Author Archives: Brent Shelton

E04 HOP’N with BLAKE APER – New England IPA Tasting

New England IPA, Maplewood, Heist, Pig Minds, Billy Gibbons and more w/guest brewer Blake Aper Follow Brent and Mike during an exclusive “get-toknow” with BLAKE APER (Forest City Brewers) to explore his #homebrew process on the PICOBrew Zymatic system (also used by Denny Conn and many other home-brew rock stars), as well as other insights from Blake as we prod his

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E03 SMaSH’n with Joe Mongan – PseudoSue Tasting

SMaSH Beer, Toppling Goliath, Two Brothers Coffee, Black Country Communion…and more! Join Brent and Mike for a fun chat with JOE MONGAN (Forest City Brewers) about his #homebrew process and other thoughts, like adding Two Brothers Coffee to a soured barrel-aged brown…tasty!!!! Along with guest Kent Runte and a tasting of the Toppling Goliath single hop SMaSH beer called PseudoSue (generous helping of

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E01 Eric Johnson, Barrel Aged Beer Debate

Home Brewer Eric Johnson and a Debate on Barrel-Aged Brewing Candid chat with Eric Johnson (Forest City Brewers) about his #homebrew process and other serious life challenges, Beer News: Real or Fake?, Drunk Debates: Barrel Aged Beers…too much/not enuff, and a rare tasting of Wisconsin Brewing Co. “Bourbonified Depth Charge”  featuring a unique story about a special

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It’s #IPADAY – 10 best IPA releases to look for

According to, IPA Day was founded in 2011 as a world-wide social media movement created to unite the voices of craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers and brewers. People, not corporate marketing at it’s best! It’s rumored that one of the first breweries to export beer to India was England’s Bow Brewery. It’s thought that hops were added

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New Beer Releases – JUNE

The latest releases from craft brewers around the US (June 2015) >> New Beer Releases Courtesy of TYRANENA / LAKEFRONT: Triple IPA w/Grapefruit REVOLUTION: 1ZENUFF SOUTHERN TIER: Choklat Oranj JOLLY PUMPKIN: Rojzilla VICTORY: Sour Monkey   De Garde: The Anniversary De Garde: Nectarine Premiere Hopworks Urban Brewery: Stone Sticks and Stones Stone Stochasticity Project: HiFi+LoFi Mixtape Fort George / Georgetown: Pfriem 3-Way IPA Urban

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Big Brew Podcast 2015

PODCAST – Series 1/Episode 1 Big Brew Podcast 2015 at Pappasito’s in Rockford, IL with Forest City Brewers:   Celebrate National Homebrew Day May 2, 2015 and prepare for the most homebrew to made in one day…ever. National Homebrew Day was announced before Congress May 7, 1988. American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event

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