Gnome Brew, Chicago's Local Homebrew Store

The Brew Log - September 2019

Issue 7


Friday Home Delivery is Here!

Order Now For Our First Delivery, September 6th

Just place your order any time with the online Recipe Builder, select Local Delivery, and we'll bring your recipe to your door Friday evening in time for your weekend brew day. You can order any day and at any time, but cut-off for guaranteed delivery is 3:00 PM each Friday.

Delivery is only $5.95!

Won't be home Friday evening? You can authorize us to drop your order at the spot of your choice.

Delivery Area

We'll deliver anywhere within the following zipcodes:

60618, 60625, 60640, 60613, 60657 and 60660

If you're not in our delivery area but are interested in this service, let us know and we'll expand based on demand.




Land Locked Hops Event at Gnome Brew

Saturday, September 21 at 6:15 PM

We're excited to be hosting Land Locked Hops, a hop farm just 2 hours south of Chicago.

Come learn about hops and hop farming. We'll even be serving 2 beers brewed with their freshly harvested hops!

Free registration is required. Our last event sold out, so don't wait to sign up.

Register Now



New at Gnome Brew

Bottle Share on September 12th



Come out for our monthly bottle share on Thursday, September 23 at 7:15 PM. We had a great turnout last month, lots of fun, and lots of great beer!

Just bring a couple bottles of your homebrewed beer, cider, wine, mead, or whatever to share with others. If you're new to homebrewing or just don't have any spare bottles, don't worry—you're welcome to come.

Bottle shares are a great opporunity to try others' homebrews, get feedback on your own homebrew, and trade tips, tricks and stories. But mostly, it's a time to hang out and have fun with fellow beer lovers.

This is a free event.

Let us know you're coming on Facebook

Address and Directions

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New Malts In Stock


Weyerman CaraMunich 3, Great Western Unmalted Wheat, and Chateau Biscuit Malt

We're always adding more ingredients so you can perfect your favorite recipe or build a new one.

Order Now On Our Recipe Builder


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Welcome to the Jungle Homebrew Festival


Saturday, September 28th – 1:00 to 5:00 p.m

Check out this exciting new homebrew festival hosted by Twisted Hippo, sponsored by Gnome Brew. You'll get to sample homebrews from at least 16 brewers and vote for your favorite. Also, there will be an art show presented by We are Lions.

Proceeds from the competition and subsequent beer sales will support the non-profit We Are Lions’ quest to spread peace, love, and acceptance via art-forward apparel, accessories, and housewares made by artists, designers, and creative people with disabilities.

The event is from 1 PM to 5 PM at Twisted Hippo, 2925 W Montrose Ave. More information on their website.


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Beer in the Woods


Saturday, September 28th – 1:00 to 5:00 p.m

Join us to drink outstanding craft beer and cider at the best venue in town – LaBagh Woods on the northwest side of Chicago! Enjoy interactive live animal presentations, nature-themed crafts, picnic games, a flash bioblitz, an “Ultimate Camp Site” display, bird walks, home brewing demonstrations, food trucks, and a DJ!

All the proceeds from this event will support the Friends’ mission: We unite people to protect, promote, and care for the forest preserves in Cook County.

More information and registration


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Hop Sampler Series - Featuring Calypso


Our Rotating Single-Hopped Beer Series

We're continuing our Hop Sampler Series—an exploration of single hop beers, all with the same base recipe. We’ve dedicated a tap handle to always have a hop sampler pouring.

On Tap Now: Calypso

Calypso is a fairly new dual-purpose American variety that has seen some use in craft brews but is not often featured on the label. It's a nice break from citrus and tropical heavy hops with a lot of pomme fruit character (apple, pear), melon and peach.

I haven't brewed with it before, but I've heard it works well in Saisons and IPAs, especially Belgian IPAs. At 12-14% Alpha Acid, it can also be used for bittering.

Come in and try it for yourself!


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September Homebrew Events

September 12 - Gnome Brew Bottle Share

Our monthly bottle share. All are welcome. Starts at 7:15 PM. Let us know you're coming on Facebook

September 14 - Class: Brewing Beer in 1 Hour

Our most basic class is perfect for those who want to try brewing beer at home without committing too much time or acquiring lots of brewing equipment. Visit our class page to learn more and register $30

September 19 - Evanston Homebrew Club Meeting

Evanston's homebrew club meets monthly on the third Thursday. For more information call or email us at gnomes@gnomebrewshop.com, or visit Evanston Homebrew on Facebook

September 21 - Land Locked Hops

Gnome Brew hosts Land Locked Hops to talk hops and hop farming. We'll also be tasting 2 collab beers brewed with their hops. Starts at 6:15 PM. This is a free event, but tickets are required. Register Now

September 26 - Square Kegs Homebrew Club Meeting

Lincoln Square's homebrew club meets monthly on the last Thursday at Empirical. For more information call or email us at gnomes@gnomebrewshop.com, or visit Square Kegs on Facebook

September 28 - Twisted Hippo's Welcome to the Jungle

Join Gnome Brew at Twisted Hippo's inaugural homebrew festival, Welcome to the Jungle. Sample beers from Gnome Brew and 16 homebrewers, enjoy an art show from We are Lions, and vote for your favorite beer. More information on their website

September 28 - Beer in the Woods

Join Gnome Brew in LaBagh Woods to support the Friends of the Forest Preserves. There will be more than 20 breweries and plenty of entertainment. More information on the Friends of the Forest Preserves website

If you have an event you'd like us to consider listing, email us at gnomes@gnomebrewshop.com

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What's Ahead

We have a lot of plans for making Gnome Brew the best homebrew store and your home for homebrew. Here are a few things in the works for October:

  • Special Halloween Event
  • New Recipe Builder Features
  • New Malts and Hops

We'll be announcing everything here on this newsletter as well as on Instagram and Facebook