CRAFT BREWERY & WINERY TOUR

THE PEOPLE OF STEPHENSON COUNTY BELIEVE IN HARD WORK, THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND MOST OF ALL LOCAL BEER AND WINE! VISIT OUR LOCAL BREWERIES AND WINERY FOR A TASTE OF THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT THAT DRIVES OUR FLOURISHING COMMUNITIES.

GENERATIONS BREWERY

Craft brewing is all about celebrating tradition, heritage and independence – and having fun while doing so. Built in 2014, Generations Brewery resurrected the once thriving brewing industry in Stephenson County. The industrial chic tap room offers artisan ales and lagers of all shapes and sizes. Try the all-around classic, Pretzel City Amber – an American Amber Ale loaded with munich, melanoidin and caramel malts with the addition of locally made pretzels thrown into the mash tun that make the brewery smell like a bakery at sunrise. Enjoy craft brewing as it was intended.

ADDRESS:
1400 S Adams Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032

FAMOUS FOSSIL

Natural. Intuitive. Elemental. Industrial. Famous Fossil owners Ken and Pam view their land as a living and self-sustaining organism. Their 15 different wines, made with minimal intervention and gentle handling, are meant to express the unique qualities of the Midwestern climate, landscape and culture. When you taste Famous Fossil wines, you’re tasting the best of the Midwest!

ADDRESS:
395 N Cedarville Rd.
Freeport, IL 61032

LENA BREWING

Every beer has a story and some are actually true. This dog-friendly brewery is nestled among the rolling farm fields near the village of Lena, Illinois, along Highway 20. Set up inside a renovated feed mill building, owner Ross Vehmeier is proud to reflect and support the agriculture and industry of the region. Whether it’s the Caramel Pecan Coffee Stout, the Sturdy MacCurdy Scotch Ale or the Marzen Attacks, you deserve a Lena beer!

ADDRESS:
9416 W Wagner Rd.
Lena, IL 61048

WISHFUL ACRES

In the rolling hills of northwest Illinois near Lena and Freeport sits a small family farm and artisanal craft brewery. Established in 2009, the Peterson family farm grows over a hundred different vegetables, hops, micro-greens, herbs, fruits and garden plants – all of which are 100% USDA Certified Organic. Their micro-brewery and on-site tap room feature unique, craft beer from right inside their renovated barn with brews ranging from Vladimir – a Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout to Sabertooth Cupid IPA – a mild IPA made with experimental hops. Stop out to meet Penny and Nate on Flansburg Rd. and experience how wishes can come true!

ADDRESS:
4679 N Flansburg Rd.
Lena, IL 61048