Solemn Oath has joined Adler Planetarium, Binny’s, Chicago’s Omega Yeast, Country Malt Group, and Hopsteiner in partnership to send ingredients into the stratosphere via high altitude balloon and brew a beer with them. On our first attempt the balloon reached 92,000 feet before bursting early and descending into Lake Michigan. It was not recoverable.
Proceeds from this first release of the Apollo Missions anniversary beer, featuring ingredients that stayed here on Earth, will go to support Adler Planetarium and its programs.
We currently have a date slated to make our second high-altitude balloon launch attempt at lifting a payload of yeast, malt, and hops into the stratosphere and then making a beer with it. The reality is that there are a ton of factors that determine our timing. From cloud cover or rain, which set us back nearly two months on this project, to FAA approval and even our ability to locate the payload after it descends if we’re successful. Stay tuned, we will keep everyone up to speed as we move forward.
Now on to the first release.
From seamstresses to engineers to those supporting the astronauts from the command center on Earth, we choose to honor those outside the spotlight. In collaboration with the partners above we have made an IPA in celebration of the incredible human achievement accomplished by the Apollo Missions with proceeds supporting Adler Planetarium and its programs.
India Pale Ale
SOB/Adler/Binny’s/Omega Yeast/Country Malt Group/Hopsteiner Collaboration
To honor and commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest achievements of Mankind, we reached for inspiration from the stars. Our four hops we chose were obvious selections, Apollo, Comet, Galaxy, and Strata. Project Apollo has a beautiful light orange hue and an aroma that feels like it’s erupting from the bottom of a Saturn 5. This beer pulls from the earth and the sky for its flavors and aromas. It’s a blend of grapefruit citrus, passionfruit tropical; astrally fruity and bolstered by our Norwegian farmhouse yeast from Omega that makes it totally out of this world. Apollo has a balanced bitterness with a gently fruity sweet finish. We think it’s a fitting tribute worthy of such a great milestone.
This beer will make its debut on Thursday, June 20 at Adler After Dark: Out in Space. Come celebrate the infinite diversity within the Universe, ourselves, and each other as Adler welcomes friends and allies in the LGBTQIA+ community. Tickets are available now.
On Friday, June 21 across all Chicagoland Binny’s the Earth Version of Project Apollo will be available four packs. Apollo, Comet, Galaxy, and Strata hops layered above a bed of Two-Row, Munich, Carapils, and Crystal 45 malt with the tropical complexity of Hornindal Kveik from Omega Yeast bringing it to life.
At 5PM on Friday, June 21 we will release the beer at Solemn Oath Brewery. For those of you paying attention to the images, we will have special edition Project Apollo patches included with the first limited number of four packs. Final number is still TBD since we have not yet packaged the beer and need to determine yield. Stay tuned, these will also be available at the Binny’s release of the second beer (see below).
This beer will be limited but available on draft at bars and restaurants across the eight Chicagoland counties. Contact your favorite purveyor to encourage them to help support Adler and its programming and a small brewery that loves you. We’ll post locations when we have locations to post.
This beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized. Whether you are star-gazing with your beloved or just hanging in front of the grill friends on July 4, keep these beers cold and drink them fresh.
As mentioned above we have a second balloon launch scheduled. When we are able to successfully complete the project we will be throwing a party at Binny’s Marcey and celebrating once again. More information coming soon on the Stratospheric Version of Project Apollo and its Binny’s Release. We thank you for your support of our ambitious project.
The goal we have at Solemn Oath is simple. And maybe someday you will figure out what that goal really is. We’re going to change the world, probably. Enjoy.