The Brew Crew

We Brew. Everybody Drinks. Repeat.

Back in 1999, craft beers were revolutionizing America’s beer culture. That same year, Brewmaster Joe Katchever founded Pearl Street Brewery — with only a dream, a 1984 Eagle Wagon, and a trailer packed with brewery equipment driven from Colorado to the heart of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Although Joe and his dad started in a small, subterranean brewhouse on Pearl Street, the celebration and Grand Opening was enough to attract a mob of flavor-starved people and get Mayor Medinger to tap the inaugural keg. Pearl Street Brewery eventually expanded to the historic La Crosse Footwear building on Saint Andrew Street.

We’ve come a long way. Today, Pearl Street beer can be found on tap in most restaurants and bars in the area and on the shelves of retailers around the state — and now, in Minnesota and Iowa. But the one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is a big commitment to making great beer. It is the only thing that still matters. It’s that simple. We’re inspired by good beer.

The crew behind the brew.

What kind of people run a brewery? The dedicated kind. The fun kind. The do-whatever-it-takes-to-get-it-done kind. At PSB, we attribute the fine quality of our beers to the fine-quality men and women who make it happen. Stop in and get to know the people behind your favorite brew.

  • Tony

    a.k.a. Tone

    Founder, Quality Control (wink, wink!). Although he lives in Port Washington (“Lakeside”), Tone remains an integral part of the brewery. His hobbies include working on his perpetual architectural fantasy and driving long distances to hang out with his cutie-pie granddaughter…and have a fresh PSB pint, of course!

  • Joe Katchever

    a.k.a. BrewMaster

    Owner, Founder, Brewmaster, Production Manager, Beer Aficionado and all-around bad-ass; Joe truly immerses himself in his work. He is living proof that where there’s a will…there’s definitely a way. Hobbies include beer, brewing beer, drinking beer, talking beer, cooking stir-fry, burnin’ down the road on his chopper, and sampling his own wares.

  • Tami

    a.k.a. BrewMistress

    Co-owner and Director of Sales and Marketing, or as her favorite coffee mug reads: “Queen of F***ing Everything.” She only breaks for a steamy, spicy bowl of Pho or maybe a quick workout! When she’s not holdin’ down the fort here at PSB, you’ll find her burnin’ up the tar on her Sporty, hanging out at The Boathouse, or snuggling with The Sprout.

  • The Sprout

    a.k.a. Junior Brewmaster

    Sprout joined our brewery family on May 31, 2009, and has already made quite the impression with beer (and kid!) enthusiasts alike. Although she might not be old enough to sample the wares right now, she’s already established herself as The Boss. Hobbies include practicing for her dream performance on The Voice, practicing her forms and getting ready to test for her next belt in karate and dancing around the brewery.

  • Chance

    Chance brings with him experience, passion for beer, and a thirst to keep learning and honing his brewing skills. He stands well over 6′ 5″ and has adopted the title of  The Reacher of High Things. But when it comes to crawling in and out of our tanks, it’s a bit of a squeeze. But he doesn’t mind. He’s absolutely crazy about amusement parks and roller coasters and spends his spare time trying to find the best ones. This keeps him accustomed to the ups and downs of the fast paced life of brewing award-winning beers, dealing with demanding sales people, the angst changing brew schedules, and the joy of producing fantastic beers.

  • Jordan

    Jordan wasn’t just born to brew. Nope. He done learned it too! He joined us with a good base of brewing knowledge as a Siebel Institute graduate,  and he also spent a year studying in Germany. And since he lays no claim to any amazing stupid human tricks, and joining the circus is out, he’s stickin’ with beer. Oh did we mention he’s from Chicago? While he won’t admit to being a Bears fan… he didn’t exactly deny it!

  • Dillon

    a.k.a.DJ Dill

    As our Sales Manager, when it comes to selling beer Dillon is all business. As one of our longest tenured employees he’s seen our company grow and evolve, and has been a big part of that. After a brief hiatus working for another company, he’s come back to his roots with more knowledge and experience to help guide Pearl Street Brewery into the future. And when he’s not working the numbers, DJ Dill’s working two turntables and a microphone. And sure, he likes to let his hair down like the rest of us. But with his long mane, it takes a whole bottle of conditioner, some upper arm strength and a lot of patience.

  • Molly

    As our East Side Brand Ambassador, Molly travels from Madison to Timbuktu… Also known as Green Bay. When she’s not burning road miles, she’s relaxin’ in her hometown of Madison. Since she pretty much knows everyone, you might call her a social butterfly but don’t call her a bar fly. She’d rather be outside than stuck inside. She loves enjoying time on the lake she lives on or being out enjoying the Sconnie scenery. And of course, when she’s not hiking or biking, she’s cheering on the Pack!

