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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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Guest Columnist: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month November 30, 2022 The Partnership is honored to commemorate Native American Heritage Month with a guest column from Kim McIver of Quiet Souls in Freeport. Kim is also an Illinois Road Scholar and award-winning Ojibwa author from the White Earth Reservation in northwest Minnesota. We asked Kim a few questions to provide a better understanding of Native culture.  November is Native American Heritage […]
Giving Thanks November 24, 2022 In this week of Thanksgiving, we thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on some of the many things we have to be thankful for in Freeport and Stephenson County.   New Business and Business Growth – We have celebrated much success with our business community indicated by 21 ribbon cuttings so far in 2022 and three more scheduled in […]