Forest City Brewers is a social group of home-brewers and craft beer enthusiasts in the Northern Illinois area, that meet regularly in Rockford, IL.  Our club strives to help out our fellow brewers to create better beers and cultivate appreciation of the science and culture of beer through education.

To find out more about club membership click here. Forest City Brewers also has an active community with numerous gatherings, events, and educational opportunities. To see our upcoming events click here.

Our monthly brewer meetings are open to the public, if you’d like to learn more about us, please feel free to attend!

Big Brew 2021

In 1988, May 7th was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association created Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. Big Brew is always held on the first Saturday in May. Homebrew clubs and individuals get together all across the globe to brew beer […]

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FCB Quad Cities Brewery Bus Trip *POSTPONED*

FCB Quad Cities Brewery Bus Trip ***THIS TRIP HAS BEEN POSTPONED. MEMBERS WILL BE UPDATED AS SOON AS MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE*** On Saturday, November 14, The club will be taking a bus trip to visit breweries in the Quad Cities. This is an all day trip that will leave from a predetermined place in Rockford. […]

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Big Brew 2020 at Hairy Cow

We’re going to be hosting a Big Brew/Brewer’s Guild event Saturday, July 18 at Hairy Cow Brewing. The club will be brewing 15 gallons of an imperial stout that will eventually be bottled/canned and donated to Screw City Beer Festival later this year. If you are new brewing or have been thinking about entering the […]

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Forest City Brewers Events on Indefinite Hiatus

After much discussion between the officers of the Forest City Brewers and in light of the recent mandate made by the Illinois governor to Shelter in Place until the end of April, the April meeting and tasting competition has been cancelled, with no plans to reschedule. All other Club events are currently on indefinite hiatus […]

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2020 Day of the Living Ales Bus Trip

2020 Day of the Living Ales Bus Trip The club has made plans to secure a bus and a limited number of tickets for the 2020 Day of the Living Ales Bus Trip on Saturday March 7, 2020. Tickets are now $85 at the FCB Store for 2020 paid club members and $90 for non-club […]

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Brewers Guild Nov 2 at 815 Gardens and Brewing

November 2nd is the 21st annual Learn To Homebrew Day and we’ll be celebrating it by having a Brewer’s Guild event at the newest homebrew shop in Rockford, 815 Gardens & Brewing. 10:00am – 6:00pm 2105 23rd Ave, Rockford, IL 61104 MAP We’re planning on having at least 2 brewing setups going, a 3 kettle, […]

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FCB Madison Brewery Bus Trip

FCB Madison Brewery Bus Trip On Saturday, October 26, The club will be taking another bus trip to visit breweries, this time in Madison, WI. This is an all day trip that will leave from a predetermined place in Rockford. We are adding a pick up location in South Beloit at the Van Galder bus stop off […]

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2019 Screw City Beer Fest – HomeBrew Line Up

It’s in writing – 28 home brewers(and Forest City Brewers members) serving 32 home brews …Talk about your POUR SAPS!!! 🙂 Full Screw City Beer List. Beers Being Served Brewer Tent Beer Style Beer Name ABV Blake Aper 1 Gose with Cucumber & Lime Cucumber Lime Gose 4% David Benson 1 Belgian Blonde Ale Bomb […]

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2019 Rock River Anything That Floats Race

SPONSOR & DONATE to the 2019 Rock River Anything That Floats Race On Sunday, August 18 at 12:00 PM, the FCB club will be participating in a 1.65 mile river float race that ends in a grand finish at Prairie Street Brewhouse, with live music and other fun that lasts until 6:00 PM. More info HERE. […]

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Brews on First Beer Fest 2019

Come to Brews on First at Rivots Stadium and party with the Forest City Brewers! …and drink our homebrew … more than 9 tantalizing home brew flavors that are sure to hit for the cycle. This is not just another beer event, this is an event for the kid in all of us. Sample some […]

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