Dining With Denise Neil

Hopping Gnome celebrating its birthday with a week of parties, specials

Hopping Gnome Brewing Company will celebrate its first anniversary all week.
Hopping Gnome Brewing Company will celebrate its first anniversary all week.

Hopping Gnome Brewing Company has been open a whole year now.

Torrey Lattin and his wife, Stacy Ward Lattin, opened the brewery at 1710 E. Douglas on May 29, 2015, and they’ve come a long way since then. A year later, their beer is now tapped in several local bars and restaurants as well as in its own tap room.

The couple is celebrating the brewery’s one-year anniversary all week, culminating in a big party at Saturday.

Among the anniversary events this week:

Beer dinner: Hopping Gnome still has tickets for its Wednesday night beer dinner prepared by the chef behind the Noble House food truck. It’ll include three courses, each paired with a Hopping Gnome beer. The dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m., and tickets are $40. Purchase tickets via the Gnome’s Facebook page.

Popcorn pairing: On Thursday, the brewery will put on another of its famous popcorn pairings, during which customers can try a flight of six beers paired with six popcorn flavors from Kernels Popcorn Express. It’ll also tap its new Blood Orange Pale Ale that night. The cost is $15, and the event runs from 6 p.m. until the popcorn runs out.

Final Friday: On Friday, the brewery will participate in Final Friday events with a showing of local photographer Brett Schauf’s work. They’ll also be tapping a new beer – Matt’s Melon Mayhem. Let'm Eat Bräts will serve food outside. The evening starts at 6 p.m.

Saturday bash: The big party starts at noon and runs all day Saturday. It’ll start with a special firkin tapping, then at 6 p.m. Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hotdogs will be set up outside. The live music starts at 7 p.m. with Tom Page Trio, followed by En Power & Light at 8 p.m.

Sunday party: On Sunday, the actual anniversary, the brewery will be mixing its new Blood Orange Pale Ale with champagne for a magical beer mimosa.

For more information on all the anniversary events, check the Hopping Gnome Facebook page.