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Breweries & Winery

Breweries & Winery

Visit our local breweries and winery for a taste of the independent spirt that drives our flourishing communities.

Generations Brewing Company

Craft brewing is all about celebrating tradition, heritage and independence – and having fun while doing so. Built in 2014, Generations BrewIng Company resurrected the once thriving brewing industry in Stephenson County. The industrial-chic tap room offers artisan ales and lagers of all colors and varieties. Try the all-around classic, Pretzel City Amber – an American Amber Ale made with carmel malts and the addition of locally made pretzels thrown into the mashtun 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 Winery

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 Company

Every beer has a story and some are actually true. This dog-friendly brewery is perfectly situated between industry and farm fields near the village of Lena along Highway 20. Built inside a renovated feed mill, 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 fruit-forward Drunkleberry or the Marzen Attacks, you deserve a Lena beer!
ADDRESS:
9416 W Wagner Rd.
Lena, IL 61048

Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery

In the rolling hills west of 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 made in small batches that change frequently but are all equally delicious. Stop out to meet Penny and Nate and experience flavor at its finest!
ADDRESS:
4679 N Flansburg Rd.
Lena, IL 61048

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Stephenson County Celebrates the “Power of Travel” for National Travel & Tourism Week May 4, 2021 Freeport – Stephenson County is participating in National Travel & Tourism Week by highlighting safe events, activities and attractions for both our local and regional audiences from May 2-8. National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is the annual celebration of the travel industry’s critical role in driving economic recovery efforts and building the path forward through the theme, “Power of […]
Pretzel Fest celebrates Freeport’s moniker as the Pretzel City April 19, 2021 The inaugural Pretzel Fest is scheduled for April 24 in Downtown Freeport to celebrate the history and comradery of the Pretzel City. Activities, food, shopping and fun for all ages between 10 am to 4 pm on Chicago Avenue. The Pretzel Fest BBQ Competition will kick off in the early hours of the morning with aromas to entice all residents […]