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:
Belgian farmhouse ale bittered with nettle and ginger.
A historical English style ale brewed with lavender, rosemary, mint, basil, sage, and lemon thyme.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org