Cesar Marron, left, and Shawn Decker toast to their new project, Sketchbook nanobrewery, behind 825 Chicago Ave. Submitted photo

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Sketchbook Brewing Company, Evanston’s first nanobrewery, will soon be brewing behind the orange door off the alley behind 825 Chicago Ave. Sketchbook is the brainchild of two award-winning, hometown, home-brew heroes, Shawn Decker and Cesar Marron. Mr. Marron’s brewing skills have earned him a dozen medals, and he is also the Samuel Adams Longshot 2013 winner – his grätzer was selected from over 1000 entries nationwide.

The two met through Evanston’s Homebrew Club and, along with other  members and friends, decided to form Sketchbook Brewing Company.

Sketchbook says they will produce finely crafted, small-batch beers for local consumption. The founders are passionate about creating recipes from many cultures – with a focus on fine “session” beers, low in alcohol and calories – “the sort of beer you could drink all afternoon,” Mr.  Marron says.

Once open, Sketchbook says they will offer tastings and fill growlers (1/2 gallon Jugs) for walk-in or bike-in customers, beginning this summer, if all goes according to plan. Their business model will support two important ideals: community and sustainability. Eliminating extraneous packaging and refrigerated transportation needs by bringing beer directly to the community eliminates a vast majority of the waste often associated with the transport of goods.

In addition, Mr. Decker says, “We are already exploring exciting partnerships within the community for other ways we can work together and give back.”

“We’ll launch a Kickstarter campaign on April 10, which will also allow community members to help support the purchase of our final bit of equipment – two stainless steel jacketed fermenters, which will allow us to produce a much greater variety of beers, with up to six different beers at one time.” 

And later this spring Sketchbook will open up membership to their community-supported brewery, which will provide customers with monthly growler fills at a discounted price.

On May 9 the two will be pouring samples and hoping to celebrate a successful conclusion to their Kickstarter campaign at King George Studio & Gallery, 1402 1/2 Greenleaf St.