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Pearl Street Brewery Announcing its 4-part Seasonal Sour Series

Seasonal Release of Gosecopia made with Wisconsin Cranberries.

When Pearl Street Brewery releases its 4-part Seasonal Sour Series it is throughout the year and they don’t traditionally have all four beers available all at once, this year the stars have aligned and customers will be able to pick up Pearl Street Brewery’s Pop Gose, 17-UP Lemon Lime Gose, Sour Winter Gose, and Gosecopia all at the same time! 

These sours have 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. 

Pop Gose – The complex flavor profile is built with lavender and hibiscus flowers, both tart and aromatic, while cucumbers lend a light, fresh taste. It’s as refreshing as the spring thaw in Wisconsin. (Seasonal Spring Release – 5% ABV 3.5 IBUs)                           

17-UP Lemon Lime Gose – Originally brewed to celebrate 17 years of The Pearl Street Brewery, this is a tangy and refreshing conundrum. This particular Gose is flavored with natural lemon-lime essence for a mind-warping exbeerience. (Seasonal Summer Release – 4.8% ABV 3.5 IBUs)                                                                                       

Sour Winter Gose –  The brisk tangy backbone is a lot like the brisk Winter air around here. This beer also contains unrefined, ancient sea salt, fresh spruce tips harvested by our friends up in the mountains around Juneau, Alaska and the essential oil pressed from the skins of the rare Italian Bergamot orange. (Seasonal Winter Release – 4.8% ABV 3.5 IBUs)       

Gosecopia – Fourth in our seasonal sour series, this Gose is flavored with natural guava, mango, and locally sourced cranberry for a bountiful exbeerience.   (Seasonal Fall Release – 5.3% ABV  3.5 IBUs)      

About Pearl Street Brewery

Pearl Street Brewery has been creating award-winning craft beers in La Crosse, WI for 21 years.  Their beer can be found in restaurants, bars, and retailers all over Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.  Patrons can visit the Tasting Room Tuesday through Sunday.  The brewery hosts many community events and has been very involved in local charity work since it first opened in 1999.

Pearl Street Brewery’s El Hefe Bavarian Hefeweizen is back!

Be the Brewmeister!

El Hefe Bavarian Hefeweizen is back in brewing rotation at Pearl Street Brewery, last brewed in 2019, this full time to seasonal brew was paused to make room for other new beers that hit the market and the public demanded to have it back, the Bavarian-style wheat beer is available in bottles and on tap. 

“We got some push-back when we stopped production of this beer” says Brewmaster Joe Katchever, “this one customer in particular would buy seven cases of El Hefe every week from the grocery store and when she couldn’t get it any more, she took it out on the clerks at the store so, they would keep asking me when it was coming back.” He went on to say, “She ended up buying ten cases last week when it was back on the shelf!”

The El Hefe is a Bavarian-style wheat beer brewed with American barley and wheat malts. Fermented with Weinstephan yeast for a subtle banana clove aroma often found in Bavarian wheat beers. Traditionally unfiltered, and usually served with a wedge of lemon. 5% ABV  8 IBUs. 

As one of our beers from our original line-up back in 1999, this notable beer is great for the summer season. It pairs really well with any backyard BBQ, it’s a great addition to a day on the river or some quiet time and a good book. This sessionable ale has always been a fan favorite!

Be the Brewmeister!
Be the Brewmeister!

Pearl Street Brewery to Can Flagship Favorite Java Lava Coffee Stout and Special Seasonal Selections

Pearl Street Brewery to Can Flagship Favorite Java Lava Coffee Stout and Special Seasonal Selections

Pearl Street Brewery will be distributing more of its flagship beers in cans, including the Java Lava Coffee Stout along with its selection of yearly seasonals including Rumpshaker IPA, That’s What I’m Talkin’ ’bout Organic Rolled Oat Stout, and Al Caporter

Java Lava Coffee Stout 

This stout is brewed with an infusion of fresh,  locally roasted Guatemalan coffee beans from our friends at Bean Juice coffee roasters. The dark beans are steeped in our stout until optimum flavor has been reached. You’ll find a fresh coffee aroma with roasty, toasty undertones. 5.5% ABV  14 IBUs 

Rumpshaker IPA

Looking more like a milkshake than a beer, brazen turbidity and bright, juicy hops mark this style. Our version is a hazy non-fruited version. 6% ABV 65 IBUs

That’s What I’m Talkin’ ’bout Organic Rolled Oat Stout

This Rolled Oat Stout is a full-body black malt Betty and is reflective of the industrial rail systems that plow through Wisconsin. It’s chocked full of organic rolled oats, chocolate and black malts and a variety of hops. And even with all that, it won’t weigh you down. Which means pint after pint, it’s full steam a-mocha brown-head.  5.5% ABV  14 IBUs

