Thanksgiving week hours

Monday 11/23: CLOSED

Tuesday: Open for TO GO only 9-4

Wednesday: Open for TO GO only 9-4

Thursday: CLOSED

Friday: Open for ON-SITE and TO GO 12-8

Saturday: Open for ON-SITE and TO GO 12-8

Sunday: Open for ON-SITE and TO GO 12-6

We request that you please wear a mask when you arrive at Scratch and when you are out of your seat in any of our common spaces. Thank you.

 To order beer to go ahead, visit our STORE page.

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  open for on-site enjoyment Fri-Sun. See our hours. 

   info@scratchbeer.com   cash only

   we do not allow buses. parties of 12 or more please call ahead
 

 
 
 

ABOUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scratch Brewing Company is a farmhouse brewery located five miles from the Shawnee National Forest in Ava, Illinois. Named one of the top four breweries for foraged beer by Outside Magazine, and one of the most beautiful places to drink beer in the world by All About Beer Magazine, Scratch Brewing Company focuses on farmhouse beers and other styles brewed with home grown and locally farmed and foraged ingredients. The brewery has an ever rotating selection of styles enhanced by the innovative addition of local ingredients, such as nettle, elderberry, ginger, dandelion, maple sap, hickory, lavender, juniper, and chanterelle mushrooms. 

 

Owners Marika Josephson and Aaron Kleidon create beer with a diverse array of farmed and foraged ingredients that showcase the “terroir” of Southern Illinois. Kris Pirmann and Adriane Koontz, founders of River to River Farms in Ozark, Illinois, are the brewery's farmers, produce processors, and baker, monitoring the extensive gardens, and helping to plants for the beer and kitchen.

In 2016, the brewery published a book on brewing with farmed and foraged ingredients called The Homebrewers Alamanac (more below), and won its first Great American Beer Festival medal for Oyster Weiss, a Berliner Weisse-style beer brewed with oyster mushrooms and turmeric. Scratch now bottles special release offerings and distributes beer to select bars and liquor stores in Illinois and in half a dozen other states, though most is sold in house. In January 2017 the brewery expanded its tasting room space with the opening of the Serpent Room, a collaborative project with artist Brett Douglas Hunter, who brought the room to life with his original art and sculptures. The Serpent Room is available to rent for private events and for non-profits; more information is available below.
 

FARMERS MARKETS

2020 FARMERS MARKET

 

At the moment, we are not attending a farmers market. If you are hoping to purchase bread and soda, please call the brewery to ask about our current availability! 

 

 

 
Mason jars
Sage
Wheezy and the goats
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Goat house and hops
Juniper
Aaron foraging for ingredients
Scratch beer
 
 

BEER & FOOD

​At this time, Scratch is open for on-site consumption in our beer garden only and we are not serving food to eat on-site. All beers are served in 16 oz disposable cups and we are filling only our own clean growlers. All growler fills are $15 and include the bottle. There are NO FLIGHTS available at this time.

All beer may be ordered in growlers and bottles to-go on our STORE page.

We also have jars of pesto and pickles made with our garden-grown produce to go. See the options below and order on our STORE page.

week of november 13-15

   BEER

 

fire-brewed pils  ($5)

a pilsner as only Scratch can brew, made entirely with local malt and Illinois-grown hops, then brewed over a wood fire in our copper kettle. this unfiltered beer has a grain character expressive of our region with Sugar Creek Malt's second-to-non pilsner and a spicy noble hop-like character from Hallowed Hop Farm's Crystal hops. direct-fire brewing in our copper kettle adds a unique kettle caramelization unlike any other, adding body and a touch of caramel. fermented with lager yeast for a crisp, clean finish. 5.1% abv

 

sunflower bitter  ($5)

easy-drinking pub style ale brewed with sunflower heads and hickory leaves and dry-hopped with Illinois-grown Michigan Copper hops. classic pale malt backbone with a bright, hoppy aroma and tannic finish from the sunflowers and leaves. 5.1% abv

 

barrel-aged plum ($6)    *2020 fruited sour

sour ale aged for two years in a red wine barrel, then racked onto locally harvested wild green gage plums. Oak vanillins complement the fruity plum flavor and balance a dry, sour beer. 5.7% abv

 

dry-hopped paw paw  ($6)   *2020 fruited sour

light, sour wheat beer, dry-hopped with Illinois-grown mackinac hops, and refermented on freshly harvested paw paws. A Berliner Weiss style base beer with robust tropical aroma from the hops and paw paws. 4.5% abv

 

blackberry lavender ($6)   *2020 fruited sour

sour ale brewed without hops. bittered and flavored with southern illinois-grown blackberries and lavender, and fermented with our wild house mixed culture. Pronounced fruit character with a cinnamon-like finish from the lavender. 5.5% abv

barrel-aged blueberry ($6)   *2020 fruited sour

sour beer fermented with our house culture and then aged for a year in a red wine puncheon. re-fermented in stainless with southern Illinois-grown blueberries. bracingly tart and dry with robust blueberry flavor and a wine-like finish. 6.2% abv

 

keller bier ($5)
unfiltered franconian-style lager that is a showcase for sugar creek’s Munich malt. easy-going malt-forward amber lager with notes of toasted bread and a crisp finish. 5.4% abv

 

sahti ($6)

amber ale mashed over a bed of cedar branches and boiled in our copper kettle. A couple dozen more cedar branches were added to the boil to add a touch of juniper which complenets the bready and chocolate-like malt character. 5.4% abv 

 

sweet clover stout ($5)

dry stout with a heavy dose of roasted barley for robust coffee flavor, a gentle mouthfeel, and hints of vanilla from the sweet clover addition. 5.4% ab

non-alcoholic
homemade soda    ($1 sample · $3 mason jar · $8 growler)    mint soda

hot coffee         ($3)       coffee from our friends at dark matter in chicago!  

