Welcome to Sketchbook Brewing Company, a Community-Supported Brewery which opened to the public on November 21, 2014. Located in Evanston, Illinois, Sketchbook creates a common culture among local craft beer enthusiasts.
Sketchbook focuses on the production of fine beers in small batches - and strictly local distribution - with growler sales and keg sales within our own community.
One thing that distinguishes Sketchbook is our business model. Check HERE for more details about our Community-Supported Brewery PROGRAM.
Sketchbook Brewing Company is the brainchild of two home-brew heroes, Shawn Decker & Cesar Marron, who met through Evanston’s Homebrew Club – a mighty throng of beer enthusiasts. 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.
Our first year of business was a big success and we are expanding in 2016, moving into a street-front Tap Room at 821 Chicago Ave. in spring of 2016. We are locally distributing our kegs to around 30 local restaurants and have begun to bottle our brews for direct sales to customers and distribution to local craft beer retailers.
We believe in community and support community. In both 2014 and 2015, we donated 5% of our retail beer sales during the month of December to the Evanston Community Foundation.
For more about Shawn and Cesar check out our FAQ's.
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