Beer

  • Do you filter your beer?
    • No. Nor do we centrifuge, but we use finings such as gelatin and Bio-Fine Clear for clarity.
  • What do you do with your spent grain?
    • A local farmer picks up our spent grain and feeds it to his cattle, hogs, and chickens. We have also worked with academic institutions, such as the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and helped them in their research to determine additional uses for spent grain.
  • Who comes up with the names?
    • Our beer names are mash-ups of our collective personality forcing its way into the world.
  • Who comes up with the recipes?
    • Tim Marshall, our head brewer.
  • When will you bottle your beer?
    • We are already bottling our beer, dummy.
  • When will you can your beer?
    • We currently can two of our beers: Snaggletooth Bandana and FunSponge.
  • Will you ever make sour or wild beers?
    • When the time is right, which will be when we can virtually eliminate the risk of contamination, which is a while down the road.
  • How much beer do you produce?
    • We currently have the fermentation capacity for about 8,000 BBLs per year. We started at about 2,000-BBL capacity. We brew 30 BBLs at a time, mostly into 60 BBL fermenters.
  • Can I purchase a keg for a party?
    • Nope. Growlers, bottles, or cans are your best bet for now.

Company

  • Who works at the brewery?
  • What are your plans for expansion?
    • Knocking down walls. Adding fermenters. Barrels to the ceiling. A larger taproom. Off-site ventures. Changing the world, probably.
  • There’s really a brewery in Naperville?
    • Yes. Is there really a rock big enough for you to live under?
  • Can I work for Solemn Oath?
    • Maybe, but not right now. We are not currently hiring. We understand that you are ambitious, well-qualified, strong, and love to scrub, but we do not accept free labor either.
  • Who does your artwork?

Taproom

  • So what’s the deal with the taproom?
  • Do you have food?
    • No, but we have food trucks on scheduled days, and you’re welcome to bring or order food.
  • Will you ever have food?
    • We will probably never have a kitchen in our Naperville space.
  • Why is there a three-beer limit?
    • Our taproom is just that: a taproom. Which means it’s not a bar. There are plenty of other fine establishments that serve our beer, even some nearby. We’re happy to recommend one.
  • Are there TVs?
    • Nope, never will be. We want to watch the game too, but not here. Here, it’s about the beer.
  • Is there wifi?
    • Yep. Ask a bartender nicely and they’ll share the password with you.
  • Where is the taproom located?
    • We can be tricky to find. Get your directions to 1665 Quincy Ave in Naperville, then find your way behind that building and you’re looking at 1661. That’s us. We’re in Suite 179 at the north end of the building.
  • When is the taproom open?
    • Mon-Thurs 12-9, Fri 12-11, Sat 11-11, Sun 11-7
  • Can I rent out the taproom?
    • Yes. Email erin@solemnoathbrewery.com for pricing and availability.
  • Am I on the Beer For Friends board?
    • Take a look. If you’re not up here, you may be in the Book of Shame. Tsk, tsk…
  • Who built the bar and shelving?

Growlers

  • Do you fill growlers from other breweries?
    • No.
  • How long will my growler last?
    • We recommend opening it within four days of filling and drinking it by the day after opening it. Your beer will go flat after being open any longer.
  • How should I care for my growler?
    • Keep it cold and don’t shake it.
  • What should I do when I’m done with my growler?
    • Rinse thoroughly with warm water and no soap. Let it dry and store with the cap off. Refill often.

In The Market

  • Where can I find your beer?

    • Our beer is currently only sold on draft in Chicagoland. Keeping an up-to-date list of where our beer is on tap is a fool’s errand. Instead, here are some tools you can use:
      • #oathspots - Our top picks.
      • Beer Menus – Check the ‘updated’ dates to get a sense of how accurate the draft lists may be. In all instances, call ahead. Bar/restaurant-driven.
      • Untappd – Search for check-ins to Solemn Oath beers, but be wary; we’ve seen erroneous check-ins months after our beers have been out of market. Consumer-driven.
  • Who distributes your beer?
  • When is your beer coming to my state?
    • We are currently only available in Illinois.

Other

  • I’m a homebrewer and want some yeast. Can I have some?
    • We brew with yeast developed by Russian spies in the Nicaraguan jungle. Surely you understand we cannot share this treasure with the world.