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Forge Brewhouse – Timeline

June 2015 to March 2018: Forge Brewhouse was born and located on the east side of Sycamore, IL as a brewpub offering handcrafted beer and brick oven pizza.

March 2018 to Present: Forge Brewhouse moved to DeKalb, IL as a brewing facility and public Taproom offering 14 taps.


JD – Owner

For over 30 years, JD has developed a skill that has put him among the top in his craft. After a career in the rodeo he began shoeing horses and became one of the best farriers in the country. He’s shod award winning horses for the best trainers in the world. His dedication to hammering out the perfect fit for each horse is the same dedication that now creates the best beers in the area.

You could say Forge Brewhouse began when JD gave up drinking “yellow fizzy stuff”, American lagers made to be consumed by the dozen, and took a ten year hiatus from beer. Or you could say the seed was planted with the first sip of home-brewed Porter which broke his fast and blew his mind with its full flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel unlike anything he’d had before.

From that day, JD’s fascination with craft beer has become a passion. He became enamored with the history, the art, and the social dynamics of brewing excellent beer. Always respectful of pedigree, but also curious enough to experiment, JD has crafted a number of classic yet intriguing recipes.

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