Scratch's 5th Anniversary Celebration, March 3rd & 4th

Get ready for Scratch’s Fifth Year Anniversary this year! As always, the party will be held the first weekend of March over two days, Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th, from noon to 6 PM. Our friends have come together to help us celebrate our 5-year milestone, overwhelming us with amazing art, food, and drink to share with attendees--read on!

As in years past we will offer 20 beers on draft at pouring stations around the brewery. While reflecting on the first five years of brewing beers with a sense of place in Southern Illinois, we wanted to breathe some life back into creations that spoke to our connection to the farm and the woods, and beers people loved that we only brewed once or twice. On the beer list this year are some Scratch “classics,” including our Lavender Tripel, Chili Coffee Amber, Pumpkin Seed, and Wild Grapevine Wee Heavy. Other beers of note include "5," a special fifth anniversary beer available on draft and in bottles all weekend; one-of-a-kind barrel-aged beers, which spent time in Missouri oak barrels that previously held whiskey from our friends at Wood Hat Spirits; and beers with foraged ingredients that are difficult to procure. If you were able to try the fermented acorn beer at the Botanical Beer and Bonfire festival, you tried one version of it and we will have differently processed versions during our anniversary for your comparison. A full list of beers is below:

5 (Scratch's 5th Anniversary Beer)

Blackberry Weiss

Ginger Golden Strong Ale

Single Tree Hickory

Single Tree Cedar

Squash Mild

Lavender Tripel

Wild Grapevine Wee Heavy

Acorn Stein Beer

Paw Paw Stein Beer

Scratch Matter (Scratch-Dark Matter Coffee collab)

Barrel-Aged Sweet Clover Brown

Barrel-Aged Blue Corn

Sour Apple


Chili Coffee Amber

Pear-Smoked Rauchbier

Chamomile Saison

Pumpkin Seed

4 Gingers

We will also be releasing our one-time only fifth anniversary beer in bottles over the weekend, along with an extensive bottle list, including some special cellared editions. The anniversary beer, "5," was brewed with filé spice (dried sassafras leaves) and juniper branches from our property, malt from our friends at Sugar Creek Malt, Nugget hops from CL Hops in Illinois, and our wild house culture. The tropical--dare we say juicy!--aroma and flavor is derived entirely from the juniper and filé, which, combined with our wild sourdough culture, creates a naturally cloudy appearance. The only hops used were a bittering charge at the beginning of the boil. Everything in this beer came from within 300 miles of our brewery, in this pocket of the Midwest we call home. Drink fresh, share with friends, this is not a whale, it's frie