Al Caporter

A porter featuring an abundance of chocolate malt, a rich dark brown color, infused with even more chocolate flavor, and a noticeable dose of strawberry essence for the flavor and aroma of a fresh chocolate-covered strawberry. 6% ABV

About Pearl Street Brewery

Pearl Street Brewery has been creating award-winning craft beers in La Crosse, WI for 21 years.  Their beer can be found in restaurants, bars, and retailers all over Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.  Patrons can visit the Tasting Room Tuesday through Sunday.  The brewery hosts many community events and has been very involved in local charity work since it first opened in 1999.

2020 Year in Review: Hello Friends and Neighbors!

Hello friends and neighbors!

When things got weird in 2020, we got to work!

Over the last year we installed a brand new canning line. With an automated de-palletizer by Ska Fab and state-of-the-art sleever for a high quality label look and feel matched up with a top-of-the-line Angelus filler/seamer. We invited the public in to participate in our very first can run! By the end of the day we were knee-deep in beer cans and foam but we had a blast!

We also completed installation of a new 100 barrel hot liquor tank which required a crane and a huge hole in the side of our building on the second floor. This new tank replaces a smaller one and will help us continue growing our production.

As far as turning out new products, 2020 was one of our most productive years yet!

Working side-by-side with the incredibly talented ladies of On Three Print + Design, we created fancy new label artwork for several of our favorite brands and rolled them out in cans:

DTB Brown Ale (12oz & 16oz six packs)
Linalool IPA (12oz and 16oz cans)
Me, Myself & IPA (16oz four packs)
Pearl Street Pale Ale (12oz six-packs)
Lederhosen Oktoberfest Lager (12oz four packs)
Shitty Lyte Beer (12oz and 16oz six packs)
Tambois Raspberry Frambois (12oz four packs)

New Products

We have developed and released new products this year, too! Some we were working on as far back as 2019:

V/O Haze Vanilla Orange IPA (16oz 4-packs)
Supreme Fatty Juicy IPA (16oz four packs)

Turisimo Winery and Fermentations

In 2020 we also formed Turisimo Winery and Fermentations, a beverage creation company which specializes in collaborations with other local producers and uses the brewery’s production and packaging capabilities. Turisimo collaborated with friends at Hoch Organic Orchards of La Crescent, Minnesota to bring to market some of their amazing, hand made ciders:

Purple Reign Semi-sweet Raspberry Cider (12oz Four Packs)
Cidre Nouveau British Style Dry Cider (12oz four packs)
Honey Honey Semi-Sweet Cider with Honey (12oz four packs)

Turisimo also dove into the Hard Seltzer market in 2020 with a line called H2 Uh-Oh! The first two thirst-quenchers are available in 12oz six-packs:

Cucumber-Lime
Black Cherry Strawberry

Turisimo is also working with local vineyards and making wine from locally grown fruit! Currently available on tap in the Tasting Room are:

Marquette off-dry red
Frontenac Gris light blush
Red Cherry Red made with Door County cherries

I am hoping many of these experimental projects blossom into something more! Keep your eyes open for a new line of canned wines coming this year.

Winter SNOW Ball

Pearl Street Brewery to offer wines at their 22nd Annual Winter Ball!

After all the unknowns in 2020, this Winter Ball is a very special day for those of us at Pearl Street. We layed off 12 people in March and had no idea what was in store for us after that. I’ve watched breweries all over the country close up shop this year. We worked hard and got creative to survive and on February 13th we are not only celebrating 22 years of Pearl Street Brewery, but we are celebrating survival. Even after getting all this stuff done here over the last year, we still made time to create some new and exciting beers for the Winter Ball. Every year we release five new beers and this year is no exception.

On Saturday, February 13th, Pearl Street Brewery will be celebrating our 22nd Annual Winter Ball outside, in front of the brewery. The outdoor event will include live music, bonfire, food sales, and the release of five new and exciting Pearl Street creations as well as offerings from Turisimo (Tur-E-see-mo) Winery.

For the first time ever, we will offer house-made wines at their Winter Ball. Over 2020, we diversified ourselves into a winery! Wines and hard seltzers made at the brewery are made under the name Turisimo Winery and Fermentations.

Since 1999, Pearl Street Brewery, which was then located in the basement of the Bodega in downtown La Crosse, has had it’s annual anniversary celebration in many different forms and at many different locations. The very first Winter Ball in 1999, took place at the Bodega. It has also been held at Bluebird Campground, Westby Rod & Gun Club, El Coco Loco (closed), twice at the Jorgenson Farm and many times at the brewery.

