Easter Hours

Just a quick update on our hours this Easter weekend. We will be open for normal business Friday (4 PM to 10 PM) and Saturday (12 PM to 10 PM) and CLOSED on Sunday. We look forward to seeing everyone in town for the holiday and picking up growlers for family celebrations! Beer list coming later in the week.


Beer List April 11 – 13

*will be the last weekend for the golden and basil . when we run out, we’ll be tapping: basil schwarzbier, parsnip black ale, wild sticke alt

 

familiar $1 sample · $4 pint · $10 growler fill
beers brewed true to style (or close to it)

alt
a light, suuuuuper easy drinking, german style ale-lager hybrid. balanced between malty and bitter, there’s almost no way to dislike this beer. 4.9% abv

hefeweizen
a traditional german hefeweizen (wheat beer with yeast). banana and clove flavors blend together to create a super duper german wheat beer. 5.5% abv

citra pale ale
an american style pale ale on the lower end of hop bitterness. this pale low alcohol beer is bursting with citrus and tropical fruitiness from the citra hops used. very easy drinking. 4.7% abv

 

forest · foraged · fire $1.50 sample · $5 goblet · $12.50 growler
beers brewed with ingredients cultivated regionally, foraged on our land, or brewed over a wood fire

basil owl 3
our 3rd (or 4th) basil ale we’ve created. A healthy dose of sweet basil, lemon zest, and juice balance the maltiness of this beer. a scratch fan favorite! 6.2% abv

biere de garde
french farmhouse ale brewed over a wood fire. most of the bright amber color in this beer comes from the boil. lightly fruity with orange, caramel and bready flavors; finishes clean and crisp. 6.8% abv

herbal rye porter
english style porter brewed with rye and herbs from our garden, including lavender and wild bee balm. A unique beer with a savory, oregano-like finish. 5.7% abv

 

fancy $2 sample · $6 goblet · $15 growler
fantastical, free-spirited, flummoxing, fascinating

herbal golden strong
belgian abbey ale brewed with 5 different herbs from our 2013 garden. lavender and lemon verbena dominate the herbal character, backed by moderate fruity esters and a dry, peppery finish.  9% abv

brett sahti
a deep red sahti that was refermented with wild brettanomyces yeast in a chambourcin wine barrel. flavors of dark fruit are complemented by tart cherry, wood, and a dry finish. 6.0% abv

gotlandsricka
a deep reddish brown ale made from birch sap, cedar tips, and smoked malt. a prominent fruity aroma from the cedar tips complements the moderate smokiness of the malt. traditionally brewed on the swedish island gotland 5.7% abv

 

home made soda· $1 sample · $3 pint· $8 growler
ginger ale


Beer List April 4 – 6

*Could be the last weekend for the dubbel, golden, basil, and barleywine. when we run out, we’ll be tapping one or several of the following: brett sahti, maple sap mumm, birch sap gotlandsricka, red hefe

 

familiar $1 sample · $4 pint · $10 growler fill
beers brewed true to style (or close to it)

alt
a light, suuuuuper easy drinking, german style ale-lager hybrid. balanced between malty and bitter, there’s almost no way to dislike this beer. 4.9% abv

hefeweizen
a traditional german hefeweizen (wheat beer with yeast). banana and clove flavors blend together to create a super duper german wheat beer. 5.5% abv

citra pale ale
an american style pale ale on the lower end of hop bitterness. this pale low alcohol beer is bursting with citrus and tropical fruitiness from the citra hops used. very easy drinking. 4.7% abv

 

forest · foraged · fire $1.50 sample · $5 goblet · $12.50 growler
beers brewed with ingredients cultivated regionally, foraged on our land, or brewed over a wood fire

basil owl 3
our 3rd (or 4th) basil ale we’ve created. A healthy dose of sweet basil, lemon zest, and juice balance the maltiness of this beer. a scratch fan favorite! 6.2% abv

biere de garde
french farmhouse ale brewed over a wood fire. most of the bright amber color in this beer comes from the boil. lightly fruity with orange, caramel and bready flavors; finishes clean and crisp. 6.8% abv

herbal rye porter
english style porter brewed with rye and herbs from our garden, including lavender and wild bee balm. A unique beer with a savory, oregano-like finish. 5.7% abv

