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.
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.
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.
Piasa Devourer of Men
Piasa Devourer of Men – Imperial IPA 8% ABV, 90 IBUs (Hourglass Pilsner)
To celebrate the three year anniversary of the brewery, we made an Imperial IPA with loads of Cascade, Mosaic and Falconer’s Flight hops. The Piasa was given its name by the Illiniwek Indians, meaning a bird that devours men. The legend goes all the way back to 1673 when Father Jacques Marquette wrote about his famous journey down the Mississippi River. It described the “Piasa” as a birdlike monster painted high on the bluffs along the Mississippi River, where the city of Alton, Illinois now stands. According to the diary, the Piasa “was as large as a calf with horns like a deer, red eyes, a beard like a tiger’s, a face like a man, the body covered with green, red and black scales and a tail so long it passed around the body, over the head and between the legs.” The creature was defeated when chief Ouatoga offered himself as the victim. He began to chant the death song of a warrior. The Piasa reached him when 20 warriors sent sailing arrows into the body of the beast. The Piasa uttered a fearful scream that echoed down the river, and died. Ouatoga was safe, and the tribe saved.
1977 – Scotch Ale w/Pumpkins 6.7% ABV, 30 IBUs
High school football playoffs start the week of Halloween and go until the state championships just after Thanksgiving. This beer is made to commemorate this time and as a salute to the year our local high school won its only state football title. This is a dark brown and malty scotch ale that we added 272 lbs of pumpkin to, creating a hint of pumpkin pie. Just what you need for this time of year.
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.
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.
Walker’s Original Cream Stout
Sweet Stout 5% ABV, 30 IBUs
Walker’s Original Cream Stout was first brewed in celebration of the birth of owner Justin Taylor’s son Walker Jordan Taylor on November 15th, 2013. It is set to be released every year on his birthday. This sweet stout is packed with lactose and a hint of Madagascar vanilla bean. It is balanced with roasted malts and just enough hops to not be over the top. It is the perfect companion during those long winter days when you are stuck inside playing board games with the family or cards with the fellas.
Lake of the Woods Wheat
Wheat Ale 5% ABV, 17 IBUs (Tulip)
This American Wheat Ale is made with chamomile, sweet orange peel, coriander, and grains of paradise, creating a mellow tea-like character with a slight tartness. A nice crisp beer perfect for the warmer summer weather. When the temperature rises in central Illinois, the locals head out to the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve and enjoy a variety of activities like fishing, biking, golfing and even a picnic. A percentage of all proceeds go to help the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve Renovation Project. However you prefer to spend your summer, just make sure you wash it down with a great beer, for a great cause. Cheers to summer!
Joe’s – Session IPA 4.8% ABV, 45 IBUs
We got together with our friends at Joe’s Station House Pizza Pub in Normal, Illinois, to create a house beer that could be enjoyed all-year round. So we came up with a 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, making it the perfect complement to anyone of their great pizzas.
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.
Killer Bee Honey Wheat
Killer Bee Honey Wheat – Wheat Ale 5% ABV, 17 IBUs (Tulip)
We got together with our friends in the band Killer Bee Honey to make this easy drinking summer wheat beer. It will be on tap at shows throughout the year so be sure to check it out. We made an American Wheat Ale and added chamomile, sweet orange peel, coriander, and grains of paradise, creating a mellow tea-like character with a slight tartness.
Chester’s BBQ Ale
Chester’s BBQ Ale – Chile Spiced Porter, 9% ABV, 50 IBUs (Hourglass Pilsner)
JT Walker’s Brewery features great BBQ from Mahomet native Brent Chester, who owns and operates Chester’s BBQ Truck. This is our second installment of Chester’s BBQ Ale. For this version we made an Imperial Porter and added Chester’s special BBQ rub blend, which is spiced with a variety of herbs and peppers, to create a spiced up Imperial Porter.
Champaign County Lager
Champaign County Lager – Lager 5% ABV, 15 IBUs (Hourglass Pilsner)
For those people who are a fan of a classic American-style lager, this is the beer for you. Made with American Pilsner Malt, corn, cascade hops and German Lager Yeast, this easy drinker is good anytime.
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.
Pale Ale 5.4% ABV, 42 IBUs (Hourglass Pilsner)
Our new spring seasonal is here! The first American Pale Ale we have ever made, it is a light, crisp citrus beer brewed to be crushable while you are mowing the lawn or working outside. American pale malt is abundant along with a healthy portion of Cascade hops.
