"You do the fun stuff, we do all the work," according to the brew-on-site owner.
By Lisa M. Esquivel Long, of The News-Sentinel
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:08 PM
Always wanted to try homebrewing but didn’t have the space or money to lay out for all the equipment? Don’t worry, be hoppy with GnomeTown Brewery.
As The News-Sentinel first reported in June, GnomeTown, 203 E. Berry St., Suite 105, is across the hall from the Hoppy Gnome restaurant, which opened mid-2015 on the ground floor of the First Financial Center at the Anthony Wayne Building.
Since GnomeTown opened Dec. 12, 30 people have created their own brews, said one of the owners, James Bashir A. Khan, co-owner of the brewery, Hoppy Gnome and BakerStreet Steakhouse.
For $200 a keg, and including bottles and a label, you can work with a brewmaster to create your own recipe. That comes to about $4 per 22-ounce bottle, a lot cheaper compared to many craft brews that go for $10 a bottle, Khan said. You can also opt for a $175 keg to take home with a deposit required and no bottles.
“You do the fun stuff, we do all the work,” he said. So the brew crew will put in about 2-4 hours of preparation and cleanup so you can spend your time just making the brew.
And don’t worry. Your mom’s book club won’t have the same recipe from your ragin’ bachelorette party.
“Each brew we do is unique,” Khan said. “We switch it up a little.”
So your raspberry wheat won’t be the same as what someone else brews, he said.
The GnomeTown crew will help you come up with a name. It’ll usually be something Indiana-centric. Past brews include Cole Smoked Porter and Indianapolis Kolsch. However, a group from NeighborLink created a Neighbrew from hoppy wheat.
While most brewers might opt for a standard GnomeTown Brewery label, the business has a printer to take a photo image as a jpeg so you can create a personalized one, say an anniversary brew with a photo from your wedding or honeymoon on the label, Khan said. He sees lots of opportunities for groups to enjoy making a brew together. With a bit of planning, a bachelor party might come back for its brew three weeks later to serve at the rehearsal dinner.
For now, wanna-be brewmasters must drink their concoctions off-premises. However, Khan is expecting any day to receive a federal permit that will allow customers to drink their own brews at the brewery. For now it’s taking reservations Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but will make exceptions and aims to take them daily.
For more information, call 422-0070 or see www.facebook.com/GnomeTownBrewing.
4th annual Savor Fort Wayne set
The City of Churches. The City that Saved Itself. The Summit City.
Fort Wayne has earned a lot of knicknames, and here’s one more: the City of Restaurants.
The fourth annual Savor Fort Wayne is coming Jan. 11-22.
Participating Fort Wayne area restaurants will feature specially crafted menus, including appetizers, salads, steaks, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, ethnic delights, dessert, and more in addition to vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. The three-course meals for two will be $30.
New restaurants to Savor Fort Wayne this year are Shoccu, The Rib Room, Tolon, The Golden, Salud!, Trubble Brewing, Main Street Bistro and Naked Tchopstix.
Special ticket offers from the Philharmonic and others will be available during the event.
For the full list of restaurants and a look at their menus, visit SavorFortWayne.com.
Umi sets grand opening Jan. 4
Umi Fort Wayne sushi and seafood restaurant has set 4 p.m. Jan. 4 (think 4-1-4) as its grand opening. Umi, 2912 Getz Road, is open noon-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. daily through Jan. 3 to buy gift cards with a bonus: receive a $5 bonus card for every $25 gift card purchased, a $10 bonus card for every $50, and $20 for every $100 gift card.
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