When our artist Jourdon Gullett was installing the massive mural that’s located in the front hall of our taproom SOB head brewer Tim Marshall entered to see what he was doing. “What is this, your pain cave?” Tim said. “I guess so,” replied Jourdon. “That’d make a pretty good beer name,” Tim mumbled as he walked away.
Back in 2014 we wanted to sprinkle in a new IPA we had been discussing for a while. It was just a fifteen-barrel batch and for the most part it was kept here in the comforts of our taproom. What we kicked out was Pain Cave, one of our fastest moving and most highly sought-after beers of 2014. When scheduling came around we decided to invest more tank time in its success. We decided to make six batches in total and offer in both draft and bomber format.
Je voudrais une croissant, Je suis enchante.
In 1886 the people of France gifted the USA a copper statue of mammoth proportions. Now, the French may have a reputation for being the camembert to America’s hard and sharp cheddar, but when they are brainstorming what to share with their brothers in arms they go big. Statue-of-Liberty big. It’s the same ‘round here.
In 2014 we released Foux Du Fafa for the first time to celebrate our second anniversary. We blinked and saw our wares disappear faster than you could say “au revoir mon amour.”
Now, like a good, steamy french kiss, it’s back as big, as wet, and as unforgettable as ever. Imperial Farmhouse IPA means as many things as you would think. Huge tropical fruit hop aroma jumps out immediately, followed by an earthy, peppery farmhouse yeast profile that wouldn’t be out of place in your favorite sessionable saison. It’s that funky farmhouse yeast that leaves this beer super dry but jam packed with layers of bitterness, tangy citrus (un peu de pamplemousse?) and tropical fruit (ananas!) hop flavor, with a powerfully fresh aroma thanks to some sturdy dry-hopping with Amarillo, Citra and Centennial. Sound good? Oui? Faisons l’amour! Rapidement! Santé!
It’s been three years since we first started this incredible journey and it is time to raise our glass. Our annual Oath Day celebration has grown each year and we’ve put in a lot of effort to make this our best party yet. If you will be joining us and have a ticket, here are the details. If you missed out or simply can’t make it, keep in mind we’ll have some leftovers available on Sunday and there is always next year.
On Saturday your job is to have a good time. Make new friends, enjoy the beer, and destroy your older brother with a giant Q-Tip. Last year went swell, so again 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 do this each year and just like Oath Day Two we need your help keeping things within the boundaries of such things as the law and good taste to continue to have this opportunity. In short, don’t be an asshole.
Ever wonder why a brewery makes the beers it makes? Ninety percent of the time it’s because they’re making the beers they like to drink. That couldn’t be more true when it comes to Hexafoos, our American-style farmhouse ale.
We’ve put this beer on tap before and kept it off menu just so it would stick around longer, hoping we could squeeze a few more shift beers out before you drank it all. We squirrel some away every year in the creepy crawl space below our brewery alongside live hostages from who we’re contractually bound by our landlord not to disturb until Jean Claude Van Damme arrives. Point is, the brewing team at Solemn Oath loves this beer.
Up front, Hexafoos is full of earthy, peppery, and stone fruit aroma from our French saison yeast strain and pineapple-like tropical fruit notes from a blend of Galaxy and American hops. The flavor is citrus-forward with a smack of ripe peach in the mid-palate and a dry, fruity finish with moderate bitterness and effervescent carbonation.
- American-Style Farmhouse Ale
- 5.6% ABV
- 35 IBUs
- Available on draft starting at Oath Day this Saturday and available all summer.
Last week, we brought our American pale ale Skinny Jeans R Ridiculous back to showcase Chinook hops. Next up is Foux Du Fafa, our imperial farmhouse IPA.
As they roll through, we will give you a preview of what to expect in the way of beer releases. In no way are we saying we’ll actually meet your expectations–just set them. If this sounds good to you, you should probably reevaluate every important relationship in your life. Like, now.
It is that time of year again. The Oath Day cometh. And with our annual celebration comes the extraordinary efforts of our artist Jourdon Gullett.
Each year at this time Jourdon works tirelessly to develop the extra little things that give Oath Day that aesthetic boost (yeah Erin, we know you helped too). Pins, stickers, hats, tees, and this year a few extra pieces of stuff for your SOB collection.
Like a conspiracy theory obsessed cousin, we’ve been stockpiling our vital items for this week’s Oath Day Three.
Long lost wood-aged wonders, never-before-seen Intelligentsia collaborations, hoppy beers for days, and more will be featured across the six beer stations we’ll have for Oath Day. A DJ spinning 80s vinyl, an arcade, a photo booth, some sweet vans, a mobile (and tented) halfpipe, American Gladiator-style jousting, custom motorcycles (weather permitting), and what we assume are your best friends. We’ll have more on the available and upcoming Oath Day merch and special items this week. It’s going to be awesome.
We brew our single-hop American pale ale a few times every year to give some of the many hop varietals we use a chance to hog the spotlight. This time, it’s Chinook.
We usually use Chinook in conjunction with a citrusy, currant-ish, or tropical fruit-leaning hop like Cascade, Amarillo, or Galaxy to give the overall hop profile the Americanity we’re shooting for, but ‘nook is flying solo in this batch. Going lone ‘nook. It’s a one ‘nook rodeo. Rolling ‘nook deep. American denim, five pockets, one ‘nook. Ya dig? (Ed. Note: That’s a lot of puns). We used three different sources of Chinook to develop a degree of hop complexity while staying true to the single-hop agenda. The result is a pale ale that won’t grab you with fruity tendrils and shake you, but one that will scrub your tastebuds with spruce sap until you see Sasquatch.
Each spring, we shout out the window, “Hey! These floors are dirty as hell and we’re not gonna take it anymore!” We also roll back around to the beers we made when we opened in May, 2012. The one we most look forward to is finally here.
Today we release bombers of ultrahighfrequency in the taproom. This American double red ale is big on citrus and melon hop aroma with the underlying caramel malt lending an overall candied citrus quality. Toasted, caramel, and a hint of chocolate malt flavor are prominent and supported by substantial body, but give way to ripe orange and a firm, lingering bitterness.
Developing and sharing stories has always been a massive piece of the culture here at Solemn Oath. Today our Vikings series moves from a trilogy to a tetralogy.
Last week at the Craft Brewers Conference I sat on a panel with Tommy Gannon of Sierra Nevada and Jeff Billingsly of Deschutes to discuss flagship beers. Sierra obviously has Pale and Deschutes has two in Mirror Pond and Black Butte Porter. We, of course, have none.