Solemn Oath Brewery
Active Beers: 61
Beer Ratings: 1,022
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The taproom opens up straight into the brewery. The space is fairly small (understandably) which at times can make it cramped, but being in close quarters with the other patrons has never led to an issue for me.
If you're in for the first time -- payment is credit/debit only, and local ordinance caps consumption at 3 beers per person, so plan to purchase a growler to go if you like anything in particular.
02-15-2014 03:53:58 | More by JackOC85
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Okay so to call this place a brewpub would be an overstatement and this place is nothing but an understatement. It is what appears to be a former garage that has been transformed into a microbrewery, they have seven beers on tap I tasted a flight and two pints (limit three per day) all were beyond reproach, most interesting was the imperial black Saison very tasty and completely uniques as well as the toasted marshmallow stout, do yourself a favor and do not go on a Friday night they have one small bar with seating for aprox 10 people and they were 50 plus on a Friday night bartenders did their best to help out but with the noise and the crowd didn't feel like I got the full experience will try again on a weekday. You really have to look for this place to find but don't give up you won't be disappointed once you do. These guys know beer and they do impeccably they appear to be straddling the line between home brewers and full on brew pub owners and that's how I like it.
01-19-2014 03:48:09 | More by LANDRY
4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Solemn Oath is one of my favorite brewery's. There beer is great and everyone working there is very nice. There was a mix of people from younger adults to business type adults. They do have food trucks on the weekend but you are welcome to bring your own food with. It is card for payment only and you do not tip the bar tender, you can buy them a drink as a tip. The way you see all the fermentors and everything that goes on inside the brewery from the bar it kind of makes you feel like a part of it.
11-26-2013 22:11:56 | More by cwehr13
4.14/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Solemn Oath is a bit hard to find considering it's in a building behind another building, so bring your GPS.
The taproom is small and intimate which but feels good. The open floor plan allows you to see the brewery and the goings on inside. The quality of the beers is allows top notch in IMO, so finding something you will enjoy shouldn't be a problem. The service was also top notch. Our bartender was knowledgeable, nice, and seemed to know everyone else in the taproom. The selection of beers was really the only downside. They had 5 on tap with no guest drafts. I would have loved to be able to get a flight if they had 7-10, but o well. All in all this is a cool place to visit, and I would recommend it to anyone.
09-17-2013 21:16:29 | More by Thedaver4220
3.81/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Atmosphere- Very good, it is set in the middle of a warehouse district so it has a bit of an underground feel to it. The taproom is only separated from the brewery by a waist high wall, you are no more than 15 feet from the fermenters. Not very big, maybe 15 stools at the bar, no other chairs around.
Quality- Solemn Oath makes some good beers and they usually have 5 of their beers on tap at a time.
Service- Very friendly, because it is a smaller place, the service is quick and the bartenders are easygoing.
Selection- Its a taproom so they only have their beers on tap.
Value- Typical price for beers, around $5 or $6 for a pint. Their growler fills are a bit on the expensive side. $20 for a refill, $25 for a new growler and fill.
09-02-2013 02:48:10 | More by IPAdams
2.7/5 rDev -37.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Solemn Oath is a lesson that just because you can brew beer, that doesn't mean you should.
First off, let's discuss the ambiance. I don't object at all to the warehouse setting or the lack of television sets - which apparently bothered another reviewer. It's a brewpub, not a sports bar. But my god, the noise was appalling. Ten seconds after I walked in, they piped some "music" at very high volume through the speaker system in the brew space. The high ceiling amplified the sound and sent it right back in to the drinking area. Truly cacophonous.
But what about the beer? They had four on tap, and three of them were not worth the drive out. The fourth, their Pernicieux beer, was flavorful with a spicy aroma. But it's not enough to warrant a trip. The two IPAs I had, Butterfly Flashmob and Snaggletooth Bandana, were among the worst I have ever encountered: no rich, layered complexity, overly obvious and unrewarding to drink. (What do I consider "rewarding" IPAs, you ask? Racer 5, Dreadnought, Southern Tier, Torpedo...)
Honestly, if you're in Naperville, why bother with this place? They haven't got the hang of brewing anything truly noteworthy, although they do seem to have mastered cute names for their beers and equally cute copy on their web site. But just because you can get a bank loan to buy some fermentation equipment, kettles and tanks, that doesn't mean you should go ahead and do it. Beer, like literature, is a craft. It shouldn't be a medium for self-indulgance.
