Beer List October 24 – 26

Upcoming events: We have music from The Swamp Tigers on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm and we’re taking over all 18 taps at Hangar 9 in Carbondale, on Monday evening at 5pm. The brewery/tasting room will be open normal hours all weekend!

 

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

esb
a traditional, golden colored english beer with a bouquet of flowers, grass, spice, and biscuit in the aroma. the hops give a lightly spicy and gentle bitterness balanced with a bready and biscuit like malt flavor with hints of caramel. absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. 5.4% 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

pumpkin seed ale
english bitter brewed with toasted pumpkin seeds. an aroma remisiscent of biscuit and fresh bread, with a toasty, crisp finish. 4.8% abv

rye cedar
fresh, orange peel aroma from the cedar complements a belgian yeast strain that gives a hint of cherry and plum. finishes dry and spicy from a healthy dose of rye in the mash. 5.4% abv

peach abbey
belgian abbey ale brewed with fresh peaches from mileur orchards in murphysboro. robust peach aroma gives way to a light caramel and stone fruit flavor. fruity but not sweet. 6.7% abv

pawpaw abbey
belgian abbey ale brewed with september’s harvest of pawpaws. has an aroma of pawpaw (rich mango, toffee, dehydrated banana) with the same flavor plus a slight nutmeg spice character. finishes dry.   6.7% abv

 

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

gooseberry saison
belgian farmhouse ale brewed with locally harvested gooseberries. smooth, dry lightly tart with flavors of lemon and lime. 6.4% abv

9-hour dubbel
belgian abbey ale, a portion of which was boiled for 9 hours. banana, plum, and apple aromas with a moderately dry caramel finish. 6.6% abv

105
a strong saison made with 105 different previously living organisms (herbs, roots, fungi, fruit, no animals, etc). an aroma of earth and herbs is complimented by a complex flavor of citrus, pepper, and dirt created by the myriad of southern illinois’ ingredients. the essence of here.  7.4% abv

burdock sahti
sour finnish ale bittered with cedar and roasted burdock root–no hops. robust, piney aroma with a tartness reminiscent of grapes and sour cherry. 4.6% abv

 

home made soda   $1 sample · $3 pint· $8 growler
herb soda


Beer List for October 17-19

We have music from The Storm Crows Friday night from 6 PM to 9 PM! And we’ll be pouring at the Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest this Saturday at Riverside Park in Murphysboro. We’ll be pouring our Pumpkin Seed Ale, Spicebush Saison, 9-Hour Dubbel, and the Gooseberry Saison in the Imperial Tent. The brewery/tasting room will be open normal hours all weekend!

 

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

esb
a traditional, golden colored english beer with a bouquet of flowers, grass, spice, and biscuit in the aroma. the hops give a lightly spicy and gentle bitterness balanced with a bready and biscuit like malt flavor with hints of caramel. absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. 5.4% 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

smoked apple ale
lightly smoked, hazy golden ale brewed with honey crisp apples from mileur orchards in Murphysboro and bittered with hickory leaves from our property. apple puree was caramelized for several hours lending the beer a robust apple aroma and burnt caramel finish. 6% abv

sumac farmhouse
farmhouse ale gold in color and brewed with our own estate cascade hops and sumac berries. Light and refreshing with bright citrus and lemon flavors from the sumac and cascade. 6.4% abv

spicebush belgian
a belgian ale brewed with spicebush berries and leaves, providing hints of citrus, pepper, and clove. the belgian yeast creates a flavor of banana, peach, and other stonefruit flavors. 6.8% abv

elderberry ale
burnt orange ale with a ruby tint, brewed with elderberries from our property. smooth and light with a lightly sweet blueberry-like finish. 5.5% abv

 

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

lavender tripel
strong belgian-style tripel brewed with lavender and lemon thyme from our garden. plum, floral, lemon, and cinnamon flavors round out a smooth, full bodied blonde abbey ale. 8.5% abv

9-hour dubbel
belgian abbey ale, a portion of which was boiled for 9 hours. banana, plum, and apple aromas with a moderately dry caramel finish. 6.6% abv

105
a strong saison made with 105 different previously living organisms (herbs, roots, fungi, fruit, no animals, etc). an aroma of earth and herbs is complimented by a complex flavor of citrus, pepper, and dirt created by the myriad of southern illinois’ ingredients. the essence of here.  7.4% abv

burdock sahti
sour finnish ale bittered with cedar and roasted burdock root–no hops. robust, piney aroma with a tartness reminiscent of grapes and sour cherry. 4.6% abv

 

home made soda   $1 sample · $3 pint· $8 growler
herb soda


Beer List October 10 – 12

 

