Gnome Brew, Chicago's Local Homebrew Store

The Brew Log

November 2020

November Food Drive

One of Gnome Brew's core values is community. More than ever, it's important to help our neighbors who are struggling.

This November we are collecting food and personal care items for Ravenswood Community Services who provides meals, groceries, basic health services, and life-skills education to our neighbors in need.

They are particularly looking for donations of:

  • Pop-top canned soups and proteins
  • Ready-to-eat healthy snacks such as granola bars, nuts, and dried fruit
  • Personal Hygiene items: new and unopened toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc., including travel-sized items.

When you pick up your next order, we encourage you to leave a few items on the "pickup barrel."

We will also accept donations on deliveries. Let us know in a note in the Special Instructions on your order, leave your items at your Drop Location, and we'll pick it up.


New at Gnome Brew

Virtual Bottle Share on November 12th

Our monthly bottle share continues online.

We want to know what you're tweaking, perfecting, or struggling with. Have you started your holiday brews? What did you drink on Halloween while dropping candy into your chutes?

Signup For Your Zoom Invitation

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Step Up Your Bottling Game


Buy or Rent A Floor Corker For Fancy Holiday Beers

Looking to make your holiday beers extra special? Belgian bottles, corked and caged is the way to go. Here's what you need:

  • Belgian Bottle, 750 ml, Cork Finish
  • Beer Corks 44 × 25.5 mm
  • Hooded Wires Cages for Belgian Beer Bottles
  • Champagne Foils, Silver
  • Floor Corker

All the above are available under the "Beer Bottles and Caps" section of our Online Store

Beer Corks are extra wide and require a floor corker to insert into bottles.

Call or email us to schedule a Floor Corker rental for only $7.99. We make sure after each rental, the equipment is sanitized, and ready to be used again, safely.


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Try A Wine Kit

2020 has been the year of DIY. We're all staying home and finding fun ways to stay occupied. Wine kits are perfect for your next DIY project. They are easy to make, you probably have most of the equipment you need already. If you have a fermenter and a spoon you've got what you need to get started.

Each kit makes about 30 bottles of wine, and our Grand Cru series kits are only $89.99. That's just $3 a bottle for quality wine that will surprise you!

Wine kits and equipment are available on our Online Store


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