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Craft Breweries

Craft Breweries

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

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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