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Things to Know About Sour Winter Gose

Seasonal Series. 

Sour Winter Gose is the coolest of our four-part seasonal Gose Series. Appearing on tap and on store shelves during the coldest months of the year, it comes out in December, just in time for the holidays and becomes harder to find towards the end of February.

Terroir Fermentation

Like the other Goses we brew, this ale has undergone spontaneous primary fermentation with native microbes found in the air in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This natural, terroir fermentation doesn’t just create an inviting sourness, but also connects this beer to our land and our community. The brisk tangy backbone is a lot like the brisk Winter air around here.

Fresh Spruce Tips 

Our friends Jackie and Pat, who have made Alaska their home, are a big part of this beer. Every year, after the warm Spring sun has broken up the Winter frost, they hike out into the spruce forests of the Alaskan frontier.  Amidst the bears, elk and moose who roam the mountainside, they hand pick the lemony fresh, new-growth tips of the spruce trees. This last year, they had some additional help from their new son who was born over the Winter.

They pack the fresh Spruce tips in coolers and bring them down to La Crosse when they come for a visit. These are the spruce tips that give Sour Winter Gose it’s citrusy nose and golden green hue.

Essential oil pressed from the skins of the rare Italian Bergamot orange bring a bright and juicy aroma. Bergamot oranges are pretty much inedible because they are so tart, but the essential oil, found just below the surface of the skin is prized for its culinary uses. Best known as the aromatics found in Earl Grey teas around the world, the Bergamot orange zest compliments this beer nicely.

Seasonal Winter Release – 4.8% ABV 3.5 IBUs

Things to Know About Raspberry Tambois

Tribute

A tribute to our very own, sometimes tart but always effervescent Tami, this tart and effervescent Belgian-style Framboise.

About 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!

West Flanders

Brewed with yeast and bacteria cultures just like the spontaneously fermented beers of the Lambic region of West Flanders.

Aged

We age this beer on a half-pound of real raspberries for every pint!

Limited January Release – 8.0% ABV 8 IBUs

Things to Know about Dakenstein IIPA

Things to Know about Dakenstein IIPA

 

Monster Beer 

This freak of a beer is released every year at Pearl Street Brewery’s Halloween bash. Brewed with a monster mix of pure barley malts and stitched together with a melange of the stinkiest hops we could find. We use all barley malt for a full, malty body.

 

Dankness

This beer is determined to be quite dank with a starting gravity of 19.2 and colossal quadruple-hoppings in the brewkettle. Unlike the modish IPA’s of today, this beer has a solid hoppy bitterness to match and balance its malty backbone. 

 

Unfiltered 

Dankenstein is a tribute to ancient brewing methods. We bottle and keg Dank with live yeast and the beer is naturally conditioned in the bottle. This leads to a fresher, brighted flavor and a more refined carbonation. Like all naturally carbonated beers, you’ll find it a bit hazy and with sediment in the bottle.

(Limited Fall Release – 10% ABV & 146 IBUs)

Things to Know about Gosecopia

Things to Know about Gosecopia

 

Air Microbes

This sour fall ale has undergone spontaneous primary fermentation with native microbes found in the air in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  

Terroir! 

This natural, terroir fermentation doesn’t just create an inviting sourness, but also connects this beer to our land and our community. 

Sour Series

Fourth in our seasonal sour series, this contemporary Gose is flavored with natural guava, mango, and locally sourced cranberry for a bountiful exbeerience.   

Enjoy

A Gose is meant to be enjoyed fresh at a young age.  We brew in small batches seasonally to give you a great Gose experience year round.

Seasonal Fall Release – 5.3% ABV  3.5 IBUs

Things to Know about Lederhosen Lager Fest Bier

Come late September each year, we start feeling the Gemütlichkeit. 

Season 

It’s time to dust off our lederhosen and drink beer. Brewmaster Joe first brewed the Lederhosen Lager for Oktoberfest in 2001 and has brewed it each year to celebrate the season since. It’s our salute to La Crosse’s great German heritage and over 150 years of brewing tradition. 

Process 

Brewed with Pilsen and Vienna malts, true German lager yeast, and spiced with hops grown in the Hallertau region of Germany. 

Hallertau Hop Region

Hallertau Hop Region is a small triangle of land in Germany, but it is the largest and perhaps most famous hop-growing district in the world.  Hops have been grown there since 768 AD.

Beer Steins

Not required for drinking Lederhosen Lager.  But man, you’ll look so cool.

You’ll find this amber beer to be smooth, malty, and easy drinking. Ein Prosit! 

(Seasonal Fall Release – 5.5% ABV 11 IBUs)

Things to Know about Applefest Appleweizen

The locals enjoy it so much, they made it the official beer of Applefest!

Apple Festing

Every September for the last 70 years, everybody gets together for a big parade with dozens of floats and marching, baton-twirling kids who stomp down to Abnet field next to the La Crescent Middle/High School to kick off Applefest.

If you listen you can hear the Apple Annies singing acapella and when you see them, you might be lucky enough to have your cheek adorned with an apple sticker or your t-shirt with an Applefest button. There’s a carnival, a cornhole tourney, a 5K run/walk, there are orchard tours, apple pie, a coronation of the new Royal Family and a beer tent with non-stop activities. This is where the tapping of the infamous, “Red Apple Keg” takes place.

Collaboration Across Borders

Celebrating generations of apple-farming, we call this a beer without borders as it brings cross-river neighbors from two different states together for a little hootin’ and hollerin’.

