ABV 4.8% IBU 40 “Mildly fruity with a Hop Finish”
Our California Common is a unique 100% American style lager. It’s brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works beer at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800's in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. RJ’s SteamTrunk pays tribute to a good friend’s dad whose luggage has been passed down for generations. Light amber to tawny in color and medium bodied with a malty character.
ABV 5.4% IBU 28 “Smooth, Well-rounded and Full-bodied”
Octoberfest beers use traditional rich German malts, hops and yeast to provide a malt-accented beer with a hop character to complement the malt flavor and aroma. Caramel malt is part of the grist bill and our Small Batch Ale Munich Fest uses a small amount of black / chocolate malt for added depth and complexity. Prost!!!!
Oaks Pale Ale
ABV 4.5% IBU 45 “Oak with Notes of Bourbon”
Fireside Pale Ale is a traditional ale with cascade hops added to provide a citrus and spicy quality. Aged with American Oak chips after soaking in bourbon to impart notes of bourbon and oak. Pale Gold in color, Fallen Leaf Pale Ale arrives just in time to enjoy after racking up the leaves.
Black Hawk 2xIPA
ABV 7.0% IBU 84 “Hopped up and Dark”
We took our Pale Ale and added Summit and Cascade hops throughout the boil to provide a citrus and spicy quality. We then dry-hopped with Cascade to optimize the IPA aroma. We then darkened it all up by adding a healthy dose of Black Patent Malt to give it a porter flavor.
McHenry County Extra Special Bitter
ABV 4.8% IBU 54 “Nice Balance and Smooth Finish”
Our ESB is aggressive and balanced, both in alcohol and hop character, but nothing overpowering. Our color range leans towards the copper end of the scale due to the use of Maris Otter pale malt. Low carbonation. Malts tend to be more pronounced, often toasty and fruity. And despite "bitter" being in its name, ESBs are not really all that bitter. They key to McHenry County ESB is balance.
Golden's Brown Ale
ABV 5.5% IBU 21
A Southern English Brown Ale, this beer is more focused on malt than its Northern counterpart. The flavor is a deep, caramel or toffee-like malty sweetness on the palate and lasting into the finish with hints of biscuit and of course, nuts. Hops are present with a light noble earthiness. A medium body with residual sweetness giving a smooth creamy texture.
Red Barn Irish Ale
ABV 4.7% IBU 35 “St Patrick's Favorite Ale”
Named after the town and county’s name sake, Maj. McHenry Irish Red is an easy-drinking pint. Maj McHenry was a pioneer statesman, soldier and spy who garnered honors for dispelling American Indians and propelling the territory to statehood. Our Irish Red is malt-focused with an initial sweetness and a roasted dryness in the finish.
Semper Fi Stout
ABV 6.8% IBU 30 “All we can say is "Oh-Yea”
Our late to the party Stout is moderatly roasted with malt flavors tasting of roasted coffee beans, a low caramel malt sweetness and rich chocolate flavor. Medium bitterness and low Hop flavor. Medium to dry finish with a light burnt quality.
ABV 8.5% IBU 20 “Rich and Deep”
Traditionally golden to copper in color, amber or pale ales have low to medium maltiness, with English hop varieties providing flavor and bitterness. The term was originally used to distinguish these ales from porters and stouts. They tend to have a bit more assertive flavors than most beers in the “Bitters” category. Heartland Amber is rich with fragrant malt flavors balance by crisp noble hops.