 

fancy $2 sample · $6 goblet · $15 growler
fantastical, free-spirited, flummoxing, fascinating

herbal golden strong
belgian abbey ale brewed with 5 different herbs from our 2013 garden. lavender and lemon verbena dominate the herbal character, backed by moderate fruity esters and a dry, peppery finish.  9% abv

estate dubbel 2014
a deep red belgian ale brewed over a wood fire in our copper kettle. caramel, toffee, and plum flavors are perfectly balanced by our estate cascade hops. 7.5% abv

batch 27 barleywine
winner of category 23 from the big muddy monster brew fest in 2012. a strong American-style barlyewine fermented on oak chips soaked in maker’s mark bourbon. 8.2% abv

 

home made soda· $1 sample · $3 pint· $8 growler
ginger ale


Beer List March 28 – 31

*most likely the last weekend for the mild, chile dark strong, and shiso maki. when we run out, we’ll be tapping a schwarzbier, gruit made with our wild yeast, and herbal rye porter, not necessarily in that order

 

familiar $1 sample · $4 pint · $10 growler fill
beers brewed true to style (or close to it)

alt
a light, suuuuuper easy drinking, german style ale-lager hybrid. balanced between malty and bitter, there’s almost no way to dislike this beer. 4.9% abv

mild
a traditional, light british pub beer with a bready malt character and low hop bitterness and aroma. 3.4%abv

hefeweizen
a traditional german hefeweizen (wheat beer with yeast). banana and clove flavors blend together to create a super duper german wheat beer. 5.5% abv

citra pale ale
an american style pale ale on the lower end of hop bitterness. this pale low alcohol beer is bursting with citrus and tropical fruitiness from the citra hops used. very easy drinking. 4.7% abv

 

forest · foraged · fire $1.50 sample · $5 goblet · $12.50 growler
beers brewed with ingredients cultivated regionally, foraged on our land, or brewed over a wood fire

basil owl 3
our 3rd (or 4th) basil ale we’ve created. A healthy dose of sweet basil, lemon zest, and juice balance the maltiness of this beer. a scratch fan favorite! 6.2% abv

shiso maki
a dark brown ale brewed with belgian abbey yeast and shiso leaves (an invasive species used in Japanese cuisine). the shiso character can be described as savory, minty, licorice, etc. certainly a unique flavor. 5.8% abv

 

fancy $2 sample · $6 goblet · $15 growler
fantastical, free-spirited, flummoxing, fascinating

chile dark strong
a full-bodied belgian dark strong ale brewed with locally harvested, dried guajillo chiles. plum, cherry, raisin flavors dominate from the fruity belgian yeast strain and the mild, dried chiles.  7.6% abvbelgian abbey ale brewed with rye malt and spicebush and aged in a george dickel whisky barrel. plummy, dark cherry fruit esters blend with oak and a light whisky aroma with a spicy, peppery finish.  7.4% abv

herbal golden strong
belgian abbey ale brewed with 5 different herbs from our 2013 garden. lavender and lemon verbena dominate the herbal character, backed by moderate fruity esters and a dry, peppery finish.  9% abv

estate dubbel 2014
a deep red belgian ale brewed over a wood fire in our copper kettle. caramel, toffee, and plum flavors are perfectly balanced by our estate cascade hops. 7.5% abv

 

home made soda· $1 sample · $3 pint
lemon basil soda


Beer List March 21 – 23

*most likely the last weekend for the estate cedar ipa, chile dark strong, and shiso maki. when we run out, we’ll be tapping an estate dubbel, schwarzbier, batch 27 barleywine, not necessarily in that order

