Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Last Friday night started out like many do around here, full of good food and good beer. Our destination? Solemn Oath Brewery. Now, let me tell you. This place is the definition of cool. If Solemn Oath was in middle school, people would make mix CDs in its honor and trade their zebra cakes for a chance to sit at its table during lunch. (What these things aren’t cool anymore?!?)
Tucked away from the street lights and big city blocks, Solemn Oath Brewery is nestled (much to my excitement) in the Chicago ‘burbs. Breaking the mold that is cookie-cutter suburban restaurants/bars, the brewery occupies just enough warehouse space for beer lovers to grab a drink or two at the bar while enjoying the scenery. And that scenery? That’s beer being made in the background.
Okay, okay. Back to the pickles. Most Friday nights hopheads and malt aficionados alike have reason to bring their appetite to Solemn Oath. Each week a food truck glistens in all its glory outside the brewery doors. Lucky for me, a born-again cheesehead, Toasty Cheese was serving up any hot and melty combination of grilled cheese you could think of. I went veggie.
Sourdough bread loaded with fresh veggies (bell peppers, asparagus) and creamy goat cheese. Once I picked it up, I didn’t put it down until it was all gone. Nom, nom, nom. It washed down seamlessly with the Skinny Jeans are Ridiculous (yes, that’s the name of the beer) and a pickle.
A free pickle. Big shot out to the friendly folks at Puckerd Pickle Co. (Chi-town made!) for creating a memory I’ll never forget. I can honestly say Friday night was the first time I’ve ever eaten a pickle straight out of the jar… at a bar.