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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Brew & Farm News: Prize Giveaway, new Beer, Buy-one-get-one FREE Garlic & Radishes!

You can Win a t-shirt, glass growler, and pint glass!  Enter to win on our Facebook page, look for the post mentioning the giveaway, share that post + "like" our Facebook page, and you're entered!  Deadline is this Friday, Jan 6!

We have a new beer this week!  Named "Galahad", it's a very drinkable English Mild style beer - brown in color, very malty in taste, with a low hop content.  This style of beer was originally made popular in London and the Midlands of England.  Brewer Nate says this is his new favorite, competing with his regards for our Alderaan IPA!  Speaking of which, 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!

One more brewery news item of note: we've tweaked our "Beer Share" CSB (Community Supported Brewery) program for 2017.  Based on customer feedback, we now offer just 2 levels of membership, both with smaller quantities of beer.  Learn more on our web site's "Beer Share" page.

In farm news, we're running a Buy-One-Get-One-Free special on our Garlic & Hakurei (mild Japanese white radishes), visit our taproom & store this weekend to stock up!  If you've never tasted our Hakurei, you're in for a treat.  Very mild in flavor, and tender in texture - perfect for slicing & munching with dip, or tossing onto salads!  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.  

Lastly, Winter Micro-Greens CSA Members, Group B is scheduled to pick up your micro-greens here at the taproom & store anytime this weekend during open hours.  

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:
  • Galahad (NEW - English Mild-style ale, malty, low hops content, very mild & drinkable)
  • 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
  • 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!  
Special Buy this weekend - our organic "Hakurei" - mild Japanese Radishes, are Buy one bag, get one bag free!  Also, our remaining organic Garlic is also buy-one-get-one-free!  Stock up - these radishes will last for weeks in your refrigerator crisper drawer.  Visit our store & taproom Friday 4-7 & Saturday 12-7 for yours!
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:

We've tweaked our  "Beer Share" CSB (Community Supported Brewery) program for 2017.  Based on customer feedback, we will now offer just 2 levels of membership for new members, both with smaller quantities of beer.  (This change will not affect current members.)  Learn more on our web site's "Beer Share" page.   

Current "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:
Fresh Food from our 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! (Buy one, get one free this week!)
  • Micro-Greens - 2 varieties available this week: Spicy Radish & Spring Mix
  • Turnips
  • Garlic - (Buy one, get one free this week!)
  • 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

Pan Roasted Hakurei!   Recipe online here

(take advantage of this week's Buy-One-Get-One-FREE special on our organic Hakurei, grown right here on our farm)! 

A perfect way to use the Hakurei from this week's special buy in our store & taproom!  I refer to Hakurei as a "mild Japanese radish", but in reality they are classified as salad turnips.  No, they're not at all like an American-style turnip, which are very hard & require cooking.  Hakurei are tender, creamy, and mild tasting.  Typically eaten raw with dips & salads, they can also be cooked, like this recipe!  Spoiler alert: our farm CSA members tend to love Hakurei, they are among the favorite root vegetables grown on our farm.  And they grow so well, and so abundantly, that we have plenty left in storage.  Move them from our refrigeration to yours, they'll last many weeks in your crisper drawer!
Be sure to follow Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery on facebook!  Here is a link to our facebook page
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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