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!

APRIL Brewer’s Guild – Kiwi Session IPA

AYE!!! The FCB April Brewer’s Guild will happen at Kent Runte’s Headquarters Backdoor Bar and Brewery. He will be brewing a Kiwi Session IPA with all New Zealand hops … Time to skull some stubbies and get munted! Should be a real piece of piss. Bring a sack lunch and your stash to share with the commoners. […]

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Brewers Guild Febrewary

FCB Brewers Guild for FEB2017 When: Saturday Feb. 25, 10:am to ? Where: Curt Meyers, 12169 Tresemer Rd, Roscoe, IL 61073-7762 (MAP) Brewers Guild at Curt’s indoor all electric brewery. Curt will be brewing a Maibock, It should be nice and warm inside! Thanks to Curt for hosting this event. Feel free to bring Food and/or Beer to […]

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FCB After Holiday Party

This year’s private FCB After Holiday Party (open to FCB members and spouses) will be held at Mike Coisman’s place. Saturday January 28th, 5:00 pm (to ???)1409 ILES Ave. Belvidere, IL. 61008 (see MAP for directions)

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September Newsletter – 2017 Styles List

FCB August-September 2016 Newsletter Upcoming Styles for 2017 January – Winter Seasonal (30C) February – Experimental March – Irish Stout (15B) April – American Pale Ale (18B) May – Witbier (24A) June – American IPA (21A) July – TBD Clone (34A) August – American Wheat (1D) September – California Common (19B) October – Autumn Seasonal […]

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Hopheads are Giddy – IPA Day 2016

Happy #IPADAY Yes, it’s #IPADAY August 4, 2016, this non-corporate, non-sponsored holiday is about celebrating and educating fellow brewers and drinkers of the #1 submitted beer style at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (Double IPA was a distant #2). (via Ashley Routson – “Founded in 2011, IPA Day is a global celebration of […]

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2016 Beer Festivals Galore!

Visit for comprehensive guide to 2016 craft beer festivals everywhere, year round. Below is a list of some bigger ones, near and far… Ballpark Beer Festival: Ballpark Ale Fest Rockford is a craft beer festival that combines America’s favorite pastime with America’s favorite craft beers. The inaugural fest will take place Saturday, June 04, 2016 and will feature over […]

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Screw City Beer Festival Gets Bigger in 2016

First reported by Brian Leaf at RRStar More is Better! The 2016 Screw City Beer Festival will host more people (2500 vs. 2000), more beer (60 breweries vs. 51), more space downtown (“We will also be slightly increasing our physical footprint this year along with adding in new food vendors, more seating options, new music […]

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Illinois House Bill 630

ILLINOIS HB630 IS NOW LAW!!! So, what does this mean for homebrewers? Homebrewers now have the following requirements: * No one under 21 years of age may homebrew, and beer may not be sold at anytime. * The Commission must regulate the activities outside the homebrewer’s residence. * A license must be obtained if beer […]

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2015 BJCP Guidelines

The long awaited 2015 BJCP Guidelines have been release. The new guidlines are very different from the 2008 Guidelines. If anyone is thinking of taking the BJCP exams, they will start using the new guidelines in November 2015. For BJCP sanctioned competitions they may use either set of guidelines. Make sure you check with the […]

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