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November 3, 2014

In late spring of 2014 we began our adventure of bringing beer outside of Illinois. How we selected our second market, Wisconsin, was simple: we wanted to bring beer back to our roots.

Chicagoland is our home, but my brother Joe and I grew up about sixteen miles north of Milwaukee. For us, bringing SOB home to Wisconsin, maintaining that personal connection to where we're from, and, above all, doing it well have always been high on our priorities.

October 15, 2014

If you’re looking for an experience, look no further--New York’s hottest club is Perennial Oath.

After you step through a refurbished barn door to this donut-offering plateless BBQ hot spot, you’ll be greeted by a skeeball machine on which you get one throw to see if you can enter. This place has everything: no chairs or tables, 600 taps, a Russian man screaming profanities, ski bums, and Stockard Channing singing "There Are Worse Things I Could Do." Don’t look for a bartender; there isn’t one. And why are there no bartenders? Because it’s that thing when everyone you know is on the Paleo diet.

This month marks the release of our most recent collaboration, Stefon, which our friends at Perennial Artisan Ales brewed at their shop. Stefon is a dark rye farmhouse ale conditioned with Brettanomyces. Earthy, spicy rye malt is at the front of the nose, followed by subtle stone and tropical fruit, with crackling cocoa flavor on the palate and a slight tartness that will only develop further with age.

October 9, 2014

It's a busy week here in Naperville.

We have three beers returning to our lineup, two of them in bottles. Ravaged By Vikings is our American double IPA brewed with Simcoe and Columbus for resinous, pine-sap flavor and dry-hopped with a blend of American hops for a huge citrus, pine-resin nose. Man vs. Internet is our Belgo-American double red ale that combines caramel, oatmeal sweetness with dark fruit and spice for a full-bodied flavorsmack. Salty Beard is our single-hop Belgian IPA, brewed and dry-hopped this time with El Dorado hops for huge melon, tropical fruit, and citrus character, all packed on top of some big fruity Belgian-style yeast esters and absolutely no salt whatseover.

October 2, 2014

Everyone loves a good staring contest--until you realize you're retina-deep in a psychopath.

We're here to help you steer clear of that debacle and point your pupils toward something dark--just not Ted Bundy dark. This week, we release Psychogaze, our American porter. Loaded with Munich, crystal, chocolate, and black malts for a complex malt character that hits the full spectrum of caramel, toast, roast, and earthy coffee. Rolled oats add a velvety texture to the beer's medium body, while Nugget and Willamette hops contribute fruity, earthy aromatics.

September 25, 2014

Each year at this time, the Norse thanked the gods for the year's harvest and asked for protection through the coming winter with feast, drink, and sacrifice. Winternights, or Vetrnætr, marked a period of transition from travel and harvest to hunting and hunkering.

This is a period of transition at Solemn Oath as well. The weather demands a different approach to IPA--heartier, more pine-sap than citrus, and more pillage and plunder than oi oi oi. These are the days when we decommission the Snaggletooth Bandana Econoline and herald the return of Kidnapped By Vikings.
September 4, 2014

Since we opened in May of 2012 the only way you’ve been able to pick up Solemn Oath goods was if you visited our brick-and-mortar location in Naperville. Today that changes.

As we’ve grown, the demand for our apparel, headwear, and miscellaneous items (coming soon) has grown in parallel. Alongside our passion for creating quality beer, the aesthetic presence of our space and the products we create has always been a focus. From our creative partners to the work of our in-house artist Jourdon Gullett, we’ve always strived to construct the best atmosphere possible for you to enjoy the beer that we’re so proud of—and sometimes that is a tee shirt on your back.

September 1, 2014

We've decided to show the day after Monday, and before Wednesday, some love. Expect crazy things to happen on each and every Tuesday in the future.

As we move forward we will tap something out of the norm, sometimes it may be a rad pin, other times a specially infused beer... and, because you are thinking it, we will break out some barrel-aged stuff sometimes too. Special tappings won't be all. We'll also choose a beer, sometimes two, to do $10 growler fills.

August 13, 2014

On Thursday, August 28, SOB and Penrose Brewing Company will team up yet again for the second installment of our new event format--The Neighborhood Party.

In case you missed round one in Armitage Awesomeness, our two breweries got together to do two things: celebrate the great venues for beer in one Chicago neighborhood and throw an event that reflects our best experiences hanging out with friends over beers. Craft-supporting establishments and breweries do a killer job of giving you options for single-venue events, but we wanted to pull together an itinerary for you that gives the beer event some legs and a breath of fresh air.

August 7, 2014

Oh, nice. You made it.

I was worried you would be too panic-stricken from oh, you know, the methane gas escaping from the Arctic, the outbreak of an untreatable virus, our poorly secured nuclear weapons, the violent conflicts spread across Eurasia, our border crisis, our vanishing and toxic drinking water, the impending Hawaiian hurricane sandwich, and what-not to even chance opening your eyes, let alone your browser. Well, here you are anyway! Whether it's bravery, non-chalance, recklessness, or sheer ignorance that got you here, I promise: it's safe. Beer news, and that's it. Isn't that a nice warm blanket of wool over your eyes? This month, fresh batches of Snaggletooth Bandana and Butterfly Flashmob will continue to roll out in draft form, along with some new releases and one returning favorite.