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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.

April 2, 2013

This month, we have some specials and surprises coming your way. I mean, our barrel-aged Oubliette isn't going to drink itself. Expect something à la Radth; Dude, Hold My Purse; or Upper Lip Surprise to come and go in a flash in the taproom. We also have a Bannoffee pie-inspired take on Yarnbomb in the pipeline and a couple of the beers below are particularly well cut out for spice and fruit additions, so watch for the occasional one-off keg or firkin.

March 16, 2013

Each month, we will bring you a preview of the beers we plan to release. Yes, we know we're halfway into March, but we just went live yesterday. Cut us some slack, hombre.

March 7, 2013

May. The month of our birth. The month of Chicago Craft Beer Week. The month in which we release four collaboration beers. In which barrels say goodbye to what's been hibernating inside them for months, or even a year. In which we are embraced again by the sun's warmth. But let's not get sentimental about it, we have beers to drink.

Enjoy your thirty-one days of May, remember that it's fall in the Southern Hemisphere, and try to work the words of the great Notorious B.I.G. into as many conversations as possible, "It was all a dream."
January 14, 2013

Monday, January 13th is a very special day for us for two reasons.

One: It is the first Monday our taproom will be open (Noon-9pm). We’ve decided to keep our doors open seven days a week. We know Mondays kind of stink for most of you SOBs out there and we are thrilled that we can now welcome you in the taproom with open arms and a fresh brew. Feel free to vent about your a-hole of a boss, how your significant other has never done the dishes, or whatever, to our cool-as-a-cucumber bartenders.