Scratch Brewery at Kuma’s Corner

01/09/2019

Kuma’s Corner restaurants recently received a number of kegs from Scratch Brewery from Ava, Illinois. Scratch’s beers are elusive – rarely available outside their brewery – so it is a pleasure to offer them to you this month across our stores.

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 styles enhanced by the innovative addition of hyper-local ingredients, such as nettle, elderberry, ginger, dandelion, maple sap, hickory, lavender, juniper, and chanterelle mushrooms.

Owners Marika Josephson and Aaron Kleidon create beer with a diverse array of farmed and foraged ingredients that showcase the “terroir” of Southern Illinois. Aaron is in charge of identifying and collecting ingredients, while Marika is the head brewer. Over the years they have focused on sourcing all ingredients – hops and grain included – from as near by as possible. Yeasts are also propagated on site. Everything this brewery is and does is tied to their farm land, carrying a strong sense of place.

Here is a list of beers that will be available at our restaurants. Each restaurant will have a few kegs from assortment below; in most cases at least one will be unique to that store. They will be tapped one at a time and available only while supplies last, so please check our draft lists to keep up to date

Edible Island (Arizona Wilderness Collaboration)

Hickory Leaf Ale

Blackberry Lavender

Melon Weiss

Dry-Hopped Paw Paw

Barrel-Aged Apple Ale

Peach Farmhouse Ale

Barrel-Aged Black Cherry