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John Barley

@ divider
April 16, 2019
A spectral night-flight of IPAs are coming. Can you hear the whistle? In the 19th Century United Kingdom there was a superstition mysterious birds who call […]

A spectral night-flight of IPAs are coming. Can you hear the whistle?

In the 19th Century United Kingdom there was a superstition mysterious birds who call out to foretell death. Common amongst seamen and coal miners, the story tells of six birds always flying and always in search for their seventh. When the seventh whistler was found the group was complete and they could move forward with their fate of unleashing wrath upon the world. (more…)
April 12, 2019
As Lance Mountain once said, “I was there and you weren’t.” Trust us, you don’t want that to happen with the next release of The Old […]

As Lance Mountain once said, “I was there and you weren’t.” Trust us, you don’t want that to happen with the next release of The Old Order on April 27.

Over the last several years the beers we’ve released through The Old Order have slithered across and between a myriad of styles and barrel heritages. We’ve released imperial stouts from bourbon barrels, fruited Belgian creations aged in California Chardonnay barrels, old world Baltic Porters from a variety of brandy barrels, and more. This time it’s different. This time it is a barrage of dry-hopped bourbon barrel-aged IPAs. (more…)
April 4, 2019
What a wonderful wonder friendship brings. For our third consecutive year we are teaming up with the amazing people of Whinny City Pony Con, Chicagoland’s biggest My Little […]

What a wonderful wonder friendship brings.

For our third consecutive year we are teaming up with the amazing people of Whinny City Pony Con, Chicagoland’s biggest My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan convention happening this weekend. If you aren't familiar the MLP community is as diverse and passionate as it gets. Friday, April 5 at 5PM we are celebrating this welcoming and open-minded community with an all new collaboration that would make anyone offer up another cupcake. Brewery-only and bomber-only, this beer is an American IPA with a Pink Raspberry muave soul consisting of too many Pinkie Pies. The Azacca, Citra, and Denali hops are gleaming with raspberry that definitely subdues the bitterness. In short, it tastes like vanilla starburst cotton candy. It's awesome.
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March 28, 2019
Oath Day serves as a celebration of our entire community and culture and we hope you’ll join us as we raise a glass to our seventh […]

Oath Day serves as a celebration of our entire community and culture and we hope you’ll join us as we raise a glass to our seventh turn around the sun on June 1st.

Tickets to Oath Day Seven go live Thursday, April 4 at 10AM CST. The most chill and vibeyest of parties is kicking off pre-summer with a slew of friends, partners, and members of the SOB family. Consider this your formal invitation to this celebration of Solemn Oath culture.

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What began as a tiny draft-only enterprise now touches pieces of Illinois, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and a spot coming soon to Logan Square in Chicago. We invite each of you to come to our home and celebrate for our biggest party of the year.
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March 27, 2019
From the Lincoln Highway to your local butcher, the classic American small town main street is the soul of the Midwest. June 29th we’re joining forces […]

From the Lincoln Highway to your local butcher, the classic American small town main street is the soul of the Midwest.

June 29th we’re joining forces with our friends at Lodi Tap House and shutting down the Main Street in Maple Park, Illinois for the first-annual Summer in the Stix, a music-driven and beer-filled block party from 12PM-10PM. (more…)
March 15, 2019
If your preferred IPA is local, why would your Belgian Wit be different? SOB’s experimentally dry-hopped White Van is now available year-round. In the hop era […]

If your preferred IPA is local, why would your Belgian Wit be different? SOB’s experimentally dry-hopped White Van is now available year-round.

In the hop era of craft beer with local brewers continuing to surge, the number one beer brand sold in Chicagoland continues to be Blue Moon. Depending on the time of year the second biggest beer brand sold in Chicagoland is Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. In the age of IPA, wheat beer is king. (more…)
March 14, 2019
Saturday, March 23rd Solemn Oath is debuting a beer project we’re calling Duality. For the first rendition we’re focusing on the almighty hop with a double […]

Saturday, March 23rd Solemn Oath is debuting a beer project we’re calling Duality. For the first rendition we’re focusing on the almighty hop with a double set of double dry-hopped IPAs designed for exploration and uniqueness.

