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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Prizes, Unicorn & IPA Return, Lettuce Bonanza, and more Brew & Farm News!

Enter to WIN our Prize Giveaway of a Growler & Cotton Tote!  Visit our facebook page here, scroll down until you see the prize giveaway post, follow the instructions, & enter by tomorrow (May 26)!

We have 2 returning beers this weekend!  "Unicorn Tears", our popular copper-colored unique beer, and "Alderaan I.P.A", our citrus-hops blast hoppy IPA, will both be back on tap this weekend!   You can enjoy these beers by the glass in our taproom & growler fills for taking home!  Lastly in Brewery news, we have a  new ON TAP location - Park Hills Golf Course will soon have our Honey Wheat on tap!  Scroll down this newsletter for more info about where to enjoy our beer (in addition to our taproom!) during this Memorial Day holiday weekend!  Our beer garden will be open all weekend here at our brewery, and it looks as though we may actually have a few hours of rain-free weather!

In Farm News, this is the 2nd week for our 2017 Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA)!  This week, Group B 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).  Lastly in farm news, our greenhouse-grown spring lettuce is at it's Peak Harvest - it's a lettuce bonanza!  Stop out this weekend to purchase some bags, it's delicious.

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:
  • Unicorn Tears - it's back! Our unique copper-colored ale has returned.
  • Alderaan I.P.A. - a citrus-hops blast! The hoppier of our 2 IPAs on tap this weekend.
  • Coffee Stout - a favorite has returned!
  • Leia's I.P.A. - a relatively mild IPA
  • Berry Wheat Ale - a very fruity, sweeter-style beer 
  • 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 - the Spring lettuce harvested fresh from our Greenhouse is at it's peak harvest this week!  It's a lettuce Bonanza!  
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) News

This week, Group B of the Half-Share members, and the Full Share members, you may pick up your share anytime during our open hours this weekend, Friday 4-9, Saturday 12-9, Sunday 12-5.  In this week's share... It's Spring, which means Salad Greens season!
  • Tender Green Spring Lettuce
  • Green Oak Leaf & Green Simpson 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:
  • Alderaan IPA
  • Unicorn Tears
  • Coffee Habit
  • Honey Wheat
  • Berry Wheat
  • 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 growler fills of our beer, plus more benefits.  Info: .  CSB is SOLD OUT until Fall 2017, Thank you!!!
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
  • Park Hills Golf Course, Freeport, IL - on draft
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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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