Forest City Brewers News and Headlines


Start With our January 2015 meeting we will be changing the location of our meetings to Rockford Brewing Co. We will most likely be using the large room to the left as you enter the front doors. If this room is reserved for a different event there are rooms in the center of the building we will use. Like with Thunder Bay, if the room location changes we will let you know ahead of time. If you have never been to Rockford Brewing Co. below is their address. If the front parking lot is full there is parking in the back of the building and across the street.

Rockford Brewing Co.
200 Prairie St., Rockford IL

The Forest City Brewers would like to thank Thunder Bay management and all their employees for their hospitality these past years. You have always been welcoming to us and the FCB will not forget about you.

Another Succesfull Screw City Beer Festival

Well, another Screw City Beer Festival has come and gone. Thank you to everyone who came out to the festival. Also thank you to all the FCB members who provided beer to the festival. I want to especially thank everyone who stopped by the Forest City Brewer's tent. At the end of the day all 9 kegs (45 Gallons) of beer was served. It's been a couple years since FCB was at the festival and we got a very warm welcome back by everyone at the festival. We are looking forward to next year to once again show the brewing talents within the FCB Club.


Illinois House Bill 630


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 is offered at a festival.
* Dram Shop Liability Insurance is required.
* Samples (at festivals only) may be given to consumers, at least 21 years of age, but no more than three 2 ounce samples to each consumer. Note: Previously, these festivals gave full size beers to basically anyone who asked, which is one of the reasons why the Commission shut them down.
* Homebrewers may not brew anywhere outside the home other than at a business at a fixed location that sells supplies and offers educational classes.
* Homebrewers may hold contests at a licensed premises; however, only judges (certified by a National Homebrewing Organization) may sample the beer. At no time may the homebrewers give their beer to anyone at a licensed premises other than a certified judge.

For more information. Go to the Illinois General Assembly website for details about the bill.

New Homebrew Supply store

During the February meeting there was a discussion about a new Homebrew Supply store in Janesville WI called Farmhouse Brewing Supply . Here is a link to their website and a map for directions.

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Beer In The News

FDA Revising Animal Feed Regualtions to Exempt Brewers

As a follow up to last month's outrage, the FDA has heard the concerns of brewers and farmers over the regulation of spent grains for animal feed. In a surprising turn of events, the regulation will be clarified to exempt spent brewing grains. Faith in government restored? Wishful thinking, but don't hold your breath.

How to Drink All Night and Not Get Drunk (sort of)

This article from Esquire magazine shares Sam Adams founder Jim Koch's secret to drinking all night without getting drunk: a few spoonful of dry yeast. Sounds good in theory, but the results of Esquire's (admittedly non-scientific) experiment were inconclusive. We'll have to try it for ourselves.

Strange Brews Podcast Talks Wild Fermentation with New Glarus

New Glarus Brewing with Randy Thiel

This podcast features Randy Theil from New Glarus Brewing Company talking about their (still under construction) open fermentation cellar at the Brewery.

Events & Competitions

Rockford Area Events

Midwest Events

Madison Craft Beer Week, Madison, Wisconsin - May 2nd - May 11th

Madison Craft Beer Week is an annual celebration promoting Madison's thriving craft beer culture, enhancing beer knowledge and appreciation by sponsoring a ten-day (two weekend) countywide festival that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for the Madison area's breweries, restaurants, pubs, caterers, retailers, entertainers, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. Craft beer lovers will have the opportunity to attend events ranging from beer dinners and food pairing to beer walks, bar promotions, brewery parties and plenty more!

American Beer Classic, Chicago, Illinois - May 10th

American Beer Classic is the ultimate opportunity to celebrate and experience America's finest beers. Sample and learn from a diverse lineup of breweries while connecting with other beer enthusiasts at Chicago's Soldier Field.

National Events

7th Annual American Craft Beer Fest, Boston, Massachusetts - May 30th and 31st

Presented by BeerAdvocate & Harpoon Brewery, the 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest (ACBF) is the east coast's largest celebration of American craft beer, featuring 640+ craft beers from 140+ American brewers, and drawing over 15,000 beer enthusiasts from around the world. Tickets are $50/person

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