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

esb
a traditional, golden colored english beer with a bouquet of flowers, grass, spice, and biscuit in the aroma. the hops give a lightly spicy and gentle bitterness balanced with a bready and biscuit like malt flavor with hints of caramel. absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. 5.4% 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

smoked apple ale
lightly smoked, hazy golden ale brewed with honey crisp apples from mileur orchards in Murphysboro and bittered with hickory leaves from our property. apple puree was caramelized for several hours lending the beer a robust apple aroma and burnt caramel finish. 6% abv

sumac farmhouse
farmhouse ale gold in color and brewed with our own estate cascade hops and sumac berries. Light and refreshing with bright citrus and lemon flavors from the sumac and cascade. 6.4% abv

spicebush belgian
a belgian ale brewed with spicebush berries and leaves, providing hints of citrus, pepper, and clove. the belgian yeast creates a flavor of banana, peach, and other stonefruit flavors. 6.8% abv

elderberry ale
burnt orange ale with a ruby tint, brewed with elderberries from our property. smooth and light with a lightly sweet blueberry-like finish. 5.5% abv

 

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

lavender tripel
strong belgian-style tripel brewed with lavender and lemon thyme from our garden. plum, floral, lemon, and cinnamon flavors round out a smooth, full bodied blonde abbey ale. 8.5% abv

9-hour dubbel
belgian abbey ale, a portion of which was boiled for 9 hours. banana, plum, and apple aromas with a moderately dry caramel finish. 6.6% abv

big basil ale
twice the basil, twice the hops, and almost twice the alcohol of our popular basil ale. huge basil aroma, spiked with alcohol, balanced with a caramel malt sweetness. what we can say? it’s just a freaking big basil ale. 8% abv

burdock sahti
sour finnish ale bittered with cedar and roasted burdock root–no hops. robust, piney aroma with a tartness reminiscent of grapes and sour cherry. 4.6% abv

 

home made soda   $1 sample · $3 pint· $8 growler
chocolate mint soda


Beer List October 3-5

Just a reminder that we will NOT have pizzas this weekend! All our other food options will be available, however.

For those in Denver, attending the Great American Beer Festival, or at the Beers Made By Walking event we look forward to seeing you!

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

belgian black ale with coffee
lightly roasted black ale fermented with a belgian yeast strain to give a sweetness reminiscent of plums. brewed with locally roasted steam shovel coffee from anna, illinois.

 

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

smoked apple ale
lightly smoked, hazy golden ale brewed with honey crisp apples from mileur orchards in Murphysboro and bittered with hickory leaves from our property. apple puree was caramelized for several hours lending the beer a robust apple aroma and burnt caramel finish. 6% abv

sumac farmhouse
farmhouse ale gold in color and brewed with our own estate cascade hops and sumac berries. Light and refreshing with bright citrus and lemon flavors from the sumac and cascade. 6.4% abv

filé saison
belgian farmhouse beer brewed with dried sassafras leaves from the woods on our property. lemon, mandarin orange, and banana flavors round out a dry, almost tart and effervescent beer. 5.5% abv

elderberry ale
burnt orange ale with a ruby tint, brewed with elderberries from our property. smooth and light with a lightly sweet blueberry-like finish. 5.5% abv

 

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

lavender tripel
strong belgian-style tripel brewed with lavender and lemon thyme from our garden. plum, floral, lemon, and cinnamon flavors round out a smooth, full bodied blonde abbey ale. 8.5% abv

9-hour dubbel
belgian abbey ale, a portion of which was boiled for 9 hours. banana, plum, and apple aromas with a moderately dry caramel finish. 6.6% abv

big basil ale
twice the basil, twice the hops, and almost twice the alcohol of our popular basil ale. huge basil aroma, spiked with alcohol, balanced with a caramel malt sweetness. what we can say? it’s just a freaking big basil ale. 8% abv

burdock sahti
sour finnish ale bittered with cedar and roasted burdock root–no hops. robust, piney aroma with a tartness reminiscent of grapes and sour cherry. 4.6% abv

 

home made soda   $1 sample · $3 pint· $8 growler
chocolate mint soda


Food for Weekend of October 3-5

Just a quick note that we will be open our normal hours on the weekend of October 3-5 but will NOT have pizza. We will have hearth bread, cheese, and appetizer options as usual.

Beer list coming later in the week!


Beer List September 26-28

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

belgian black ale with coffee
lightly roasted black ale fermented with a belgian yeast strain to give a sweetness reminiscent of plums. brewed with locally roasted steam shovel coffee from anna, illinois.

