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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.

Great River Shakespeare Festival hosting performance of The Servant of Two Masters

The performance will feature Carlo Goldoni’s eighteenth century Italian classic is as hilarious as ever in this brand new adaptation. Unbeknownst to each other, two lovers flee to Venice: one in disguise, one on the run from the law, and both in need of a little assistance. When wily servant Truffaldino is faced with the opportunity to secretly serve these two masters for double the money, he is quick to accept…without thinking about the challenges of trying to be in two places at once! Mixups, music, mayhem and a whole lot of fun ensue in an adaptation that showcases classic Commedia dell’Arte characters and lazzi with a modern twist.

What: The Servant of Two Masters

When: Sunday July 14,2019 | 7 pm

Where: Pearl Street Brewery (Main Stage)

1401 St Andrew St, La Crosse, WI 54603

Cost: $25 – Tickets

Ticket price includes buffet meal (drinks not included) Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m., the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

About the Great River Shakespeare Festival (http://grsf.org/)

Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is a nonprofit, professional Equity theater company in Winona, MN, dedicated to dynamic, clearly spoken productions of Shakespeare’s plays which enrich people’s lives, extensive community education, and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theater training.

Pearl Street Brewery to Host Hops and Hot Rods July 20th 2019

Pearl Street Brewery, Koenig Performance Body & Paint, Inc. and the Sprout for Kids Foundation are hosting Hops and Hot Rods July 20, 2019 at the Pearl Street Brewery.

Hops and Hot Rods will feature a car show, food trucks and live music. Proceeds from Hops and Hot Rods will benefit the Central High School Auto Shop Program.

Registration is currently open for showing vehicles; the event is open to all models and makes of cars. The deadline to submit a car is June 20, 2019 and can be submitted here

What: Hops and Hot Rods

When: Saturday, July 20th  2019

Where: Pearl Street Brewery

1401 St Andrew St La Crosse, WI 54603

Cost: $10.00 proceeds to benefit the Central High School Auto Shop Program

Time: Noon – 6:00 PM

Contact Travis with any car show questions – travis@pearlstreetbrewery.com.

Pearl Street Brewery Participates in the 2019 Wisconsin Brewers Guild Common Thread Beer

Pearl Street Brewery has once again participated in the Wisconsin Brewers Guild Common Thread Series. The Common Thread is a macro-collaboration created by more than 20 Wisconsin brewers who came together to share ideas and celebrate Wisconsin’s rich brewing heritage and culture.

The 2019 Common Thread Collaboration was brewed at Vintage Brewing Company in Sauk City. This year’s beer is a Cranberry Witbier with a touch of coriander, chamomile, and rose hips and a hint of tartness contributed by a partial kettle sour.  This beer has been described as a “Belgian-inspired unfiltered wheat ale with a tempting citrus/cranberry fruitiness, velvety smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness and juicy-tart berry finish” with 8 IBUs 5.4% ABV.

Wisconsin-grown Ingredients Include:

Malted Scarlett 2-row barley

– Malteurop, Milwaukee

Flaked oats, flaked wheat & malted wheat

– Briess Malting, Chilton

Cranberries & cranberry juice concentrate

– Badger State Fruit Processing

“Top Secret” varietal hops

– Gorst Valley Hops, Nekoosa

Coriander & rose hips

– Hopnology, Mazomanie

The Tart Cranberry Wit will be officially released in La Crosse at the Pearl Street Brewery tasting room on Thursday June 6, 2019 at the monthly meeting of their Mug Club. Doors open at 4pm (Open to the Public). Proceeds from Common Thread sales are contributed to the Wisconsin Brewers Guild.

About the Wisconsin Brewers Guild

The Guild’s mission is to promote and maintain standards of excellence in Wisconsin’s brewing industry. They provide a network that connects brewers, suppliers, retailers, and of course enthusiasts not only in Wisconsin but worldwide. By uniting the small and independent brewers across the state, the Guild has a stronger voice that aims to educate policy makers at the state and federal level about their industry and promote legislation that will allow the craft brewing industry to thrive.

Episode 1 – 20 Years of Beers at Pearl Street Brewery

Episode 1 – 20 Years of Beers at Pearl Street Brewery

Established in 1999, Brewmaster Joe Katchever and Brewmistress Tami Plourde tell the story of Pearl Street Brewery. From it’s beginnings on Pearl Street in La Crosse, WI to it’s current location in the city’s old rubber mills. It’s a story of craft beer and community.

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

Sprout for Kids Foundation is Stretching for A Cause

The Sprout for Kids Foundation and partners is proud to announce that they raised $894 in the first quarter of 2019 throughs its Poses & Pilates events taking place at Pearl Street Brewery, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to local charities including Essentials Health Clinic and New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers, Inc.

Since 2009 Pearl Street Brewery, in conjunction with On Three Printing and Design, has been raising funds for La Crosse area families, schools, and organizations through the Sprout for Kids Foundation, hitting over $30,000 raised for the community in 2018.

 

May Sprout Foundation / Pearl Street Brewery Events

May 12 – Pilates and Pints with Courageous Grace Fitness Studio

May 18 – Poses and Pints with Courageous Grace Fitness Studio

May 19 – Pilates and Pints with Courageous Grace Fitness Studio

May 25 – Poses and Pints with Sara Mae Yoga

May 26 – Pilates and Pints with Courageous Grace Fitness Studio

See more on our classes & events!

 

Sprout for Kids Foundation

Sprout for Kids is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is 100% volunteer run, and all the dollars raised go right to where they are needed. Since its inception, Sprout for Kids Foundations has worked with a multitude of area nonprofits and organizations including; Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Club, Hunger Task Force, Valley View Rotary, Rotary After Hours, Joe Was Just Joe Foundation, Kiwanis, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Steppin’ Out in Pink, and many more.

More on Sprout for Kids!

 

About New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers

New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers is the only shelter within a 65-mile radius of the City of La Crosse. It’s a shelter for individuals and families who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse, was organized in 1978 through the cooperative efforts of an informal group of citizens in the La Crosse area who recognized the need for services to victims of domestic abuse. The organization and mission has grown substantially since that time, now reaching out to victims of sexual abuse, human-trafficking, and more. New Horizons is on the front lines advocating for and helping victims with many issues that some people may think do not exist in our community. August of 2018 marked 40 years of serving the community

nhagainstabuse.org