Where did July go?

Where did July go?

Summer always seems to go by quickly; between vacations and endless activities, the time just flies. Is it just me, or is July flying by extra fast? It was like one week we were shooting fireworks, and now it’s August. It could be going so fast, because we’ve had a lot of great events in the taproom and in the community.

Our annual Gnome for the Holidays: Christmas in July was a huge success thanks to all of you! There’s just something about drinking a really strong barrel-aged beer on a 100 degree day that you all enjoy, so we’ll continue this event annually for sure.

We’ve been doing lots of fundraisers lately, but one that is particularly near an dear to us is the Ride In & Recover event benefiting Wes and Karen Jenkins. The Jenkins recently suffered a terrible car accident that has left Wes in the hospital for several months.

Our Beer Advocate Rebecca decided to team up with Ethan next door at Piatto Pizzeria in order to help our friends through this difficult time. On July 23rd, Rebecca will donate all of her tips to the Jenkins, and Torrey and I will match this amount. Wes is a regular gnomie, avid bike rider, and supports all things local, so we want to support him in his recovery.

We have several events and new beers coming up this week, so please follow us on social media, and be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter to stay in the gnome on all events and gnews.

Until next time,

Stacy

HBIC, Hopping Gnome Brewing

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Gnora the Holiday Gnome made an appearance at Christmas in July!

Cheers to More Years of Gnome Beers

Dear Gnomies,

I've been putting this off for several weeks now. I don't know why, we had a great anniversary party, and I've been meaning to thank you all for making it happen. The invoices have been paid, and the thank yous were sent, but I just can't seem to get all of my feelings into words in order to button this thing up for good. Honestly, I need to get moving on future events and marketing campaigns; it's basically Christmas in the retail world.

I don't know what it is about putting on a big event, but after it's over, it's just hard to move on. I did the same thing after Torrey and I got married, and after I threw a statewide 100th anniversary party while working at Girl Scouts. I think it's similar to the feeling you get when you come back from a vacation; the work has been piling up, and you need to jump in, but you're not quite ready yet. That's what I've been feeling these past few weeks, while Torrey jumped right back in the next day to brew 2 beers. To be fair, I think we can all agree that his side of the business is the have-to-do-now, while mine is more the nice-to-do-when we have the time, but either way, I am ready to wrap-up and move on.

Despite the weather, we had an amazing event on May 25th. Our wonderful neighbors at M&M insurance let us use their parking lot, which was the perfect size for food trucks, games, and music. In fact, I think we have plenty of room for more activities next year (too soon).

Overall, our team feels like we gave great service and provided a fun environment for all of our gnomies to celebrate, but we know with all first-time events comes some challenges and we there are things to do better next time.

While we're creating our own list, we want to hear your feedback.

Please click the button below to complete a quick survey, we appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.

Cheers,
Stacy
HBIC, Hopping Gnome Brewing

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You Don't Gnome Me: Don't Tie Me Down, 'Cause I'd Never Stay

You Don't Gnome Me: Don't Tie Me Down, 'Cause I'd Never Stay

The gnome gals traveled to Denver last week for a "work" trip. While most of us are familiar with International Women's Day on March 8th, unless you are really into  craft beer, you probably didn't know that it is also International Women's Collaboration Brew Day (IWCBD). This day was started in order to encourage and empower female brewers all over the world to work together, whether they brew professionally or at home. While more women are joining this growing industry each year, the craft beer world is still predominantly male, especially on the brewing and production side. The Wichita craft beer scene has really taken off the last few years, but currently, there are no women employed as brewers and still very few in Kansas. 

While I do not claim to be a brewer, I am the HBIC of the Gnome after all, and I strive to embody and support all things that empower women. Like other Wichita and Kansas breweries, we have participated in this day by holding our own ladies collaborations and donating proceeds to local non-profits. We know the importance of giving back to the community, and will continue to do so, but I wanted to think bigger this year. I thought about what IWCBD really means to the craft beer community as a whole, and how I can contribute by highlighting the women doing the real work. So, I decided to seek out female brewers for an epic collaboration trip with the lady gnomes. My research immediately took me to another place they call "The Gnome," and their Head Brewer, Bess Dougherty. Like many in the industry, Bess started as a home brewer, and after taking a trip to Belgium, she knew she wanted to make a career out of brewing. She attended Siebel Brewing school online, knowing that she had to get as much education as possible in order to be able to compete with men in a relatively small craft beer industry at the time. While working at Wynkoop Brewing, she became the first full-time female brewer in Denver. She is now the Head Brewer at the Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe and Brewery in Denver, and I knew we had to collaborate, if only because of our love of gnomes and beer. 