 

familiar $1 sample · $4 pint · $10 growler fill
beers brewed true to style (or close to it)

alt
a light, suuuuuper easy drinking, german style ale-lager hybrid. balanced between malty and bitter, there’s almost no way to dislike this beer. 4.9% abv

mild
a traditional, light british pub beer with a bready malt character and low hop bitterness and aroma. 3.4%abv

hefeweizen
a traditional german hefeweizen (wheat beer with yeast). banana and clove flavors blend together to create a super duper german wheat beer. 5.5% abv

citra pale ale
an american style pale ale on the lower end of hop bitterness. this pale low alcohol beer is bursting with citrus and tropical fruitiness from the citra hops used. very easy drinking. 4.7% abv

 

forest · foraged · fire $1.50 sample · $5 goblet · $12.50 growler
beers brewed with ingredients cultivated regionally, foraged on our land, or brewed over a wood fire

basil owl 3
our 3rd (or 4th) basil ale we’ve created. A healthy dose of sweet basil, lemon zest, and juice balance the maltiness of this beer. a scratch fan favorite! 6.2% abv

shiso maki
a dark brown ale brewed with belgian abbey yeast and shiso leaves (an invasive species used in Japanese cuisine). the shiso character can be described as savory, minty, licorice, etc. certainly a unique flavor. 5.8% abv

 

fancy $2 sample · $6 goblet · $15 growler
fantastical, free-spirited, flummoxing, fascinating

chile dark strong
a full-bodied belgian dark strong ale brewed with locally harvested, dried guajillo chiles. plum, cherry, raisin flavors dominate from the fruity belgian yeast strain and the mild, dried chiles.  7.6% abvbelgian abbey ale brewed with rye malt and spicebush and aged in a george dickel whisky barrel. plummy, dark cherry fruit esters blend with oak and a light whisky aroma with a spicy, peppery finish.  7.4% abv

herbal golden strong
belgian abbey ale brewed with 5 different herbs from our 2013 garden. lavender and lemon verbena dominate the herbal character, backed by moderate fruity esters and a dry, peppery finish.  9% abv

estate cedar ipa
an orangey red ipa made with cedar branches, our cascade hops grown on site, as well as citra hops. this ipa has a bready caramelly malt character that’s balanced with an intense fruity/pine/cedar wood flavor. low in bitterness with a lot of character. 7.4% abv

 

home made soda· $1 sample · $3 pint
ginger ale


Beer List March 14 – 16

*most likely the last weekend for the rauchbier and the mumm. we’ll be tapping a traditional german hefeweizen (wheat beer) and another beer when we run out.

 

familiar $1 sample · $4 pint · $10 growler fill
beers brewed true to style (or close to it)

alt
a light, suuuuuper easy drinking, german style ale-lager hybrid. balanced between malty and bitter, there’s almost no way to dislike this beer. 4.9% abv

mild
a traditional, light british pub beer with a bready malt character and low hop bitterness and aroma. 3.4%abv

rauchbier
a copper colored german beer made with smoked malt. malt that is dried over a wood fire. this gives the beer a subtle smokey character to balance the malty character. 5.9% abv

 

forest · foraged · fire $1.50 sample · $5 goblet · $12.50 growler
beers brewed with ingredients cultivated regionally, foraged on our land, or brewed over a wood fire

mumm
no hopped beer with 7 herbs from our garden: lavender, basil, rosemary, etc. 4.6%

shiso maki
a dark brown ale brewed with belgian abbey yeast and shiso leaves (an invasive species used in Japanese cuisine). the shiso character can be described as savory, minty, licorice, etc. certainly a unique flavor. 5.8% abv

persimmon abbey
a copper colored belgian ale brewed with spicebush, pignut hulls, local persimmons, and aged on oak. hints of dried fruit, persimmon, and spice in the aroma. caramel, toffee, and fruity esters dominate the flavor balanced by the hulls spicebush. 6.6% abv

