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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Paint at the Brewery! Hoppiest IPA yet, & more Brew & Farm News!

Do you love the paintings hanging in our brewery?  Want to create your own?! The creator of the artwork, Mia Rudolph, will be instructing a "Brew & Brush" art class here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery! Sign up to create your own awesome painting - details below!

Have you tried our newest 3-brewery collaboration I.P.A. beer?  We brewed "Swamp Monster" with our friends at Pig Minds Brewing & Generations Brewing, and it's off-the-charts hoppy!  This beer was made with fresh hops harvested right here at our farm!  Try it soon, there is only a limited amount left and it will never be brewed again.

In Farm News, sign up for 2018 CSA is now open for current CSA Members!!!  Current CSA Members get first dibs on a spot, and you can pay with installments (all installments due by June 1 of next year).  There are some changes to next year's CSA, the season will be slightly shorter & a few crops are changing.  Details, sign-up, and more are on our web site CSA page here.  Those wishing to join the 2018 CSA as new members, the remaining shares will be open for purchase beginning in December - watch here for details!!!  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!   

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:
  • Swamp Monster I.P.A. - Really Hoppy! Collaboration I.P.A. brewed with 3 breweries: Wishful Acres, Pig Minds, and Generations
  • Belgian Dreams - mild Belgian-style ale brewed with amber honey
  • Apple Ale - mild fruit beer made with apple
  • Galahad - English Mild style of ale, brown & mild flavored. 
  • Alderaan IPA - full of citrus hops!
  • Jack-O-Java - Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale made with pumpkins grown on our farm
  • 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
  • November 23, 24, 25 - Barrel Aged Beer Release Weekend!  The weekend after Thanksgiving, we'll be tapping the remaining kegs of "Vladimir", our 12% ABV Russian Imperial Stout, which we barrel aged for 6 months in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel! Fri 4-9, Sat 12-9, Sun 12-5!
  • Sunday, December 3, 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. 
Brew & Brush!

Welcome all levels of painting abilities! In this class, you will create a 20" 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. You can sign-up and pay through our online store (link below), or in-person at our taproom during open hours. Registration deadline is Friday, December 1.

Online Store:
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:
  • Carrots - last of the year
  • Napa Cabbage - last of the year- great for stir fry or raw mixed in salads
  • Hakurei - white Japanese mild radishes / salad turnips - delicious, try them raw with dip!
  • Pumpkin - "Amish sugar pie pumpkin" variety, great for cooking with - you can substitute this for any of your winter squash soup recipes
  • Kale - try some kale chips or kale soup!
  • Spicy Asian Greens Mix - last of the year - great in stir fry or raw on salads
  • Arugula - great on Italian foods! Try it chopped raw on top of pizza, spaghetti, etc.
  • 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
  • Belgian Dreams
  • Galahad
  • Apple Ale
  • Jack-O-Java
  • Alderaan IPA
  • 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: .  
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
  • Mulligans Bar & Grill, Lena, IL 
  • Royal Liquor, Freeport, IL 
  • Logan's Bar & Grill, Freeport, IL
  • VFW, Freeport, IL
  • Park Hills Golf Course, Freeport, IL
  • Eilerts, Freeport, IL
  • Pub 219, 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
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