Sketchbook Brewing Company first opened to the public on November 21, 2014. Located in Evanston, Illinois, Starting with draft-only growler fills out of an alley, we've since opened a tap room, crammed a fermenter is just about every nook that could fit one, and produced an array of canned beer for retail shelves.
Sketchbook is all about community. Check HERE for more details about our CSB membership program. Every holiday season, we donate a percentage of of our retail beer sales during the month of December to the Evanston Community Foundation.
It all started with two homebrewers, Shawn Decker & Cesar Marron, who met through Evanston’s Homebrew Club. Cesar’s brewing skills have earned him a dozen medals, and he was the Samuel Adams Longshot American Homebrew Contest 2013 winner: his grätzer was selected from over 1,000 entries nationwide. Shawn brings a solid home-brewing practice to the partnership and decades of experience as a musician, artist, and teacher working on big projects where quality was important.
Recipe swapping and mutual appreciation accelerated into partnership when Shawn and Cesar realized they shared a passion to bring the first CSB (Community Supported Brewery) to their hometown on the shores of Lake Michigan, just north of Chicago. They've enlisted a range of talent: Sketchbook Brewing Company's co-founders include Sean Curry, Mike Ensdorf and Kathy Pilat, Matt and Tara Kosloski, and Ted Perez.
We opened our Tap Room in April of 2016 at 821 Chicago Ave. in spring of 2016, and this intimate space has become a favorite with locals and beer connoisseurs.
We began dramatically expanding our distribution in 2017 with a focus on designing and distributing beautiful cans,
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