Oktoberfest: It's synonymous with beer. 

Lucky for us, Scratch Brewing has taken the traditional Oktoberfest to the next level.

The Ava-based brewery will host its second Oktoberfest on Sunday, Sept. 25. True to the brewery's reputation, this won't be a run-of-the-mill Oktoberfest. Scratch's Oktoberfest promises German-style artisan craft beers, gourmet food from St. Louis outfit Kitchen Kulture, and beer steins that are truly (really) works of art.

German beer on tap will include German Marzen, which was brewed in March and lagered until September, maple-smoked chicory racuchbier, local wheat hefeweizen, Ava weiss, hyssop schwarzbier and more.

Kitchen Kulture will have food for sale, including a caraway rye melt, sauerbraten (beer-braised rump) and a snack board featuring cheese spread, cured fish, raw and pickled vegetables and more. 

The centerpiece of this event, though, is the art. Four local ceramic artists — Pattie Chalmers, Stephanie Dukat, Rob Lorenz and Rebecca Blevins — created beer steins for this year's party. They come in half-liter and full-liter versions, and each is handmade, and therefore, unique. Each artist has taken a different spin on Scratch's logo (a hop leaf) and identity — one set of steins even features the goats that live on Scratch's property — the result is a wide variety of gorgeous steins to drink from for the day and beyond.

Local metal and glass artists will also have works on display and for sale.

There is no admission for the event. Steins are for sale for $40 for half liters and $50 for full liters. When you buy a stein, you get a free fill of beer from the tap. Subsequent stein fills are $5 for a half liter and $10 for a full liter. A $6 goblet will also be available, and goblet fills are $5. Scratch soda will also be available all day for free. 

The event goes from noon to 8 p.m. Scratch Brewing Co. is located at 264 Thompson Road in Ava.



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Alee Quick is the digital editor for thesouthern.com, and the editor of weekly local entertainment guide Scene618. She is an opinion columnist and a member of The Southern Illinoisan editorial board.

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