Last month, I chatted a few times about the December moments we wanted to create and one of the finals moments was having a Saturday date at Solemn Oath Brewery.
Solemn Oath Brewery is located at 1661 Quincy Ave in Naperville, IL. If you have ever Googled “Things To Do In Naperville” this brewery is always on the list, so it was definitely a place I wanted to experience.
Expectation vs Reality
My vision was that this would be a fun Saturday afternoon date with two, beer enthusiasts; taking the tour, sampling the beers, and ending the trip with yummy pretzels creations from the Philly Pretzel Factory.
Only it didn’t happen that way.
We (as in the boys and I) actually headed to Naperville on Sunday morning. We spent some time picking out what we wanted at the Philly Pretzel Factory and eating in the car. After a stop in Dollar Tree, I GPS-ed Solemn Oath Brewery and literally stopped in for 5 minutes, sampled two beers, and bought a pack.
Just like that! #JustDoIt
From all of my traveling, there is one thing that I have learned. If you are ever in an area away from home and you see some place that you would like to stop. Just do it! If you don’t you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. Seriously.
The Solemn Oath Experience
While my visit was short, I was still able to sample the experience. The vibes were good – and, I appreciated that. Sometimes, you can go places and feel completely unwelcomed or out of place. This didn’t even happen, except for the awkwardness of me pulling out my Canon to take a few photos at the bar and a few patrons looking at me – like, what are you doing?
But after awhile, you get used to pulling out your camera for photos, and it becomes no big deal.
Since, I had already spent a considerable amount of time researching the site (prior to visiting), I already knew the type of beer I wanted to sample. So, it was a no-brainer, as to what I would be purchasing when I sampled the cold and tasty Call It What You Want.
Call It What You Want is a double-dry hopped Pale Ale and is said to pair well with a grill cheese sandwich topped with apples. I don’t know if I want apples on top of my grilled cheese, but I will definitely take the beer with a cheesy grilled cheese, or tacos, or nachos, or even a cheeseburger!
Finally, very few beers are canned for purchase through the Tap Room, so I was happy when the beer I enjoyed most was available to go. I purchased a four-pack, limited release for $15.99 to take home and enjoy for the holidays.
What has been your experience with breweries and beer tours? Hopefully, longer than mine – if anything. 🙂
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