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John Barley

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October 21, 2016

When we began planning for our wood-aged beer membership back in ought fifteen this is what we were thinking and wanted to share with you. The majority of these bottles go directly to our members but we continue to shave a few off the top for non-members to enjoy some of our best offerings.

The first is Sybil’s Revenge, aged eighteen months in Old Forester Bourbon barrels before ever again seeing the light of day. The second, is the faithful return of a beer many of you have experienced in the Taproom before, Radth. This gem debuted in the Fall of 2012, taking home a FoBAB award and now bottled for the first time ever.
October 4, 2016

The culture at Solemn Oath Brewery is a pillar of who we are. Each part of the success of this brewery has come from the passion of the people who work here.

And we're hiring.
August 22, 2016

Solemn Oath Brewery announced today the appointment of Eric Hobbs as Vice President of the company. In the new leadership role, Eric will oversee all sales for the growing brewery, which recently announced statewide ambitions by 2018.

“Eric is a proven leader who understands the industry, and most importantly, this market,” says John Barley, President of Solemn Oath Brewery. “Our operations team is making world-class beer, we recently made a massive infrastructure investment, and now we’re building the team that’s going to help our company take the next step forward. We’ve been ready for it, but now we have the guy to help get us there.”

June 7, 2016

This week Solemn Oath takes a step that has been a long time coming: We have beer in cans and they are being distributed throughout the Chicagoland market.

We appreciate your patience. We appreciate your support. While we’ve had twenty-two ounce bottles for several years, this is a new endeavor for us into the off-premise world. Thank you for helping us get here and we’ll continue to work hard to get even more fresh, world class, beer into your hands.

May 13, 2016

Brewers, Distributors, Friends, Countrymen, SOBs,

Oath Day is here. Below is a bit of information that will be useful for you to make the best of tomorrow. We’re gonna have a good time.

QUICK SIDE NOTE: Session One sold out but there may be a couple Session Two tickets available. Scoop them RIGHT HERE. Ticket sales close at 10AM tomorrow morning before the event and walk-ups will not be allowed.

April 20, 2016

This is just the beginning.

We at Solemn Oath Brewery are proud to announce the release of .003-bbl Legless Portable Handheld Serving Vessels with Manual Single-Use Manways. Cans. Snaggletooth Bandana in cans. In honor of those that helped complete our expansion we'll be releasing a special edition can that will be available Oath Day, May 14. Snaggletooth Bandana cans will then be released city wide in late May. As always, we thank you for your continued support.

April 14, 2016

Since batch number one at Solemn Oath we've been putting beer into a wood. It's one thing that we are extremely passionate about and get pumped every time we have the opportunity to share them with you. Our first wood-aged bottle releases a few months ago were an awesome success. Now it's time for more.

This quarter features two separate releases again in The Old Order III & IIII, including our first-ever bottled blend. And no. We aren't idiots when it comes to Roman numerals. They're tallies. Any asshole can use Roman numerals. We're guessing we'll just have to figure something out when we surpass thirty.
January 20, 2016

From the brewing of the beer itself, to barrel selection, to aging, to having the square footage where the barrel sits, to potentially blending, a lot goes into a wood-aged beer.

At Solemn Oath we refuse to cut corners in anything that we do and put everything we have into ensuring that the beer that reaches your mouth is both creative and a world class product. Now we enter a new chapter of small release beers. As we’ve said before, SOBs have only been able to drink our wood-aged offerings on draft at either the taproom or craft-focused #oathspots around Chicagoland. This changes over the next few weeks. Here’s the deal.
January 8, 2016

On the occasional Friday we post moments and happenings from the week in the world of SOB. We hope this gives you insight into what we’re about and a look behind the scenes at our little American craft brewery.

We won’t be selling. We won’t be pushing. We won’t be trying to convince you of anything at all. These are a few moments for you to relax and enjoy some beer. And let this serve as a reminder to us all that at least some of the time, that’s really all a brewery should be.