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Thursday, November 30, 2017

New Stout beer, Sign up for Veggies now OPEN, Upcoming events, plus more Brew & Farm News!

We're unveiling a Brand NEW Stout!  Another strong one at 10% ABV, our "Sugar River Stout" was brewed with blackstrap molasses, dark brown sugar, and plenty of dark roasted malts.  Not sweet - all that sugar fermented to create a high alcohol stout - at 10% alcohol by volume, this one will only be served in the 6 oz glasses - or take some home in a growler!  
We also have a bit of Vladimir left, our 12% ABV Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout!  We almost ran out of it last weekend, and we instated a "no more growler fills" policy on this one, which has allowed us to carry it through with just 1 keg remaining.... for those of you who didn't get a chance last weekend, pop in this Friday for a taste!  Only served in 6oz glasses, no growler fills.

Our 2018 CSA Program, is now open for everyone to sign up!!!  New members, you can learn more about joining our veggie program here on our web site: .  We offer payment via credit card, cash, or check... and those wishing to pay with installments can do so by checks, with all installments due by June 1. Just make sure you sign up soon to guarantee your spot..... we're already halfway sold out due to many current members grabbing their spots for next year!

There are just a few remaining veggie pickup weeks in the  2017 CSA for farm members:
- weekend of Dec 1: Group A half-share members & full-share members 
- weekend of Dec 8: Group B half-share members & full-share members 

Visit our Brewery & Taproom!!!  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:
  • Sugar River Stout - a strong 10% ABV stout, brand new!
  • Vladimir - our 12% ABV Russian Imperial Stout, aged in a Bourbon Barrel for 6 months! - we are on our Final Keg of this one, stop in Friday to ensure a taste (no growler fills)
  • Cherry Ale - a sweeter-style fruit beer
  • Swamp Monster I.P.A. - Really Hoppy! Collaboration I.P.A. brewed with 3 breweries: Wishful Acres, Pig Minds, and Generations
  • Unicorn Tears - copper colored ale made with rare New Zealand hops
  • Alderaan IPA - full of citrus hops!
  • 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!  
Upcoming Events
- Sunday, December 3, 1:00-3:00 pm -  "Brew & Brush" with local artist Mia
Rudolph! Create your own beautiful painting. (SOLD OUT)

- Sunday, December 10, 1:00-3:00 pm - "Brew & Brush" with local artist Mia Rudolph! Create your own beautiful painting. Sign up here on our web site online store or in our taproom during open hours.  (This 2nd date was added after 1st date sold out) 

- Saturday, December 16, 6:30-8:30 pm - live acoustic music by our friend "Sean Huguenin"!  Sean will be playing an acoustic set featuring hard rock as well as some Christmas rock songs!  A very talented guy!

- Sunday, December 17, 2:00 - Fun live Christmas concert by music teachers! We'll have several staff members of the music departments singing & playing some instruments. This should be a fun time, come & watch our sons' teachers put on a concert of their own!  

- Sunday, December 24 - We will be CLOSED this day for Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas!
Brew & Brush!

Welcome all levels of painting abilities! In this class, you will create a 16" x 20" painting with acrylic on canvas! Mia will guide you through the process of painting this subject, pictured here, of a beautiful colorful winter scene. The canvas, supplies, and door prize are all provided in the cost of your class.

About the artist instructing your class: Mia Rudolph is a local artist who works in acrylics, color pencil, and other mediums. She is a full-time school nurse and has 3 children. Mia attended WIU and studied studio art. It is Mia's colorful artwork that we have on display in our taproom here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!

Pre-registration for this class is required. Class costs $29 and includes all materials (canvas, paint, instruction). You can sign-up and pay through our online store (link below), or in-person at our taproom during open hours. 

Online Store:
- Sunday Dec 3, 1-3: sold out
- Sunday, Dec 10 1-3: this new date now available!  - only 3 spots left!!! 
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:
  • Black Radishes - A gourmet treat - common in Europe, but rarely seen here in the U.S.  The Black Radish is beloved for it's anti-viral and healthful properties.  Black Radishes are very course & tough - you'll want to grate this onto a salad, or slice very thinly and enjoy with crackers or dip. A spicy radish flavor!
  • Beets - a big bag of beets!  Enjoy these roasted, boiled, baked, you name it.
  • Potatoes - fresh, keep refrigerated
  • Lettuce - oak leaf lettuce, fresh from our greenhouse
  • Turnips - variety is "American Purple Top".  Great roasted or in a "Turnip Au Gratin"!
  • Hakurei - white Japanese mild radishes / salad turnips - delicious, try them raw with dip!
  • Kale - try some kale chips or kale soup!
  • Garlic
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 22-week-long season! To learn more:  .  
CSB Members (Community Supported Brewery)

Quick news item: The 2nd Year CSB program is now open!!!  Those wishing to purchase a membership, visit our web site CSB page for details.

Available for your CSB Growler Fills this weekend:
  • Swamp Monster IPA
  • Sugar River Stout
  • Unicorn Tears
  • Cherry Ale
  • Alderaan IPA
  • Honey Wheat
  • (no fills of Vladimir as we're almost out of this beer)

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: .  
New Snack Food available in our brewery!

We're expanding our food offerings!  This German-style Soft Pretzel Plate is now available anytime during our open hours!  This soft pretzel is served warm with 2 dipping sauces: Honey Mustard and Spicy Brown Mustard.  Delicious with a pint of our beer!!!
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, Freeport, IL
  • Eilerts, Freeport, IL
  • Mulligans, Lena, IL 
  • Pub 219, Freeport, IL
  • Rosati's Pizza, Freeport, IL 
  • Route 73 Brew & Chew, Pearl City, IL
  • Royal Pub, Freeport, IL 
  • VFW, Freeport, IL
  • Wayside, 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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