“Beer fits this lifestyle. It's not like you're drinking a Manhattan wearing a suit in a swanky downtown bar. It's unpretentious. If you're into wine, and you're blue collar, good luck. If you're into food, good luck. Cheese, whatever it is? Usually the better it is, the more it costs. Not beer. It's fucking awesome, it fires me up. You've got the guy that could be a $30,000 a year blue-collar guy sitting next to a 7-figure lawyer—if they love beer equally, everything is a level playing field.” — Doug Constantiner, co-owner Societe Brewing Company.
“I think few, if any, brewers achieve the level of authenticity with their beers that Scratch does. I'm extremely impressed with Josephson and Kleidon’s ability to harness the land around them to make beers inextricably tied to a time, place, and people. Their commitment to this philosophy and skill in executing it is second to none.” — Jester King’s Jeffrey Stuffings on Scratch Brewing Company.
"When I was a little kid, I was in boy scouts, and one of our fundraisers each year was picking up nuts for the state nursery, so we would pick up all of these nuts, and you'd take bags, like big onion sacks, to this forestry building in Murphysboro, and they'd weigh it and pay you for the different nuts. So we'd always gather bur oak acorns because they were big and we would gather black walnuts. I don't know how many thousands of pounds of walnuts we picked up. I think it was maybe 10 or 15 cents per pound. It's a lot easier to pick three buckets of these than three buckets of hops, I'll tell you that." — Aaron Kleidon, co-owner Scratch Brewing Company.
“Those guys in St. Louis think I'm fucked up because I never test batch or pilot batch anything. I just whip up a new beer, and, knock on wood, 99% of the time it sells. People want it.” – Steve Crider, co-owner 2nd Shift Brewing.