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Thursday, October 27, 2016

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

News & Happenings at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery:

Some of you have been waiting for weeks, and the moment is Finally Here... Jack-O-Java is finally available in growler fills!!!  The new batch of Jack-O-Java (aka the "big batch") was just finished last night.  Bring in your empty growlers this Saturday from 11 am - 6 pm, because you can finally take some of this awesome beer home with you!  This beer won 3rd Place at the Pretzel City Brewfest, and will only be brewed once per year.  Made with pumpkins grown right here on our farm, spiked with coffee, and flavored with the spices of pumpkin pie, this is a beer you don't want to miss.  It's also still available in our taproom by the glass!

Another exciting announcement this week - our 22-oz bottles of beer are now available for sale at Royal Liquor, located at 306 N. Park Blvd in Freeport!  Stop by soon, right now the owner John is carrying our Honey Wheat, Red 5 IPA, Dark Side Stout, and 3PO.  We'll also be adding our new styles of beer at Royal Liquor as we create & bottle them!  

Lastly, in Farm news, our Winter Micro-Greens CSA Sign-up will begin soon.  Our micro-greens are grown in an indoor-greenhouse environment all winter long. Watch here soon for the sign-up announcement.

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:
  • Unicorn Tears (perfect balance of malt & hops)
  • 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 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:
  • Sweet Peppers (bagged, all colors)
  • Garlic
  • Arugula
"Beer Share" News:

"Beer Share" Community Supported Brewery (CSB) Members, Jack-O-Java is finally available in growler fills!!!!  You may bring your growlers in anytime on Saturday 11-6 or during our members-only time slot on Thursdays 3:30-5:30.  Remember, you may fill as many growlers as you like during your visit - you're not limited to just one.  Bring in your empty growlers, and we'll mark off your punch cards.

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 B half-shareholders are scheduled for pickup here at the farm today (Thursday) between 3:30-5:30, during our members-only open time slot. The fall greens are doing well, and are crisp & delicious, and the root vegetables are beginning their march out of the fields (new, Hakurei this week!)!  See this week's recipe below for a Kale Chips recipe..  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)  
  • Hakurei (mild Japanese white radishes)
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Baby Pac Choi & Tat Soi (great in stir fry!)
  • Sweet Bell Peppers (nearing the end of the season!)
  • Kale
  • 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:

Our 30-member CSA Program (Community Supported Agriculture) is a membership program in which members become "shareholders" in the farm's seasonal 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 Honey Wheat Ale is now available in 22-oz bottles!  You can purchase these bottles in our taproom or at select retail stores.
Be sure to follow Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery on facebook!  Here is a link to our facebook page
Recipe Corner!

Baked Kale Chips

Kale chips - like a healthy potato chip - are super easy to make.  You just need kale, olive oil, a cookie sheet, an oven... and about 10 minutes of your time.
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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