Located in South Beloit, Illinois and founded by Jim Goecks in 2015, Off-Kilter Brewing was named after the philosophy of brewing traditional recipes utilizing the practices of European immigrants from 1800’s and early 1900’s and adding a subtle craft brewing twist. That is how he came up with the tag line “Old World flavor with a modern slant.”
Soon after the craft beer revolution began to flourish, Jim discovered a gap between the classic pilsner beer drinkers and those who seek out the skull splitting IPA’s of the brave new craft beer scene. Off-Kilter fills that gap with rich flavorful beers that let you enjoy the malt richness with a smooth finish lacking the harsh bitter aftertaste found in most beers.
Off-Kilter’s calling is to create a new legacy in craft brewing, beer that not only quenches your thirst but can be shared with friends in front of a fire pit with great conversation. Maybe paired with your favorite meal or any other activity you enjoy with close friends or family. Make Off-Kilter beer a part of your next gathering; it will become a tradition. Here at Off-Kilter Brewing we view brewing beer as a culture not a business; you see it in our packaging and taste it in our beer. It’s a pride in heritage. It’s taking the best that we learned from our ancestors and adding the new millennium culture. Making it different but honoring the beer heritage of those before us. We hold strong these time honored traditions of our forefathers and respectfully add the “Off-Kilter Spin.” One taste of our beer and you will understand the pride and respect of the Off-Kilter culture.
This handcrafted brew is modeled after the beer brewed by our German ancestors before the oppressive reach of the 18th amendment. We call this a pre-prohibition lager as this beer embodies the German brewing practices embraced in Wisconsin in the 1800’s using the Old World tradition multi-step mashing. Infused with the grains of the New World and noble hops from Europe it is golden in color with a full white head. The beer starts with the nice barley and corn flavor on your tongue but finishes with a nice dry spicy finish, classic of the noble hops of the old country. This beer sold year round is a classic for any traditionalist!
One Eyed Jack
This is an easy drinking, straw colored ale with a rich white head that clings to the glass down to the final drop. It has a complex malt forward flavor that starts with nice barley richness and a hint of white wheat. This beer embodies the Midwest grain belt with a generous portion of corn. As the beer finishes you get the sensation of sweet corn flavor but not too sweet as the noble hops provide that balanced finish. This year round favorite is your traditional “session beer.”
This beer is our winter seasonal named after our ever so faithful Great Dane who we lost much too soon. A portion of the profits of every Bella Brown sold is donated to the Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue, a volunteer origination dedicated to finding new homes for displaced Great Danes. This is the most complex Brown Ale you will ever taste. A tightly beaded foam head provides hints of citrus, clove and coffee. Take a good mouthful, as it settles on your tongue there are distinctive chocolate, coffee and licorice notes. This brown finishes dry but with a warm pine and nut finish. American hops provide a beautiful balance but not so strong to disrupt the joyful complexity of this ale.