Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 9:37 am
Credit Aaron Kleidon / Scratch Brewing Company
Last week, Aaron Kleidon went for a walk in the Illinois woods and returned with a bag of lotus seeds. The seeds were bound not for his dinner plate, but for his pint glass.
In a few months, Kleidon will have lotus-flavored beer at the small brewpub Scratch Brewing Company, which he owns with two friends in Ava, Ill. The microbrewery specializes in beers with seeds, leaves, roots, fruits and fungi foraged from a nearby wooded property. The brewers have even made a saison from chanterelle mushrooms.
More than 12,000 beer lovers crowded into the main hall of the Colorado Convention Center to kick off the annual Great American Beer Fest. Inside, there’s a lot more to do than just sampling the offerings of 624 breweries. For example you can renew your wedding vows.