We are pleased to announce that five new bottles are now available at the brewery! Just in time for the holiday season, we have three brand new beers, one returning favorite in a differently-sized bottle, and a barrel-aged version of one of our brewery favorites.
All of these beers are available starting this week, meaning that they will also all be available at this Sunday's Holiday Art & Beer Bazaar alongside our Native Fruit Beer Series Release! There are no limits on any of these bottles and they are all available first-come, first-served. The descriptions are all below with notes particular to each offering.
Turmeric Tonic ($10)
A sour farmhouse beer brewed without hops, made with grain from Sugar Creek Malt, bittered and flavored with turmeric from our garden and wild-harvested nettle, and fermented with our wild house mixed culture. This beer was made as something akin to a late summer version of our Spring Tonic, in that the nettle was harvested near the end of that season and the turmeric provides a slightly more earthy, root addition as opposed to the ginger. 5.8% abv • 355 ml
Wild Blueberry (White Rooster collaboration; $12)
A beer brewed in collaboration with our friends at White Rooster in Sparta, Illinois. Brewed at Scratch and fermented with our house yeast, the beer was finished with White rooster’s mixed culture in a chardonnay barrel for 18 months. After the beer had developed a beautiful complexity from the microflora during barrel aging, we refermented the beer on Southern Illinois-grown blueberries. 7.9% abv • 355 ml
A bottle-conditioned sour ale brewed without hops. bittered and flavored with sage, basil, lemon thyme, rosemary, and lavender from our garden and fermented with our wild house mixed culture. We have previously offered a barrel-aged version of this beer in 330 ml bottles and, as with many Scratch beers, different years' batches taste slightly different depending on the amount of each plant added. 4.2% abv • 500 ml
Barrel-Aged Apple Ale ($20)
A bottle-conditioned sour ale brewed without hops, made with grain from our friends at Sugar Creek Malt and re-fermented with pressed juice from Southern Illinois apples. Aged for a year in puncheons that previously held red wine. This beer is a new staff favorite, with flavors reminiscent of a barrel-aged cider. 5.7% abv • 500 ml
Barrel-Aged Blackberry and Lavender ($20)
A bottle-conditioned sour ale brewed without hops, bittered and flavored with Southern Illinois-grown, blackberries and lavender and fermented with our wild house mixed culture. Aged for one year in a red wine puncheon. One of the most popular Scratch beers we've offered, but this version also contains beautiful notes of oak complexity. 5.5% abv • 500 ml