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Brewing, Beards And Biology | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

This week on Teachers’ Lounge, we take a look at the science behind brewing with DeKalb High School biology teacher, Steve Byers. He’s also the owner and brewmaster behind the new Byers Brewing Company in downtown DeKalb. Byers talked with Peter about how he got started brewing in college trying to recreate his favorite discontinued beers. They also discuss how he manages running a small business, being a full-time teacher, oh, and he has a new baby!

Also on the show, a northern Illinois FFA chapter is ranked in the top-10 in the country and headed to their national conference. At home, they’re also trying to make people rethink what the organization is and who it’s for.

Have a topic or story you think should be covered on the show? Send them in to teacherslounge@niu.edu. While you're there, nominate an educator who you think should be on the show. And if you are a teacher who should be on the show, let us know!

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Educator in this episode:

Steve Byers

Listen/read more about the topics covered:

How Illinois FFA Adapts To Keep Growing

Nationally Ranked FFA Chapter Wants You To Know It's Not Just For Farmers

CPS Strike Updates

As the Strike Approached in Chicago, Teachers Taught Labor

Pritzker Backs Endorsements For College Athletes


Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popin," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's own "Sessions from Studio A" where they were featured.

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