 

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

oktoberfest
classic german lagr made in the traditional way in march and lagered for six months before serving. bready, biscuity with a crisp, clean finish. you can’t get closer to munich in the middle of southern illinois. 5.9% abv

sumac farmhouse
farmhouse ale gold in color and brewed with our own estate cascade hops and sumac berries. Light and refreshing with bright citrus and lemon flavors from the sumac and cascade. 6.4% abv

filé saison
belgian farmhouse beer brewed with dried sassafras leaves from the woods on our property. lemon, mandarin orange, and banana flavors round out a dry, almost tart and effervescent beer. 5.5% abv

nettle ginger saison
an otherwise traditional saison that was brewed as a “gruit”, a beer without hops. this saison is bittered with stinging nettle and brewed with ginger to give a refreshing  crispness that complements the lightly fruity and spicy flavors from the yeast. 6.1% abv

elderberry ale
burnt orange ale with a ruby tint, brewed with elderberries from our property. smooth and light with a lightly sweet blueberry-like finish. 5.5% abv

 

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

lavender tripel
strong belgian-style tripel brewed with lavender and lemon thyme from our garden. plum, floral, lemon, and cinnamon flavors round out a smooth, full bodied blonde abbey ale. 8.5% abv

big basil ale
twice the basil, twice the hops, and almost twice the alcohol of our popular basil ale. huge basil aroma, spiked with alcohol, balanced with a caramel malt sweetness. what we can say? it’s just a freaking big basil ale. 8% abv

burdock sahti
sour finnish ale bittered with cedar and roasted burdock root–no hops. robust, piney aroma with a tartness reminiscent of grapes and sour cherry. 4.6% abv

 

home made soda   $1 sample · $3 pint· $8 growler
herb tonic


Beer List September 12 – 15

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

brown
an american style brown ale with plenty of chocolate, caramel, and toffee flavors. balance by a pleasant and prominent citrusy/herbal hop character. 5.1% 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

cascade belgian pale ale
belgian pale ale brewed entirely with our own cascade hops from our harvest this year. crisp and citrusy with a lightly fruity finish from the abbey yeast strain. 5.3% abv

sage saison
belgian farmhouse ale brewed with sage from our garden. lightly fruity with a peppery, herbal finish from the sage and saison yeast. 5.8% abv

yarrow ale
bright yellow ale with an orange tint. this beer has a grainy and bready maltiness, with hints of orange esters from the english yeast. finishes with a crisp dryness. 5.9% abv

filé saison
belgian farmhouse beer brewed with dried sassafras leaves from the woods on our property. lemon, mandarin orange, and banana flavors round out a dry, almost tart and effervescent beer. 5.5% abv

nettle ginger saison
an otherwise traditional saison that was brewed as a “gruit”, a beer without hops. this saison is bittered with stinging nettle and brewed with ginger to give a refreshing  crispness that complements the lightly fruity and spicy flavors from the yeast. 6.1% abv

wild carrot seed ale
amber ale brewed with our own cascade hops and the seeds and flowers from the wild carrot plant (also known as queen anne’s lace). biscuity with a tart orange finish. 5.2% abv

 

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

lemon balm golden strong
strong belgian style ale brewed with lemon balm from our garden. light herbal lemon flavor with a spicy dry finish. 7.5% abv

brett gruit stout    *11 oz snifter
gruit stout brewed without hops, with cedar, elderflower, sage, and spicebush for bittering. refermented in george dickel whisky barrel with brettanomyces. the mix gives an oaky, earthy, slightly minty finish to this strong, dry stout. 8.3% abv

 

home made soda   $1 sample · $3 pint· $8 growler
foraged herb soda


Beer List September 5-7

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

brown
an american style brown ale with plenty of chocolate, caramel, and toffee flavors. balance by a pleasant and prominent citrusy/herbal hop character. 5.1% 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

cascade belgian pale ale
belgian pale ale brewed entirely with our own cascade hops from our harvest this year. crisp and citrusy with a lightly fruity finish from the abbey yeast strain. 5.3% abv

sage saison
belgian farmhouse ale brewed with sage from our garden. lightly fruity with a peppery, herbal finish from the sage and saison yeast. 5.8% abv

yarrow ale
bright yellow ale with an orange tint. this beer has a grainy and bready maltiness, with hints of orange esters from the english yeast. finishes with a crisp dryness. 5.9% abv

filé saison
belgian farmhouse beer brewed with dried sassafras leaves from the woods on our property. lemon, mandarin orange, and banana flavors round out a dry, almost tart and effervescent beer. 5.5% abv

wild carrot seed ale
amber ale brewed with our own cascade hops and the seeds and flowers from the wild carrot plant (also known as queen anne’s lace). biscuity with a tart orange finish. 5.2% abv

 

