The Brewery

Scratch Brewing Company is open on the following days:

Friday: 4 PMĀ  to 10 PM
Saturday: 12 PM to 10 PM
Sunday: 12 PM to 8 PM.


264 Thompson Rd
Ava, IL 62907

Scratch Brewing Company is a farmhouse brewery and restaurant located 5 miles from the beautiful Shawnee National Forest in Ava, Illinois. Started by three award-winning southern Illinois home brewers, Scratch Brewing Company focuses on farmhouse beers and other styles brewed with home grown and locally farmed and foraged ingredients. The brewery has an ever rotating selection of traditional styles, enhanced by the innovative addition of local ingredients, including nettle, elderberry, ginger, dandelion, maple sap, and a variety of wood additions, among others.

We are in the process of building a brick oven for food. In the meantime, we’re offering appetizers and arrangements of cheese. See a complete list of our food options on the Menu page.

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The Founders

In keeping with its untraditional beers, Scratch has an untraditional brewing model. There is no “brewmaster.” Owners Marika Josephson, Ryan Tockstein, and Aaron Kleidon (pictured, left to right) each individually brew, often brew as a trio, and collaborate on ideas together. Combining their expertises in chemistry, foraging, and beer tasting and evaluation, the three have created a wealth of regionally specific beers that showcase the “terroir” of southern Illinois.


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