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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Brew & Farm News from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery! 🍻  

News & Happenings at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery:

It's magical, mysterious, and historical - we have accomplished the unbelievable!  We have managed to capture the Tears of a Unicorn in a glass!  Unicorn Tears will be on tap in our brewery this Saturday, we're open from 11am-6pm, and if you're in Freeport this Saturday you can also sample this beer from 10am-5pm in Freeport at the Open House event for Zealous Tattoo & Elliott Graphix at their new location (653 W. Stephenson St, Freeport).  When our friend Josh Elliott approached us about brewing a special beer for his new location Open House event, we said "YES, let's do this!!!"   Josh and his family have purchased the old Unicorn Restaurant in Freeport, and transformed it into the new location for their screenprinting & graphics business, tattoo parlor, and home.  Nate developed this new beer recipe just for Josh, and has handcrafted this beer into a perfect balance of malt & hops - it's a very drinkable, delicious ale, and comes with the magical properties of Unicorn Tears, as a bonus!  Try Unicorn Tears, our new ale, featuring a perfectly balanced mix of malt & hops, at our brewery - available by the glass in our tap room, and carry-out Growler Fills are also available! 

Another exciting announcement this week - our friends at Choices Natural Market in Loves Park, IL are now carrying our bottled beer for sale!  Stop in to Choices to check the selection if you're in the Rockford area!  They'll be pouring our beer at the store this Friday from 5-7 pm, stop in for a sample of Red 5 IPA, 3PO, or Honey Wheat Ale!  A huge, heartfelt thank you to the crew at Choices for their years of support of our farm... and now our brewery, too!  

Visit our Taproom!!!  Now Open, Saturdays 11am-6pm - visit our web site for location, directions, and more:  
Tap Room & Store
In our Tap Room this week, open to the public Saturdays 11 am- 6 pm, we will be pouring fresh from our taps:
  • NEW - Unicorn Tears
  • Red Five I.P.A. (American Red I.P.A.)
  • Honey Wheat Ale (Mild, very drinkable, organic wheat ale)
  • Jack-O-Java (Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale, award winning beer!) 
  • 3PO  (Kystalweissen, award winning beer!)
  • Dark Side Stout
  • Apple Cider Ale 
  • Homemade Root Beer (non-alcoholic)
In addition to fresh beer by the glass, we will also have growlers & bottled beer available for carry-out on select styles of beer!  

Fresh from the farm this week, available in our store & taproom:
  • Asian Greens Mix
  • Sweet Peppers (bagged, all colors)
  • Garlic
  • Arugula
"Beer Share" News:

"Beer Share" Community Supported Brewery (CSB) Members, there is a new beer this week, Unicorn Tears!  You get first dibs on it if you arrive during the members-only time slot this Thursday 3:30-5:30!
As always, you may bring your growlers in anytime on Saturday 11-6 or during our members-only time slot on Thursdays 3:30-5:30 to fill up on any of the above beers listed in the taproom section (except Jack-O-Java- this beer is not yet available for growler fills).  

Our "Beer Share", aka CSB Program (Community Supported Brewery) is an ongoing membership program that offers members a 1-year supply of our beer at discounted prices, plus additional discounts & benefits.  Learn more on our web site:
"Veggie Share" CSA News:     (this week's "share" pictured above)

CSA Members, the full shareholders & Group A half-shareholders are scheduled for pickup here at the farm today (Thursday) between 3:30-5:30, during our members-only open time slot.  We had frost at the farm last week, but it wasn't severe enough to kill off the peppers or eggplant yet, so you'll see those again this week.  The fall greens are doing well, and are crisp & delicious, and the root vegetables are beginning their march out of the fields (new, potatoes this week!)!  See this week's recipe below for a Fried Rice recipe using lots of the greens in your share this week.  Give me a call or text (815-990-2380), or email if you have questions or concerns with pickup this week.  Your veggie shares this week are chock-full of fall greens & more, including:
  • Potatoes (fresh, crisp potatoes, keep refrigerated)
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Pac Choi (the whole head can be used, including the stems - Pac Choi is great in stir fry!)
  • Sweet Bell Peppers (nearing the end of the season!)
  • Mustard Greens
  • Eggplant (nearing the end of the season!)
  • Kale
  • Asian Greens Mix
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce & Spinach Mix
If you're ever looking for more recipes ideas for the veggies in your share, check the list I compiled with recipes for every veggie we grow:

The CSA Program (Community Supported Agriculture) is a membership program in which members become "shareholders" in the farm's vegetable production & receive a "share" of the farm's produce! Our CSA Program is sold out for 2016, but our 2017 registration will begin this winter.  To learn more: 
Let us host your group, party, or small event!
Our taproom is available for your next event, party, or gathering, by appointment during our "closed" hours! We staff the bar just for your private gathering, you may bring in your own food, and there is no charge for the room so long as you buy all the beverages from us (we have not only our craft beers, but hard cider ale, and non-alcoholic homemade root beer).  Contact us to schedule your group event -, or 815-990-2380.
Our brewery & taproom building!  Visit us on Saturdays 11-6, just off US Highway 20, at 4679 N. Flansburg Rd, Lena IL.
Be sure to follow Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery on facebook!  Here is a link to our facebook page
Recipe Corner!

Vegetable Fried Rice 

Fried Rice is a quick & easy way to use lots of vegetables, in particular all the Asian Vegetables that make frequent appearances in our CSA Member shares throughout the fall season.  Here is a link to Rachel Ray's vegetable fried rice recipe.  CSA Members, you can substitute & add many vegetables from your share this week to use in this recipe!  You can use your Pac Choi, Asian Greens Mix, Sweet Peppers, Garlic, Mustard Greens, and Broccoli - just make sure to saute the veggies first until soft.
Thank you & Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
Open Saturdays, 11 am - 6 pm
Tap room & store located on our farm at 4679 N. Flansburg Rd, Lena IL
You can contact us at: or 815-990-2380


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