 

fancy $2 sample · $6 goblet · $15 growler
fantastical, free-spirited, flummoxing, fascinating

chile dark strong
a full-bodied belgian dark strong ale brewed with locally harvested, dried guajillo chiles. plum, cherry, raisin flavors dominate from the fruity belgian yeast strain and the mild, dried chiles.  7.6% abvbelgian abbey ale brewed with rye malt and spicebush and aged in a george dickel whisky barrel. plummy, dark cherry fruit esters blend with oak and a light whisky aroma with a spicy, peppery finish.  7.4% abv

spicebush rye abbey
belgian abbey ale brewed with rye malt and spicebush and aged in a george dickel whisky barrel. plummy, dark cherry fruit esters blend with oak and a light whisky aroma with a spicy, peppery finish.  7.4% abv

estate cedar ipa
an orangey red ipa made with cedar branches, our cascade hops grown on site, as well as citra hops. this ipa has a bready caramelly malt character that’s balanced with an intense fruity/pine/cedar wood flavor. low in bitterness with a lot of character. 7.4% abv

 

home made soda· $1 sample · $3 pint
root beer!


Beer List March 7 – 9

*most likely the last weekend for the rauchbier and the spiced 80 shilling. we’ll be tapping a traditional german hefeweizen (wheat beer) and schwarzbier when we run out.

 

familiar $1 sample · $4 pint · $10 growler fill
beers brewed true to style (or close to it)

alt
a light, suuuuuper easy drinking, german style ale-lager hybrid. balanced between malty and bitter, there’s almost no way to dislike this beer. 4.9% abv

mild
a traditional, light british pub beer with a bready malt character and low hop bitterness and aroma. 3.4%abv

rauchbier
a copper colored german beer made with smoked malt. malt that is dried over a wood fire. this gives the beer a subtle smokey character to balance the malty character. 5.9% abv

 

forest · foraged · fire $1.50 sample · $5 goblet · $12.50 growler
beers brewed with ingredients cultivated regionally, foraged on our land, or brewed over a wood fire

spiced 80+/
medium-bodied, malt-forward scottish ale with toast and toffee aromas, complemented by locally harvested, dried guajillo chiles, acorn hulls, and cacao nibs and vanilla beans. 5.4% abv

shiso maki
a dark brown ale brewed with belgian abbey yeast and shiso leaves (an invasive species used in Japanese cuisine). the shiso character can be described as savory, minty, licorice, etc. certainly a unique flavor. 5.8% abv

persimmon abbey
a copper colored belgian ale brewed with spicebush, pignut hulls, local persimmons, and aged on oak. hints of dried fruit, persimmon, and spice in the aroma. caramel, toffee, and fruity esters dominate the flavor balanced by the hulls spicebush. 6.6% abv

 

fancy $2 sample · $6 goblet · $15 growler
fantastical, free-spirited, flummoxing, fascinating

chile dark strong
a full-bodied belgian dark strong ale brewed with locally harvested, dried guajillo chiles. plum, cherry, raisin flavors dominate from the fruity belgian yeast strain and the mild, dried chiles.  7.6% abvbelgian abbey ale brewed with rye malt and spicebush and aged in a george dickel whisky barrel. plummy, dark cherry fruit esters blend with oak and a light whisky aroma with a spicy, peppery finish.  7.4% abv

spicebush rye abbey
belgian abbey ale brewed with rye malt and spicebush and aged in a george dickel whisky barrel. plummy, dark cherry fruit esters blend with oak and a light whisky aroma with a spicy, peppery finish.  7.4% abv

estate cedar ipa
an orangey red ipa made with cedar branches, our cascade hops grown on site, as well as citra hops. this ipa has a bready caramelly malt character that’s balanced with an intense fruity/pine/cedar wood flavor. low in bitterness with a lot of character. 7.4% abv

 

home made soda· $1 sample · $3 pint
root beer!


Weekend Hours and Anniversary Party

A quick update about our hours for the weekend of February 28-March 2nd.