  • Mike

    Our Off Premise Ambassador and Delivery Guy loves beer. Especially if it is made by hand in small batches. A home brewer himself, when the opportunity to turn his passion into a livelihood came along, he went for it. And go for it he did! Promoted in less than a year, he went from go-to-guy for all miscellaneous projects to go-to-guy for delivering hundreds upon thousands of cases of beer and making sure fresh beer is all over this market. And if you couldn’t tell by looking at him, he’s kick ass. He’s too shy to brag, so we’ll do it for him!  But on the off chance you DO catch him in a super outgoing mood, ask him about his popcorn trick.

  • Josh

    a.k.a.Beer Major

    He may be known as Josh Miner, but around here he’s the Beer Major. If you think counting 99 bottles of beer on the wall is fun, try counting the thousands upon thousands of cases and kegs he’s responsible for. Plus he’s a whiz at spreadsheets. The following are listed as his better qualities: cook, cyclist, outdoor enthusiast, (former) stay-at-home dad, homemaker, bike mechanic, debater, gardener, and unabashed hedonist, but his claim to fame is his quick as lightening dishwasher unloading skills and unchallenged and perhaps unsubstantiated champion leg wrestling status.

  • Beau

    Our Tasting Room & Hospitality Manager feels right at home in our big family of red-heads. And speaking of colors, he’s definitely NOT green when it comes to the local karaoke circuit.  He will get up anytime and anywhere and sing a pretty good rendition of Danzig’s Mother. He loves BIG beers and has even bigger dreams. One is to see the Brewers win a World Series. And the other is to travel the world. This family guy likes to hang on the homestead and make his own wares. And when he’s not, he’s probably getting a tattoo. Ask him about that one time he got a lip tattoo! I guess he doesn’t follow our philosophy of no pain… no pain.

  • Pickles

    a.k.a. Jesse

    Sure, you can call Pickles by his real name, but that would just be weird. Pickles kegs. Pickles bottles. Pickles prefers Pearl Street Pale Ale. Pickles pours potent potables into a pickle-patterned flask. No word yet on if he picks pickled peppers, but he does like telling the story of how he got his name. So if you catch him when he’s not tinkering around filling up containers with beer, buy Pickles a Pale and ask him about it (try saying that 10 times fast!).

  • Robby

    a.k.a.ROBBY!!!!!

    As the resident fix-it, jack of all trades, figure out how it works guy, he’s used to hearing ROBBY!!! If it’s broke, he can fix it. And if you can’t find him, just listen for his trademark liggle. No need for spellcheck. We made that one up. It’s a cross between a laugh and a giggle. And when he’s not making things all better around here, he’s off to the races… literally. He’s raced in a local demolition derby. He races around after his kid. And he really enjoys racing around town drinking up Pearl Street Brewery beers!

  • Ian

    a.k.a.Mumbles

    Ian, or Mumbles as we like to call him, is our Cellarman/Jack of All Trades. But if you don’t lean in and listen carefully, you might miss what he has to say. So when he’s not busy being inaudible, he’s either bottling some Pearl Street beer, merchandising beer on the shelves at our area retailers, or overseeing his domain… Building U. You heard me. He has his own assigned building. He also insists on wearing shorts during the frigid cold months of our Wisconsin winters. He says it’s because he doesn’t get cold. Or maybe Mumbles said his pants are full of holes. Hmmm we should look into getting a translator.

  • Mary

    Some folks sing 99 bottles of beer on the wall. Mary, she sings 99 six packs for beer on the wall. She’s put together more six packs in her time here than most people drink. I said MOST people.  And when she’s not out and about hanging out with her boyfriend, she’s laying low. She’d love to travel  more some day. But right now, she’s content where she is. And when she’s NOT  content… she’ll let you know it! #dontpissheroff

  • Nik D

  • Travis

    Pound for pound he has more tattoos than anyone else in the brewery. Now that’s tough. When it comes to keeping this group organized, showing up on time and looking great at events, you need to be tough. And he is. He threatened to “hunt us down and come down on us with the burning rage of a thousand suns…” if we didn’t keep things organized. *gulp* *shiver* *shake* He fits in just right around here. With 13 members in his family, he’s learned to be heard! It could also be the reason he’s broken 25 separate bones in his body. Tough exteriors aside, he’s a softie who loves animals and hopes for world peace.

  • Erin

    a.k.a. Emo

    Erin’s never been known to turn down a shift, so you can bet you’ll run into her at the Tasting Room. She knows how to sweetly pour you a pint, but we’ve seen her shoot tequila with the manliest of men. Known to have quite the green thumb, if she’s not chasing around after her son Shay, she’s diggin’ in some dirt somewhere making pretty things grow!

