CoHosts – Ken & Chuck

Ken McMullen – Brewmaster/General Manager, Fox Republic Brewing, Yorkville

Over the years we have formed friendships with many brewers, but Ken was the one who foolishly said he would collaborate and brew some beers with us. Ken has been involved in brewing and restaurant management for many years, was part of the Midwest Brewers Festival organizing committee, and is a promoter of firkins and cask conditioned ales. His most recent project, Fox Republic Brewing, was opened in July 2023 and has proven to be a great success.


Chuck Fort – Sr. Brewing Consultant, Church Street Brewing, Itasca, IL

Chuck was past President of Urban Knaves of Grain, and is now one of the senior brewing team at Church Street. Together with his trusty laser flashlight he uses to view the brew clarity, he provides all the technical background we need when we talk mashing and fermenting. What Chuck doesn’t know about beer isn’t much!

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