegraph. These graceful displays of a couple of our favorite high-gravity creations each sat twelve months in bourbon barrels before giving us the thumbs up of readiness. Heavyweight features rich caramel, vanilla, and toffee malt character with subtle oak and spirit notes. Telegraph, our celebrated Scotch Ale, parades its rich raisin and subtle roast malt character with notes of toasted coconut, oak, and bourbon. The party starts at 10AM for members and noon for everyone.
An aromatic detonation of pineapple, passionfruit, and citrus is what we at Solemn Oath thrive on. Since our humble beginnings in 2012, we’ve been toying with fruity Trappist yeast along with a focus on the most American of hops. This sunshine-colored Double IPA is the latest evolution of our signature style.
On Friday, May 19 we will debut a brand new piece of the Solemn Oath family with this one-time-only release. We Fear Change. Nine percent ABV.
We are officially back in business in Wisconsin and looking forward to hanging with so many friends and craft supporters to the north. Cans and draft will be readily available in the coming weeks and we’re kicking things off with Milwaukee as you read this. Madison will follow as we jump off the week of May 15.
Wisconsin is a second home to SOB. I’m (Ed. note: SOB President John Barley) from there and we have a number of big things in store in the coming years for the state. We’re thrilled to be kicking off our partnership with General Beverage and if you haven’t yet seen, we’re also hiring a Market Manager for Wisconsin. Apply yourself or tell your friends and family.
The Old Order 2017 begins Saturday, March 4 with the release of Limousine of the Damned. This intrepid blend of Russian imperial stout, American barleywine, and Scotch ale aged twelve months in bourbon barrels took home a bronze medal in the experimental beer category at the 2015 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers.
We have a lot planned in a short window but the main principle of Saturday, March 4 is to have a good time. This beer is not available for pre-sale and will be available while supplies last. Keep in mind that all of our beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized. Keep these beers cold and drink them fresh.
Bigger, better, and more badass. This Saturday, January 21 will be the release of Most Important Beverage of the Day and Beverage of Champions. Won’t you join us for this Most Important Day of Beverage?
We have a lot planned in a small window but the main principle of Saturday is to have a good time. What are these beers you ask? Learn more right here. Pre-sale for Most Important Beverage of the Day will close at noon on Friday, January 20th.
Alright, back to Saturday’s release. If you have questions tweet us at @solemnoathbeer. This is what’s up.