The Brewery

Scratch Brewing Company is open on the following days:

Summer Thursday Hours: 5PM to 10 PM
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 Shawnee National Forest in Ava, Illinois. Named one of the top four breweries for foraged beer by Outside Magazine, and one of the most beautiful places to drink beer in the world by All About Beer Magazine, 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, hickory, lavender, and local honey, among others.

We serve Italian-style wood-fired pizzas in our brick oven, as well as sourdough hearth loaves, and locally produced meat and cheese appetizer platters. Like our beer, our pizzas change weekly based on what’s in season. See a complete list of our food options on the Menu page.

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The Founders

Photo by Demond Meek

In keeping with its untraditional beers, Scratch has an untraditional brewing model. There is no “brewmaster.” Owners Aaron Kleidon, Marika Josephson, and Ryan Tockstein (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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