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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Brew & Farm News: Unicorn Tears is back, plus more news & happenings!

Back by Popular Demand - Unicorn Tears! This copper-colored ale is malty & mild, made with specialty malts & featuring a rare New Zealand hop.  Many call it slightly sweet, many call it tangy - you can call it yours this weekend, it's back on Tap!  In further brewery news, our batch of Alderaan IPA is almost sold out.... if you've been enjoying this one, grab some pints, growler fills, and bottles soon, it will be missing from our lineup for a while once it runs out!  Ditto for the Coffee Habit, that batch is almost gone as well, so stock up if you've enjoyed it!

Our Holiday Hours will be the same as regular, we'll be open Friday 4-7 and New Years Eve from 12-7 pm. 

Eat our veggies!  In Farm news, the registration for the 2017 Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) is open,  more information here on our web site.  Also, Winter Micro-Greens CSA Members, Group A is scheduled to pick up your micro-greens here at the taproom & store anytime this weekend during open hours.  Have you viewed our application video here on YouTube  for our Farmer of the Year nomination?

Visit our Taproom & Store!!!  Now Open - Fridays 4-7 pm, and Saturdays 12-7 pm - visit our web site for location, directions, and more:  
Tap Room & Store
In our Tap Room this weekend, open to the public Fridays 4-7 pm and Saturdays 12-7 pm, we will be pouring fresh from our taps:
  • Unicorn Tears (BACK by popular demand! Copper colored, malty, unique!)
  • Alderaan IPA (citrus loaded I.P.A.) - almost gone!
  • Coffee Habit (mocha coffee stout) - almost gone!
  • Hard Cherry Cider Ale
  • Overcast (Hefeweizen style German wheat beer)
  • Wookies Win (Mild Brown Ale with toffee & caramel flavors)
  • Jack-O-Java (Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale, award winning beer!) 
  • Honey Wheat Ale (Mild, very drinkable, organic wheat 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!  We're Family Friendly - bring the kids, we have homemade root beer!  
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) News

EAT OUR FOOD!!!   Our 2017 CSA program is now open for enrollment!  To learn more about our CSA program, please visit the CSA page on our web site.  To view a video of our CSA, click here.  You can receive 30 weeks of local, fresh, USDA Certified Organic vegetables. 
Sample share from September 2016 shown above.

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 USDA Certified Organic produce for our full 30-week-long season! 2017 CSA is now open for enrollment.  To learn more: 
"Beer Share" News:

"Beer Share" Community Supported Brewery (CSB) Members, fill your growlers Fridays 4-7 pm, Saturdays 12-7 pm!   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.  All the beers in our taproom are available in growler fills this week. 

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:
We've been nominated for the Farmer of the Year award!  You can watch our application video here, and learn way, way more about us than you ever wanted to know.  Thank you to Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) and the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT)!  What an Honor!!!
Fresh from the Farm!
In our Store & taproom this week, open to the public Fridays 4-7 and Saturdays 12-7, we will have the following foods available from our farm!  All grown right here, all USDA Certified Organic, all washed & ready to eat, or frozen & ready to cook!
  • Hakurei - delicious, sweet & mild Japanese radishes - delicious raw with dip!
  • Rutabaga 
  • Turnips
  • Garlic
  • Frozen heirloom tomatoes
  • Frozen Basil Pesto
  • Frozen Sweet Peppers (green & yellow)
  • Frozen shredded Zucchini
Bottled Beer!

We hand-bottle & hand-label our beer into large 22-oz "Bomber" bottles.  These bottles are for sale in our taproom, and also at the following select retail locations:
  • Royal Liquor, Freeport IL - they have our entire current lineup of bottled beer!
  • Choices Natural Market, Rockford/Loves Park, IL.  Choices also carries a selection of our farm-fresh organic vegetables when available!
  • our taproom - at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
Gift Certificates & Online Store!!!

We offer gift certificates for sale!  These can be used towards the purchase of anything we sell in our store & taproom, including all farm products (fresh & frozen vegetables, CSA memberships), fresh tap beer, bottled beer, growlers & growler fills, apparel (shirts, sweatshirts), tours, and more!

We also have an online store, featuring t-shirts, sweatshirts, natural cotton bags, and even gift certificates, and we can mail anywhere within the United States.  Shop our online store here!
Recipe Corner

Sauteed Onions and Peppers! - Recipe online here at Food Network.

A perfect way to use our frozen peppers, for sale in the freezer of our taproom & store!  Once you have sauteed peppers, you can use them in just about anything - omelets, fajitas, salads, and more!  Make a big batch & store in your fridge to pull out easily throughout the week!

Last week's featured recipe:
Stuffed Pepper Soup

1 bag Wishful Acres frozen heirloom tomatoes, thawed
1/2 bag Wishful Acres frozen green pepper, thawed & diced    
1/2 bag Wishful Acres Frozen yellow peppers, thawed & diced
1½ to 2 lb ground beef
12 oz can tomato sauce            
2 cups beef broth or stock, heated
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced            
1 cup uncooked instant rice
Salt & Pepper to taste

Brown ground beef, onion, garlic and peppers into a large stock pot. Stir frequently
& cook until peppers & onions are soft and ground beef is coked.  Add beef stock,
tomato sauce and frozen thawed tomatoes (add entire bag of thawed tomatoes,
including liquid in bag after thawing). Stir well and simmer for 15 minutes. Add
uncooked rice and simmer until rice is done. Enjoy!.
(If you desire a smoother consistency with the tomato peels, puree the frozen,
thawed tomatoes in a blender before adding them to the soup)
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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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