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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ahoy- Pirate Fest!, New Lemonhead Beer, 1 Year Anniversary, plus more Brew & Farm News!  

We have a NEW beer on tap this weekend, which was unveiled at last Saturday's Pretzel City Brewfest in Freeport, and it won 3rd place for Best Beer - selected out of over 100 beers!  Called "Lemonhead", this beer is a light, mild wheat ale brewed with Lemonheads candy!  A mild, lemon beer - perfect for drinking this weekend, with temperatures topping out around 90* all weekend long!

In other brewery news, we're celebrating "Talk Like a Pirate Day" this Friday by releasing a couple of rum-barrel aged kegs..... scroll down for more details, you don't want to miss this one!

In Farm News, this week Group A of the half-CSA members, and the full-CSA members, you can pick up your shares anytime during our open hours this weekend!   Also, CSA Members, our Apples & Peaches are ripe and ready to pick in our orchard (just to the left of our barn)!  CSA Members are welcome to u-pick some of these fruits while you're here picking up your veggie share - our u-pick fruit is a CSA member benefit! :)  CSA members, there are some new, unique vegetables in your shares again this week, please be sure to scroll down to the CSA section, where I've included brief descriptions of the new veggies.

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:
  • starting Friday, and maybe Saturday if there is any left - 2 kegs of rum-barrel aged beer - one of "Mermaid Tears" (rum-barrel aged Unicorn Tears), and one of "Rummy Stout" (rum-barrel aged Stoutzilla)
  • Also on tap all weekend:
  • Lemonhead - NEW - mild wheat beer brewed with Lemonheads candy
  • Cherry Wheat Ale - mild fruit beer
  • Jack-O-Java - Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale
  • Sabertooth Cupid IPA - relatively mild, made with unique fruity hops
  • Stoutzilla - chocolate stout
  • 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!  
*Ahoy mateys*! Yarrrr, September 19 'twas International "Talk Like a Pirate Day"! We be celebratin' by bustin' out da rum barrel aged beer! Dis Friday 4-9 we be tappin' a couple kegs o' rum barrel aged beer! Cruise yer ships out ta Wishful Acres dis Friday, we be supplyin' da pirate eye patches, and Nate be rollin' da pirate jokes all night! (Don't be frettin', da rest o' our regular craft beer menu & mateys root beer be tappin' too). Yarrrrr, we be seein' ya Friday!!!!
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 and again 7-8 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 - Oktoberfest Celebration - 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!  We'll have Oktoberfest music playing, brats grilling, and our craft beer menu available.

Thanks so much to all of you for your awesome support of our small brewery, it's been an awesome journey so far!
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:
  • Acorn Winter Squash - cream-colored heirloom variety
  • Tokyo Bekana - Don't be afraid of this enormous, beautiful, head of Tokyo Bekana!  This is an "Asian Green", the mildest flavored of the many Asian greens grown here.  This particular Asian green is delicious chopped raw in a salad, or lightly sauteed with soy sauce for an Asian dish
  • Arugula - Italian salad green with a delicious peppery flavor
  • Broccoli
  • Cilantro
  • Tomatoes, red, orange "Moonglow" heirloom, yellow "Peach" heirloom
  • Sweet Peppers - mix of green, yellow, or purple!
  • Hot Peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Summer Squash - yellow zucchini & yellow patty pan
  • Garlic
  • Optional extra items: u-pick apples & peaches from our apple & peach 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:
  • rum-barrel aged (Friday)
  • Lemonhead
  • Jack-O-Java
  • Sabertooth Cupid IPA
  • Stoutzilla
  • Cherry Wheat
  • 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
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