It's that time of year again: Oktoberfest is coming! This year's event will take place at the brewery on Sunday, September 30th from noon to 8 PM.
We'll have new 1/2 liter steins from two local artists who have made steins for us every year: Stephanie Dukat and Rob Lorenz. We also have a limited number of previous years' steins. New steins are $45 and older steins are $40, both include your first fill as well as unlimited soda. If you do not wish to purchase a stein, Scratch goblets will be available for $5 and include unlimited soda. Mason jars for non-drinkers will also be available for $5 and include unlimited soda. We do not do flights during our Oktoberfest, just half or whole liter pours ($5 and $10 respectively). All tickets will be cash only and available at the door.
Celebrating the incredible artists in our area is part of the goal of our Oktoberfest each year, which is why we have handmade steins for sale by local artists. If you have purchased a Scratch stein in the past, you are welcome to use that stein to enjoy beers throughout the day without purchasing a new one. Posters designed and printed by Jared Davey will be also be available for $15.
Our Oktoberfest is a celebration of German-inspired beers made in the woods here in Ava, Illinois. It marks the release of our Marzen, a German-style lager that we brew in the traditional way in March and lager until this event. This beer is made with Pilsner, Munich, and Vienna malt from our friends at Sugar Creek Malt in Indiana, and hops from CL Hops in northern Illinois. It is a classic easy-drinker, crisp and delicate like the fall, and is one of our favorite beers that we brew each year.
Here is a full menu of beers available for your enjoyment:
Classic fall beer brewed in March and lagered until September. Made with Pilsner, Munich, and Vienna malt from our friends at Sugar Creek Malt in Indiana, and hops from CL Hops in northern Illinois
Wild Cherry Doppelbock
Strong German-style lager brewed with different tree barks harvested from the woods surrounding the brewery and fermented in a puncheon. (Due to its strength we will have half liter pours at a time only.)
Traditional German-style wheat beer brewed with local wheat and malt, and fermented with our wild house mixed culture
Leipzig's famous sour beer! We brew this bright pink beer without hops, and flavor with salt and beets from our garden. Fermented with our wild house mixed culture.
Fig Leaf Schwarzbier
Clean-fermented black beer brewed with fig leaves from our garden and fermented with a newly harvested wild yeast culture from our property.
This is all topped off with fantastic German food from our friends at Kitchen Kulture available for purchase separately.
Pork Schnitzel ($15)
with spatzel, apple mustard, and mushroom gravy
side of green salad
Cheesy Spatzel Gratin ($12)
with sweet corn, mushrooms, beer cheese, and buttered pretzel crust
Baked Pretzel ($7)
with spicy apple mustard
Come out and enjoy great beer, great food, and great art!