The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower – Imperial Rye Red Ale 9.2% ABV, 80 IBUs (Hourglass Pilsner)
This is a special collaboration we made with Triptych Brewing Co. in Savoy, Illinois, for their third anniversary party. One of the most impressive and recognizable facilities within Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve is the HI-Tower. For four decades now, visitors from miles around have come to admire and ascend the six-story structure. Constructed between 1963 and 1965, the tower was named after the founder of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District, the late H.I. Gelvin. Mr. Gelvin, president of the Board of Commissioners from 1948 to 1975, was instrumental in the creation of the tower, along with many other features throughout the park. In honor of this we created The Bell Tower, an Imperial Rye Red Ale that features a ton of hops and great aroma.
A Village Christmas
Rum Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale 8% ABV, 47 IBUs (Goblet)
In the Village of Mahomet, we have the Christmas Walk every December down Main Street right past the brewery. We give out popcorn and other goodies to the kids and some special brews to the parents. In celebration, we are releasing this big Rum Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale. We used an Oak Barrel and repurposed it by adding Goslings Dark Bermuda Rum. We then added a variety of classic holiday spices to create a unique scotch ale perfect to help keep you warm while you celebrate the holiday season.
Extra Special Bitter 5.5% ABV, 30 IBUs (Goblet)
We made this special English-style Ale for our friends at Crane Alley, in Urbana, to help celebrate their 11th year in business. We barrel-aged this beer for 2 months in Heaven Hill barrels. We used rye, flaked barley, biscuit and caramel malts, then dry-hopped it with Bramling Cross hops. These English-Style hops give an aroma with black current tones and strong spice.
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.
John Gow Pale Ale
Pale Ale 5% ABV, 30 IBUs
This beer is brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops for a true feel of New Zealand. Aged in oak barrels, this beer has a unique taste with a nice citrus and grapefruit aroma. This beer is named after head brewer Aaron Young’s friend John Gow, a native of New Zealand. He is a big fan of the All Blacks, the national rugby team. Kia Ora!
JT's Barrel Series #1
our Wheat Ale 5% ABV, 17 IBUs
With the New Year comes a new project, our JT’s Barrel Series. This is the first release in this new venture, which will consist of a beer fermented and aged in a single barrel, so it’s aptly called #1. This version is a sour wheat ale aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels. Soured with lactobacillus and then with the addition of blackberries, it gives this beer a fresh, crisp and tart flavor perfect for the warming weather of the season.
Hale To The Thief
Belgian-Style Black IPA 7.35% ABV, 70 IBUs
We got together with Jeff, the Head Brewer at DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works in Champaign, to create a unique collaboration. We decided to brew a take-off on our flagship beer Hale to the Chief Corn IPA. We used a 15% corn in the grain bill, then used DESTIHL’s House Belgian Yeast, dry hopped it with a ton of Cascade hops, and added dark candy sugar that gives it a nice reddish/black color. This beer is a mashup of an American IPA stolen by Belgian Monks and made like a traditional Belgian Ale.
Cranetucky – Made With Sour Cherries
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.
Tumble Inn India Pale Ale
IPA 6.3% ABV, 44 IBUs
We collaborated with our good friends at Tumble Inn in Champaign to make this special house IPA. Tumble Inn is a staple in this area, having been around since 1947. We are proud to have helped make their first signature beer. This is a mild American traditional IPA that is dry hopped with citra and cascade hops. It doesn’t matter if it is baseball, basketball or football season, it’s good anytime of year.
KO Fusion Gose
Gose 5.8% ABV, 10 IBUs
Our Gose is a special collaboration with Executive Chef Nigel at KO Fusion Sushi Restaurant in Champaign, Illinois. This beer was inspired by the classic wheat beer hailing from Leipzig, Germany. Traditionally brewed with salt and coriander, our version is tart with a nice salty base to go along with fresh locally grown lime basil by Anna Schweig at Big Thorn Farm in Georgetown, Illinois. It is made with our Saison yeast, which makes this a delicate and tart beer that is a perfect summer refresher and of course, goes great with sushi.
