LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square’s craft beer scene is exploding, with a third brewery opening a taproom in the neighborhood this spring.
Naperville-based Solemn Oath Brewery is gearing up to open its Logan Square taproom, a project two years in the making, next month, CEO and founder John Barley said. A specific opening date will be released soon, Barley said.
Solemn Oath is the third brewery to make its Logan Square debut this spring. Marz Brewing’s Logan Square taproom opened in the Margies Candies building last week and Ravinia Brewing is preparing to open its own Logan Square taproom next month. That’s on top of longer-running breweries in the neighborhood like Hopewell, Pilot Project and Middle Brow.
“We’re in the great renaissance of American beer, and Chicago and this neighborhood are on the forefront of that,” Barley said. “We’re extremely excited to be a part of it.”
The Solemn Oath crew originally aimed to open the taproom at 1955 N. Richmond St. last summer, but they decided to “hit pause” on the project when the coronavirus pandemic hit, Barley said.
Barley and his team picked up the project again in the fall. Now, they’re putting the finishing touches on the taproom for a May opening.
Barley founded Solemn Oath in 2012 in Naperville. Over the years, the brewery has become known for its Belgian-inspired, barrel-aged beers and, most recently, its hard seltzer, City Water.
The Logan Square taproom is Solemn Oath’s first city location. Barley designed the outpost to have a Europe-meets-Wisconsin-Northwoods feel, marrying his Wisconsin upbringing and his love of Belgian beer culture.
Like at the Naperville location, Logan Square patrons will be able to order from a menu full of Solemn Oath beer, Barley said. At the Logan Square location, Solemn Oath will also offer a “spritz” menu with City Water drinks.
The Logan Square taproom doesn’t have a kitchen, but patrons will be able to bring in food from local restaurants, Barley said.
To start, the Logan Square taproom will cap indoor capacity at 50 percent in accordance with the city’s coronavirus restrictions.
“We’re very much creating a unique experience here to really join this community and build our own part of it. … We think it’ll take on a life of its own, and we’re excited to join Logan Square and really open up the next chapter of Solemn Oath,” Barley said.
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