We worked together to create a recipe that aligned with the IWCBD theme Unite Forage; utilizing plants, herbs, and spices that can be found in your area, while also including a special hop blend from the non-profit women brewer's association, the Pink Boots Society. Prickly pear is native to Colorado, so the gnome team brewed a Prickly Pear Saison that will be on tap at the Grateful Gnome for the upcoming Craft Brewer's Conference in April. Stay tuned for plans for Bess to come to Wichita for a brew day later this summer. While visiting other breweries in Denver, Bess's name came up a lot as not only a pioneer for women in the industry, but also just a great person who makes awesome beer. She is definitely a role-model to any woman interested in pursuing a career in brewing and the craft beer industry as well, and the Hopping Gnome gals feel lucky that we had the opportunity to invade her brew house and learn her inspiring story. I like to take time on International Women's Day to reflect on all of the gains that have been made towards gender equality, but to also remember we aren't there yet, and there is still work to be done. Women like Bess show us that we can live our life the way we want, to say and do whatever we please. Don't tell me what to do.

*Sources: https://unitebrew.org/https://www.pinkbootssociety.org, "You Don't Own Me" lyrics by Lesley Gore

Crowler Cans Now Available

Crowler Cans Now Available

We are so excited to be able to offer 32 oz crowler cans to go in the taproom! While we still offer the 64 oz glass growlers and will continue to fill 32 oz squealers until we run out out of caps, it has been nice to have an option that is easy to transport and recycle. Crowlers are $12 each and are available for purchase in the taproom now. *Prices may vary on seasonal beers.

Award Winning Amber

Award Winning Amber

Hopping Gnome Brewing recently received a silver medal in the American Amber category for the Sepia Amber at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. This is one of the largest annual craft beer festivals and it is considered a great honor to receive a medal at this event.

When Torrey and I were discussing the first flagship beers that we would want to have on tap in the hypothetical brewery in our minds, we both agreed that a good Amber Ale would be a must. This style is fairly common in the craft beer community and is characterized as more malty than hoppy. Torrey had three different home brew recipes that he liked, so he brewed all three and took bottles to friends, family, and other more non-partial members of the Wichita craft beer community. One sample stood out above the rest as the favorite, so Torrey started perfecting the recipe, creating a consistent beer with strong malt character and subtle notes of coffee, caramel, and nutty flavors. Brewed with Northern Brewer and named Sepia for the color of the camera filter that most of us have forgotten, since we don’t actually take pictures with cameras anymore. We were hoping Instagram would pick it up as a filter option, but you get the idea. There are a lot of Ambers out there with cool names that were already taken, so give us a break. 124 American Ambers were entered in the 2018 Great American Beer Festival from across the nation!

To be honored with the silver medal is very humbling, but not surprising to all the gnome fans out there. The Sepia Amber has been a favorite and will continue to be a staple in the taproom, as well as various local bars and restaurants in Wichita. Our gnome team members our excited to be able to officially say “Try our award winning Amber.”

HBIC Shirt Design Contest

HBIC Shirt Design Contest

Those eyes, that look...don't ask her to smile. We've all fallen in love with the fierce flapper that is our HBIC Sour label. The original artwork is by local artist and Wichita advocate Johnny Freedom, and was made into a beer label for a sour beer yours truly really wanted Torrey to brew...he decided to name the beer after the pop culture acronym HBIC (Head Bitch in Charge).

As we started talking about the beer name with customers, it became more than just a name. We started seeing it used as a hashtag, and to describe awesome women in our community. Both the beer and merchandise have become a staple in the taproom.

Since there are so many HBICs and great artists in the ICT, we thought it would be fun to do a contest for the next HBIC shirt design!

