Press Release: South Beloit taproom set to hold home brewing contest

June 14,  2018

SOUTH BELOIT- Home brewer turned master brewer Jim Goecks offers an opportunity to home brewers at the Off-Kilter Brewing Taproom at Artisan Pub. Goecks is sponsoring a contest on July 21 for home brewers, and the winner will have their entry placed on tap at the taproom for a month. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first and second place selections. “I have a close association with home brewers because that is how I got my start,” Goecks said. “Home brewers are very proud of their beers, and they make very good beers. It is an opportunity for them to come out and show what they can do and be a part of something that they should be a part of.” 

Goecks started Off-Kilter Brewing in December 2015 and initially self-distributed to bars and liquor stores in the Stateline area. In addition to the support that he received from family and friends, Goecks quickly learned that home brewers were among his earliest supporters. “They were encouraging and enthusiastic,” Goecks said. “They have been very good about saying what they like about the beer and what they don’t like. They understand it is very important to provide honest feedback and not just the feedback that they think I want to hear.” “It is a fraternity. It is working with each other, trying to help each other and sharing their experiences and what they found works.” In April, Goecks entered into an agreement with Bob and Beth Larsen to establish Off-Kilter Taproom at the Larsen’s recently opened Artisan Pub in South Beloit. 

Being a home brewer, Goecks immediately wanted to honor other home brewers by placing their beer on tap at the restaurant. “They are as much of the story as I am,” Goecks stated. “The craft brewing arena is not that different from the home brewing arena. It is just done on a larger scale.” “I think that allowing them to participate in and say ‘hey you can go here and have my beer on tap’ is something that they can be excited about and be proud of.” “We are excited to have home brewers come in and see what they have to offer,” Bob Larsen added. “I’m looking forward to trying all of the different recipes.” On Saturday July 21, contestants can bring an unlimited number of entries and a panel of judges will select a winner. “We will brew it on a larger scale and put it on tap for a month and promote it as his or her beer,” Goecks said. “We will do that three or four times per year” 

 To enter the contest, home brewers should contact Goecks via e-mail at jim@offkilterbrewing.com to receive an entry form. The contest will be held on 12 p.m. on July 21 at Off-Kilter Brewing Taproom at Artisan Pub located at 1322 Gardner in South Beloit. “They can bring their friends into a place and say ‘try this. This is my beer.’”



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