Homebrew Classes & Events at Gnome Brew

Homebrew Bottle Share

May 13th, 7:30 PM via Zoom

Bottle Swap Returns For Our April Virtual Bottle Share

Our monthly bottle share is back at its regular time and with a bottle swap! While this is optional, we encourage everyone to participate.

Here's How It Works:
  • Bring in 6 bottles (or cans) of beers to Gnome Brew anytime before Thursday, May 6th
  • We will build mixed 6 packs to pass out
  • Pick up your mixed 6 pack starting Friday, May 7th and ending 6 PM Thursday, May 13th
  • Log onto our Zoom bottle share and enjoy sharing physical beer across virtual space!

6 beers is optional, and more or less is fine. We’ll do our best to get everyone about the same amount of beer. Homebrew is best, but if you don’t have anything ready to share and you’d like to participate, commercial beer is fine.

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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.

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

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

Sorry—due to COVID-19, we are currently not scheduling events

Homebrew Classes at Gnome Brew

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

Upcoming Classes:

Sorry—due to COVID-19, we are currently not scheduling classes

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.

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