08-17-2013 12:12:28 | More by Isoruku
2.43/5 rDev -43.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $
So we only went in and stayed a few minutes. If u like a place with limited seating, no A/C and smells then this is the place for you. Soooo many rules that ur head will spin. They don't take cash, no tv's, don't fill personal growlers and the list goes on. Just from their website u get aggrevated. They say they will never can their beers . Ok well then they must not understand the dynamics of sunlight on beer. Their website just rubbed me the wrong way. They have way too much attitude for a new brewery. Can't tell u their brew is good but totally thrown off by their brew bar. No thanks. Plenty of other places to go with no attitude.
07-14-2013 21:48:23 | More by krl2112
5/5 rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is glorious. I consider it a destination brewery in the midwest. Thankfully, I live just 10 miles away so it is a frequent destination for me personally. I think Solemn Oath has quickly moved from "up and comer" to "total glory" among midwestern craft breweries. Note: this is not a bar or restaurant; it is a tasting room that closes at 9:00 on most nights. Therefore, categories like "atmosphere" and "selection" and "food" aren't really applicable for its rating. But I gave it 5 in everything because, for me, this place is perfect. This place makes beer; you can drink it there; or you can buy a growler and bring it home. If you like things that are great, you should drink beer here. I like things that are great.
06-29-2013 04:26:59 | More by amalahow
4.06/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
After waffling about it for some time, I finally got around to making an afternoon visit to ol' Solemn Oath, my first time in Naperville since RibFest 2008 (if memory serves). First off, the place ain't exactly easy to find if you're just using the directions Google Maps provides, as it involves taking a right on a side street and ducking into the rear of an industrial/commercial area. Once it was found, though, I was thrilled: Usually, brewery tap rooms are quaint little bars with windows into the brewing world. Here at Solemn Oath, on the other hand, you're entering a brewery that happens to have a small tap area tucked away in the front corner. The lack of walls semi-immerses you in the world of conical fermenters and mash tuns, lending a unique ambiance you won't find anywhere else. The small bar provides a nice little selection of SO's beers; this time, though, I happened to arrive when a couple had recently kicked, leaving only 4, but this awarded the perfect opportunity for a sampler flight, which includes a selection of 4 beers. Serendipity, to some degree. The flight is served in stemmed globes on a wooden rack, a higher-class visual than most any other brewery. Adding to the uniqueness and charm are the ways you can buy beers for others: you can pay for a beer during your visit which your friend can redeem when they come at a later time (the names are put on a chalkboard on the wall to keep track), or, in lieu of a normal tip (which is not expected here), you can buy your bartender a beer, an opportunity I took full advantage of considering the knowledge and care shown by my 'tender. There isn't much space here, but you can bring in some food and enjoy a pint or two (they limit you under the auspices of responsibility, a neat little touch) while watching the brewing process at work. It's been a long time since I've been this impressed by a visit to a tap room...
06-18-2013 17:50:04 | More by TMoney2591
4.16/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was pleased with my 2 visits to Solemn Oath thus far.
Atmosphere - It's a relatively small tasting room in the brewery, and the bar seats about 15 people or so. The problem is that the space simply isn't large enough to do much for the people who cannot fit at the bar, so all they have are 2 large wooden kegs you can stand by and put your beer on. Saving that, there's nowhere else to sit down. It's a clean place. You are limited to 3 beers per visit, so it helps prevent people from camping at the bar for hours at a time.
Quality - I've thoroughly enjoyed every beer I've had from there thus far. They are a creative brewery who push the boundaries of a good number of beer styles.
Service - I've never once had a problem with the service. All bartenders have been nice and are attentive when people are trying to order a beer.
Selection - The first time I visited they had about 10-12 brews, but I went last night, and they only had 5., so it will vary a decent bit based on what they have available. However, they present a good variety of styles, so there will almost always be something to suit what you're in the mood for.
Food - They don't serve food, but they will occasionally have food trucks parked outside, and I always enjoy that as a nice touch.
Value - Both beers I had last night were $6-$6.50 for a 16 ounce pour, so you get a good amount of a quality beer for your money. They also offer reasonably priced tasters as well.
I will continually visit this brewery when looking to drink something local. I recommend it both to local residents and anyone passing through the area looking to grab a good beer at a solid price.
06-12-2013 17:17:52 | More by smartassboiler
Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville, IL
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