Like a marriage made in heaven, the Applefest Appleweizen is a marriage of fresh, light Wisconsin wheat ale and local, fresh-squeezed Minnesota Apples!

La Crescent, MN is right across the Mighty Miss from our brewery and La Crescent is surrounded by family-operated apple orchards. That’s why it’s known as The Apple Capital of Minnesota!

The Apples

Of all the apple varieties grown around here, Brewmaster Joe chose Honeycrisp apples because they are so darn good. We also like the fact that they are a Minnesota native! Honeycrisps are one of nine apple cultivars initially cultivated by the University of Minnesota that have become commercial varieties.

Patented in 1988 and released to the public in 1991, this apple wasn’t bred to grow, store or ship well. It was bred for taste: crisp, with balanced sweetness and acidity. That’s why we love ‘em. Local Honeycrisp apples are hand-harvested each Fall from one of the orchards just a few miles from our brewery and pressed into the freshest, most delicious juice you’ve ever had.

The Beer

Wheat beer brewed with Wisconsin barley and wheat malts. Fermented with a specific yeast for a pronounced estery aroma often found in Bavarian wheat beers and LAB for a fresh tanginess.

Seasonal Fall Release – 5.5% ABV 6 IBUs

Cheers to 20 Years of Beers (Video)!

Cheers to 20 Years of Beers! Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, WI!

Patrons saluting 20 Years of Beers from Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, WI!

About Pearl Street Brewery

Pearl Street Brewery has been creating award-winning craft beers in La Crosse, WI for 20 years. Their beer can be found in restaurants, bars, and retailers all over Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Brewery tours are available every Friday and Saturday and patrons can visit the Tasting Room Tuesday through Sunday. The brewery plays host to musical groups, yoga classes, fundraisers, and many community events.

Things to Know about Smokin’ Hemp Porter

Things to Know about 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. When aged throughout the year, its flavor matures with time.

One of the First

Pearl Street Brewery is ahead of its time when it comes to releasing beer that actually contains hemp. Pearl Street Founder and Brewmaster, Joe Katchever has been brewing and serving Smokin’ Hemp Porter on draught since 2008.

Approval

Katchever says, “although I applied several times, I couldn’t get Federal label approval for this beer because it had the word ‘hemp’ on the label. I have many emails back and forth with the TTB (the Federal Agency that regulates alcohol product labels) explaining that the beer did not contain illegal substances and that hemp itself is not illegal.

Ingredients

First, barley malt is smoked over cherry wood to a sweet smokiness, then hemp seeds are toasted to a nutty brown. Then, they are mashed together with crystal and chocolate malts, to form the backbone of Smokin’ Hemp Porter. Lightly hopped with classic British hops and cold-conditioned.

Flavor

You’ll find Smokin’ Hemp Porter to have an inviting smokiness remnant of Highland scotch. The body is medium and doesn’t fill you up as much as a heavier stout or robust porter. There is a noticeable nutty earthiness from the toasted hemp seeds and it finishes with a dry, non-cloying sweetness. Usually drunk fresh, this beer is often cellared for extended periods of a few months to a year or more. Figs, dates and vanilla flavor notes develop over time but the finish stays bold and smokey.

Limited 4/20 Release – 5.5% ABV 18 IBUs

Pearl Street Brewery is hosting national touring Smells Like Nirvana

Pearl Street Brewery is hosting national touring Smells Like Nirvana

Pearl Street Brewery is hosting national touring Smells Like Nirvana, taking place Saturday June 15, 2019.  Smells Like Nirvana is composed of seasoned pros and die-hard-fans of Nirvana, fronted by Paul Wandtke (ex Trivium, Dead Original), Nick Shabatura on drums and Mike Petrasek (Bedlem).

Their live tribute to Nirvana is a haunting episode of grunge filled angst playing songs from Nirvana’s albums Bleach, Nevermind, In Utero and MTV Unplugged as well as rare b-sides and more; played without click tracks or backing tracks, a trait that is rare in today’s contemporary musical landscape, a trait and philosophy that Nirvana lived by.

Attendees can make a song request for this show via: www.smellslikenirvanatribute.com

What: Smells Like Nirvana

When: Saturday, June, 15 2019 | $12 / $15 Day of Show | 7pm | 21+  Purchase on the APP

Where: Pearl Street Brewery – 1401 St Andrew St La Crosse, WI 54603

Things to Know about 17-Up Lemon Lime Gose

Things to Know about 17-Up Lemon Lime Gose

Originally brewed to celebrate 17 years of The Pearl Street Brewery, this is a tangy and refreshing conundrum.

From Nature

This sour summer ale has undergone spontaneous primary fermentation with wild, native microbes found in the air in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This natural, terroir fermentation doesn’t just create an inviting sourness, but also connects this beer to our land and our community.

Essence

This particular Gose is flavored with natural lemon-lime essence for a mind-warping exbeerience.

History

17Up is one of our versions of an ancient ale originating on the banks of the Gose River in northern Germany hundreds of years ago. To create the authentic water profile, we use real sea minerals harvested from an ancient sea bed to treat the water we brew this beer with. This beer is “wild” because it’s spontaneously and naturally fermented with wild microbes like it was centuries ago.

What’s Next for this Gose

This Gose was the first one to inspire the other three Goses we brew year-round. Look for the others, Like Gosecopia, Pop Gose and Sour Winter Gose when in season and download a free, printable beer release calendar to find our more!

Seasonal Summer Release – 5.3% ABV 3.5 IBUs