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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Cinnamon Toasted Crunch! Our new beer is on tap here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!

Cinnamon Toasted Crunch! YES, it's our new beer! We brewed a beer with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, and it's going on tap this Friday, September 6!  We made a light-colored, mild-flavored ale with pounds of lactose sugar (milk sugar!), then added boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch! The result is a mild, cinnamon-laced beer with a slight residual sweetness.  It's awesome! Stop out soon for a glass & growler fill, starting his Friday, Sep 6 at 4:00.  7.2% ABV, 12 IBU.  Scroll Down to see pictures of when we brewed this beer!

Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery - taproom open Fridays 4-9, Saturdays 1-8, Sundays 1-5.  

Tap Room Bar at our Brewery
In our Tap Room this weekend, open Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays 1-8 pm, and Sundays 1-5 pm, we will be pouring fresh from our taps:
  • Cinnamon Toasted Crunch - beer brewed with lactose sugar and cereal!
  • Jalapeno Ale - wheat beer aged with fresh jalapeno peppers - Yes, still some left!
  • Berry Ale - fruit beer
  • Coffee Habit - stout
  • Dubbel Dribble - Belgian Dubbel style ale
  • Galahad - English brown ale
  • Howdy Hops IPA - citrus IPA
  • Double IPA - high ABV, hoppy!
  • Overcast - Hefezeizen German-style
  • Peach Mango Ale - fruit beer
  • 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!  

Cinnamon Toasted Crunch brew day & finished pint glass full!  One of our most unique beers yet!  7.2% ABV, 12 IBU.
Upcoming Events at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
  • Sep 6, 7, 8: Cinnamon Toasted Crunch beer release weekend
  • September 7, Screw City Brewfest, Rockford IL (visit our booth at the brewfest; our taproom will also still be open as usual here at the brewery!)
  • September 14, Pretzel City Brewfest, Freeport, IL (visit our booth at the brewfest; our taproom will also still be open as usual here at the brewery!)
  • September 29, 1-5 pm (Sunday), Oktoberfest at Wishful Acres! - We'll have a food truck featuring some German-inspired foods, our radio will be tuned to Oktoberfest music, plus our Oktoberfest beer will be on tap!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Member News
In this week's share:
  • Tomatoes - The regular-sized slicing tomatoes are reaching peak harvest!  In your shares will be mostly red slicing tomatoes, but there will also be a few yellow, orange, or purple tomatoes as well (varieties: Moonglow, Wapsinicon Peach, Early Girl, Celebrity)
  • Asian Greens Mix - A really big bag of specialty Asian greens, great for eating raw on a salad or lightly saute. The mix contains: Tat Soi, Mizuna, Green Mustard, Red Mustard, and Scarlet Frills.  Also great lightly sauteed in a fried rice!
  • Radishes - Another beautiful harvest of fall radishes.  "German Giant" and "Easter Egg" heirloom varieties, with green tops still attached.  The green tops are great chopped on to a salad!
  • Garlic - Store garlic on your kitchen counter.  It will stay "fresh" for many weeks!
  • Broccoli - The fall broccoli is starting to produce some nice broccoli shoots!  You'll each see a bag in your share.
  • Hot Peppers - a bag featuring 2 types: chili (mild/medium) and jalapeno (hot).  Great raw, grilled, etc
  • Sweet Peppers - You'll each receive 5 sweet peppers - both green and yellow!  Super fresh & crunchy.  Great raw or cooked.
  • Cucumbers - The last of the season's cucumbers.  A couple in each of your shares! Fresh, crunchy, and thin-skinned. 
  • Basil - YUM! There is nothing like fresh basil.  So delicious used fresh & raw on sandwiches, salads, pizza, pesto, you name it!
  • Kale - Shares a bag with the Swiss Chard this week. Super delicious chopped finely on a raw salad, or lightly sauteed. Have you tried kale chips or kale soup?
  • Swiss Chard - Shares a bag with the kale this week. Super healthy leafy green!  Chop thinly for eating raw on salads, or lightly saute.
  • Optional - u-Pick Apples to those CSA Members who would like some!  This is our only fruit crop that survived to harvest this year.  All the rest did not make it through the super-cold spring, late-April heavy snow, and heavy rains (no mulberries, no black raspberries, no peaches this year).  We do have some apples, but it looks like maybe only 25% or less than the normal amount. Want some? Pick away, just ask us for a bag while you're picking up your share, and we'll point you on your way!
Our recipe database contains cooking ideas for all the vegetables we grow - link here.
Our 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, Lake Summerset, Durand, IL
  • Booties, Pecatonica, IL
  • Cedar Inn, Cedarville, IL
  • Eilerts, Freeport, IL
  • Logan's Bar & Grill, Freeport, 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 20 Bar & Grill, Freeport, IL 
  • Route 73 Brew & Chew, Pearl City, IL
  • Route 75 Bar & Grill, Dakota, 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, 1-8 pm, and Sundays 1-5 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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