Hopping Gnome Brewing Company
Torrey and Stacy Lattin
ABOUT THE OWNERS
Torrey & Stacy met at Fort Hays State University. Torrey is originally from Lyons, KS and Stacy is from Valley Center. After college, they moved to Wichita, bought a house, got married, but weren’t sure if Wichita would be enough for them to stay. Torrey started home brewing about 9 years ago. After entering and receiving medals for several competitions, he decided he wanted to try brewing full-time. While he enjoyed his Draftsman position at MKEC here in Wichita, he was ready to get away from a desk and try something new. Stacy has a background in non-profit management, and while she is now with the brewery full-time managing staff, business development, marketing, and events, she is still a very active volunteer and sits on various non-profit and community boards. They had a decision to make, either move to another city where Torrey could be a brewer, or stay in Wichita and grow the craft beer industry and buy local movement. They decided to stay and take the risk of starting a new type of brewery. With the Wichita flag now flying in many new small businesses, and several local breweries already established and willing to help, they were ready to get started…
ABOUT THE BUSINESS
We are a local pint serving, growler/crowler filling, keg distributing 5BBL microbrewery with a taproom. While we were the third brewery to open in Wichita, we introduced the community to its first taproom, meaning we do not serve food, and focus more on the beer with a more cozy hang-out vibe where friends can play board games or an individual can meet new friends at the bar. The name came after discovering other names were already taken. Torrey was discouraged and went down to the bar in our basement for a beer and noticed a gnome from a Kansas City Royals giveaway and thought what about Hopping for the hops in the beer and Gnome, because gnomes are known for drinking in folklore. This name wasn’t taken, and the rest is history
WHY THE BUSINESS WAS STARTED
We wanted to share our love for local craft beer and bring the small taproom vibe to Wichita
Visit our website for menu and updates on seasonal beers https://www.
MOST POPULAR ITEM
Depends on the day or season. The HBIC Sour is one of our current top sellers along with the Sepia Amber. We recently won a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for the Amber.
HOW TO REACH US
Find us on all the social medias as Hopping Gnome or hoppinggnome or visit hoppinggnome.com
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