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!