Here are the details:

  • Submit entries to contact@hoppinggnome.com by August 20th.
  • Must be in either JPG or PDF format...remember it needs to fit on a shirt
  • Entries will be printed and voted on by customers at the Women's Equality Day ICT event on August 25th
  • The winning artist will receive $200, gnome swag, and recognition on social media and website

New Tanks Arrive

New Tanks Arrive

Our five bbl brew system has been growing every year. We started with six fermenter tanks, which means we could only have six beers fermenting at a time. Fermentation typically takes fourteen to twenty-one days, so you could see why expansion in order to get more beers ready more quickly would be needed after the gnome started to catch on.

Shortly after our first anniversary we added in two more fermenter tanks and a new filtration system. Now at year three, we're ready for three more tanks. This expansion will help us keep up with demand in the taproom, as well as distribute more to local bars and restaurants. Stay tuned for more updates, cheers!

Thanks Wichita

Thanks Wichita

Last week we celebrated our third anniversary with a week-long celebration full of new beers, food, community partners, and bingo. We appreciate the love and support from everyone who came out and supported the events, shared on social media, and ordered the Dirty Jon in order to complete a bingo. 

If you weren't able to make it out, we still have new beers on tap for you to try. Our Boysenberry ESB, Blood Orange Pale Ale, and Matt's Melon Mayhem have all been a hit. Thanks for the support Wichita, an we hope to see you in the taproom soon. 

Cheers to more years of gnome beers,

Team Gnome

Three Years of Gnome Beers

Three Years of Gnome Beers

It's hard to believe The Gnome has been open for three years. It seems like yesterday I was standing on a ladder finishing up a few details when I saw the first customers walk up to the door. I yelled to Torrey who was still testing out the beer taps and cleaning glassware, "They're coming, let's do this."

I recently attended several different small business workshops to focus on new marketing techniques and networking, but found an overarching message from all of them about the importance of celebrating. Running a business can be very challenging, and it is so easy to get to one milestone or finish one event and immediately move on to the next one. I am guilty of this, in fact, rather than focusing on all the fun we are going to have this week, I am planning June and July events and schedules, as if this week is already over. 

We have a lot to celebrate this year and I intend to take some time to reflect and party with our gnome team and customers. From launching the HBIC Sour, to battling construction, and finally opening a new patio, we have found a way to continue to grow and succeed another year and hope that you will stop in this week to celebrate with us.

Hopping Gnome Brewing has had some of the best staff members in Wichita, KS, so as a surprise for our current staff, we decided to commission Heather Byers, our May Final Friday artist to create paintings of all the staff we've ever had. They are currently displayed with the rest of the show and we will keep them in the taproom afterwards.

Collaborating with other local businesses has always been an important part of our business, from promoting other small businesses and non-profits, to partnering with neighbors and other breweries, we know that when we all work together, we all succeed.

We have a fun week of events planned with some of our favorite partners for fun food and snack pairings like Kernel's Popcorn Express, Chef Roberto Simmons, Noble House Hawaiian, Little Lion Ice Cream, Let'em Eat Brats, Monica's Bundt Cake, and Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria, plus live music with gnome favorite Molly Neeley Trio

We will be tapping three new beers this week with a special Birthday firkin on Saturday

Tues: Boysenberry ESB, Thurs: Blood Orange Pale Ale, Fri: Matt's Melon Mayhem, Sat: Earl Grey ESB Firkin

All events are listed on our Facebook page, we hope to see you this week!

Minors at the Gnome

Minors at the Gnome

Looking back, from the moment we decided to start a taproom without a restaurant, we knew it was going to be hard to tell potential customers toting children that everyone must be 21 to enter. While this wasn't and everyday occurrence, there was always a chance a group of adults with a baby would walk in sometime over the weekend. Our staff would dread this and say "not it" under their breaths, because it was so hard to send people away. No, we didn't hate your kids, it was just a city ordinance that stated we are a drinking establishment, and since we do not serve food, that meant no minors.

Since then, more breweries and local businesses have opened and downtown Wichita is becoming an area people want to explore and hang out, which for many means more kid and pet friendly places are a must.  

With many local parents and business owners speaking out, the Wichita City Council passed and ordinance on May 15, 2018 allowing minors in microbreweries until 10pm as long as they are accompanied by an adult. 

