Hopping Gnome Brewery Celebrates Turning Two
To commemorate the occasion, they have a week full of events and new beers starting Wednesday, May 24th through Sunday, May 28th.
The festivities include Beer & Cake Pairing, Beer tappings (including a special Birthday Firkin), Live music, food trucks, a Final Friday art show, and a brunch potluck.
Here's the week of festivities The Hopping Gnome has in store for you:
Wednesday, May 24 6 p.m.
Beer & Cake Pairing - The Hopping Gnome is teaming up with Monica’s Bundt Cakes to pair mini bundt cakes with their beer flight.
Thursday, May 25 6 p.m. - Enjoy a dinner with the Hungry Heart and a beer tapping.
Friday, May 26 6 p.m. - A Final Friday Art show & beer tapping - be sure to check out Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria next door; they deliver to the taproom.
Saturday, May 27 - Noon: Let’m Eat Brats and a Birthday Firkin tapping. 8 p.m.: Live music with Summon the Storm (no cover)
Sunday, May 28 12 p.m. - Brunch potluck & Blood Orange Pale Ale Mimosas. Bring your favorite brunch dish to share. They’ll have birthday cake from Monica’s Bundt Cakes baked with Gnome Beer.
A Second Year At The Gnome
Hopping Gnome co-owner and head brewer Torrey Lattin started brewing in 2009 when his then-current boss turned him onto the hobby. He began making small batches in his kitchen, perfecting his recipes. Lattin said “Months and years of trial and error to get [the recipes] where you wanted." He, along with his wife and co-owner Stacy Ward-Lattin, set out to develop a business plan to in order to help grow the number of breweries in Wichita. They opened the doors on May 29th, 2015.
When asked how the second year has gone, Stacy Ward-Lattin commented “Going into our second year, we knew that we needed to increase production, but still wanted to remain small and stick to our original plan of slow growth. We added two more fermenter tanks to our original six. This means we can have eight beers fermenting at a time, which has helped to keep beer on consistently in the taproom while also distributing to local bars and restaurants.
The Gnome still offers six beers consistently on tap as well as a rotating seasonal selection. Ward-Lattin commented on their past year of brews, “Several new seasonal beers were introduced including a series of barrel-aged beers over the holidays. We plan to grow this program moving forward.”
Additions and renovations were made to the taproom in order to increase seating and make it even cozier, just like you were at a friend's house.
They also developed a new website, along with a monthly newsletter so their customers can stay up to date. If you want to stay up to date on happenings at The Hopping Gnome, be sure to sign up for their newsletter.
When asked what the future brings Ward-Lattin said: “Moving forward we want to continue to grow and provide local craft beer for Wichita and visitors!”