We will be open our normal hours (Friday: 4-10; Saturday noon-10; Sunday noon-8).

Friday and Sunday we will be operating like normal with pizza available until we run out, likely through mid-day Sunday. (Please call ahead to see if we still have dough if you would like pizza Sunday.)

Saturday we will only be doing our special anniversary celebration program. For $25 you will receive a Scratch snifter (which you will use all day for samples or full pours of beer), 10 tasting tickets, and some of our hearth bread. We will NOT be serving food beyond bread on Saturday; please feel free to bring your own food and picnic with our tasty sourdough hearth loaf! Additional tickets will be available for purchase at 6 for $10. Full pours for each beer can be purchased for either 2 or 3 tickets, depending on the beer. More information on the beers available Saturday are below. Many are rare and small batch beers we have been cellaring and will only be available Saturday!

We will also have a soda-only option: for $10 you will receive a mason jar, some of our bread, and unlimited soda pours.

Los Tigres del Patano, our friends and a wonderful Southern Illinois band, will be playing from about 1 until 3; and we will games afterwards until dark with a big bonfire after the sun goes down. Dress warmly!

Here is the official beer line up for Saturday. The beers highlighted in red are only being poured Saturday. All beers in black text are being poured as normal, inside the tasting room all weekend (until we run out of them, then we’ll move something else onto the taps). We hope to see you all at the brewery this weekend!

All samples are 1 ticket
Full pours are 2 tickets (indicated by *) or 3 tickets (†)

Alt *
Extemely easy-drinking German hybrid ale-lager

Mild *
Traditional English pub beer with rich maltiness and low bitterness

Rauchbier *
German style smoked amber ale

Hefeweizen *
Traditional german hefeweizen balanced evenly between banana and clove flavors with a light effervescent mouthfeel

Spiced 80 Shilling
Scottish 80 shilling brewed with guajillo chiles, cacao nibs, and vanilla bean

Shiso Maki
Dark brown ale brewed with shiso, an invasive spieces used in Japanese cuisine for hints of licorice and mint

Sahti
Traditional Finnish style ale brewed with cedar branches

Chile Dark Strong
Belgian Dark Strong brewed with dried guajillo chiles

Spicebush Rye Abbey
Belgian Abbey ale brewed with spicebush and rye and aged in a George Dickel whisky barrel

Estate Cedar IPA
Strong IPA brewed with cedar branches, cascade hops from our property and citra hops

Belgian Golden Ale with Herbs
Strong Belgian ale brewed with lavender, lemon verbena, and other herbs from our property

Parsnip Black Ale
Rich black ale brewed with organic parsnips

Batch 27 Barleywine
Winner of Category 23 of the 2012 Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest Home Brew Competition; barleywine brewed over a fire, aged on Maker’s Mark-soaked oak chips

Wild Sticke Alt
Strong alt bier fermented with our own wild yeast culture

Barrel-Aged Sahti with Brett
Sahti aged in Chambourcin barrel with brettanomyces

Mumm
Old English style gruit brewed with 7 different herbs from our garden and no hops

Bière de Garde
French farmhouse ale, a portion of which was brewed over a wood fire for 4 hours

Citra Pale Ale*
American pale ale brewed with citra hops

Ginger Ale* (soda)
Made with ginger from River to River Farms

Root Beer* (soda)
Our own classic root beer!

Lemon Basil Soda* (soda)
Made with basil from our garden

Rolling on throughout the day:

Munich Alt *
A darker version of our alt brewed with munich malt

Persimmon Abbey
Belgian Abbey Ale brewed with locally harvested persimmons

9-Hour Barleywine
Barleywine brewed over a wood fire for 9 hours

Carrot-Ginger Saison
6-month reserved keg of our Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with wild ginger and carrots from Country Sprout Farm

2014 Estate Dubbel
The 2014 vintage of our Estate Dubbel, brewed entirely with our own hops over a wood fire

 