While we are very excited to be more family friendly, please keep in mind that we are still a small space that serves beer, wine, coffee, popcorn, and chips. We will not be modifying our menu offerings at this time, and ask that everyone be respectful of all patrons whether they are stopping by with their little ones in tow, or enjoying a night away from the kids. We are proud of the diverse community we have created at the Gnome and want to see this continue as we grow and move in to our fourth year of business.

Cheers,

Stacy, HBIC 

Warrior IPA is Back

Warrior IPA is Back

Last year, Head Gnome Torrey Lattin decided to brew a double IPA using all Warrior hops. It came out at 7.5% yet it was surprisingly smooth and light on bitterness. This time the Warrior IPA is coming out to play at 9% and is already a hit! With a name like Warrior, team gnome had to have some fun with the social media posts. If you're not familiar with the movie Warriors, you probably don't get the joke. If you like IPAs, you'll love this light and smooth seasonal. Get it in the taproom while it lasts!

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Kansas Craft Beer Week Collaboration

Kansas Craft Beer Week Collaboration

Kansas Craft Beer Week has become an amazing celebration across the state! You'll see your favorite local breweries coming together to bring new ideas to life while hosting fun and new events at their locations. Local bars and restaurants across the state will be surrendering their taps to all Kansas beers. Check out the Kansas Craft Beer Week page on social media and be sure to follow the Kansas Craft Beer Alliance for all things craft beer in the Sunflower State.

We just tapped the Prairie Land Delight last night at the gnome. This Wheat IPA collaboration with over 20 Kansas brewers won't be on long at any location...very delightful!

We couldn't be more excited to tap our collaboration with LB. Brewing in Hays, KS Wednesday at 3! Torrey and Stacy first met in Hays while attending Fort Hays State University. Gella's Diner & LB. Brewing had recently opened, and the craft beer scene was still very new in Kansas. Neither had tried very many styles of beer and really started getting into it. This is when Torrey thought he might like to try home brewing...and it is all history from there!
Northwest X Southcentral is an American Saison, 5.5 % 28 IBU

Check out all of our KCBW events on Facebook

Caddie Kolsch Now On Tap

Caddie Kolsch Now On Tap

A spring and summer favorite by many gnome regulars, this crisp and clean ale is perfect after a game of golf or mowing the lawn! Will be on tap now through August (don't worry, if we run out we will let you know on social media)!

5% 30 IBU

Light, crisp, easy drinking ale. Brewed with German and American malts and hopped with Cascade. Fermented with German Ale yeast. 

New HBIC Supports Dress for Success Wichita

New HBIC Supports Dress for Success Wichita

On International Women's Day March 8th, the ladies of Hopping Gnome Brewing came together for a ladies brew day for International Women's Brew Collaboration Day. Head Brewer Torreey Lattin went through safety tips while explaining equipment and basic brewing steps so the ladies could do all the heavy lifting and work in order to brew a beer.  Portia Portugal from Dress for Success Wichita joined the ladies in order to represent the organization. Kake news, Wichita.com, and ViP Wichita all helped capture the day and promote the tapping a few weeks later. The HBIC:Ceiling Breaker Peach Sour was tapped March 29th. 15% of sales from the night were donated to Dress for Success Wichita. 

The beer is still available in the taproom, along with special glassware and new tees and tanktops!

Sidewalk Patio Now Open

Sidewalk Patio Now Open

The Hopping Gnome Brewing crew paired up with the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new front sidewalk cafe on March 21.

The patio will be open during regular business hours and is an extension of the current business liquor licence, so it is still 21 to enter.  Service available inside at the bar.

See you soon on the gnome patio!

Wicked Crossover On Tap for NCAA Tournament

Wheat IPA - 6.4% 
Collaboration with our brewery neighbors Central Standard Brewing. This hazy tropical IPA features malted wheat, flaked wheat, and raw Kansas wheat. Double dry hopped with Idaho 7, Gruengeist, Denali, and Azacca. Limited quantities, see you soon!

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Construction is Here...Grab a Beer

As construction continues, please follow us on social media for updates. While parking will be going away in front of the gnome, we are so excited for a new front patio this spring!
Street parking will still be available to the east of us and surrounding lots including the Donut Whole, Tanya's, and Jimmy's Egg lots *the back M&M Insurance lot is also available after 5pm on weekdays and anytime on weekends.