Precautions being taken include contactless check-in, limiting capacity, sanitizing stations, and single use drinkware. Admittance to the Winter Snow Ball is $10 per person and ticket sales are capped for social distancing.

Sincerely, Joe, Tami, and Sprout!

Pearl Street Brewery’s Seasonal Release of Dankenstein IIPA Is Out Now

 Seasonal Release of Gosecopia made with Wisconsin Cranberries.

With each Fall comes the anticipated release of  Dankenstein IIPA! “Dank” is a freak of a beer brewed with a monster mix of pure barley malts stitched together with a hodgepodge of the stinkiest hops Pearl Street Brewery could find. This beer is determined to be quite dank with a starting gravity of 19.2 and colossal quadruple-hoppings in the brew kettle. It is unfiltered and cask conditioned for the freshest flavor. (Limited Fall Release – 10% ABV & 146 IBUs)

The Seasonal Dankenstein IIPA will be available in stores in La Crosse County and around Western Wisconsin and will be available on tap at the Pearl Street Brewery Tasting Room. 

What does “cask conditioned” mean? 

Carbon dioxide gas (CO2) comes from the fermentation of beer. Before modern brewing practices were possible, beer was transferred into casks (barrels) and bottles before it was fully done fermenting, so some of the CO2 would become trapped inside to make the beer bubbly. Alternately, a shot of fermentable sugar was added just before kegging or bottling to give the yeast fuel to make enough CO2 for a nice, bubbly head. Nowadays, virtually no beer is produced this way. Most beer has carbonation bubbles added to it to give it that nice head we all love so much.

When we brew Dankenstein, we condition the beer in casks and bottles, just as it was brewed for thousands of years before modern brewing practices were employed. The result? A refined flavor with a dense, rocky head and a little sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Some like to pour the beer into a glass and leave the sediment behind, but we like to swirl it around and drink the healthy yeast sediment.

Dankenstein IIPA will also be available in La Crescent, Winona, and south eastern Minnesota. Bars and Restaurants interested in putting Dankenstein IIPA on tap or selling it in bottles can contact Pearl Street Brewery.

Pearl Street Brewery’s Seasonal Release of Gosecopia made with Wisconsin Cranberries

 Seasonal Release of Gosecopia made with Wisconsin Cranberries.

Pearl Street Brewery is releasing another seasonal favorite in early November. Gosecopia is Pearl Street’s sour Fall ale and one of four seasonal Goses brewed by Pearl Street each year.

During the brewing, the beer is naturally inoculated with wild, native microbes. This traditional brewing process dates back thousands of years and is still used today in some of the most exclusive beers in the World. Pearl Street founder and Brewmaster, Joe Katchever points out that this, “natural, terroir fermentation doesn’t just create an inviting sourness, but also connects this beer to the land and to each person in the community.” Gosecopia is  fermented on natural guava, mango, and locally sourced cranberries.(5.3% ABV  3.5 IBUs).

The cranberries were recently gathered from Arendt Cranberry Company, in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. The family run farm utilizes the newest technology to improve upon the tried and tested methods used by farmers for countless generations.

 Seasonal Release of Gosecopia made with Wisconsin Cranberries.

Bill Arendt is a second generation farmer who has been farming in Wisconsin all his life and is the  operating partner and manager at Arendt Cranberry Company. Since 1984, Bill has run the cranberry operation with his father and two others, adding acres, cleaning, receiving, transportation, fabrication, and processing fruit. Bill’s wife, Suzanne Arendt who has degrees in Wildlife Management and Soil Science, developed and implemented an integrated pest management system to increase productivity while reducing the farm’s dependency on pesticides. Suzanne operates the Quality Control laboratory where they ensure the quality of not only Arendt cranberries, but the cranberries of dozens of other Wisconsin growers. Every growing season since inception has seen them expand this small farm into one of the most well respected farms and businesses in the Nekoosa area.

 Seasonal Release of Gosecopia made with Wisconsin Cranberries.

The Seasonal Gosecopia will be available in stores in La Crosse County and around Western Wisconsin and will be available on tap at the Pearl Street Brewery Tasting Room. Gosecopia will also be available in La Crescent, Winona, and south eastern Minnesota.

Bars and Restaurants interested in putting Gosecopia on tap or selling it in bottles can contact Pearl Street Brewery.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Pearl Street has followed Health Department recommendations by limiting capacity, increasing shared-space sanitation, encouraging mask-wearing, and making their own, “social distance spot savers”. They have also expanded their outdoor patio space so patrons can enjoy their beverages outside!