Witbier 4.4% ABV, 15 IBUs
We brewed this beer for Jupiter’s Pizzeria and Billiards in downtown Champaign. It is a citrusy wheat beer made with Belgian yeast and dry-hopped at the end of the brewing process to give it a slight hop punch. This beer is intentionally made to have a lower alcohol content, so that it can be enjoyed as a session beer on warm summer days. Io (pronounced ee-oh) is the fifth of Jupiter’s moons and its’ third largest. It was named by Galilieo who first discovered it in 1610, and gets it great colors from its volcanic activity. In Roman mythology, Io was a maiden who was so fair and good that all who knew her loved her, and said that there was no one like her in the whole world. Jupiter the great king of earth and sky became enthralled with her and changed her into a white cow to hide her from his wife Juno. It did not work though as Juno begged him for the cow and forced her to stay in that form for the rest of her life.
The Grand Chief
Imperial Corn IPA 10% ABV, 105 IBUs
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the brewery, we wanted to make a special beer. We had been dying to make an imperial IPA, but we just never had the time or space to get it done. When we hooked up our fourth fermenter this past summer, we finally had enough capacity to make our dream a reality. Hale to the Chief is our flagship beer, so we thought, let’s just ramp it up a couple notches, and see what we get. So we created The Grand Chief, a hopped up behemoth of a beer. It’s everything you love about Hale to the Chief, but experienced in a whole new way.
Saison 5% ABV, 17 IBUs
This is a special version of our Nine Gals Ginger Saison, that we released for the Car X Crazy K event. For this batch we added fresh, locally grown raspberries to this brew. The Saison style was originally concocted by French and Belgian farmers, who would brew a crisp, drinkable beer ahead of time to be consumed by workers during the hot summer season. None for having spicy, peppery notes, and we have complimented that with pounds of real ginger root and raspberries.
Porter 6.7% ABV, 31 IBUs
This is our second signature beer we have made with Aaron Wood, the General Manager of Crane Alley in Urbana. But this time we invited Flying Machine Coffee House to help us out. For this collaboration, we added five gallons of fresh ground papa new guinea espresso. The aroma is everything you want in an espresso beer, a deep, thick, dark brown, almost black beer with a malt bill that focuses on roasted barley. Crane Machine will wake you up in the morning … or you know, any time of day.
Big Grove Tavern
Autumn Berry Saison 5.5% ABV, 15 IBUs
We collaborated with our friends at Big Grove Tavern in Champaign, Illinois, to create a fantastic fall beer to go perfectly with their seasonal menu. We took fresh locally grown autumn berries and pureed them. We then added them to this Belgian-Style beer, known for its refreshing light-citrusy flavor with hint of pepper.
Smoked Saison 5.8%, 18 IBUs
This is a collaboration with Black Dog BBQ and Ale House in Urbana. The guys at Black Dog took 2-Row Malt and slow smoked it in their smokers to create a unique smoked malt you can’t find anywhere else. This Belgian-Style summer beer goes perfectly with any barbecue. Named after General Manager Michael Miller’s black lab, Probably Pablo is just what you have been looking for.
Daniel T. Porter
Daniel T. Porter – Imperial Porter 9% ABV, 50 IBUs (Dimpled Stein)
In 1836, Daniel T. Porter became the first official land owner of record in Mahomet, Illinois, which was called Middletown at the time. He later went on to become the village’s first postmaster, and also owned a tavern. This Imperial Porter is in honor of him. This is dark and intense while focusing on chocolate and the balance between the bitterness from the hops and the sweetness from the caramel and residual sugars. Made with American Pale Malt, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate and Wheat with Chinook and Cascade Hops.
Kentucky Common 6.5% ABV, 16 IBUs
When we got together with Aaron Wood, the General Manager of Crane Alley in Urbana, to make a collaboration beer, he wanted to do something a little outside the box. That’s when Cranetucky was born. 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 80 percent barley grain bill, we used the traditional sour mash style, and added roasted chocolate malt to create a very unique beer. Available only at JT Walker’s Brewery and Crane Alley Restaurant.
Chester’s BBQ Ale
Smoked Ale 11% ABV, 47 IBUs
JT Walker’s Brewery features great BBQ from Mahomet native Brent Chester, who owns and operates Chester’s BBQ Truck. As an homage to the fantastic complement beer is to BBQ, we decided to make a barbeque-inspired beer. This is a big smoked ale that is amber/orange in color. We added Chester’s special BBQ rub blend, which is spiced with a variety of herbs and peppers, to create a smoky, spicy ale to go with anything off his food truck menu.
47 & 74
cotch 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.
Pairing – This beer goes great with heavy dishes. It pairs well with steak, burgers, and heavy cream dishes like JT Walker’s Grown-Up Mac n’ Cheese.