 

BOTTLE LIST

dandelion-ginger tonic ($15)

Bottle-conditioned sour beer brewed without hops. Bittered and flavored with southern Illnois-grown dandelion, ginger, carrot tops, and clover, and fermented with our wild house mixed culture. 4.4% abv • 500 ml

barrel-aged mumm ($17)   

bottle-conditioned sour black beer brewed without hops. bittered and flavored with lavender, mint, sage, basil, lemon thyme from our garden, and fermented with our wild house mixed culture. Aged for over a year in a red wine barrel. Chocolate, spice, and red wine finish. one of our most unique sour beers 4.2% abv  •  500 ml

barrel-aged apple ale ($17)

cide-like sour beer co-fermented with freshly pressed southern Illinois-grown apples from Schwarz farms. Primary fermentation with our house culture, then aged in oak puncheons for two years. Finished in a fresh oak foeder from our friends at Foeder Crafters in Missouri to add a little extra balancing vanillin. 5.7% abv  •  500 ml

 

rose root & oak ($18)         

tart amber ale brewed with rose root and oak from our property. malt-forward with a tannic black tea bitterness from the rose; and cinnamon, cherry, and vanilla spice from the oak. 8.0% abv  •  750 ml

FOOD

 

OUR KITCHEN IS NOT CURRENTLY OPEN FOR ON-SITE CONSUMPTION. YOU MAY BRING FOOD WITH YOU AND PICNIC ON OUR TABLES.

 

See our store page for a few food items to go.

THE HOMEBREWER'S

ALMANAC

Our book on brewing with farmed and foraged ingredients is available at all fine booksellers!

 

The book features 36 plants that add unique character to your beer, which you can grow in your garden, gather from your yard and other wild spaces, or buy from farmer's markets. Chapters focus on individual plants with information about how each has been used historically in food, medicine, and drink, and how we've used them here at Scratch. Recipes are included in each chapter, along with beautiful photographs by our resident photographer, Aaron Kleidon.

The Homebrewer's Almanac has been featured in Brew Your Own magazine, Craft Beer & Brewing, and was a top choice in Imbibe Magazine and Zymurgy's holiday gift guides. Beer Advocate magazine says "Marika Josephson, Aaron Kleidon, and Ryan Tockstein share their successes in this guidebook to homebrewing with foraged ingredients... Kleidon's stunning photography makes this book a high-end addition to your homebrew library."

 

You can buy a copy of The Homebrewer's Almanac on our online shop, which comes signed by authors Marika Josephson and Aaron Kleidon. You can also find the book at your local bookseller or on:

IndieBound

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

 
 
 

CONTACT

264 Thompson Rd

Ava, IL 62907

 

info@scratchbeer.com
618-426-1415

Due to our limited space and small parking lot we do NOT allow buses. Parties of 12 or more please call ahead.

HOURS

To-go only

growler and bottle sales:

Monday-Thursday by appointment only. Please call the brewery at 618-426-1415 or email info@scratchbeer.com to schedule a time to come by

On-site and to-go sales during the covid pandemic:

Friday: 4 PM - 8 PM

Saturday: 12 PM - 8 PM

Sunday: 12 PM - 6 PM
 

We are CASH ONLY and have an on-site ATM.

ACCOMMODATIONS

 

Below are the closest accommodations to Scratch. There is more camping, and more B&Bs, inns, and hotels in Carbondale and farther south in the Shawnee National Forest and along the Wine Trail.

Camping

Johnson Creek Recreation Area in Ava

Lake Murphysboro in Murphysboro

Mudline Lodging in Ava

B&Bs, Inns, and AirBnB

Old Bank Studio in Ava

Renovated 1930s Farmhouse in Vergennes

Oxbow Bed & Breakfast in Pinckneyville

Historic Hull House Inn in Murphysboro

Cabins

Lost Trail Cabins in Ava

RENT THE SERPENT ROOM

AT SCRATCH

The Serpent Room is a manifestation of the creative energy of local artist Brett Douglas Hunter, featuring his original art and sculptures. The room is available to rent for business events, birthdays, receptions, and other moderately sized gatherings for people who want a private bartender and an intimate, colorful space to enjoy with close friends, family, or colleagues. We have room for seating for 50 people with a bar that can handle 4 different taps of Scratch beer. This is an extremely unique space that is unlike any other place you may have considered renting for your event.

Rates vary by season and by weekday or weekend rentals.

 

Please email or call the brewery (info@scratchbeer.com) for more information on the space and on pricing.

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