Big Brew Day – 40th Anniversary!

FCB Annual Big Brew – May 5, 2018 HOST: Rockford Rivets Stadium 4503 Interstate Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111 (MAP) 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Please post on the FCB Facebook Big Brew Event page what dish to pass you would like to bring. The club will provide some club beers and a main meat course, or reply back to this email with your dish, OR IF YOU WANT TO BREW. ABOUT Big Brew: […]

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FCB in RRSTAR-815: Home is where the hops are! comes to SMaSH project, shares local home brew story to readers! Rockford-area homebrewers turn passion into hobby (see full story) When it comes to brewing beer, there are four main ingredients: grains, hops, yeast and good water. There are many paths brewers can take when crafting the perfect beer, including whether they use a malt extract or make their own grain, as well as whether they bottle or keg the […]

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Brews on First 2018

Brews on First – Beer Festival June 2nd

BREWS ON FIRST TICKETS ON SALE NOW! A festival taking a swing at a new twist on the ballpark & craft beer festival experience. Sample some beers that are sure to be a home run, while playing some ball at the park, and tasting twists on ball park food prepared by some of the best local restaurants as part of this event. A Twist on Ball Park Food by Abreo Restaurant, Lucha Cantina, The […]

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FeBrewary Smash Beer Brewers Guild

February Smash Beer project! February 19 at 1 PM – 8 PM 2814 Stinson St, Poplar Grove, IL 61065-8249, United States Joe and I have put together a Smash IPA project for the record books. We will be doing no less than 10 different hop varieties for this very special brewers guild. Farmhouse has donated 40oz.(10-4 oz packs)of hops for us to use. Monday, We are looking for brewers for this event. Everyone involved will […]

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FCB Brewer of the Year – Mike Beldon

CONGRATULATIONS to 2017 Style Beer competition winner, Mike Beldon. Mike brought the goods, clinching first place before the December competition, while only brewing for 10 of the 12 months of styles. Maybe some of that winning spirit will rub off on the team his hat is sporting? Ok, let’s not get carried away…Great Job Mike! See final points.

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Day of the Living Ales 2018 – TICKETS

Buy tickets NOW before they sell out! This is a club bus trip (open to public) for: Day of the Living Ales 2018 March 3rd, 2018 1:00pm-6:00pm Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St, Chicago, Illinois 60607 Only 36 tickets available: $95 for paid members, $105 for non-members -Deadline to purchase tickets is January 20th 2018. BUY TICKETS

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Homebrew Alley 2018

The Forest City Brewers will be attending the Homebrew Alley in Found Du Lac WI on Feb 3rd. 2 pm until 7:30 pm.  This is an event where you, as the homebrewer, have to serve the beer you brewed to attendees. You get the chance to describe your beer and get feedback. This year the theme for Homebrew Alley is 60’s hippies So you can dress accordingly if you wish. If […]

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AHA Learn to Homebrew Day on Nov 5

Join other FCBers at Mike Coisman’s place for a fun AHA event on SUNDAY NOV 5, 2017 located at 1409 Iles Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008 >> MAP Mike will be brewing a Sweet Stout and Tim will be brewing a Russian Imperial Stout. Hmmm…FCB does Dark Lord Day? This shindig kicks at 10:00 am – bring whatever you wish to share with the club…hopefully home-brew since that is what we do! #drinkitup […]

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AUGUST Brewers Guild 2017

It’s not your Gov’Nah’s Brewers Guild… but seriously… Join us at high-noon on Saturday August 5 for a brewdown at Scott Walker’s place. 10 gallons of Milk Stout. Bring yer own home-brew to share! 3911 Ashwinton Way, Rockford, IL 61109-2367, United States

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july brewers guild brew & grow


It’s always good to brew off a summer picnic hangover!!! The FCB JULY Brewer’s Guild will happen on Sunday July 23 at Brew and Grow in Rockford. Tim Lundquist will be brewing an English Barleywine. Also for a BONUS, I will be demonstrating how to do a Parti-gyle or 2nd runnings beer. The Second runnings beer will an Extra Special Bitter!!! Hope to see you there! Alex will have some very limited […]

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