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Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Expansion, 1st CSA Pickup, Coffee Stout returns, plus more Brew & Farm News!

We're EXPANDING Again!  Our 4 new additional Fermentation Tanks have arrived, so now we'll be able to brew more beer!!!  Thanks to all our customers for the awesome support, you've all made this possible for us!!!

We have a returning beer this weekend!  "Coffee Habit", our coffee stout beer, will be back on tap this weekend!   You can enjoy this beer by the glass in our taproom & growler fills for taking home!  Lastly in Brewery news, we'll be ON TAP at the Pretzel City Market, this Friday in downtown Freeport!  Scroll down this newsletter for more info about this market.

In Farm News, this is the 1st week for our the 2017 Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA)!  This week, Group A of the half-CSA Members, and the Full Share members, you can pick up your shares anytime during our open hours this weekend (Fri 4-9, Sat 12-9, Sun 12-5) !  When you arrive, just check in with us at the bar, and we'll grab your bags of veggies out of refrigerated storage for you.  For a list of the items you'll be receiving in this week's share, simply scroll down in this newsletter (you'll also find a link to our Recipes page).  

Visit our Taproom & Store!!!  Now Open - Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays 12-9 pm, and Sundays 12-5 pm - visit our web site for location, directions, and more:  
Tap Room & Store
In our Tap Room this weekend, open Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays 12-9 pm, and Sundays 12-5 pm, we will be pouring fresh from our taps:
  • Coffee Stout - a favorite has returned!
  • Leia's I.P.A. - a relatively mild IPA
  • Stormtrooper's Saison - our French-style saison - almost gone!
  • Berry Wheat Ale - a very fruity, sweeter-style beer (Yes, we can fill growlers of Berry Wheat this weekend!!!)
  • Galahad - English Mild Ale, a taste of London - almost gone!
  • Farm Weiss - Our version of a German-American Weiss Beer. 
  • 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!  

Fresh From the Farm, Available for Purchase in our Taproom & Store:
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach

We're expanding again!  Our 4 additional Fermentation Tanks have arrived on this semi truck delivery!  We now have 10 tanks total, which will allow us to Brew More Beer!!!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) News

This weekend is the first pickup of the 2017 season!  This week, Group A of the Half-Share members, and the Full Share members, you may pick up your share anytime during our open hours this weekend, Friday through Sunday.  In this week's share... It's Spring, which means Salad Greens season!
  • Tender Green Spring Lettuce
  • Red & Green Mix Spring Lettuces
  • Tender Green Spring Lettuce (you'll end up with 3 bags total of spring lettuce)
  • Spinach 
  • Spinach
  • Spinach (you'll end up with 3 bags total of spinach)
  • Green Onions 
  • Frozen Green Peppers (grown, processed, & frozen right here in our licensed commercial kitchen inside our brewery building, from last fall's crop! Great to cook in stir fry, soups, omelets, etc)
  • Frozen Tomatoes (same process as the green peppers above, Great to Cook in Soups & sauces!)
RECIPES!!!  Need ideas for items in your share this week? For a long list of recipes for every vegetable & herb that we grow, we put together this recipe list!  You can visit our Wishful Acres Recipe List by Vegetable here:   

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:  .  
CSA Program is SOLD OUT for 2017, Thank you!
CSB Members (Community Supported Brewery)
Available for your CSB Growler Fills this weekend:
  • Coffee Habit
  • Honey Wheat
  • Berry Wheat
  • Stormtrooper's Saison
  • Galahad
  • Farm Weiss
  • Leia's IPA

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 more.  Info: .  CSB is SOLD OUT until Fall 2017, Thank you!!!
Our Beer is ON TAP in Downtown Freeport at the Pretzel City Market!!!

The Pretzel City Market is held in the Municipal Parking Lot in downtown Freeport, IL, on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month, May through September, 4-8 pm.  Featuring farm-fresh food, Beer, live entertainment, and even hot-cooked food like grilled barbeque & more - it's a festival, farmers market, and party event rolled all into one!

Visit their Facebook page for more information:
Our outdoor seating area BEER GARDEN is now complete & open!  Join us for a craft beer in the beautiful countryside.
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 - 3 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
  • Lodi Tap House, Maple Park, IL - on draft
  • Pretzel City Market, downtown Farmers Market, Freeport IL - on draft during market days
Visit us on the Cheese & Cheers Tour

Take a leisurely drive through the rolling hills of Northwest Illinois from now through October 31 to discover great cheese, craft brews and wine. Pick up a passport at our taproom during open hours, and we'll stamp your visit on our passport page. Complete the passport and receive a reward at any of the participating locations -- and experience the best of Freeport/Stephenson County, Illinois.
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Thank you & Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
Open Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays, 12-9 pm, and Sundays 12-5 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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