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John Barley

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February 7, 2017

How many months have 28 days in them? All of them! Remember that overly-intellectual prick who dropped that in high school? He probably still tells that dumb joke. February is great. It's short and next up is March which tricks your brain into thinking it should be spring.

Just because it's insanely frigid, it does not mean the beer will stop. This month we'll be waving bon voyage to Kidnapped By Vikings as we have already brewed our final batch of the season, we'll wrap our metaphorical tastebud-arms around some wood-aged disciples, we'll enjoy Death on draft, and swoon over a barleywine. Bottle schedule announcement coming soon.

January 20, 2017

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.

January 18, 2017

Our passion is to make beer and every time we’re filling your glass we’re striving to create world class beverage. To do that, sometimes it means partnering with someone whose expertise fills a gap for us and whose collaborative efforts make us stronger.

Recently I sat down with Jay Cunningham, wholesale sales and coffee buyer for Intelligentsia and SOB’s beer sherpa. We’ve been working with Jay for the last four years on various coffee beer projects, a mere blip in his seventeen years in the coffee game. Jay is someone who, like me, has a kind of insatiable desire to find out what coffee beer can be. With our creations we hope to challenge your palate with something interesting and exceptional; we also hope to educate you about how we see the mashup of coffee and beer evolving and the role we strive to play in that.

December 20, 2016

Before you commit any of your hard-earned dollars to purchasing Most Important Beverage of the Day or Beverage of Champions, I want you to know the ins and outs of these beers, how we make them, why we love them, and what you can expect to taste.

The announcement of these two beers means that coffee beer season at SOB is upon us.

December 1, 2016

The Old Order exists for those who want to make sure that they can get their hands on our wood-aged beer releases without the risk of them selling out or having to wait in long lines. Proudly, we’re able to say with wood-aged bottles being released for the first time in 2016, more than 90% of this beer reached the hands of members of The Old Order and their invited guests. This is something we will continue, and we hope a few of you will take advantage of this opportunity.

In 2017, we’re expanding The Old Order program ever so slightly. We’ve learned a lot from our initial rendition of The Old Order and the overwhelming support of this group has been humbling. Throughout 2016, our production team has focused on brewing, aging, blending, and packaging this set of beers to deliver the highest quality, most interesting beers possible. From creative new event concepts to the experiences built around our quarterly releases, our business and marketing team has strived to give you experiences with and access to SOB like never before. All of this resulted in this making more than double the wood-aged beer than we ever had before, and sharing it in new ways.

November 11, 2016

This November and for a limited time Solemn Oath beers will be pouring across the boroughs of NYC. We’ll be making new friends throughout the day at breweries, bars, restaurants, and many other spots around town and celebrating beer into the wee hours each night.

October 21, 2016

When we began planning for our wood-aged beer membership back in ought fifteen this is what we were thinking and wanted to share with you. The majority of these bottles go directly to our members but we continue to shave a few off the top for non-members to enjoy some of our best offerings.

The first is Sybil’s Revenge, aged eighteen months in Old Forester Bourbon barrels before ever again seeing the light of day. The second, is the faithful return of a beer many of you have experienced in the Taproom before, Radth. This gem debuted in the Fall of 2012, taking home a FoBAB award and now bottled for the first time ever.
October 4, 2016

The culture at Solemn Oath Brewery is a pillar of who we are. Each part of the success of this brewery has come from the passion of the people who work here.

And we're hiring.
August 22, 2016

Solemn Oath Brewery announced today the appointment of Eric Hobbs as Vice President of the company. In the new leadership role, Eric will oversee all sales for the growing brewery, which recently announced statewide ambitions by 2018.

“Eric is a proven leader who understands the industry, and most importantly, this market,” says John Barley, President of Solemn Oath Brewery. “Our operations team is making world-class beer, we recently made a massive infrastructure investment, and now we’re building the team that’s going to help our company take the next step forward. We’ve been ready for it, but now we have the guy to help get us there.”