Wood from the Hobson Oak will be available in 2019. Check back here for details or follow us on Facebook.
We are looking for local artists, woodworkers, individuals, and businesses to volunteer or commission pieces of artwork from the Hobson Oak. Items will be auctioned for charity.
If your nonprofit is hosting an event and would like to include the beauty and legacy of the Hobson Oak, please contact the Naperville Parks Foundation.
Thank you to Naperville Parks Foundation partners:
Hobson beer now on tap at Solemn Oath!
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Starting at 11AM
Second release of “Hobson” Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout
HOBSON BOURBON BARREL-AGED IMPERIAL MILK STOUT
To the benefit of the Naperville Parks Foundation, this beer is over 250 years in the making. Hobson pays tribute to the wild and gnarled bur oak that stood in Dupage county from approximatley the mid 1700’s until November 2016 when it had reached the end of its life and had to be felled. The Naperville Parks Foundation spearheaded efforts for the wood to be put to use and our use is of course to make beer. Along with our friends at Miskatonic and Hop Butcher we brewed an imperial milk stout and aged it in bourbon barrels on top of wood chips from the famous tree. The end result is a massivley rich stout, full of chocolate, that has a smooth warming finish with just a hint of smoke. We think it’s a fitting tribute to a true local icon.
ABV: 10.8% / IBU: 20
Malt: two row, chocolate wheat, carafa III, crystal, golden naked oats, lactose
Hops: willamette Yeast: english ale
Availability: Limited Draft: 1/6 bbl
Hop Butcher, Solemn Oath and Miskatonic Brewing are collaborating on a special beer made from pieces of the Hobson Oak. As said by Hop Butcher:
In this day and age, most every brewery – large or small – has found an opportunity to age or ferment beer in a barrel. Typically oak and previously used to age bourbon, whiskey, rum, gin or otherwise, it’s commonly one of the more popular beers in a brewery’s offerings. Be it a higher-ABV stout or a lighter “oak-infused” pale ale, it’s no question that wood and beer are a match made in heaven.
Naturally then, when word reached Hop Butcher For The World that Naperville’s 250-year old Burr Oak tree known as “The Hobson Oak” was slated to be cut down for safety reasons, and also that pieces from the tree were to be repurposed by local artists and eventually auctioned for the benefit the Naperville Parks Foundation, our hearts and minds were set on obtaining some of the leftover wood and using it in a beer.
A quick search of the internet led me to the Naperville Parks Foundation, and they responded to our notion with excitement and support. It would be no problem to get us enough wood to make this happen and a beer for the benefit of the Naperville Parks Foundation we would brew!
Believing strongly in the benefit and importance of community, we engaged our friends at Naperville’s very own Solemn Oath Brewery and Darien’s Miskatonic Brewing, who enthusiastically jumped on board and catapulted the idea from one beer to two very different Hobson Oak beers: The first, an approachable, Hobson Oak-infused IPA, brewed to be consumed fresh and impart notes of citrus, vanilla and a pleasant dryness. The second, a giant, delicious milk stout that would spend many months in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels, accompanied by wood chips from the Hobson Oak, before being ready for bottling and ultimately, you.
On behalf of everyone at Hop Butcher For The World, Solemn Oath and Miskatonic, we’re both honored and humbled to be a part of the amazing history and community of this great tree.
Hop Butcher For The World
THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE HOBSON OAK
DuPage County and and the Naperville Parks Foundation will work together to preserve the legacy of this special tree. Acorns were gathered in September 2016.
Naperville Parks Foundation is partnering with the Morton Arboretum to germinate the last acorns from the Hobson Oak. The last acorns harvested from the Hobson Oak have sprouted at the Morton Arboretum nursery. Learn more about Bur Oak, quercus macrocarpa.
Seedlings are available at auctions and thru the Naperville Parks Foundation.
Auctions will continue into 2019.
Interested in creating a piece of art for charity?