Andrew Mason, SOB Director of Brewing Operations:

With this duality project we set out to show how two very different beers can arise from a common starting point. I first thought of the scene in Full Metal Jacket when Private Joker is getting dressed down by the Colonel about his conflicting uniform messages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMEViYvojtY We don't take ourselves seriously enough to conflate beer with good and evil, or war, but the idea of contextualizing ingredients and juxtaposing hops struck a chord. Both beers start in the same place, with the same malt bills and brewhouse treatments, but in the fermenters they take divergent paths. Duality 1 is made with Bravo, Galaxy, and Lotus. Duality 2 is made with El Dorado and Jarrylo. The hops themselves have interesting stories. Lotus or *Lotus* (imagine saying that in a delicate whisper) is a newly named hop variety from Hopsteiner, recently graduated from their experimental breeding program. They took hops from hearty American varieties that have been bred for disease and pest resistance, and crossed it with a Japanese variety called Eastern Gold that dates back to the 1930's. It also has Neomexicanus in its genetic heritage which is a landrace hop variety discovered in the desert southwest that has great drought resistance and incredible flavors and aromas. Lotus delivers flavors and aromas reminiscent of walking in an orange grove during the spring blossom. It's lightly floral with a sweet orange perfume and has a backbone of vanilla suggesting an orange creamsicle. We paired that with Bravo, another hop that has orange characters, but leans more towards orange rind and candied orange. Additionally we used Galaxy to bring a tropical passionfruit and citrus emphasis to tie it all together. Duality 2 is also very fruity but in a very different direction. El Dorado and Jarrylo bring a mix of watermelon, starburst-y, pear and fruity spice to play. El Dorado, named after the mythical golden city has flavors and aromas that run the gamut from pineapple and mango to watermelon and stone fruit. We like to think of it as a candy like dry hop addition. Jarrylo is named after Jarilo, the Slavic god of fertility and springtime and ends up having a common thread to our brewery's namesake. In Robert Burns' poem John Barleycorn three kings harvest barley to provide for their families: There was three kings into the east, Three kings both great and high, And they hae sworn a solemn oath John Barleycorn should die. Jarilo was celebrated as the bringer of crops and cereals, but that also meant that like John Barleycorn, each harvest he had to be murdered. His wife Morana becomes so distraught that each year she brings the winter as retribution and the cycle starts again each year. As a hop Jarrylo adds banana, pears, and spicy fruitiness. Together they create a delicious fruit explosion that is very different from Duality 1. So come explore these two different expressions with us and see how different hops and hop combinations can radically shape a beer and its character.  Sometimes at Solemn Oath we listen to rock and sometimes we listen to rap. On occasion you might hear some jazz, pop, or a splash of early punk. The important thing to realize is that we’re always lively. Always accomplishing something. Always planning for what we hope will not be your favorite new thing, or the brewery’s favorite new thing, but our favorite thing together. Never complacent and always adapting. Changing the world, probably.
March 13, 2019
Solemn Gardens IPA is a unique tropical beast. A torrent of coconut bliss stemming from the experimental side of the hop farm world. This is Batch […]

Solemn Gardens IPA is a unique tropical beast. A torrent of coconut bliss stemming from the experimental side of the hop farm world. This is Batch 2.

As a hop-focused brewery we study hop development and this beer is assembled from two cultivars with incredible potential and an already established star. (more…)
March 10, 2019
When Kraft put macaroni and cheese into a box 82 years ago it immediately became an American staple. While the powdery noodle glory may fill you […]

When Kraft put macaroni and cheese into a box 82 years ago it immediately became an American staple. While the powdery noodle glory may fill you with nostalgia from your childhood, Mac Dynamite’s modern perfection of the dish will fill you inspiration for a bountiful mac n’ cheese future.

To kick off St. Paddy's Day weekend, Mac Dynamite will be out on Friday, March 15th at 5pm with the greenest and spiciest mac 'n' cheese ever and we'll be re-releasing three different canned IPAs so you can soothe that delicate palate of yours with some tropical goodness after surviving those spicy, cheesy noods. (more…)