The Old Order and All The Barleywines

The first beer ever to coin the name barleywine was Bass No. 1 Ale released in 1870. Saturday, February 3 we give nod to this distinctive style with the release of five beers, four wood-aged and our first English-Style version.

The Old Order is our small membership group at Solemn Oath for those that want guaranteed and advanced access to our most limited beers coming out of barrels. You can learn more about that by checking out our website, memberships for the 2018 rendition will close on Friday.

Toasty Taco will be around from 11AM-1PM on Saturday and the Taproom will be open normally.

BA Tickle Fight 4 bottles


Stage Zero: What the hell is it?

If you are new to SOB’s The Old Order it’s a merger of this and this. It’s like a mug club for wood-aged beer freaks and those looking to be a part of a unique family of like-minded people. This is the third year and after Friday, February 2nd at noon you’ll have to wait another year to join.

Now for the beers. Sometimes with each of the quarterly-ish releases for The Old Order, the two bottles available will be the same beer, other times it will be one bottle each of two different beers. For this initial drop it is the former.

Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World
American Barleywine aged 12mos in Rye Whiskey Barrels. 12% ABV. $20/22oz bottle

Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World
American Barleywine aged 12mos in Bourbon Barrels. 12% ABV. $20/22oz bottle

Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World
American Barleywine aged 12mos in Port Barrels. 12% ABV. $20/22oz bottle

Heavyweight Ticklefight Champion of the World
American Barleywine aged 24mos in Bourbon Barrels. 12% ABV. $20/22oz bottle

UK-Style Barleywine. 12% ABV. $10/22oz bottle


Stage One: Members Only

On Saturday, February 3rd at 11AM at the brewery we will be making the first releases of the 2018 TOO calendar available to members. One of each of these beers was included in your membership. It should be noted the release party is open to members only and their chosen guest. If you are a member, you should have received an email from us with details. If you have not, please email and we’ll figure out what’s up.

Stage Two: General Sales

For you non-joiners, Saturday, February 3 at 3PM in the SOB Taproom you’ll have access to what remains after members take the first crack at the extra bottles. We do not yet have final numbers as what remains will depend on members, but we do anticipate a limited number of each beer remaining. At this time these beers will be made available to anyone and everyone.

Stage Three: Drinking the Beers

These beers are unfiltered and unpasteurized. Like you when you put a crisp flat-brimmed hat on while shoveling snow, keep these beers cold and drink them fresh.


The goal we have at Solemn Oath is simple. And maybe someday you will figure out what that goal really is. We’re going to change the world, probably. Enjoy.

2018 MIBD and BoC Pickup Nitty Gritty

We’re hitting the ground in 2018 running and a little bit jittery with the Most Important Day of Beverage. Saturday, January 13 will be the release of Most Important Beverage of the Day, Beverage of Champions, and the all-new Beverage of Champions Rock and Rye.

The release party, which is open to all, will go from 11AM to 3PM. At 3PM the party will end and all remaining bottles that need to be picked up can be done so through the Taproom. If you cannot make the celebration we will hold your bottles until close at the brewery on January 20, after which we will put any bottles not yet picked up back on sale and no refund will be given.

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Most Important Day of Beverage

We at Solemn Oath are entering 2018 with a lot of new things to bring to you. Recent tank additions have freed up ability to make more frequent and innovative offerings, our barrel program volume and variety continues to grow as you’ll see right out of the gate with the first quarter release for The Old Order in February, and we are firing out cans like never before.

Within the midst of that chaos, certain beers demand that they return with a quality you require and a demand worthy of fighting their way through a market hell bent on new new new. We are thrilled to bring you this year’s rendition of Most Important Beverage of the Day and Beverage of Champions (x2). 

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Wonderful & Strange DDH IPA Release

We have no idea where this will lead us, but we have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.

On Friday, December 22 at 4PM we’ll be releasing Wonderful & Strange, a brand new double dry-hopped New England style IPA in four-pack 16oz. cans. Distinct from both Strange Old Woods and Call It What You Want before it, Wonderful & Strange is danker than those  tasty A-Frame waves Jeff Spicoli based his life around. Mosaic meets Mandarina Bavaria in a complex amalgamation of the ultimate sploof-inspired sticky take on the style of IPA rooted in the haze of the original Thirteen Colonies.

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Upcoming in Solemn Oath Beer

At Solemn Oath we have always prided ourselves on versatility and ongoing innovation in the beers we present to you. Over the last few years as we’ve grown nearly 200% in capacity we have battled with ourselves to keep kicking out what we feel is a proper variety of beer options. This is no more.

As a growing brewery with finite tank space and orders to fill we found ourselves driving deep with what has become our core. Lü, our award-winning beer {Kolsch} and a rocket ship here in Chicagoland by all commercial standards, began to edge itself into more and more tanks. The continued development of our IPA, Snaggletooth Bandana, combined with other beers that have continued to grow have left us both proud and wanting more. We have responded these last few months by investing in more tanks, more people, and more equipment, and we intend to keep in line our ability to make world-class beers at a rate and intensity that matches our passion for what we do.

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Call It What You Want New England-Style IPA Release

This Friday, December 15 we will releasing Call It What You Want, a Motueka, Citra, and Centennial New England-Style IPA. Dry hopped twice, proper haze, a fuller mouth feel, and hops brimming with tropical and citrus fruit tones.

We’re bringing you a lemon, lime, and mango focus that may give the spontaneous sensation of sand in your shoes.

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The Old Order 2018

The Old Order is a revered group of SOB supporters who seek established access to the most limited beers that we have to offer. Throughout the year we’ve been putting batches away in wood for the 2018 rendition and we’re very excited to share our third year with you.

2018 is an important year for us at Solemn Oath and we have a lot of exciting projects going. This past year we’ve added capacity, introduced 16oz tall boys for the first time, and expanded our Taproom footprint. If you missed the announcement, we recently added Andrew Mason as our new director of brewery operations. In 2017 The Old Order was presented with a FoBAB-award winner, handed bottles of bourbon barrel-aged beers galore, and provided limited access to draft-only variants of every release. Again in 2017, we are proud to say more than 90% of our wood-aged beer reached the hands of members of The Old Order and their invited guests.

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Pre-Thanksgiving Week Plan

It’s nearly the time of year where you’re either looking to party with, or escape from, your friends for the coming holiday. Solemn Oath has your back. Here’s what we have going.

This is meant to inform you and let you know what’s happening at SOB. As always you can hit us on the social medias if you have any questions.

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SOB Names Andrew Mason Director of Brewing Operations

Solemn Oath Brewery is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Mason as Director of Brewing Operations, effective immediately. Mason comes to Solemn Oath after more than eight years at Three Floyds Brewing Co., the last four of which he served in the role of Production Manager.

“I look forward to joining the talented team at Solemn Oath,” said Mason. “Right now, we have a number of new and cool things planned for the year ahead. It’s an exciting time for the brewery and for me personally and professionally. I’m ready to get to work.”

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