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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Goodbye Day Job!, Star Wars party, Hops & Fruit blossoms, and more Brew & Farm News!

Big announcement!!! This is Nate's last week at his "day job"!  Nate, brewer & co-owner, has commuted to Rockford for his full-time job for nearly 15 years.  This week marks the end of his 2-hour daily commute as he says "Goodbye" to his day job!  We are SO THANKFUL to all of our brewery customers for making this possible - we never expected the brewery to become this successful so quickly, and it's all due to you, our wonderful customers!  THANK YOU from us both, Nate & Penny, husband & wife, owners of Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery, for helping our long-held wishes & dreams become a reality!!! Celebrate with us, we'll have complimentary cake in the taproom for our customers on Friday!

We have an upcoming celebration at Wishful Acres!!  We'll be open for a special event on Thursday, May 4, from 5-8 pm to celebrate a special Star Wars holiday, "May the Fourth be With You"! If you've visited our brewery, you've seen that Nate is an avid Star Wars fan.  Come celebrate May 4 with us -  the original Star Wars movie will be playing in our brewery!  We'll have specials - all beer pints will be $4, and we'll be putting our brewery's licensed kitchen to use by grilling $4 beer brats (made with our beer, of course, and local meat!!!) and all-beef hot dogs.  Come in a Star Wars costume & receive a FREE Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery magnet!  This free event is family friendly.

In Farm News, there will no lettuce or spinach available for purchase this week, as we are in-between crops in the greenhouse - stay tuned here for future harvest info! Our hops are growing so well this year - some of them are nearly 2 feet tall already!  The fruit trees in our orchard are blossoming - it's a beautiful spring here at Wishful Acres!  Lastly in farm news, Winter CSA Micro-Greens members: Group A is scheduled to pickup their micro-greens this weekend.  Group A, this will be your final pickup of the Winter CSA Micro-Greens! :)

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 Fridays 4-8 pm and Saturdays 12-8 pm, we will be pouring fresh from our taps:
  • Galahad - English Mild Ale, a taste of London
  • Alderaan I.P.A. -  citrus hops Blast (no growler fills due to low quantities)
  • Cherry Wheat Ale - fruity wheat ale loaded with cherry
  • Stormtrooper's Saison - our French-style saison 
  • Coffee Habit - our popular mocha coffee stout 
  • Unicorn Tears - Copper colored, malty, unique!
  • Honey Wheat Ale - Mild & very drinkable
  • 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 Event at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
Thursday, May 4, 5-8 pm
Star Wars Celebration!
Movie in the brewery: the original Star Wars (A New Hope)

All beer pints $4!  Grilling beer brats, all-beef hot dogs!
Come in a Star Wars costume & receive a FREE WIshful Acres Farm & Brewery magnet!
CELEBRATE with US!!!  Nate says Goodbye to his Day Job this week!  He'll now be a full-time brewer, something he has been working towards for many years!!!  We'll have complimentary cake in our taproom for our customers this Friday 4-8pm (or until we run out)!  Our equation for success- Wishes & Dreams + Hard Work, Determination, & Patience = GOAL ACHEIVED!!!   Thank you!!!  

We're excited to share with you that the Cove Bar & Restaurant will be opening for the season this weekend and will feature 4 of our beers ON TAP!  The Cove is beautifully situated right on the lake at Apple Canyon Lake, in Jo Daviess county (about half an hour west of our brewery).  Stop in soon for a pint of our beer - you can enjoy our craft beer on their outside deck, overlooking the lake and beautiful sunsets!  While you're there, tell them THANK YOU SO MUCH for carrying Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery beer!!!
"Beer Share" News:

Our CSB, "Beer Share" program is now SOLD OUT for 2017.  Thank you to all the members!  

Alderaan IPA will not be available for growler fills this weekend due to low quantities, but all other beers on tap are available.  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

Our CSA Program is SOLD OUT for 2017.  Thank you to everyone who signed on as members in this year's season!  

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
  • The Cove Bar & Grill, Apple River, 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
  • Royal Liquor Store & Royal Pub Bar, Freeport, IL - in bottles AND on tap
  • Rt 73 Brew & Chew, Pearl City, IL - on draft
  • Choices Natural Market, Rockford, IL - in bottles
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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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