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October 3, 2013

According to the traditional Gaelic calendar, autumn began back in August. So, depending on your heritage, you might want to start thinking about stocking up for winter.

Either way, the leaves are changing, the harvest is upon us, and it is no longer 116 degrees fahrenheit in the taproom. Oktoberface is already available, Salty Beard made its debut, and more fresh beer is on the autumnal horizon. Here goes.

September 23, 2013
September 9, 2013

We know you've been buying Christmas decorations and drinking pumpkin beers for months, but we like to keep our seasonal calendar grounded a little more solidly in, oh you know, the calendar.

In case you missed it, we recently released Hexafoos and None More Black. We have some more Wreckagemaster out, and the last batches of this year's Snaggletooth Bandana are coming out of the tanks as we start brewing Kidnapped By Vikings in its place this week.

August 2, 2013

For brewers in these parts, August is punctuated by The Great Taste of the Midwest. We gather. We share. We drink. Some streak. We name no names.

In the surrounding days and weeks, we continue making beer. Snaggletooth Bandana and Mr. Inappropriate will be around for awhile longer. Oxford Comma and Lil' Spitfire are on their way out. Here's all the rest.

July 15, 2013
July 13, 2013

When the concept for Solemn Oath Brewery began we knew from the start we wanted to focus on draft beer only. As a small brewery with a small staff in a huge market, we wanted to focus our efforts in one space and keep things relatively simple. Now we move forward. Next week, for the first time ever, Solemn Oath will be available in bottles.

For the foreseeable future, we will be releasing two beers per month in limited volume. Until sold out, 22 oz. bottles will be available at the Solemn Oath taproom as well as many of your favorite liquor stores across the Chicagoland area. We ask that you contact your local liquor store directly regarding their availability of Solemn Oath releases.

 
June 26, 2013

The Inaugural Naperville Ale Fest is only a month a way. We look forward to celebrating and exposing new people to craft beer in our hometown. We've known about this project for a year as Josh Seago and his team have been hell-bent on designing a festival of national caliber.

In its first year they've been able to draw 75+ breweries who are coming on board to pour over 180 beers. General admission tickets are a reasonable $45 and the VIP offerings are already sold out. Back in March, Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting sat down with Josh to gain some insights into his passion and drive to bring this project to light.

June 5, 2013

Congratulations, everyone. You survived Chicago Craft Beer Week. As we roll into festival season, we have some new beers on the horizon.

We're continuing to produce Snaggletooth Bandana through the summer, and Mr. Inappropriate is coming back after a short hiatus. The following beers are new or have been out of production for some time.

May 24, 2013

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild (ICGB) is proposing two changes to the Illinois Liquor Code. These changes would allow for the continued growth of an industry that is adding jobs and bringing small businesses to cities and towns across the state. In the past three years, roughly 40 breweries and brewpubs have opened their doors. The craft beer industry in Illinois currently employs approximately 2,500 people.

Read about what's going on here. A brewer can receive three different types of licenses:
  • Brewer’s license – allows for the manufacturing of beer and the sale of that beer to distributors.
  • Brewpub license – considered a specialty retail license, allows the licensee to manufacture beer on premise and sell for on-site and off-site consumption at a limited volume. Also allows the licensee to sell to independent distributors. A brewpub is typically a restaurant that serves food and liquor in addition to their manufactured beer.
  • Craft brewer license – a licensed brewer who can manufacture up to 15,000 barrels (465,000 gallons) and self-distribute up to 7,500 barrels (232,500 gallons).