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John Barley

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February 14, 2018

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.

February 14, 2018

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.

February 7, 2018

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.

January 31, 2018

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™.

January 30, 2018

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.

December 14, 2017

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).

December 14, 2017

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.
December 14, 2017

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.

December 11, 2017

This Friday, December 15 we will releasing Call It What You Want, a Motueka, Citra, and Centennial New England-Style IPA. Dry hopped twice, proper haze, a fuller mouth feel, and hops brimming with tropical and citrus fruit tones.

We're bringing you a lemon, lime, and mango focus that may give the spontaneous sensation of sand in your shoes.