#137 – Scratch Brewing Company in Ava, IL

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(1) THE BREWERY & OUR EXPERIENCE

Our first Illinois brewery to visit during our trip last year was Scratch Brewing Company located on some farmland about an hour and a half southeast of St. Louis, MO. Scratch was one of the most distinctly unique, beautiful, and remote breweries that we saw all year and remained that way through to the end. With a focus on locality, the people at the brewery forage and/ or grow ingredients on their land to use in the beer recipes; mushrooms, roots, pine needles, multiple herbs & spices, and hops for example. During our time sampling in their taproom, we got to try some Gruits, a Gotlandsricka, a Licorice Basil Schwarzbier, a beer made with maple sap instead of water, and a handful of other beers that prove this is not your everyday brewery; the best part is they are brewed well and we enjoyed each and every one of them! The Scratch crew also told us that they were planning to only enter beers that do not have hops in them at GABF in Denver later in the year and when we ran into them at the festival a few months later they had done just that. Do not miss out on an opportunity to visit the amazing people, location, scenery, and beers that make up Scratch Brewing Company – it’s the full package!

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The trip is over. Now what?

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Well, we did it.

After spending 365 days on the road visiting 789 breweries all across North America, the two of us are now back home in Dallas, TX. Only about 130 of the 365 brewery profiles that we intend to create have been posted so, using audio recordings and photos from each of our official stops, the other 200+ will get posted here on our site over the upcoming months. We will do research and follow up with breweries to add current, relevant information so that we can assure we are only providing accurate and up-to-date information.

Also, similar to the “List of the 10 breweries that left the biggest impression on us during the first leg of our trip,” we will be working on lists for the middle and final legs of the year-long journey. Outside of that, we hope to put together articles that talk about different things that we learned from our experience as well as talk about those things in interviews with others. If you would like to ask us anything, just shoot us an email at BrewsTravelers365@DallasBrewScene.com

Thank you for your support & hope you enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) the journey!

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End of year stats!

On Saturday, December 28th, 2013 we visited with the great people at Peticolas Brewing Company during their 2-year anniversary. 365 days, 48 states, trips to Canada and Mexico, 40,000 miles, and 789 breweries later, we finished our epic brewery journey…

Below you will find our total stats for the months of
January + February + March + April + May + June + July + August + September + October + November + December:

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[Death Valley]

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[Border into Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico]

Unique brews responsibly tasted: 7,124 (+920 from last month)
Average number of new beers tasted per day: 19.52
Breweries visited: 789 total: 365 official & 424 bonus (+102)
Average breweries visited per day: 2.16
Most breweries visited in 1 day: 9 (4 in Bellingham, WA + 5 in BC, Canada)
Most breweries visited in 1 month: 102 (December)
States visited: 48 & DC & 3 Canadian provinces & Mexico (+2)
* Check out all of our Border Photos!
* CLICK HERE to see a state-by-state breakdown of breweries/ beers

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Month 10 stats!

We are now 5/6 of the way through our trip! 305 days into the year and only have 60 days left to go…

Below you will find our total stats for the months of
January + February + March + April + May + June + July + August + September + October:

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[Checking out the place where Grammy’s are made]

Unique brews responsibly tasted: 5,325 (+795 from last month)
Breweries visited: 593 total: 311 official & 282 bonus (+71)
States visited: 44 & DC & 3 Canadian provinces (+2)
* Check out all of our Border Photos!

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Month 9 Stats!

Below you will find our total stats for the months of
January + February + March + April + May + June + July + August + September:

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[Border Photos!]

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[Glacier National Park]

We are now 3/4 of the way through our trip! 273 days into the year and have 92 days left to go…

We truly want to thank everyone who has helped us make it this far! Friends and family for their support, new friends we have met along the way for offering a place to stay or even just meeting up for a drink and a conversation, and especially the breweries for being so open and welcoming.

Unique brews responsibly tasted: 4,530 (+651 from last month)
Breweries visited: 522 total: 286 official & 236 bonus (+84)
States visited: 42 & DC & 3 Canadian provinces (+8)
* Check out all of our Border Photos!

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