Forest City Brewers News and Headlines

Congratulations Jerry and Nick!!

First round of the AHA National Competition have been posted.

Jerry Machula got third place in Category 9 : Scottish and Irish Ale.
Nick Krause got first place in Category 23 : Specialty Beer
Both guys will now advance to the next round of the AHA competition. Congratulation guys and good luck in the next round!!<

Come join the FCB for Big Brew 2014

In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May. So invite your friends and family, gather around the brew kettle and join in the global celebration of the greatest hobby there is - homebrewing!

WHAT: Forest City Brewers Big Brew 2014 Event
WHEN: Saturday May 3rd, 10AM
WHERE: 1409 Iles Ave Belvidere IL, 61008

There will be food provided by the club but feel free to bring some munchies, a dish to share / dessert of some sort. I will be making the wood fired pizza like year.

It's also a day where we share alot of our homebrews and special commercial beers that we've all been holding onto too just waiting to share with fellow beer geeks. It's a great time that'll start at 10:00 AM and last throughout the day. Bring chairs, a beer glass, some beers to share and join in on the festivities. It's a great time to learn a few things and commiserate with your fellow brewers and friends.

We encourage everyone to bring your brewing equipment and brew with us. If you plan to brew with us below is a link to the AHA recommended recipes. You are free to brew something else if these recipes do not please you.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

FCB shirt order

The club will be ordering screen printed shirts and embroidered Ball Caps for anyone who is interested. If you would like to place an order, print out the form below and fill out the items you would like to purchase. You can either bring it to the May meeting for mail it to Mike Gifford.

FCB Shirt order form

2014 Membership dues

Membership dues now being accepted for the 2014 year. The dues have been increased starting in 2013. Dues are now $30 per person or $45 for a cohabitating membership.

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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Here are some really neat tap handles to check out from

Please enjoy your homebrew responsibly.

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Beer In The News

Brewer's Threatened by New FDA Regulation Regarding Spent Grain

In yet another, all too familiar example of gross bureaucratic stupidity and incompetence, the FDA aims to impose a new rule that would prevent brewers from continuing to participate in the sustainable, environmentally-friendly practice of selling spent grains as animal feed. Cue frustrated forehead slap.

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

Big Brew 2014 - Rockford, Illinois

The Forest City Brewers will be hosting this year's Big Brew celebration at member Mike Coisman's house in Belvidere. Details to come at this month's meeting.

Midwest Events

7th Annual Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival - Kenosha, Wisconsin - April 12th

Beer, cheese, brats, bluegrass, polka and rock music at the 7th annual Kenosha beerfest to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. General admission is $45/person.

5th Annual Brew and Vine Festival - Tinley Park,Illinois - April 12th

Beer, wine and food at the 5th annual event. Perfect for the beer enthusiast that also has a taste for fine wine. General admission is $28/person, $35 at the door

National Events

Great Vegas Festival of Beer - Las Vegas, Nevada - April 26th

Ever wanted to add a beer festival on Fremont Street to mix up your standard "weekend in Vegas" getaway? Here's your chance.

Periodic Table of Beer
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