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

lemon balm golden strong
strong belgian style ale brewed with lemon balm from our garden. light herbal lemon flavor with a spicy dry finish. 7.5% abv

saison 105
a strong saison made with 105 different previously living organisms (herbs, roots, fungi, fruit, no animals, etc). an aroma of earth and herbs is complimented by a complex flavor of citrus, pepper, and dirt created by the myriad of southern illinois’ ingredients. the essence of here.  7.4% abv

brett gruit stout
gruit stout brewed without hops, with cedar, elderflower, sage, and spicebush for bittering. refermented in george dickel whisky barrel with brettanomyces. the mix gives an oaky, earthy, slightly minty finish to this strong, dry stout. 8.3% abv

 

home made soda   $1 sample · $3 pint· $8 growler
honey lavender


Beer List Aug 29 – 31

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

kelly lager
best of show winner from the big muddy monster home brew competition last year, this is a munich helles-style german lager. supremely easy drinking beer with a cheerful honey aroma and a crisp, dry finish. great recipe from local home brewer jack mckillip. 4.2% 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

cascade belgian pale ale
belgian pale ale brewed entirely with our own cascade hops from our harvest this year. crisp and citrusy with a lightly fruity finish from the abbey yeast strain. 5.3% abv

sage saison
belgian farmhouse ale brewed with sage from our garden. lightly fruity with a peppery, herbal finish from the sage and saison yeast. 5.8% abv

yarrow ale
bright yellow ale with an orange tint. this beer has a grainy and bready maltiness, with hints of orange esters from the english yeast. finishes with a crisp dryness. 5.9% abv

filé saison
belgian farmhouse beer brewed with dried sassafras leaves from the woods on our property. lemon, mandarin orange, and banana flavors round out a dry, almost tart and effervescent beer. 5.5% abv

wild carrot seed ale
amber ale brewed with our own cascade hops and the seeds and flowers from the wild carrot plant (also known as queen anne’s lace). biscuity with a tart orange finish. 5.2% abv

 

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

lemon balm golden strong
strong belgian style ale brewed with lemon balm from our garden. light herbal lemon flavor with a spicy dry finish. 7.5% abv

saison 105
a strong saison made with 105 different previously living organisms (herbs, roots, fungi, fruit, no animals, etc). an aroma of earth and herbs is complimented by a complex flavor of citrus, pepper, and dirt created by the myriad of southern illinois’ ingredients. the essence of here.  7.4% abv

brett gruit stout
gruit stout brewed without hops, with cedar, elderflower, sage, and spicebush for bittering. refermented in george dickel whisky barrel with brettanomyces. the mix gives an oaky, earthy, slightly minty finish to this strong, dry stout. 8.3% abv

 

home made soda   $1 sample · $3 pint· $8 growler
mint soda


Scratch Brewing Company to Exhibit All Gruits at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

We have special news for our trip to the Great American Beer Festival this year. See our press release below:

Scratch Brewing Company to Exhibit All Gruits at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

August 27, 2014, Ava, Illinois—In keeping with its emphasis on brewing with locally foraged and farmed ingredients, and its ever-changing list of seasonal beers, Scratch Brewing Company (named one of the top four breweries in the country for foraged beer by Outside magazine) will be pouring a bounty of gruits this year at the Great American Beer Festival—the entirety of its entries into the festival and competition.

Gruits were beers historically brewed without hops, and Scratch will be bringing a selection bittered with an impressive variety of different plants:

Nettle-Ginger Saison
Belgian farmhouse ale bittered with nettle and ginger.

Mumm
A historical English style ale brewed with lavender, rosemary, mint, basil, sage, and lemon thyme.

Burdock Sahti
A unique take on a Finnish style Sahti; a sour beer bittered with cedar and roasted burdock root.

Brett Gruit Stout
A strong, dry stout bittered with cedar, spicebush berries, sage, and elderflower, finished in oak with brettanomyces.

105
Saison brewed with 105 different plants and funghi sourced from the woods surrounding the brewery.

Some, like the Brett Gruit Stout, leave the drinker astonished that the plants can so closely approximate hops; others, like the 105 and the Mumm, present complex, layered flavors and aromas that most drinkers have likely never experienced, and that seem to evolve with each sip. All of the beers are a window back in time to an era before hops became the predominant means of bittering and preserving beer. But the beers also represent an uncharted frontier in modern brewing, showing the nearly limitless possibilities of brewing and bittering with plants other than hops in combination with modern malts, yeasts, and global beer styles.

Scratch has made a study of gruits this year, producing over a dozen different varieties, utilizing roots, stalks, and leaves from all manner of plants sourced from the brewery’s garden, and the surrounding woods. All three owners (who collaboratively brew Scratch’s beer) take great pleasure in the irony that—in the spirit of American craft beer, and at the biggest craft beer festival in the United States—none of these libations would be called “beer” in Germany.

Contact Marika Josephson for more information: marika@scratchbeer.com


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