Seasonal and limited release beers
We are constantly playing, er, ah working hard in the Brewhouse and using our brains, tongues and techniques to come up with new and interesting beers. You’ll find them appearing fleetingly on tap in our Tasting Room and at the some of the most selective bars and restaurants in the area. They often come unexpectedly and are gone before you know it. Check the What’s Brewing page for new and upcoming releases. Here are a few of the ones we make annually or have made in the past.
A tribute to our sometimes tart but always effervescent Tami, this tart and effervescent Belgian-style Framboise is actually brewed with yeast and bacteria cultures just like the spontaneously fermented beers of the Lambic region of West Flanders. We age this beer on a half-pound of raspberries for every pint! 8.0% ABV.
Smokin' Hemp Porter
Another Pearl Street original, this dark, smooth and easy drinkin’ porter is made with cherry-wood smoked malt and toasted Canadian hemp seeds. Released each year on April 20 and aged throughout the year, its flavor matures with time. Available on draught for release on April 20.
For this fall seasonal, we partner our hefeweizen wheat ale with local, organic Honeycrisp Apple Juice from our friends in La Crescent, the "Apple Capital of Minnesota." This creates a one-of-a-kind, tangy salute to the Autumn apple harvest! The locals enjoy it so much, it became the official beer of Applefest. 5.0% ABV.
Seasonally brewed each fall with Wisconsin malt, the coolest thing about the amber-colored Harvest Ale is that it relies on hops grown right here at the brewery for its flavor and aroma — and each year is a little different, depending on how the growing season went. Some years it’s a bit more flavorful and has stronger hoppiness; other years it’s milder. This year, it’s got lots of hops! 7.0% ABV. Available on draught early October.
Lederhosen Lager Fest Bier
Come late September each year in La Crosse, people start feeling the gemütlichkeit. And when they start feeling it, it's time to dust off their lederhosens and drink beer! Lederhosen Lager is Pearl Street Breweryʼ s salute to La Crosse's great German heritage and the 150 years of brewing tradition here. Brewed with Pilsen and Vienna malts and true German lager yeast, and spiced with Hallertau pair hops, this 5.5% ABV amber beer is malty and easy to drink.
Caution: Too many of these beers may cause an unhealthy loss in sex appeal, maturity and bladder control. Named from experience, this is the big daddy of beers. Brewed with seven types of barley and two different hops, this strong ale is aged in our cellar for a full year before release. Comes in at 11% ABV.
Evil Doppelganger Doppelbock
Evil Doppelganger means “Evil Twin” in German. This German lager is one of the many bock biers our Bavarian relatives have given us. A doppelbock is a “double bock,” meaning it’s a double dose of malt and hops, which yields a stronger flavored beer with a higher alcohol content. Cue evil laughter. 8.0% ABV. Available on draught in May.
Linalool Pale Ale
The world's only Pale Ale brewed using the indigenously WI grown Wild Northern Discovery Hops, rich in a the fragrant aroma of linalool. No commercial hops have such a high linalool concentration as these Wild Wisconsin hops.
Called the "People's Champagne" this cloudy, sour wheat beer that originated in 16th century Berlin, Germany. Brewed with German yeast and other critters and often served with a dose of Woodruff or Raspberry syrup. 4.5% ABV.
Maris Heidelberg's Last Run
A Wisconsin twist on a Belgian staple. Brewed with 100% imported grains including British Maris Otter & German Heidelburg, along with Wisconsin-grown Northern Discovery and French Strisselspalt hops. Table beers were the "soda" of Belgium, coming in at very low ABV, often under 2%. Ours is calibrated to Wisconsin standards at a whopping 4%ABV. Barrel aged in 12 year old whiskey barrels.
17-UP Anniversary Gose
Brewed to celebrate 17 years of The Pearl Street Brewery; this is a tangy and refreshing conundrum. A Gose is a top-fermented beer , usually brewed with salt and spices, that originated in Goslar, Germany four-hundred or so years ago. This particular Gose is flavored with natural lemon-lime essence for a mind-warping exbeerience. It is brewed with 60% of the grain bill being malted wheat. 5% ABV
Also known around the brewery as "Cat's Eye PA", this wonderfully unbalanced Citra-hopped IPA is pure neuvo hop-lovers' bliss. Rye is the burly thug of the grass family and lends a husky, roggenbier tone to this medium-bodied IPA. We dig it. 6% ABV
Yep, it’s a light American lager folks! Ever heard people say that these type of beers are “actually really hard to brew because the flavor is so light that there’s nowhere to hide the defects”? Well, it wasn’t that hard. Canadian two-row barley malt makes the ehem, “backbone” of this one. In true mega-beer fashion, we used a bunch of cheap adjuncts to supplement the grain bill. There’s just no brewing a shitty light beer without them! Dextrose sugar, corn flakes and rice hulls make up a good percentage of the fementables, creating a lighter-than-life mouthfeel. Quadruple-hops-brewed with pure Mississippi Valley well water and driftwood-aged for smoothness. So, head for the bluffs! This beer’s for you. 4.2% ABV
Shake-it-baby-shake-it-baby-one-two! No — not your beer! Just like food that has evolved into distinct local and regional variants over the years, beer styles have also diverged into sub-styles. One of our favorite recent regional discoveries is the New England IPA (NEIPA). Looking more like a milkshake than a beer, brazen turbidity and bright, juicy hops mark this style. You’ll often find a NEIPA to be fruited, although our version is not. 5.7% ABV
Gindia Pale Ale
Gin starts as a raw, white liquor that is enhanced by the addition of traditional spices of juniper, spruce and anise. Amidst our brewhouse tomfoolery, we discovered that combining these spices with a west-coast IPA is down-right delicious! Unable to leave well-enough alone, we also added zested citrus, cardamom, lavender and a touch of cinnamon to create this bright, culinary IPA. 6.2% ABV
2017 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Bedwetter Barleywine
First brewed back in 2002, the Bedwetter Returns! This extremely rare version of our rich and malty barleywine has been slow-rollin’ in bourbon barrels since last year, earning the mellow tone of the oak. Sure to be a treat for sippin’ and savoring; and just like a pair of wool mittens, it’s definitely a Winter warmer at 11% ABV.
Baltic Black Anniversary Lager
Some malt growers still grow richly flavored barley varieties and use age-old malting methods that focus on flavor instead of profitability! Well, we love these malts and brewed this black lager with eight different Bavarian and Belgian malts. We even smoked a small portion of the barley malt over peat moss in our firepit out back, just to add a little depth to the flavor. You’ll find this to be a malty lager with a crisp finish. 5.5% ABV