Beer List February 21 – 23

*the sahti will return after we run out of ginger beer. Last weekend for the stingo! after it’s gone, we’ll tap a belgian golden strong made with a variety of herbs

familiar $1 sample · $4 pint · $10 growler fill
beers brewed true to style (or close to it)

alt

a light, suuuuuper easy drinking, german style ale-lager hybrid. balanced between malty and bitter, there’s almost no way to dislike this beer. 4.9% abv

ginger beer

a pale yellow beer very light in body with a crisp dryness provided by locally grown ginger from river to river farms. 4% abv

mild
a traditional, light british pub beer with a bready malt character and low hop bitterness and aroma. 3.4%abv

rauchbier
a copper colored german beer made with smoked malt. malt that is dried over a wood fire. this gives the beer a subtle smokey character to balance the malty character. 5.9% abv

 

forest · foraged · fire $1.50 sample · $5 goblet · $12.50 growler
beers brewed with ingredients cultivated regionally, foraged on our land, or brewed over a wood fire

spiced 80+/
medium-bodied, malt-forward scottish ale with toast and toffee aromas, complemented by locally harvested, dried guajillo chiles, acorn hulls, and cacao nibs and vanilla beans. 5.4% abv

shiso maki
a dark brown ale brewed with belgian abbey yeast and shiso leaves (an invasive species used in Japanese cuisine). the shiso character can be described as savory, minty, licorice, etc. certainly a unique flavor. 5.8% abv

 

fancy $2 sample · $6 goblet · $15 growler
fantastical, free-spirited, flummoxing, fascinating

chile dark strong
a full-bodied belgian dark strong ale brewed with locally harvested, dried guajillo chiles. plum, cherry, raisin flavors dominate from the fruity belgian yeast strain and the mild, dried chiles.  7.6% abv

spicebush rye abbey          * $6 for a 10 oz snifter

belgian abbey ale brewed with rye malt and spicebush and aged in a george dickel whisky barrel. plummy, dark cherry fruit esters blend with oak and a light whisky aroma with a spicy, peppery finish.  7.4% abv

stingo with honduran sugar   * $6 for a 10 oz snifter
a rich malty, uncommon english beer style brewed with sugar from travels to honduras. the “stingo” name comes from the slight bite that it would have from high alcohol. brewed with Honduran sugar, it gives a slightly roasted sugar flavor and balances the raisin, prune, and toffee flavors. finishes dry and a touch spicy.  8.5% abv

 

home made soda· $1 sample · $3 pint
ginger ale!


First Anniversary Celebration, March 1st

Scratch Is Turning One!

The first weekend of March marks our first year anniversary. To celebrate we’ll be throwing a party on Saturday, March 1st from noon until 10 PM. We will have three pouring stations set up around our property, pouring over 20 different rare and small-batch beers from our cellar, sodas, and a preview of upcoming varieties for 2014.

For $25, you will receive:

  • A branded snifter
  • 10 tasting tickets
  • Artisan sourdough bread baked in our brand new wood-fired brick oven.

A preview of some of the 20 beers available this weekend are:

  • Barrel-Aged Sahti with Brett, aged in a barrel for 6 months with wild yeast
  • 2014 Estate Dubbel, brewed over a wood-fire with estate-grown hops
  • Belgian Golden Ale, with lemon verbena from our garden
  • 9-Hour Barleywine, brewed over a wood fire for 9 hours
  • Mumm, an old English-style dark ale brewed with 7 varieties of herbs from our garden
  • Parsnip Black Ale, rich, malty black ale brewed with parsnips and a hint of lactose
  • Estate Cedar IPA, a winter version of our Cedar IPA brewed with cedar branches, citra hops, and dry-hopped with Cascades from our property
  • Batch 27 Barleywine, 2012 winner of the Big Muddy Brew Fest Home Brew Competition, a barleywine brewed over a wood fire and aged on Maker’s Mark soaked oak chips

Additional tickets can be purchased for more samples. All tickets available at the door. Other merriment will abound–We urge people to carpool!


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