Carryout and curbside options are available at the Tasting Room.

Pearl Street Brewery

Pearl Street Brewery has been creating award-winning craft beers in La Crosse, WI for 21 years.  Their beer can be found in restaurants, bars, and retailers all over Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.  Patrons can visit the Tasting Room Tuesday through Sunday.  The brewery hosts many community events and has been very involved in local charity work since it first opened in 1999.

Linalool IPA Brewed by Pearl Street Brewery is Now Available in 12oz Cans

Pearl Street Brewery Announces More Fan Favorite Beers Moving to 12oz cans

Pearl Street Brewery has released another bottled favorite in cans. Linalool IPA, the only IPA brewed with Northern Discovery® hops. Featuring a crisp golden yellow color, and the unique aroma of lilac, pear, and bruised apple.

Linalool IPA is brewed with this rare species of hops that was discovered growing wild by a UW-Madison Horticulture Botanist, who was also a homebrewer. Upon brewing with the mystery hop, he also discovered that it made good beer. The family began cultivating this new hop variety on their Madison area farm and their curiosity got the best of them. They had the plant genetically tested to determine which strain it was, only to discover that it was not genetically identical to any commercially available strain of hops, making it a unique variety.

With a unique genetic fingerprint and 2.5 times more linalool (an aromatic compound that gives hops their essence) than any commercial variety. Northern Discovery hops are produced by a single Wisconsin grower — and Pearl Street Brewery has the exclusive rights to use this unique, indigenous hop variety, and it is featured in their Linalool IPA.

When Linalool was first brewed by Pearl Street Brewery, they were only able to brew it seasonally since there were not enough Northern Discovery hops available to meet the demand for the beer year-round. Since that time, production has ramped up to meet the demand for this unique and popular Wisconsin brew.

According to Brewmaster Joe Katchever there is science behind the aromatics in Linalool IPA. “the linalool molecule actually bonds to a carbohydrate found in the beer forming what is called a glycoside. Glycosides are odorless and tasteless but during aging, the molecular bond breaks and the linalool is released into the beer and you can smell it. By carefully controlling the pH of the beer, we can maximize the formation of glycosides.” ( 7% ABV  60 IBUs).

Other recently released canned beer includes D.T.B Brown Ale, Shitty Lyte, V|O Haze, and Supreme Fatty.

The new beers will be available in La Crosse County stores and in the PSB Tasting Room which is now open and is, of course, taking the necessary COVID-19 precautions as it states on their website:

So we can all be safe, we have social distancing placeholders at our bar, so customers can create a safe space around them wherever they are sitting or standing, we have hand sanitizer and masks available, and we’ve gone hog-wild on the cleaning and sanitizing of our Tasting Room.

Carryout and curbside options are still available and encouraged.

Pearl Street Brewery Ranks Top 20 in Travel Wisconsin Brewdown Poll!

Pearl Street Brewery to Release Flagship And New Fan Favorite Tasting Room Beers in 12oz and 16oz Cans

Travel Wisconsin recently asked residents to nominate their favorite brewery on social media in the ultimate Wisconsin Brewdown. With a reach of nearly 124,000 people, and more than 2,500 responses, Pearl Street Brewery ranked among the top 20 in the state.

Beer aficionados and novices alike are encouraged to vote for their favorite brewery as often as once per day now through Friday, July 24th at TravelWisconsin.com/Wisconsin-Brewdown and help crown Wisconsin’s favorite brewery, “Top in Hops.”  

“Glad to see so many Pearl Street beer lovers out there cast a vote in our direction! We’re proud of the beer we’ve brewed and the parties we’ve had. This year is a year of innovation for Pearl Street and we are really excited about the future” said Pearl Street Owner and Brewmaster, Joe Katchever, “It’s good to show support for your local brewery no matter where you live, especially during this extraordinary year, and big thanks to Travel Wisconsin for doing this.” 

With a mix of mega-breweries that made Wisconsin famous for beer and innovative craft breweries, Wisconsin remains at the center of the beer universe. By mixing traditional European brewing techniques with local ingredients and a deft artist’s touch, these entrepreneurs have created some of the most highly regarded beers in the world – as well as vibrant tourist attractions.

Dozens of Wisconsin’s breweries and brew pubs offer tours or tastings and visitors looking for a unique culinary and cultural experience can visit a number of them within a short distance in every region of the state.

