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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.
March 9, 2016

This is a big year for Solemn Oath; we're planning on doubling production and maximizing solid hangs and mellow vibes.

Exhibit A: Oath Day Four. If you were a love child of flower children, you remember hanging out with your cousins in Uncle Gary's sweet basement in the '70s. If not, this is your lucky day. We'll keep the beer flowing, lines non-existent, and sweet sounds of funk, soul, proto-punk, outlaw country, and Zeppelin piped into your eardrums. Two sessions, promiscuous approach to doors, coffee beers, barrel-aged beers, and great food. We'll supply plenty of company if you can't wrangle any friends to come with you.

January 29, 2016

It's been awhile since we spilled ink to dive deep into a beer and how we make it. With the release of Most Important Beverage of the Day this weekend, it's time.

The base beer is a milk stout brewed with a mellow, sweet, slightly toasty Scottish malt as the base along with English roasted barley, two types of chocolate malt, and dark crystal malt. A high rate of lactose leads to a high finishing gravity, full body, and velvety mouthfeel. Mild additions of Centennial hops provide a foundation of orange flavor within the darker malt-derived complexity. The result is a roasty, chocolatey, nearly smoky base that fully coats the palate and lingers with the distinctive sweetness of chocolate-covered malt balls.
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.

December 16, 2015

Within the walls here at the brewery we look at 2017 as the beginning of Solemn Oath 2.0. This year we’ll be celebrating our fifth anniversary, which is crazy. With your ongoing support we have accomplished some incredible things.

We have cans all over the Chicagoland market, an incredible amount of supporting accounts in the draft world, and our wood-aged beer membership, The Old Order, continues to grow and thrive. With this growth comes a renewed focus on innovation that I can tell you is part of our foundation in 2017, 2018, and beyond.
December 7, 2015

Since our first batch at Solemn Oath, we’ve been putting beer into wood. It’s something we are dedicated to and we’ve been working hard to develop a program to better share this passion with you SOBs. Each year we’ve brought more variety to the lineup and each year we’ve expanded the capacity of our barrel program. Now we’re ready for the next step.

In the past, SOBs have only been able to drink our wood-aged offerings on draft at either the taproom or craft-focused #oathspots around Chicagoland. We’ll be changing this and bottling our wood-aged beer in very small quantities for the first time.

December 7, 2015

The scoop, the skinny, and the 411 our newest and only member program for wood-aged beers.

The Old Order exists to guarantee members access to our limited release wood-aged beers. Membership is limited and, unfortunately as a small brewery, will be capped each year.
December 1, 2015

On September 25, 1066, a battle raged in East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The English army had effectively pushed back the invading Norwegian viking forces, but one lone viking held position on the narrow Stamford Bridge.

History’s lore tells us that he held ground for an hour while killing hundreds, and buying his countrymen time before dying by spear from below. He became known as the Viking of Stamford Bridge.