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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.

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

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

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