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.
ORANGE & BLUE
American Wheat Ale 5% ABV, 10 IBUs
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 barley. 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.
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.
Session IPA 4.8% ABV, 45 IBUs
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.
C-U Oktoberfest – Marzen 6% ABV, 20 IBUs
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.
47 & 74
Scotch Ale 7.4% ABV, 47 IBUs
Mahomet is located between route 47 and Interstate 74. We are just off the beaten path, but we are not that far away from anywhere in Central Illinois, so come on by. Brewed to be 47 IBU’s and 7.4% abv, this beer is marked by a caramel sweetness with a nice roasted flavor. We took a bold approach with this beer adding a bigger hop profile than in your typical scotch ale in order to ease the sweetness and make this beer more multidimensional.
THE SHAPE OF BEER TO COME
Triple East Coast IPA 10% ABV, 74 IBUs
At JT Walker's, we are big fans of music. With the 10-year anniversary of JT Walker's Restaurant hitting in July, we decided to mark the occasion with the first release in our Music Series, The Shape of Beer to Come, a triple east coast IPA with loads of citra and amarillo hops. This beer is an ode to The Shape of Punk to Come, released 20 years ago by the Swedish hardcore punk band Refused in 2003. It was named by Kerrang! Magazine as #13 on their list of 50 Most Influential Albums of All Time.
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.
SOUR SERIES # 1 - PEACH
Sour Ale 6.4% ABV, 0 IBU
This tart 6.4% ale was partially fermented in a combination of white and red wine barrels. The barrels were then blended, and we added 300 pounds of peach puree. We then kegged and bottled and allowed it to naturally carbonate.
Imperial Mole Porter 9.1% ABV, 54 IBU
We teamed up with Noon Whistle Brewing Company for 350 Fest and created an imperial mole porter. Brewed with ancho chiles, chocolate, cinnamon, pecans, cloves, and anise, this porter will spice things up a bit.