Solemn Oath Brewery

Solemn Oath BrewerySolemn Oath Brewery
Solemn Oath BrewerySolemn Oath Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1661 Quincy Avenue, Ste. 179
Naperville, Illinois, 60540
United States

(630) 995-3062 | map

Notes: Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday: 12pm - 9pm
Sunday: 11am - 7pm
View: Beers | Place Reviews
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snaotheus from Washington

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Just visited for a few samples on a free night during a work trip to nearby Aurora. I really liked the brewery -- cool little place, tucked into a corner. No TVs (but half the patrons were watching the Vikings/Seahawks game on their phones). Staff clearly knew about half the people there. I talked with my bartender a fair amount -- friendly, knowledgeable, committed the brewery faux pas of actually telling me her opinion of some of their offerings she didn't like ("Oh, everything we make is really good" is such a useless answer, I'm sorry). A little less than half their offerings appeared to be IPAs of one sort or another (each one I tried was pretty good), they had a few varieties of their Mexican chocolate stout (I didn't try any), and then they had a few wild cards -- a DDH Norwegian Farmhouse, a Schwarzbier, a Kolsch. Overall, I really enjoyed my visit. I'd recommend it.

Dec 03, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Garage/industrial kinda spot....pleasant outdoor chillin space, with the bar and more tables inside..NEIPA flowing in cans to go or on tap to stay...very pleasant and easy going feel to this place...well worth a vist for the atmosphere and quality brews...

Sep 19, 2019
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ChangSing from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Solemn Oath unfortunately has become rather stagnant over the last few years. While their Old Order beers can be very good, the "every day" beers they have at the taproom rarely warrant a trip. I go primarily to just see people, and the bartenders are very friendly. With so many new places in the same area, there is better beer to be had in much nicer taprooms.

Mar 24, 2019
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Azpittil57 from Arizona

3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Go for the beer, it's really good. Bare bones tasting room, no food (unless you catch a food truck), limited seating not a place to spend the afternoon. However the beer IS good and it's a great place to pop in, have a beer or two and go.

Aug 21, 2017
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Warehouse setup. Small taproom with a view at an ambitious brew house.
L shaped bar seats 20 or so and the rest is sro.
12 pulls for in-house beers with great range and complexity.
Service is prompt, knowledgable, and friendly.
3 beer limit per person, per day. Damn ordinances! Lots of 4 and 6 packs, as well as bombers and growlers to go.

No food, bring your own.

Jun 24, 2017
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CPAles from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Small tap room with a pretty decent rotating selection of their beers. Occasionally crack a keg of a barrel aged beer or special release. Bottles to go and growler fills available but need one of their growlers. Food trucks regularly visit. Credit card only.

Dec 29, 2016
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Uncle_Juice from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Nice atmosphere and I don't mind the tap room being in the warehouse because it has a great feel. The servers are cool, the music was 90's hip-hip which I can dig. The only thing that will prevent me from coming back is the beers. The only standout and enjoyable beer was their dark saison, a very nice and roasty sipper. Helicopter Johnson was good but man that was a boozy APA. Actually that is why I am giving them a low rating. Every single APA and IPA I had was boozy with no balance whatsoever. I wanted to like this place but that's alright.

Mar 09, 2016
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ChiCubs78 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great local brewpub with a nice selection of beers. The interior is quite small and tends to be standing room only during busier times. Nice open view of the brewery from the pub inside.

Mar 08, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is the cool little brewery in uncool Naperville. Not sure how these hipsters and makes of unique brews landed around this town. Located in an industrial park, the taproom smells good from the parking lot. Busy on a Friday at 1pm, mostly with young folks of the cool-pretty kind. I got a flight of 4 brews for 10 bucks, all big pours served in wine glasses!

9 taps, but 2 kicked. Service was friendly and the taproom is a cool place to chill and try some brews, although I’ll say I wasn’t fully impressed by their highly-regarded brews except for the mighty Full Metal Jacket. I also bought a pricey $25 bottle of their collab with Bruery that was delicious.

I can tell that the brewery has an attitude, and their website comes across as arrogant and annoying. However the folks at the taproom and the atmosphere were anything but. Definitely a must stop in the Western Suburbs.

Dec 18, 2015
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Very cool wide open industrial tasting room that smells of f awesome malt. Very friendly BT that helped me immediately. Smallish bar area of with nice people. Was a little hard to find, but plenty more of parking. Beer is good. No fun food, but fine.

Jun 11, 2015
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gormanv from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

This is in a small commercial space at the back of a commercial complex. The customer area is rather small with seating only at the bar. They have food vendors stop by since they do not serve food. They brew all sorts of stuff and are starting to offer a few fan favorites with some regularity. Most of their offerings have been on the hoppy side. I had a few darker beers recently that were brewed to standards. They only take credit cards and they have a buy a beer for a friend feature to get your friends to stop by.

Apr 16, 2015
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KingBiscuit from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Fantastic find - if you can find it - kinda sorta hidden in an industrial park. Usually a diverse selection of taps, small taproom can get crowded quickly. Food trucks add to the vibe.

Feb 03, 2015
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Jae61 from Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Love grabbing a drink here, although the bombers are typically more expensive than if you buy them at the store. Very small taproom area, but friendly staff and cool vibe.

