Brown Ale 6% ABV, 22 IBUs
This beer is named after the mascot at Mahomet-Seymour High School, our hometown team. We are giving a shout-out to all the alumni who ventured through the halls and poured their hearts out on the many different playing fields in search of victory. This beer goes out to the old-timers, who had a good run in their day, and always have some “great” story of grandeur awaiting in case of any dull moment in the conversation. Bulldog Brown Ale is a smooth, easy drinking beer with multiple flavors. There are hints of caramel, chocolate, and toasted bread, with a mild hop aroma. So take a hint from the JT Walker’s Bulldog, sit back, relax, take a load off and enjoy a great beer while you reminisce of the days past.
Pairing – Bulldog Brown Ale can go with a multitude of food offerings. Try it with hot wings or an Italian Beef sandwich. It is also the main component in our Beer Cheese Soup.
ORANGE & BLUE
American Wheat Ale 5% ABV, 10 IBUs (Tulip)
The colors orange and blue are synonymous with this area, our local high school and the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. Thus, we wanted to show our pride in everything that is orange and blue. We used traditional Ale yeast and wheat then add a citrus note with orange peel and real blueberries. The smell of blueberry comes through in the nose and adds a bit of tartness, while the beer finishes nicely with a hint of orange peel. The perfect thirst-quencher during those warm weather days or it can be enjoyed any time of year.
HALE TO THE CHIEF
American IPA 7% ABV, 70 IBUs
This is our flagship beer and our pride and joy. Named for the famed Iliniwek Indians that were the original inhabitants to this region of North America. When the French encountered these natives in the 1600s, they discovered a very populous and powerful nation that inhabited much of the Mississippi River valley. The French called this area the “Illinois Country”. While the Iliniwek referred to themselves as Inoca, the French called them “ilinwe” or the plural version, “iliniwek”, which is a miss-translation of the word “irenweewa”, which means “he speaks the ordinary way” referring to the widely spoken Illinois Confederation language.
Many French fur traders and missionaries praised the Iliniwek’s fine appearance. Known for their short hair on top that stood straight up with long hair on the sides and in the back that often went down to their shoulders. The Iliniwek also covered themselves in brownish colored tattoos of various geometric shapes and painted their faces and bodies with red and black paint made from minerals. As an ode to one of their most abundant crops, Hale to the Chief is brewed with portions of corn instead of just barely. Corn is clean, yet sweet. This IPA focuses on a nice hop and malt balance. This beer has all of the bursting flavor and aroma that is expected from an American hopped IPA.
Pairing – This beer is great with anything fried or beer battered. It also goes well with burgers.
Saison 5.5% ABV, 17 IBUs
Nine Gal Tavern existed in Mahomet, then known as Middletown, in the mid-1800s. Nine Gal Tavern, was colorfully named for the nine red-headed daughters of its proprietor. (Just think about that family photo for a moment.) Owned by Thomas Davidson, the bar was actually known as the Ohio Tavern, when Abraham Lincoln purportedly stopped there. Legend has it that Lincoln liked to bounce little Jimmy Davidson off his knee when he was traveling from Decatur to Urbana.
Later on, following World War II, the Village of Mahomet was known for being somewhat of a raucous and unwieldy town at the time, and in an effort to clean up the streets, the Village eventually became a dry town and stayed that way until 2007. JT Walker’s became the first restaurant and bar in downtown Mahomet, when it opened in 2008. Saison is the French word for season. French and Belgian farmers would brew a crisp, drinkable beer ahead of time to be consumed by workers during the hot summer season. Saison styles are already famous for having spicy, peppery notes, and we have complimented that with pounds of real ginger root. Get your taste-buds ready, Nine Gals Ginger Saison is a beer all its’ own.
Pairing – Used in our house-made beer batter, this beer also goes well with seafood such as salmon, tuna and shrimp.
Taylor Field – Session IPA 4.8% ABV, 45 IBUs (Hourglass Pilsner)
Owner Justin Taylor’s grandfather R.C. “Bud” Taylor built a softball field on some of his farmland in the 1960s. He later added a baseball field next to it for the local Little League. It has been a staple of the community ever since. We wanted to add a staple to our lineup, so we are bringing out our session IPA, brewed with Pale Malt, Goldpils Vienna Malt, cascade hops and mosaic hops. This citrus IPA has slight characteristics of biscuit and toasted notes. Taylor Field Session IPA is perfectly suited for baseball fields across America.
Talisman – Pilsner 5.5% ABV, 40 IBUs (Hourglass Pilsner)
Talisman is an object which is believed to contain certain magical or sacramental properties which provided good luck and protection for the owner. It was also the name of a 73-foot, 40-ton steamship that Abraham Lincoln helped co-pilot up the Sangamon River in Illinois. The boat can still be seen on the banks of Salem to this day. Brewed with American, German and Belgian Pilsner Malts, the mixture helps to provide greater depth and malt character with a large portion of Cascade hops helping to give a floral and slightly citrusy character to balance the malt and German Lager Yeast for a beer that is perfectly suited for sailing down the river of your choice.
Amber Ale 5.7% ABV, 32 IBUs
This is a special release beer in conjunction with the Sangamon River Music Festival that takes place every year in August in downtown Mahomet, IL. The Sangamon River flows through Mahomet and into the Illinois River. Abraham Lincoln and his family settled along the Sangamon River and often traveled on it. This beer is approachable and has a nice mix of caramel flavor with a toasted, nutty character.
Kentucky Common 6.5% ABV, 16 IBUs
This is a different take on our original Cranetucky collaboration with the team at Crane Alley in Urbana, Illinois. A Kentucky Common is a modern interpretation of an ale style native to pre-prohibition Louisville. Historically the beer was dark in color, creamy, and tart as a result of the introduction of lactobacillus bacteria by sour mashing. Brewed with 20 percent corn and an 80 percent barley grain bill, we used the traditional sour mash style, and added roasted chocolate malt to create a very unique beer. We kicked up the tartness and sour flavor with the addition of sour cherries. The cherries help carry the tartness all the way through the beer drinking process and add a delightful chocolate-cherry finish.
Barrel-Aged Barleywine 15% ABV, 112 IBUs (8oz Snifter)
For the second anniversary of the brewery on November, 20, 2015, we are releasing this monster barrel-aged Barleywine, named after Route 150 in Mahomet, which owner Justin Taylor grew up on, and because it is 15.0% ABV. We aged it in American Oak Barrels for five months, and used rye, flaked barley, biscuit and caramel malts, then dry-hopped it with Bramling Cross and East Kent Golding hops. These English hops provide an aroma of black currant tones with a strong spice.
C-U Oktoberfest – Marzen 6% ABV, 20 IBUs (Hourglass Pilsner)
A special release for the C-U Oktoberfest festival that takes place every October in downtown Champaign. The proceeds from the event go to support the Development Services Center. Released in September, our version is a malty, yet crisp lager with a solid toast and caramel background.