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Where in the beer world? 05.28.13

Where in the beer world?

Think you know where in the beer world this photo was taken?

As always, please leave your answer as a comment.

OK, a hint: That’s a rooster in the coop in the foreground.

Added May 29, after Matt correctly identified Scratch Brewing.

Scratch Microbrewery & Farm

They are open Friday through Sunday, and post an updated beer list each week. Many, heck most, of the beers are made with unusual ingredients. But there’s every chance you’ll walk out thinking something like, “Nothing quite like dandelions done right.”

8 Responses to Where in the beer world? 05.28.13

  1. SteveH May 29, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    I’ll really be interested to find out why the rooster coop is a hint — we have neighbors next to our printshop with roosters and chickens, but I don’t think they’re growing hops… might have to go look. 🙂

    • Stan Hieronymus May 29, 2013 at 5:52 am #

      Another hint: That bit of red in the upper left is the roof of a building that houses this “microbrewery & farm.”

  2. Matty Mac May 29, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Hill Farmstead? That’s all I got.

  3. Matt May 29, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Scratch Brewing in Ava, IL?

    • Stan Hieronymus May 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      Well done, Matt. Although in isn’t exactly correct. The brewery is a few miles outside of town,

      • Matt May 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

        I have been itching to make a trip there ever since trying the beer at a local festival.

        Do you have any suggestions on pit stops along the way or food/beer not to miss while I am there?

        • Stan Hieronymus May 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

          Scratch is a destination unto itself. Great setting, well chosen cheeses of you are hungry. Beer will be constantly changing, but I’d suggest a gruit ale if they have one on (had 2 on Sunday) and a biere de garde. I particularly liked the Chambourcin Porter at Microfest and had a goblet of that Sunday.

          If you want to venture farther (I’m talking from St. Louis), the there’s Big Muddy (haven’t been there; some interesting beers at microfest) in Murphysboro, and my brother loves 17th Street Barbecue.

          Sunday we returned via Charleville. I wouldn’t put those two together in a trip again – a lot of windy miles, although the view at Charleville is breathtaking.

          Instead we’ll go through Red Bud (Kaskaskia Brewing) our next trip to Ava.

          • Paul R June 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

            I couldn’t agree more that this is a destination in itself–fabulous people, beer, and location. If only it were closer to St. Louis! No gruit ale today, but I did come home with a growler of the Chambourcin porter.

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