Scratch Brewing Co Single Tree Hickory
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Crystal Luxmore
- Published on: March 9, 2017
- Last modified: March 9, 2017
Walk 5 miles outside of Shawnee National Forest in Illinois and you’ll stumble upon one of the most picturesque places to drink beer in the world: Scratch Brewing Company. Nestled among the forest, the small brewery forages ingredients from the land — hickory, oyster mushrooms, marigolds — and often ferments with a funky, wild house yeast culture. The effect mesmerizes the senses: the Single Tree Hickory has aromas of olive brine with hickory smoke and a Flanders red-like tang on the palate. Rustic and complex, it actually tastes like a tree. But it goes deeper, with a flavour that captures a distinct memory of a day spent outdoors. Scratch’s beers are rare, often only available at the brewery and select bottle shops — but worth the effort.