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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Grill Out, Brewfest, plus more Brew & Farm News!

We'll be celebrating at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery with a few upcoming events, we hope you can join us!!! More details are later in this newsletter, with some dates below!
  • Sunday, September 3 (Labor Day weekend) from 12-5, Beer & Brats grill out!
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September  29, 30 and October 1 - our 1 year anniversary weekend celebration!  Events all weekend long, see below.
In Farm News, this week Group B of the half-CSA members, and the full-CSA members, you can pick up your shares anytime during our open hours this weekend!   

Visit our Taproom & Store!!!  Now Open - Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays 12-9 p m, 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:
  • Berry Wheat Ale - this favorite fruit beer is back on tap!
  • Belgian Dream - malty, brown, and full of flavor!
  • Leia's IPA - A mild, easy drinking IPA made with citrus-flavored hops
  • Smart A** - Belgian-style Wit beer, mild & easy drinking
  • Dark Side Stout - featuring notes of chocolate & coffee
  • Unicorn Tears - Our unique copper-colored ale.
  • 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:
Next Beer & Brats Grill Out, Sunday September 3!  (Labor Day weekend)

Beer & Brats at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery! We'll be firing up the grill on Sunday, September 3 from 12-5 pm for a cookout! Enjoy local-made brats (cooked in our own beer prior to grilling), or a premium all-beef hot dog. Either option, served with Mrs. Mike's potato chips, for $4.99. Add your own condiments: sauerkraut, onion, relish, ketchup, mustards!
1 Year Anniversary Celebration!!!

We'll be celebrating the 1 Year Anniversary of our opening on September 29, 30, and October 1, with events all weekend long!  Mark your calendars now:

- Friday, September 29 - First tapping of our "Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout" - we brewed this dark, strong Imperial Stout last winter, and aged it in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel for over 6 months!  This beer is delicious, and strong - a whopping 12% ABV, and full of flavor!  We'll be tapping it on Friday and serving it up all weekend long!

- Saturday, September 30 - Our friend Sean Huguenin will be playing an acoustic set of classic rock (especially 80s heavy rock) from 12-2 pm here in the brewery!  An awesome musician and a great guy, we hope you'll be able to stop out to listen to Sean's music set.

- Sunday, October 1 - The final Bratwurst grill out of the year!  Join us for our final "Beer & Brats" grill out from 12-5... the only one of the year that can be enjoyed with a glass of our Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout!

Thanks so much to all of you for your awesome support of our small brewery, it's been an awesome journey so far!
We only participate in a couple of Beer Festivals per year, and the time is nearly here!!!  You can find us pouring our beer at 2 brewfests in September.
(YES, our taproom will also still be open on these days during the events, don't despair)!
  • Pretzel City Brewfest, Freeport, IL - Saturday, September 16!  If you don't have your tickets yet, we have them available for purchase in our taproom.  Also available online here:
  • Screw City Brewfest, Rockford, IL - Saturday, September 9!
See you there!!!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) News

CSA farm members, you may pick up your vegetables anytime during our open hours this weekend, Friday 4-9, Saturday 12-9, Sunday 12-5.  In this week's veggie share:
  • Tomatoes, yellow Peach (heirloom)
  • Tomatoes, orange Moonglow (heirloom)
  • Tomato, Japanese Black Pear (heirloom)
  • Tomatoes, regular red variety
  • Tomatoes, Roma
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Sweet Peppers - green, yellow, and purple!
  • Hot Peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Basil
  • Summer Squash
  • Optional extra item: u-pick apples from our apple trees, located just to the left of our brewery entrance.  This is a CSA member benefit.
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 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:
  • Belgian Dream
  • Berry Wheat Ale 
  • Smart A**
  • Dark Side Stout
  • Leia's IPA
  • Unicorn Tears
  • Honey Wheat

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!!!
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 
  • Logan's Bar & Grill, Freeport, IL
  • Park Hills Golf Course, Freeport, IL
  • Eilerts, Freeport, IL
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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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