The Brew Log

December 2019


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Wrapping Up A Great Year

November was a great month at Gnome Brew with lots of fun events and beer shared with our Gnome Brew friends. While we'll still have our bottle share this month, we're taking December off from hosting special events.


Josh Noel Came In To Talk About His Book, Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out


Twisted Hippo Released The Winning Beer From The Welcome To The Jungle Homebrew Competition



December Holiday Hours

Tuesday December 24 — Closed

Wednesday December 25 — Closed

Tuesday December 31th — 11AM - 5PM

Wednesday January 1st — Closed



New at Gnome Brew

Bottle Share on December 12th



Come out for our monthly bottle share on Thursday, December 12 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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Winterbrew Homebrew Competition



Winterbrew registration is open. This is a BJCP sanctioned competition and the winner gets their beer brewed up by Empirical Brewery. Registration and bottle drop ends December 27.

Square Kegs Homebrew Club is also looking for volunteers and judges. It's a fun time helping out and you get some free food and beer from Empirical Brewery.

You can drop off your entries at Gnome Brew.

Register on the Winterbrew website

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Hop Sampler Series - Featuring Idaho 7


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: Idaho 7

Idaho 7 is a very new hop first released in 2015, but it is quickly making its way into craft beers everywhere. It has a complex and powerful aroma and flavor, packed with ripe tropical fruit, citrus (particularly orange), pine and black tea. Best used in late additions and dry hops, Idaho 7 is complex enough to drive any pale ale or IPA but would work well in a blend with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, or any New Zealand hop. It probably is too assertive to be used in any delicate beers.

Come in and try it for yourself!


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New Hops and Malt In Stock

We're up to 57 unique varities of hops and 78 malts and grains! We'll keep adding more ingredients so you can perfect your favorite recipe or build a new one.


Rakau and Wakatu

More fruity New Zealand hops for your Juicy IPAs and "classic" IPAs



Simpsons Medium Crystal

A great mid-color caramel malt great for porters, stouts, browns and more. We now have 7 Simpsons crystal malts in stock.


Order Now On Our Online Store


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December Homebrew Events

December 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

December 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

December 19 - Square Kegs Homebrew Club Meeting (Early due to Christmas)

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

December 24 - Closed

December 25 - Closed

December 27 - Winterbrew Homebrew Competition Registration Closes and Bottle Drop Deadline

December 31 - Closing at 5PM

January 1 - Closed

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