Jan 20, 2015
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KOBB from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Staff knows their stuff. The motif is to the point and sticks with the image they perpetuate(gaudy/minimalist). The clientele can be pretty pretentious even by hipster standards but, hey, that's what you're asking for when you decide to sit in a place to drink designer beer that has an eye toward "fashion". They're the type that like bad art and other things people don't like. if it wasn't at the back end of an industrial park and hard to find, more people might know about this place and it wouldn't be so cool to be at. But I digress. They make great beer names.

Nov 05, 2014
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

I've really enjoyed the several different beers that I've had from this brewery. They're all excellent quality. The brewery itself is rather small along with limited bar seating and a small sitting/standing area, but it doesn't seem to pose a problem. However, I have not been there on a weekend night and I could imagine it easily getting crowded. My biggest complaint is the price of the beer, especially at the brewery. They want $6+ for a glass and growlers are $20+. That growler price is equal to $22.50 for a 6 pack of 12oz bottles, which is obsurd. I won't be back for a growler fill again, and doubt I'll be back again, period. I'll give it an overall score of 3.5 because their beer is good, but it's way too expensive for what it is - beer.

Sep 08, 2014
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TheMachoMan from Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

It needs to be said that although SOB does in fact produce extremely high quality beer, I'm about this close to boycotting it, just based on jacking up their growler prices to $25. It's good, but not that good, and it's fairly representative of their often cocky attitude. It's Naperville, so I guess people are paying it, and/or don't know better, and/or there just ain't a hell of a lot else going on out there. I've lived out there almost two years and it's still a destination for when people come to visit (the ONLY destination) but I had family in this past weekend and my poor dad nearly had a heart attack when I told him about the $25 growlers. In Louisville where they live, many places have $5 growler nights, or at worst $10-12, and that's for a good one with serious alcohol. You can get growlers filled in liquor stores down there. But here at SOB you have to buy one of their growlers. Which I did, grudgingly, but their flavors are so rich that you have to have a select crowd to be able to put them away in one night. I'll still go back (just to get the Scareball, which eluding me for the past year) but I doubt I'll get a growler refill. The $9 sampler is the way to go, but it wouldn't surprise me if they jack that up as well. Two Bros. is all the way in Warrenville or I'd gladly go there more often.

Jun 16, 2014
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Brando87 from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75

I've been going to Solemn Oath for quite a while so I can provide some back story on where this place was 18 months ago and how it has evolved to where it is currently.

I live less than 5 minutes from Solemn Oath and still had a tough time finding them the first time. It's tucked back in an industrial complex so If you aren't familiar with the area look up directions.

The tasting room is just off the brew house. There is a small bar that seats 10-12 people and some standing room behind the bar. On a nice day they will open up the garage. When they first opened not many people knew about it so you could go on a weeknight after work, belly up and enjoy a few brews. With Solemn Oath's rising popularity its now always standing room only. While there is no food they often have food trucks. Check their website for dates.

When they first opened typically there would only by 3-5 beers on tap. As they have grown you can now find 10-12 on a good day. They have a strong Belgian influence so most if not all of their beers appear to use a Belgian yeast strain. (Something to consider if you're not a huge Belgian fan like myself). **THERE IS A 3 BEER LIMIT PER VISIT**

Overall this is a cool spot and I'm a big fan of drinking local so I support them whenever possible.

Jun 10, 2014
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Vonerichs from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A favorite local place of mine. Great people, both staff and patrons.

The setup is that of a tasting room connected to the open brewery. Very small and from the outside hard to find. It's basically a warehouse with a bar and no decor but for the swag on sale. The barstoolsxare are even screwed to the floor. Everything is minimalistic. They don't even take cash, only plastic.

They have a very small selection, usually six taps. Sometimes it's not even much variety. I hope it's more variety as they continue to grow, which is looking likely.

It's only a tasting room so no food, but there is a good truck outside to order and bring in.

I like what's going on here and even though none if the beers have really knocked my socks off, I feel like each day they get better.

May 19, 2014
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beatenbyjacks from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Atmosphere - this place gets crowded real quick. Since it was a pretty overcast day the garage doors weren't open either so it got packed in no time. I like that one could see all the equipment and such, but I wish there was more space.

Quality - had a few different beers and while none were particularly amazing everything I had was good.

Service - going back to the crowded part, I cannot blame the staff too much.

Selection - this is where they shine as there were plenty of options for all types of beer people.

Value - this is tricky because they do not accept tips so the price sort of included a tip.

Overall - I would like to go back on a weekend to see what the place was like.

Apr 07, 2014
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Dayman766 from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I visited here with a buddy on a Saturday afternoon and we were surprised how packed the place was. The wooden bar with the imposing brewery in background view makes for an impressive and unique atmosphere. Unfortunately, the seating here was very limited; many people had to exclusively stand up for the entirety of their drinks.

No food to be had here, so we had a sampling of their current taps. I know this brewery likes to change up their offerings on a regular basis so maybe we caught them on an off day, but I can't say I really was enraptured with any of their beers - they were the typical smattering of overly hopped beers of today's market.

Mar 30, 2014
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ThatJackOC from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Feb 15, 2014
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LANDRY from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Jan 19, 2014
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cwehr13 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Nov 26, 2013
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Thedaver4220 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Sep 17, 2013
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IPAdams from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Sep 02, 2013
Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville, IL
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