Native’s brew is part of Our Town’s change

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MAHOMET, Ill. (WCIA) — A small craft brewery in Our Town is being rewarded.

JT Walker’s has nearly 100 varieties of brews available. Over the years, it’s doubled in size.

Prior to 2007, it had been a dry town since World War II. The last tavern burned down in the ’40’s.

Justin Taylor is a fourth-generation Mahomet native. He returned home in 2006 and started planning his restaurant.

In 2008, he opened the restaurant and sports bar. Then, in 2013, he opened the brewery across the street.

Taylor says, over the years, the business has grown and the community has helped him reach this level of success. It also has rooftop seating available.

Taylor says they’ve come a long way since the start. JT Walker’s also hosts a beer festival in the spring. This year, more than 1,500 people attended.

From a dry community to home of a craft beer festival has been quite the change.

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