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Big Hal American Brown Ale

The name “Big Hal” Pays homage to the great Halpatter Tustenuggee (Alligator Warrior), a Seminole Indian chief whom once occupied the local area long before the establishment of Lake City. Halpatter Tustenuggee, born about 1795, was about five feet tall but well proportioned. According to John K. Mahon, “He was a natural comedian, evoking a laugh even in solemn councils. Yet in dealing with white men he acted as if born to the purple. His manners, in all respects, were as fine as theirs. Behind his open face and Roman nose was a stock of shrewdness, craft, and intelligence second to none.” Halpatter, with about 120 warriors, fought against the U. S. Army under Zachary Taylor at Lake Okeechobee on December 25, 1837, where 26 soldiers were killed and 112 wounded, and 11 Seminoles were killed and 14 wounded.

 

Source: John K. Mahon, History of the Second Seminole War, 1835-1842 (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1967), 127, 227.

Style:

American Brown Ale

ABV:

6.8%

IBU:

65

OG:

1.076

BATCH SIZE:

7 bbl

Availability:

Annually

KEG DISTRIBUTION:

Yes

glass / tasting & parings:

This dry hopped American Brown balances Pale 2-Row, roasted barley, Maris Otter Pal and Chocolate malts with lovely background notes of Summit, Fuggles and Willamette hops. Pairs well with pork and steak: The subtle caramel sweetness of this brown complements and brings out the savory flavors of the meat. The cocoa and chocolate notes add interesting complexity to a spice rubbed pork tenderloin or steak (think coffee rub!)

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