  • Jordan B

    He might be new to the actual business of selling beer in the industry, but Beeskau is anything but a stranger to good…. err… great beer. He lived in Portland for 10 years where he honed the craft of home brewing and got his mitts on any and all of the great West Coast beers he could. But alas, home is where family is. His return to the motherland means he doesn’t have to search for a Packer bar to catch the game. Duh, every Sconnie bar is a Packer bar! His bucket list includes taking a beercation to Germany someday. But until then, he’ll stick close to home. If you catch him out and about, make him buy you a beer and have him say the ABC’s backwards. He’s a pro at it.

  • Ben

    a.k.a. Happy Horn

    As a farmer, Ben’s used to answering questions about his farm and his produce. That’s why he’s such a great fit here. He just gets it. When he’s not peddling his fresh grown fruits and veggies at local farmers’ markets, he dealing with our pedalers every Wednesday for Free Wheelin’ Wednesdays. And just to make sure he doesn’t have too much free time on his hands, he’s also a long-time employee of Buzzard Billy’s Downtown La Crosse.

  • McKenna

    Known as Kenna by her friends, she’s also called MJ sometimes… as in MJ? Maybe she’s called that because she likes to randomly break out into song. We wonder if that includes a little Moonwalking too? When she’s not Moonwalking or Moonlighting at PSB, she’s working any one of her THREE jobs. But that’s not enough to fill her time. She also indulges in hobbies like crafts and calligraphy. Geesh. When does she sleep? Probably after a piping hot bowl of Mac-n-Cheese… hands down her favorite food.

  • Jacque

    Definition: am-bi-dex-trous (adj) – (of a person) able to use right hands and left hands equally well. Her gift comes in “handy” when it comes to sipping pints of great craft beer…. and really life in general. Often called Jacq, she’s a packaged deal. Where you find Jacq, you often find her sisters Mckenzie and Veronica. Yes, they are the Olson sisters. But not THOSE sisters. She’s a woman-child with a genuine spirit that wants to roam AND save the earth. Besides loving our local beer culture, she’s pretty keen on her man Aaron, who’s a gifted musician, lives in a camper and cuts his own hair.

  • Brett

    When it comes to one of our beertenders, let’s just talk about the giraffe in the room. Ok, we are reaching on that joke, but  you get it. He’s super tall. Like 6’6″ tall. So when it comes to reaching, he’s the best of the best. But that’s not his claim to fame. This man can juggle. And we don’t mean juggling classes, two jobs and a serious girlfriend. He can really juggle. The only thing that would make that cooler is if he could juggle pints of beer. File that under, working on it.

  • Alan

  • Darcey

    a.k.a. MumDMC

    Nothing gets by Darcey. She’s spot on and on top of it. She loves to serve up warm fuzzies and the beer buzzies when you come visit us. And when she’s not here beertending, she’s at home chasing after two daughters and twin boys. Uffda! We can say that because she’s from MN. But her football soul belongs to Green Bay. Go figure.

  • Brittany

    We all have that ONE friend who is always chipper, full of energy and game for anything. They are annoying right? Well not Brittany. She says she does her best work under pressure. And we think she’s right. But more importantly, she does her BEST under pressure AND she does it nicely. As our graphic designer, she makes our beer look as great as it tastes. She also represents the CRAFT in craft brewery. Literally. When you give her a decorating or craft project, she’s the only one who doesn’t consider it a punishment. She has yet to travel the world, but when she does, she wants to taste as many great ales and lagers as possible. It’s good to have goals.

  • Angi

    a.k.a.Red#3

    What happens when you hang around PSB long enough? You get put on the schedule. So, it was not surprising when Angi found herself on the other side of the bar… working as one of our fine beertenders. She fits in just fine with her red hair and her quick witt. Her can-do attitude is an asset with the never ending to-do list… she’s great at volunteering for tasks, AND enlisting the help of her husband Chad. Careful Chad… the schedule has some openings!

  • Marty

    Marty, one of our Tour Guides and Special Events Guys, may have an uncanny resemblance to a celebrity (we’ll let you stew over who that might be) but that’s not why he’s famous. Just a few weeks on the job and Marty was already voted fan favorite among our tour guides. And although his pic belies his outgoing personality. He is the MOST hospitable person on our team. He’s that guy you find yourself talking to as if you have been “friends” for years. And if you are still stewing over who his doppleganger is… you need to brush up on your cult 90’s tv shows!

  • Theresa

    a.k.a. Mama Bean Juice

    There’s a buzz about our beer and in the case of our Java Lava Coffee Stout, Theresa is partly responsible. That’s because her coffee shop, Bean Juice, roasts our Guatemalan coffee beans fresh for each batch. And when she’s not busy running her own business, she moonlights with us in our Tasting Room. She also takes credit for naming our Rubber Mills Pils. What does she do with her free time? Does she have free time? After cramming in a few clogging sessions, sailing the seas, and some volunteering… she has just enough time for relaxin’ with coffee or beers, of course.