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


Beer List August 22 – 24

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

coriander single
a light belgian abbey ale brewed with coriander and a root for an effervescent and slightly spicy finish, similar to a wit beer. 5.5% 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

ginger beer
this pale yellow beer is also a gruit (no hops), and finishes quite dry, with a good kick of ginger and a bit of ginger spiciness. 4.0% 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

carrot saison
belgian farmhouse beer brewed with locally harvested  carrots. a spicy, slightly peppery saison with an earthy hint of carrot that gives a slight vanilla flavor. 6.0% abv

 

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

sticke alt
an old version of a german altbier. typically stronger than a traditional alt, “sticke” means “secret”. this alt has a nose of roasted cacao nibs, and a maltiness described as dark chocolate with a dry roasty finish. 6.2% abv

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

black trumpet milk stout
an english style stout with an aroma of milk chocolate and toffee that was made with locally foraged black trumpets. bright flavors of dark chocolate and coffee mix with the chocolately earthiness provided by the mushrooms. finishes a touch sweeter than most stouts with a hint of dry roastiness. 5.0% abv

 

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


Beer List August 15-17

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

chinook wet hop pale ale
an american pale ale made with our own Chinook hops grown on site. this pale ale is lower on bitterness but has a pronounced fruitiness (pineapple, orange, papaya) from our hops. 5.8 % abv

coriander single
a light belgian abbey ale brewed with coriander and a root for an effervescent and slightly spicy finish, similar to a wit beer. 5.5% 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

ginger beer
this pale yellow beer is also a gruit (no hops), and finishes quite dry, with a good kick of ginger and a bit of ginger spiciness. 4.0% 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

hickory leaf ipa
english style ipa made with fresh hickory leaves. while the hops provide a spicy pine character with a hint of citrus, the leaves add a unique dry bitterness to the end of the palate. 5.9% abv

carrot saison
belgian farmhouse beer brewed with locally harvested  carrots. a spicy, slightly peppery saison with an earthy hint of carrot that gives a slight vanilla flavor. 6.0% abv

 

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

sticke alt
an old version of a german altbier. typically stronger than a traditional alt, “sticke” means “secret”. this alt has a nose of roasted cacao nibs, and a maltiness described as dark chocolate with a dry roasty finish. 6.2% abv

chanterelle saison
the aroma is earthy apricots from the chanterelles and a bit of lemon from the yeast. the flavor also gets a bit of the earthy apricots along with lemon and a peppery/phenolic dry finish.  6.4% abv

black trumpet milk stout
an english style stout with an aroma of milk chocolate and toffee that was made with locally foraged black trumpets. bright flavors of dark chocolate and coffee mix with the chocolately earthiness provided by the mushrooms. finishes a touch sweeter than most stouts with a hint of dry roastiness. 5.0% abv

 

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

 

 


Beer List August 8 – 10

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

chinook wet hop pale ale
an american pale ale made with our own Chinook hops grown on site. this pale ale is lower on bitterness but has a pronounced fruitiness (pineapple, orange, papaya) from our hops. 5.8 % abv

coriander single
a light belgian abbey ale brewed with coriander and a root for an effervescent and slightly spicy finish, similar to a wit beer. 5.5% 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

ginger beer
this pale yellow beer is also a gruit (no hops), and finishes quite dry, with a good kick of ginger and a bit of ginger spiciness. 4.0% 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

hickory leaf ipa
english style ipa made with fresh hickory leaves. while the hops provide a spicy pine character with a hint of citrus, the leaves add a unique dry bitterness to the end of the palate. 5.9% abv

carrot saison
belgian farmhouse beer brewed with locally harvested  carrots. a spicy, slightly peppery saison with an earthy hint of carrot that gives a slight vanilla flavor. 6.0% abv

 

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

sticke alt
an old version of a german altbier. typically stronger than a traditional alt, “sticke” means “secret”. this alt has a nose of roasted cacao nibs, and a maltiness described as dark chocolate with a dry roasty finish. 6.2% abv

chanterelle saison
the aroma is earthy apricots from the chanterelles and a bit of lemon from the yeast. the flavor also gets a bit of the earthy apricots along with lemon and a peppery/phenolic dry finish.  6.4% abv

black trumpet milk stout
an english style stout with an aroma of milk chocolate and toffee that was made with locally foraged black trumpets. bright flavors of dark chocolate and coffee mix with the chocolately earthiness provided by the mushrooms. finishes a touch sweeter than most stouts with a hint of dry roastiness. 5.0% abv

 

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

 


August 1 – 3

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

chinook wet hop pale ale
an american pale ale made with our own Chinook hops grown on site. this pale ale is lower on bitterness but has a pronounced fruitiness (pineapple, orange, papaya) from our hops. 5.8 % abv

coriander single
a light belgian abbey ale brewed with coriander and a root for an effervescent and slightly spicy finish, similar to a wit beer. 5.5% 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

ginger beer
this pale yellow beer is also a gruit (no hops), and finishes quite dry, with a good kick of ginger and a bit of ginger spiciness. 4.0% abv

fresh basil ale 2014
dark copper color with a heavy aroma of fresh basil and citrusy hops, which also balance the caramel and bready malt flavors. starts slightly sweet and finishes dry with a touch of spice. 6.6% abv

hickory leaf ipa
english style ipa made with fresh hickory leaves. while the hops provide a spicy pine character with a hint of citrus, the leaves add a unique dry bitterness to the end of the palate. 5.9% abv

carrot saison
belgian farmhouse beer brewed with locally harvested  carrots. a spicy, slightly peppery saison with an earthy hint of carrot that gives a slight vanilla flavor. 6.0% abv

 

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

sticke alt
an old version of a german altbier. typically stronger than a traditional alt, “sticke” means “secret”. this alt has a nose of roasted cacao nibs, and a maltiness described as dark chocolate with a dry roasty finish. 6.2% abv

chanterelle saison
the aroma is earthy apricots from the chanterelles and a bit of lemon from the yeast. the flavor also gets a bit of the earthy apricots along with lemon and a peppery/phenolic dry finish.  6.4% abv

maple sap baltic porter  * $6 for an 11oz snifter
a strong porter brewed with a healthy dose of chocolate malt and entirely with maple sap in place of water. cherry aroma with flavors of cocoa, mint, and a hint of maple syrup. The amount of sap used in the beer is the equivalent of putting about 2 gallons of pure maple sap into the batch of beer.

 

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


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