2nd Anniversary of our Brewery! New Special Anniversary beer release!
Posthaste Pale Ale is a brand new beer we're releasing this weekend in honor of our brewery's 2nd Anniversary! This English-style Pale Ale beer is extra special because it was brewed with fresh wet hops grown right here on our farm!
As we celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of our brewery, we'd like to extend huge thank you to all of you for your awesome support! We wouldn't be celebrating the past 10 years of our farm, and the past 2 years of our brewery, if it weren't for our awesome customers. You've helped us grow our small family business from a part-time endeavor into what it is now: our family's full-time business! Thank you!!!
Farm CSA Members: Group B half-share members and Full Share members, you are scheduled to pick up your organic vegetable shares this weekend. Scroll down for details on this week's CSA items.
Tap Room Bar at our Brewery 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:
Posthaste Pale Ale - wet hopped English-style pale ale
Strawberry Fields IPA - Milkshake IPA
Jack-O-Java - Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale
Apple Ale - mild & fruity
Oktoberfest - NEW! Malty, amber-colored, German malts
Coffee Habit - coffee stout
Honey Wheat - mild & easy drinking!
Homemade Root Beer (non-alcoholic)
In addition to fresh beer by the glass, we also have growler fills available for carry-out!
Upcoming Events at Wishful Acres:
2 year Anniversary Special Beer Release weekend - wet hopped Posthaste Pale Ale - Oct 5,6,7
Brew & Brush with artist Mia - Oct 14 & 28 (registration required, see below)
Beer Chili Day - 1st one of the season! Sunday, October 21, 12-5. Our homemade chili is handcrafted using our beer in the recipe!
Join us for "Brew & Brush" on Sunday, October 14 from 12:00-2:00 or Sunday, October 28 from 12-2 pm! Ages 21+. In this class, you'll create your own fall scene painting as seen here, under the instruction of our friend, local artist Mia Rudolph!
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 fall scene. This painting is easier to make than it looks! Mia will be instructing the class step-by-step and using stencils as well. Included in the cost of your class: the canvas, paint, supplies, snacks (Mia brings a nice spread of snacks!),1 drink token (1 pint glass of our homemade craft beers or a homemade root beer), and door prizedrawing by artist Mia are all provided in the cost of your class! $39 per person
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 here through our online store, or in-person at our taproom during open hours. Registration deadline is the Friday prior to the painting dates. Ages 21+
Our recipe database contains cooking ideas for all the vegetables we grow - link here. Farm CSA Members: In your share of organic items this week:
Pie Pumpkin (Winter Squash) - This variety of pumpkin is an heirloom called "Amish Pie Pumpkin". These types of pumpkins are small to medium sized, and are traditionally used for cooking, not carving. You can use these pie pumpkins to make not only pumpkin pie, but you can also substitute them in any recipe that calls for winter squash (for example, you can use them in place of Butternut Squash in a recipe!)
Pac Choi / Bok Choy - a bag of big leaves, great stir fried. Often used in Lo Mein, Stir Fry, Asian Soups, etc. Also included in this bag is a small amount of Komatsuna & Tokyo Bekana. Use all of these leaves the same way, they are great in a simple stir fry!
Asian Greens- a bag of mixed Asian greens, great for eating raw or lightly stir frying. You could combine these greens with your pac choi / bok choy into one big stir fry! This mix includes Mizuina, Tat Soi, and Scarlet Frills. A slightly spicy bite in these greens!
Kale- fall kale! Try a kale salad, soup, or kale chips! Lots of ideas on our recipe page.
Radishes - 2 types this week: "German Giant" and "French breakfast" variety. The green tops are attached, and also edible! Try finely chopping the green leafy tops into a mixed lettuce salad. You'll get a nice, healthy radish flavor punch from the green tops as well as the radish root itself!
Mustard Greens- Red & Green, beautiful colors & first of the season! Can be eaten raw mixed into a salad, or cooked. See our recipe page (link above) for cooking ideas!
Arugula- fall arugula! This Italian salad green is delicious mixed into salads, or chopped & sprinkled raw onto cooked pizza & pasta
Bell Pepper - One sweet bell pepper in each share. Red, purple, or green.
Chili Peppers - this might be the last time you see hot peppers for the season
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: http://www.wishfulacresfarm.com/csa-program .
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
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 is located on our farm at 4679 N. Flansburg Rd, Lena IL You can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-990-2380