“With so many great breweries throughout the state, The Wisconsin Brewdown is a fun way to support your local favorites and learn about new must-try breweries to visit in the future,” said Tourism Secretary-designee Sara Meaney. “I encourage all to participate by visiting TravelWisconsin.com, vote for your favorite brewery, and plan your trip to discover what’s on tap in Wisconsin.” 

Breweries are an important sector of the tourism industry. The Wisconsin Brewdown promotion is one of a series of efforts the department is undertaking to spotlight and support the tourism industry’s recovery.

Turisimo Fermentations Releases New Purple Reign Hard Cider from Hoch Orchards

Turisimo Fermentations

Turisimo Fermentations and Hoch Organic Orchards have collaborated on a new Hard Cider. Purple Reign, a semi-sweet cider made with purple raspberries and other fruit grown by the Hoch Family in Nodine, MN. 

Purple Reign, the first of the new hard ciders coming out in cans, will be out by mid-June in stores in La Crosse and around Western Wisconsin and is available on tap now at the Pearl Street Brewery Tasting Room. 

Bars and Restaurants interested in putting Hoch Hard Ciders on tap or selling it in cans can contact Hoch Orchards or Turisimo Fermentations. Other collaborations on deck for the two local companies include Cool Haralson, and the Honey, Honey. 

Purple Reign is made with a purple raspberry variety named Royalty, this unique flavor dominates this hard cider (6% ABV).

Cool Haralson is dry fermented giving it a dry tanginess while leaving it hazy like a German wheat beer (6% ABV). 

Honey, Honey is a semi-sweet, easy drinking cider that uses Honeycrisp as a main ingredient with a balance of sweetness and tanginess. Honey from the same bees that pollinate the orchard each Spring provide a touch of sweetness. (6% ABV).

Turisimo Fermentations is also releasing a variety of hard seltzers and wines on tap. Wines include Marquette, Frontenac Gris, and Red Cherry Red, which are vinted with grapes from the upper midwest. The wines are currently available by glass or in a growler to-go at Pearl Street Brewery’s Tasting Room.

About Turisimo Fermentations

Turisimo, a new adventure in fermentations and libations. A collaboration between Joe Katchever, Tami Plourde and other local business owners, Turisimo was launched to quell La Crosse’s thirst for a locally made hard seltzer and other refreshments. 

About Hoch Orchards

Hoch Orchard is a family farm in Nodine, Minnesota run by Harry & Jackie Hoch and has been in the Hoch family since the early 1950’s. All of the fruit grown on their farm is certified organic. They cultivate over fifty apple varieties plus acres of wine grapes, various berries, fruit trees & livestock. Harry has a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Pest Management and a Master’s degree in Technical Communications and Sustainable Agriculture. Jackie has a Master’s degree in Business.

Release Flagship And New Fan Favorite Tasting Room Beers in 12oz and 16oz Cans

Pearl Street Brewery to Release Flagship And New Fan Favorite Tasting Room Beers in 12oz and 16oz Cans

Pearl Street Brewery is now distributing more of its flagship beers in cans, including the infamous DTB Brown Ale, Shitty Lyte (now available in stores) as well as a few tasting room favorites including V|O Haze which will be released in 16oz 4packs by June 15th, with Supreme Fatty to follow in 4 packs later in June. 

DTB Brown Ale, one of Wisconsin’s favorite craft beers, has been available in the Midwest in bottles for over a decade. The new canned format adds versatility and convenience to this already popular beer.

Shitty Lyte is a hand-made version of the traditional American Light Mega-Lager but uses fresh local ingredients and is unpasteurized to protect the fresh and delicate flavors (4.2% ABV – 5 IBUs).

V|O Haze is a de-bittered IPA brewed with raw vanilla and orange zest and double dry hopped with VGXP01 and Mosaic hops (7% ABV – 25 IBUs).

Supreme Fatty has a big malt flavor with oats, honey, malt, and milk sugar, utilizing Amarillo/Mosaic hops combination for a juicy flavor.   (7% ABV – 25 IBUs).

The new beers will be available in La Crosse County stores and in the PSB Tasting Room which is now open and is, of course, taking the necessary COVID-19 precautions as it states on their website: 

So we can all be safe, we have social distancing placeholders at our bar, we have hand sanitizer and masks available, and we’ve gone hog-wild on the cleaning and sanitizing of our Tasting Room.

Carryout and curbside options are still available and encouraged. 

Pearl Street Brewery

Pearl Street Brewery has been creating award-winning craft beers in La Crosse, WI for 21 years.  Their beer can be found in restaurants, bars, and retailers all over Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.  Patrons can visit the Tasting Room Tuesday through Saturday.  The brewery plays host to many community events and is very involved in local charity work.