Scratch Brewing Company is a farmhouse brewery 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, such as nettle, elderberry, ginger, dandelion, maple sap, hickory, lavender, juniper, and chanterelle mushrooms.

Scratch Brewing Company was founded by Marika Josephson, Aaron Kleidon, and Ryan Tockstein. Marika and Aaron are Scratch’s brewmasters, creating beer with a diverse array of farmed and foraged ingredients that showcase the “terroir” of Southern Illinois.


Coming September 13th  we’re releasing a book on brewing with farmed and foraged ingredients!

The book features 36 plants that add unique character to your beer, which you can grow in your garden, gather from your yard and other wild spaces, or buy from farmer’s markets. Chapters focus on individual plants with information about how each has been used historically in food, medicine, and drink, and how we’ve used them here at Scratch. Recipes are included in each chapter, along with beautiful photographs by our resident photographer, Aaron Kleidon.