The OGs

Our Beginnings

The Joliet Brewers Guild was founded in 2012 by Joel Rakoski, and our first meeting was held on March 13, 2013. We began with 13 members and have been growing ever since. We currently have meetings the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Chicago Street Pub located at 75 N Chicago Street in Joliet.


Our Purpose

  • To hold monthly meetings where brewers and brewers-to-be can to get together to share homebrew, recipe tips, and advice with each other
  • To have presentations about all things related to beer and brewing
  • To host club only contests between members and encourage participation in outside competitions
  • To encourage our members to become BJCP certified judges
  • To organize and host special events for our members, including but not limited to, brew days, cookouts, pub crawls and brewery tours.
  • To coordinate group buys of ingredients and equipment to save our members money
  • To participate in and encourage member participation in local, Joliet area events, to introduce the public to the hobby of homebrewing
  • To rule the Joliet area homebrewing scene with an iron fist!

Meet the Officers

Our club relies on the efforts of our dedicated club officers. Each of them volunteering additional time and effort to make this club the best homebrew club around.

Jason Sullivan


JBG's President upholds the constitution and runs all of our meetings. He also represents the guild for all outside functions. Jason is the JBG's 5th president and has some great ideas for our club moving forward. In addition reigning supreme over the JBG, an avid homebrewer since 2015, Jason also makes wine and mead.

Brewmaster Paulie

Vice President

2nd in succession the Vice President assists the President whenever needed. In addition to being a great brewmaster at Rt 66 Old School Brewing , Paulie likes long walks in the brew house. Turn offs are...


Jon Spathelf


The secretary takes the minutes of all guild meetings and presents them for publication. 3rd in succession if President and Vice president are unable to chair the meeting.



Administers the guild's finances, collecting and documenting all monies owed to the guild. Treasurer is responsible to submit a finance report to the inner circle on a quarterly basis.

Bill George

Technology Director

Research, design and maintain the club's online presence. To promote the guild in the media and public at large, as well as assist with social media and digital communications.  Homebrewed 215 batches in 5 years after an original goal of 52 five gallon batches in 52 weeks.  As small as one gallon, as big as 65 gallons, in five states, with the most aggressive pace of 20 five gallon batches in three weeks.  Knows a thing or two about technology.

Kyle Hansen

Competition Officer

Arrange and organizes the club competitions, overseeing competition rules and prizes. Encourages members to enter outside competitions in order to spread the JBG name.

John Palanchar

Sergeant at Arms

Sergeant at arms is responsible for setting up before and making sure that our meeting place is cleaned up when we are finished, they also proctor all nominations and elections.