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John Barley

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June 9, 2017

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.

May 12, 2017

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.

May 11, 2017

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.
May 1, 2017

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.

February 23, 2017

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.

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.