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Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Beer, Lettuce & Spinach, Coffee Stout, Leia's IPA, and more Brew & Farm News!

We have a brand-new beer release this weekend in our taproom - Milk Stout! More Details on this beer below in the newsletter.  Also, Coffee Habit, our mocha coffee stout, returns this weekend, as well as Leia's I.P.A., our mild mannered IPA featuring citrus-flavored hops!  We're celebrating St. Patty's Day with a double-stout lineup at our brewery!

In Farm News, we harvested gorgeous organic Lettuce & Spinach in our solar greenhouse this week - stop in to purchase a bag (details below)! In other farm news, Winter CSA Micro-Greens members: Group B is scheduled to pickup their micro-greens this weekend.

Visit our Taproom & Store!!!  Now Open - Fridays 4-8 pm, and Saturdays 12-8 pm - visit our web site for location, directions, and more:  
Tap Room & Store
In our Tap Room this weekend, open to the public Fridays 4-8 pm and Saturdays 12-8 pm, we will be pouring fresh from our taps:
  • Milk Stout - NEW - a slightly sweet-flavored stout due to the addition of lactose sugar at brewing
  • Coffee Habit - our popular mocha coffee stout has returned!!!
  • Leia's I.P.A. - a relatively mild I.P.A., featuring citrus-flavored hops, has returned!
  • Farm Weiss - a German-flavored Weiss style beer. Almost Gone!
  • Unicorn Tears - Copper colored, malty, unique!
  • Honey Wheat Ale (Mild, very drinkable, organic wheat ale)
  • Berry Wheat Ale - fruity wheat ale loaded with raspberry & blueberry 
  • 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!  
This beautiful organic LETTUCE was just harvested from inside our solar greenhouse!!!  There may be snow outside, but it's balmy & warm in the greenhouse, and this is our 1st lettuce harvest of the year!  We also harvested a lot of organic SPINACH, some of the leaves are bigger than our hands!  These salad greens will be washed, bagged, and ready to eat.
To Purchase Your Lettuce and/or Spinach:
Stop in to our Store & Taproom to purchase, we're open Friday 4-8 pm & Saturday 12-8 pm (to ensure you get some before it sells out, email Penny to have her hold yours aside until you arrive- ) 

We also have sunflower micro-greens & spicy radish micro-greens available!
Here is our CSA Program (Community Supported Agriculture) in video form!  Back in 2014, we took a picture of each week's "share" and made it into a video.  This is what each member of our CSA Program receives each week during our growing season!  (Or, every-other-week for Half Share members!)
"Beer Share" News:

All beers on tap are available for your growler fills this weekend, except Unicorn Tears due to low quantities of that beer!  Current "Beer Share" Community Supported Brewery (CSB) Members, fill your growlers Fridays 4-8 pm, Saturdays 12-8 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.  

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:
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) News

Only a handful of spots remaining to 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: 
Farm & Brewery Tours
Tours of our Farm & Brewery are available on Saturday mornings from late March through late November. Tour includes a guided walking tour of our entire farm and brewery, and lasts about 45 minutes. Tours must be scheduled in advance, which can be done right here on our web site Tours page!
Where to Buy our Beer:

Our beer is available for purchase at the following locations:
  • Our Taproom!  Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery, located between Freeport & Lena - Visiting Info
  • Benchwarmers bar & restaurant, Freeport, IL - 4 of our beers on draft
  • VFW bar & restaurant, Freeport, IL - 4 of our beers on draft
  • Rosati's Pizza, Freeport, IL - 2 of our beers on draft
  • Mulligans Bar & Grill, Lena, IL - on draft
  • The Wagner House, Freeport, IL - on draft
  • Hogs & Hydrants, Durand, IL - on draft
  • Royal Liquor Store & Royal Pub Bar, Freeport, IL - in bottles
  • Choices Natural Market, Rockford, IL - in bottles
Recipe Corner

Visit the Recipe section of our farm blog, and you'll see hundreds of recipes!  This was put together by us to showcase recipes for every single type of vegetable & herb that we grow here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!  
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 Fridays 4-8 pm, Saturdays, 12 - 8 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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