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Thursday, June 15, 2017

New Beer (3 Brewery Collaboration!), Father's Day Grill Out, plus more Brew & Farm News!

The time is here!!! We're releasing the Collaboration I.P.A. that we brewed with our friends at Pigs Mind Brewing & Generations Brewing!  This 3-Brewery collaboration Amber I.P.A. weighs in at 7.5% ABV and nearly 90 IBUs (yes, it's strong AND hoppy), this beer will make I.P.A. lovers smile.  We'll be tapping this Collaboration I.PA. on Friday at 4:00, but we have plenty of kegs so with any luck we'll be able to offer it on tap for a few weeks. 

This Sunday, Father's Day, is our next Beer & Brats Grill Out!  Join us June 18 from 12-5 pm!  We'll be firing up our grill for locally-made Beer Brats (raised by local farmers & made at AJ's Lena Maid Meats right around the corner in Lena!) or premium jumbo all-beef hot dogs, served with Mrs. Mike's chips, either option for $4.99.  Add your own condiments: sauerkraut, onions, relish, ketchup, and various mustards. Bring Dad out for this Father's Day cookout!    

In Farm News, 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 (scroll down for a list of items in your share this week)!  CSA Members, as part of your membership we offer you free u-pick fruit from our farm when in season.  Our Mulberry trees are beginning to ripen with lots of mulberries!  Those CSA Members wishing to pick mulberries from the many mulberry trees scattered throughout our farm, just let us know when you're here to pick up your share.  With any luck, we should have mulberries ripe & available for CSA members to pick for the next few weeks.

Last in farm news, we will have a small amount of  Spring Lettuce Mix available for purchase in our taproom & store this weekend, as well as a few bags of Sugar Snap Peas.

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:
  • Collaboration I.P.A. -  a strong I.P.A. brewed by 3 breweries together: us here at Wishful Acres along with Pig Minds Brewing & Generations Brewing!
  • Cherry Wheat Ale - a very fruity, sweeter-style fruit beer 
  • Unicorn Tears - Our unique copper-colored ale.
  • Alderaan I.P.A. - a citrus-hops blast!
  • Coffee Stout - chock-full of coffee flavor
  • Farm Weiss - (almost gone!) 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 growler fills available for carry-out!  

Fresh From the Farm, Available for Purchase in our Taproom & Store:
  • Spring Lettuce Mix (blend of red & green lettuces grown right here, washed & ready to eat)
  • Sugar Snap Peas (just a few bags available)
Collaboration I.P.A. 

Release time is here for this beer called "Steve Bought Tacos"!!!

We brewed this beer with our friends at Pig Minds Brewing Company & Generations Brewing Company.... and it's being unveiled this weekend!!!  An Amber I.P.A., 7.5% ABV & 90 IBUs (strong AND hoppy)!  Stop in to our tasting room this weekend, we'll be tapping the first keg at 4:00 on Friday!

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:
  • Sugar Snap Peas  - sweet edible-pod peas!
  • Red Lettuce - oak leaf variety
  • Dill - fresh dill for your dips, sandwiches, egg dishes
  • Romaine lettuce - a loose leaf green Romaine variety
  • Cilantro - great for tacos & taco salads
  • 3 Lettuce mix - red, green, dark green - a pretty blend!
  • Garlic Scapes - the top portion of the garlic plant - tender stalks full of garlic flavor - use in place of garlic or onions in any recipe!
  • Tender Green Spring Lettuce - delicate light green spring lettuce
  • Radishes - "Easter Egg" Variety - a pretty blend of many colors of round radishes - pink, red purple, and white, like a bunch of colored Easter eggs!
  • Optional bonus item: U-Pick Mulberries available to all CSA Members who wish to pick some
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:
  • Collaboration IPA
  • Alderaan IPA
  • Unicorn Tears
  • Coffee Habit
  • Honey Wheat
  • Cherry Wheat
  • Farm Weiss

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 next Beer & Brats Grill Out: Father's Day, Sunday, June 18!  Join us for local brats made by AJ's Lena Maid Meats (and boiled in our beer before grilling)!  Or premium large all-beef hot dogs.  Either option, served with Mrs. Mike's chips, for $4.99.  
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
  • Rosati's Pizza, Freeport, IL 
  • Benchwarmers bar & restaurant, Freeport, IL
  • The Cove Bar & Grill, Apple River, IL 
  • Mulligans Bar & Grill, Lena, IL 
  • Royal Liquor, Freeport, IL 
  • Rt 73 Brew & Chew, Pearl City, IL
  • Lodi Tap House, Maple Park, IL 
  • Pretzel City Market, downtown Farmers Market, Freeport IL 
  • Park Hills Golf Course, Freeport, IL 
  • Logan's Bar & Grill, Freeport, IL 
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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
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