Homebrew Classes & Events at Gnome Brew

Learn about beer and brewing, and have fun!

Gnome Brew is Chicago's home for craft beer lovers of all kinds. We offer fun and educational classes and events for anyone interested in beer and brewing.


Our classes are great for anyone who wants to learn how to make beer at home or just wants to learn about how beer is made. You'll learn that homebrewing is fun and easy!

Our class, Brewing Beer in 1 Hour, is great for people curious about craft beer and homebrewing. See below for a complete description and upcoming classes.

Public Events

We love the homebrew community. Along with our monthly bottle share, we host events featuring special guests or fun activities. See our upcoming events below.

Our special events are usually free, but require registration.

All classes and events are BYOB, though we do serve some homebrew beer samples

Private Events

Host your company or club event, Bachelor, Bachelorette or Birthday Party in a fun and unique way. For information and booking contact events@gnomebrewshop.com

Events at Gnomebrew

Lagering With Dovetail

Thursday January 30 at 7:15 PM

Dovetail Brewer Hagen Dost will be coming to Gnome Brew to talk lagers, something he's proven his skill at with the amazing classic beers coming out of Dovetail's tanks. He'll also talk about how you can lager at home in winter without temperature This is a great opporuntity to get all you lager questions answered by a pro.

This is a free event. Pre-registration is required

Homebrew Bottle Share

Every 2nd Thursday - Next: February 13, 2019 at 7:15 PM

Come out for our monthly bottle share on Thursday, February 13 at 7:15 PM. We had a great turn out 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. No registration required.

Homebrew Classes at Gnome Brew

Brewing Beer in 1 Hour - [Beginner] Lasts about 2 hours

Upcoming Classes:

  • Saturday, January 25 at 12:00 PM -- SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, February 15 at 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 7 at 12:00 PM

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.

Complete Brewing Demo

In this class you will help brew a beer using Gnome Brew's 1 Hour Brew system from start to finish, just like you would at home, to make 2.5 gallons of beer--about a case of 24 12 oz. bottles.

Take Home Beer When It's Finished

We'll watch over the class beer while it ferments then bottle it when it's ready. Participants will be able to take home a few beers when they are ready to drink--in about 4 weeks from the brew day.

Beer And Ingredient Tasting

Participants will also learn about the basic ingredients that make beer--malt, hops and yeast--through smell, touch and taste. We will sample several common beer styles brewed at Gnome Brew and discuss what choices of ingredients go into making each beer style taste the way it does.

Beer samples will be provided, but all classes and events are BYOB (and sharing is welcome!)

$30 - inludes beer samples and a few bottles of the beer you make for pickup later. This class runs about 2 hours.