AVA — Scratch Brewing Co. is marking five years in business with a party at the brewery March 3 and 4.

The party will feature 20 unique beers, work from local artists, a farmed and foraged menu by a North Carolina chef and coffee from Chicago's Dark Matter Coffee.

Since it opened in 2013, Scratch Brewing has made a name for itself in Southern Illinois and beyond for its unique beers made with local ingredients — many of them foraged from the Scratch property — partnerships with local farmers, baked goods made in its hand-built brick oven, stunning decor by local artist Brett Douglas Hunter and events highlighting the works of local artisans, including handmade beer steins and handmade event posters.

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This year's anniversary event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4. Tickets are for sale at the brewery all month, and online at scratchbeer.com/tickets. The event is expected to sell out.

Tickets are $30 and include a glass, eight tasting tickets and unlimited soda, chai tea and hot- and cold-brewed coffee from Dark Matter. On the beer list for the party are greatest hits from the last five years, barrel-aged beers that use foraged ingredients and a one-time-only anniversary brew. Designated driver tickets are $10. Food by chef Obie Ferguson will be available for purchase. 

For more information, visit scratchbeer.com.

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