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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Last chance: Oktoberfest & Milkshake IPA! Beer Chili Day coming soon!

Oh My! It's barely October, and our Oktoberfest lager beer is almost gone!  This is your last chance for Oktoberfest, stop in early this weekend (Friday!) if you want to ensure your last pint & growler fill.  Also, our Strawberry Milkshake IPA is also almost gone, so be sure to get your last taste!

Mark your calendars, our first "Beer Chili Day" of the season will be Sunday, October 21 from 12-5! Details below.

Farm CSA Members: Group A 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.

Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery - taproom open Fridays 4-9, Saturdays 12-9, Sundays 12-5.  

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 (almost gone)
  • Jack-O-Java - Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale
  • Apple Ale - mild & fruity
  • Oktoberfest - Malty, amber-colored, German malts (almost gone)
  • 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:
  • 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!
Beer Chili Day, Oct 21!

Our brewery's homemade Beer Chili is made using our own craft beer and local beef - delicious! $2.99/ cup, $5.50/ bowl. Sunday October 21, 12-5 (or until we run out). There will be a condiment bar available, add your own toppings if you want to kick it up a notch: cheddar cheese, jalapenos, crackers, and chopped onions! No tickets required, open to the public.

Our homemade craft beers will be available on tap!
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+

Sign up for this class here in our web site Online Store:
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Member News

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:
  • Beets - A bag of fall beets!  Beets are delicious roasted, boiled, pickled, etc.  Roasting is our favorite method of eating them, but if you visit our recipe database you'll find many uses!
  • Hakurei -  Hakurei are a Japanese root vegetable.  We refer to them as "mild Japanese radishes", but they are actually classified as "salad turnips".  Typically eaten raw, they are delicious with dips, on salads, etc.
  • Lettuce - Some of our fall lettuce has survived the intense rain we've had on & off for the past couple of months.  This will be a mix of baby Romaine, and green & red oak leaf.
  • Pie Pumpkin (Winter Squash) - Last of the season!  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 with your Pac Choi is  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.
  • Mustard Greens- 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 
Need recipe ideas for the items in your share? Here is a link to the Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery recipe database, with cooking ideas for everything we grow 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:  .  
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
  • Best Damn Bar, Durand, IL
  • JJ & Freddy's, Stockton, IL
  • Mulligans, Lena, IL 
  • Park Hills Golf Course, Freeport, IL
  • Pub 219, Freeport, IL
  • Rock City Tap, Rock City, IL
  • Rosati's Pizza, Freeport, IL 
  • Route 75 Bar & Grill, Dakota, IL
  • Royal Pub, Freeport, IL
  • This Is It Eatery, 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 is located on our farm at 4679 N. Flansburg Rd, Lena IL
You can contact us at: or 815-990-2380


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