kseecs16 (209) Naperville, Illinois | May 24, 2012| Updated September 11, 2012
Exciting to have a brewery in Naperville. Would be hard to find if it weren’t for the boldly painted Solemn Oath logo on the garage door. Smallish bar area serving up Solemn Oath beer, all of which were good to amazing on my visit. Bar is situated with a view in to the brewery. Service was friendly and very interested in the product. Will be interested to see how the tap room develops.
It’s a warehouse taproom, with a small, crowded feel to it; although I suppose they could have an outdoor area if the weather is really nice. The service is friendly and knowledgeable enough, but nothing crazy special there - they seem to stay busy keeping people’s beer full, so they don’t really seem to have time to get "chummy." Six taps running with some bottle to take home. they do offer flights for sampling with generous pours, and prices are reasonable. Go for the beers, but there’s not too much else to this place.
Loved the speakeasy feel of this hard-to-find brewery located at the back of a strip mall. Worth searching for, though. Enjoyed the Grumpess, other beers were hit or miss. Our one and only visit coincided with an Octoberfest (decent) release so the place was hopping. Not a lot of seating. Plastic only (no cash) with a three-per-day limit, which is fine. Stupid, stupid, stupid idea that the only option for tipping is to buy the beertender a beer at $6 each, effectively doubling the price of a beer unless you want to look like a cheapass. Ugly, ugly artwork on the labels, very messy and hard to read. Is that petty? Maybe.
Good variety of styles on tap. Some are more to my liking than others but I usually try as many as I can. Tap room is just the other side of a short wall to the brewery. Way too small for the crowds they usually have and it can be difficult to hold your beer, especially if you like to try the flights.
This place has everything you need. Good beer and a bathroom. And not much else. Literally. But I am OK with that. A few more counters or something might be nice as guys standing were trying to juggle their flights with no table or ledge to put them on. Only about ten barseats, so come early! Please note, a bit hard to find on first time there. Also note they have a few unusual policies, so read up on their website before going (no cash, etc). Fun place and good people
Visited early afternoon on a Saturday. Place was fairly buzzing, but we found two barstools next to each other, and were waited upon within a minute. Not much to look at from the outside, but very nice, clean, if minimalistic, inside. Brewing operations visible from the bar. Eight beers on draft, usually rotating. Flights (gorgeously presented in branded wine tasters and wooden supports) of four are reasonably priced at $9, with $1 added for wood-aged beers. Quality brews; Promiscuous’s Apostrophe, Less than Three, and Butterfly Flashmob are highlights. 64 oz growler fills generally $19-$30, depending. Bombers $8-$10. I’d be a regular if I lived in the area. Expect big things.
Slightly difficult to find. Take the first right after you turn onto Quincy from Ogden, go to the cul de sac / turning circle and take the last right into the parking lot and go straight ahead. A bar with 20-ish stools and some wooden barrels acting as "tables". The bar was full as were the "tables" when we got their, but bar service was excellent, as was conversation with fellow beer lovers. Had 10 or 12 of their beers on tap. Can also get growlers and they refill their own growlers. Pretty damn good beer they’re making here, and I haven’t seen it anywhere else, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled now. Just go here not expecting a much other than some good beer, and you’ll enjoy yourself.
Wharehouse spot, a bit small and cramped, cool. Interesting place that’s really trying to be innovative from not taking cash, to limiting a customer to 3 beers, not taking tips and allowing you to buy a future beer for a friend. I like it, but also seems like they’re trying to hard. The crowd was very old, weird vibe. The beers were decent, mostly ones I’ve seen around town, but they tasted much better. Interesting spot but nothing would bring me back since its out of the way.
Stopped in for a sampler and to check the place out. In a large warehouse with an industrial feeling tap room. Place could have used more seating. Service was good considering it was busy. A nice amount of taps on and prices were just a touch high. A big fan of their beer, so worth a stop!
Small taproom in an industrial park (Could be a bit tough to find for some) has a nice cozy vibe. Open air building with a view overlooking brewing operations. The taplist is young but growing, samplers are a great try here and lots of cool unique architecture around the bar and it’s fixtures. Friendly staff, no cash (Just credit cards) and a feature with prevents tipping (You can buy the staff a beer if you want). Also a "Buy For a Friend" feature and a regular schedule which involves new tappings, new treatments of beers, casks. A foodtruck frequently on the weekend or surrounding events. The tap room is usually pretty busy, filling a need and niche in Naperville that the area is not used to having. I’m really enjoying my times here and think everyone should take a trip out.. especially on a day they do a special tapping. Can’t wait to see where it goes from here.