Craft Beer Week

Solemn Oath in north Naperville is a local brewery that specializes in craft brews, Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale went to find out what sets apart a craft beer from its commercial counterpart.

“A lot of it is production levels and the quality of the ingredients that we put into it, it’s more of a hand crafted element. You know we as craft brewers put a lot more time and energy into the things we’re brewing not just pumping out beer like a machine,” said President of Solemn Oath Brewery, John Barley.

Fine quality materials and the time spent creating top notch brews is paying off, in just over two years the local brewery is doubling in size.

“We’ve been operating at capacity since we opened our doors two years ago, we’ve grown a couple of times and were growing more now. It’s exciting and something we wouldn’t have been able to do without the support of the community,” said Barley. “When we first opened our doors in 2012 we produced just under 1000 barrels after this expansion we will be able to produce a little over 6 times that”.

With all the financial success the local brewery has had, Barley still feels that craft brewing is all about the experience.

“The people we get to work with everyday it’s a very collaborative experience only to the point of being a cliché, and its still fun. We’re running a fun business and expanding like crazy but at the end of the day we don’t take ourselves too seriously its still beer, and meant to be a good time,”

This week is a chance for local breweries to come together and celebrate their craft.

“Chicago Craft Beer Week is less about the separation and more of us as an industry celebrating what we’re doing together. We are making a lot of progress converting people and opening eyes to beers and so this is a time where we join together and celebrate what we’ve been able to do for the past 10 to 20 years,” said Barely.


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