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June 5, 2013

Congratulations, everyone. You survived Chicago Craft Beer Week. As we roll into festival season, we have some new beers on the horizon.

We're continuing to produce Snaggletooth Bandana through the summer, and Mr. Inappropriate is coming back after a short hiatus. The following beers are new or have been out of production for some time.

May 24, 2013

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild (ICGB) is proposing two changes to the Illinois Liquor Code. These changes would allow for the continued growth of an industry that is adding jobs and bringing small businesses to cities and towns across the state. In the past three years, roughly 40 breweries and brewpubs have opened their doors. The craft beer industry in Illinois currently employs approximately 2,500 people.

Read about what's going on here. A brewer can receive three different types of licenses:
  • Brewer’s license – allows for the manufacturing of beer and the sale of that beer to distributors.
  • Brewpub license – considered a specialty retail license, allows the licensee to manufacture beer on premise and sell for on-site and off-site consumption at a limited volume. Also allows the licensee to sell to independent distributors. A brewpub is typically a restaurant that serves food and liquor in addition to their manufactured beer.
  • Craft brewer license – a licensed brewer who can manufacture up to 15,000 barrels (465,000 gallons) and self-distribute up to 7,500 barrels (232,500 gallons).
May 12, 2013

Welcome. This is our next chapter.

Since May of 2012, Solemn Oath has been bringing you beer the best way that we know how. And we know that you know that you know that we know that we appreciate your support. It has landed us on the cover of Beer Advocate. It has propelled us to the medal stand with our very first batch of beer. Our successes are yours. Let's have s'more.
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May 10, 2013

When we told you last month that we were going into glass, didn't you think it would take some steel to get there?

Today we received and placed three new 30bbl fermenters from Michigan-based manufacturer GW Kent. With this addition, we will increase production by fifty-four percent (point five if you want to get specific), allowing us to keep the bars and restaurants that already support us in good supply. This will also give us the chance to dig a little deeper into our home turf in the west suburbs. When we get there, packaging will be limited as well. Just one batch each month in twenty-two-ounce bombers, which you can expect to be available this summer. There won't be many bottles to go around at first, but if there were, you'd want them less anyway.

May 2, 2013

UPDATED - May 22, 2013

As if you needed a reason to celebrate, May 16-26 will be this year's rendition of Chicago Craft Beer Week (CCBW). Dozens of craft-focused events will be going down every day throughout the Chicagoland area so you need to plan your calendar accordingly. If CCBW isn't enough to get you anxious, please keep in mind that we will also be celebrating our first anniversary.

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Disclaimer: Please do not make any attempt to determine how much money you have spent in the past year at the Solemn Oath Brewery taproom or on our beer in the wild. This information will do nothing for you. The only type of measurement you should be making is in joy, and we're guessing that's pretty high.

OK. Chicago Craft Beer Week, eleven days of pure madness. Here is our schedule (for now):

April 25, 2013

In preparation for this announcement, I read ideas about bottles. Lots of them. Wine bottles. Bottles of ketchup. Messages in bottles. Turns out people are really, really angry about single-use water bottles. Imagine that!

We've been making beer for one year and four days. And until now your options for getting your hands on our product have been limited. Once our bottle releases hit they will still be limited. If you spot one in the wild be sure to move quickly. Realize that Solemn Oath is still in its infancy, and now we will be consistently out of beer on two fronts.

April 10, 2013
April 8, 2013

If you frequent the taproom on the weekend, you’re well aware by now that you just may have to wait your turn in line in order to enter the Solemn walls. That’s because more people want to inhabit our space and take in the good vibes than is legally safe at a given time.

Hypothetically, if there were a flash fire that set our taproom walls ablaze, we often have the maximum number of people inside that would probably be able to make it out safely. Probably.

April 4, 2013

We hope you've noticed that our beer is reaching more and more of your favorite bars and restaurants. We've finally reached a point where we've been able to open up sales to some of the people in Chicagoland that want it.

With our production level reaching capacity comes the possibility of bottling. The first few runs are carved deep in our calendars and should have you stocked up by year's end. Small quantities for sure at first. Also around town, be sure to keep an eye on Penrose Brewing in Geneva as they close in on opening, and if you were lucky enough to get a FoBAB ticket, we'll see your happy ass there.