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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Barleywine! NEW strong special beer release! Final vegetables of the season - our 10th season ends!

Barleywine!!!  Join us this weekend as we tap a very special beer, big and strong at 9% ABV.  Barleywine is a historic style of beer.  Despite the name, is not actually a wine at all..... scroll down for more details on this fascinating ancient beer style!

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.  This is the Final pickup of the season!  Thank you for joining us for our 10th season!  :)

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:
  • Barleywine - as the name implies, it's a barleywine style!  :)
  • Galahad - English-style brown ale
  • CiQuencher IPA - full of citrus flavor
  • Posthaste Pale Ale - wet hopped English-style pale ale
  • Apple Ale - mild & fruity
  • Overcast - German-style Hefeweizen
  • 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!  
New Beer Release!
Join us this weekend as we tap our brand new beer, a Barleywine!  Barleywine is a historic style of beer and despite the name, it is not actually a wine at all.  Wine is a high alcohol drink produced with fruit.  Barleywine is a high alcohol drink produced with barley.  What do they have in common?  High alcohol content!  Thus the name - a barleywine is a style of beer with an alcohol content similar to a wine. 

Our Barleywine weighs in at 9% ABV.  It's strong flavored, yet definitely a beer.  Flavors of barley, toffee, and hops are noticeable, followed by the undeniable flavor of high alcohol content.  It all balances out nicely!

Due to the high alcohol content, we're only serving this beer in 6-ounce glasses (no pints).  However, you're welcome to purchase some growler fills to take home!  At home, you can responsibly share & enjoy as much as you'd like.  :)
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:
  • Lettuce - A beautiful bag of lettuce.  Green Simpson variety, with huge leaves, harvested from inside our solar greenhouse. 
  • 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.
  • Radishes- A mixed bag of several varieties of fall radishes.  The green tops are beautiful this time of year, and are also edible!
  • 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.
  • Arugula- fall arugula! This Italian salad green is delicious mixed into salads, or chopped & sprinkled raw onto cooked pizza & pasta 
  • Garlic -  3 bulbs of our German-variety garlic
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 Dam 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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