Botanical Beer and Bonfire Fest, February 2nd

It’s winter, snow is on the ground… time for bonfires at Scratch! Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 2nd for our annual Botanical Beer and Bonfire Festival. This is a celebration of all things wood-fired and herbal. We’ll feature 13 beers brewed over a fire or that showcase the bounty of southern Illinois plants, including 6 stein-brewed beers brewed with granite rocks heated in a blazing wood fire. Fires will be stoked on the patio and we’ll be serving a hot soup special all day: borscht with our garden-grown beets and your choice of hearth bread (vegetarian/vegan and sausage varieties will both be available). Unlike in years past, this will not be a ticketed event. Just come enjoy

Barrel-Aged Burdock Bottles

We are excited to say that Barrel-Aged Burdock is the newest addition to our bottle list and now available at the brewery! This dark amber farmhouse beer was brewed with roasted burdock root from our garden, then aged for nine months in puncheons that previously held red wine. With a darker malt profile, the base beer is chocolatey with earthy, roasty, and vanillin notes coming from the burdock, which was toasted in our brick oven. After resting in a puncheon for almost a year, pleasant cherry-like components developed with a lightly acidic finish. This unique and complex beer is packaged in 750 ml bottles at 6.8% alcohol by volume for $20 and is ready for your enjoyment now or can be kept

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