Gnome Brew, Chicago's Local Homebrew Store

The Brew Log - October 2019

Issue 8




Pumpkin Carving Contest and Brew

Thursday, October 17th at 7:15 PM

Gnome Brew is having a pumpkin carving contest! We'll provide you with a pumpkin and carving tools—you provide the creativity. Everyone will vote on their favorite and the winner will receive a Gnome Brew swag pack.

While we're carving, we'll also be brewing a pumpkin beer and we'll throw in all the carved out pumpkin pieces. Gnome Brew will ferment and bottle the beer and you'll be able to take home a few bottles in time for Thanksgiving.

Tickets $25. Includes pumpkin and pumpkin beer to take home when ready. 21+ event.

Register Now


Michigan Organic Cider Bulk Buy

Pre-Order Starts Later This Week. Pickup Late October

Gnome Brew is getting a whole load of fresh apple cider from a farm in Michigan and we're passing along the savings to you. This cider is:

  • Fresh pressed at the orchard
  • Organic
  • Unpasteurized with no preservatives
  • An award winning blend of cider apples
  • Perfect for making hard cider or drinking fresh

You must pre-order and provide your own container or purchase one from Gnome Brew when picking up your cider.

Pre-Orders open later this week. We'll announce pricing and details then.



New at Gnome Brew

Bottle Share on October 10th



Come out for our monthly bottle share on Thursday, October 10 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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Hop Sampler Series - Featuring Mt. Hood


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: Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood is an American hop bred to produce a Hallertau-type hop that grows well in the US, and it definitely does the job. Its mild, herbal and lemony character work well in any lager or wheat beer, and with an alpha acid content of 5-7%, it can be used for bittering as well as aroma. It's a great alternative to Hallertau Mittelfruh and very closely related to Liberty and Crystal, all having Hallertau for one of its parents. Its other parent, USDA 19058M, has been used to produce Lemondrop, Super Galena, and Denali.

Come in and try it for yourself!


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New Malts In Stock


Weyerman CaraMunich 2, Simpsons Light Crystal, and Simpsons Dark Crystal

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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October Homebrew Events

October 5 - 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

October 10 - Gnome Brew Bottle Share

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

October 11 - Chicago Waldorf School Oktoberfest

Join us to help Chicago Waldorf School celebrate their German roots with a night of beer, food, and fun! Featured will be live entertainment, exciting raffle prizes, contests, and beer from talented Waldorf Community home-brewers and local breweries!

More information on Facebook

October 17 - Pumpkin Carving Contest and Brew

Starts at 7:15 PM. Tickets $25. Includes pumpkin and pumpkin beer to take home when ready. 21+ event. Register Now

October 17 - 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

October 24 - Square Kegs Homebrew Club Meeting (Early due to Halloween)

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

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 November:

  • Journalist and Author Josh Noel Book Talk
  • New Recipe Builder Features
  • New Malts and Hops

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