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North Woods TEAM to Host Pints for the Playground

North Woods TEAM to Host Pints for the Playground

The general public may join the North Woods TEAM for an Adult Night Out Saturday March 7, 2020 at Pearl Street Brewery to raise funds to renovate the 4K/Kindergarten playground at North Woods International Elementary School.

Featuring entertainment by local musician Andy Hughes, the public is invited to raise a glass for the new playground, sponsored by the Pogreba Restaurant and Pearl Street Brewery. Tickets are $20 and will include a beverage and a Pork Q meal.

What: Pints for the Playground and Pork Q
When: Saturday March 7, 2020 | 6 PM – 10 PM
Where: Pearl St Brewery | 1401 Saint Andrew Street La Crosse, WI
Tickets: $20.00 on the PSB App (includes a beverage and a Pork Q meal)

More information may be found at the North Woods TEAM’s Facebook event page here.

About the North Woods TEAM
The North WoodsTeam is a parent volunteer organization that supports the North Woods International Elementary School.

About Andy Hughes
Andy Hughes is an award-winning, chart-topping singer-songwriter who has spent the last 20 years immersed in the music scene of the Upper-Midwest. For much of that time, Andy has been the front-man and songwriter for the successful ska/reggae band, TUGG. With TUGG, Andy has toured the U.S. with The Wailers, The Dirty Heads, Passafire, and more.

Pearl Street Brewery Announces Annual Winter Bus Trip to the Snowflake Ski Jump Tournament

Pearl Street Brewery (PSB) is inviting the general public to jump on the bus for the annual Snowflake Ski Jump Tournament  Saturday February 1, 2020. In 2019, PSB packed three buses for the all day tournament in Westby, WI. 2020 Tickets include the Ski Jump Entry Button, bus ride to & from Del’s Bar in La Crosse, and a tailgate with PSB Beer and food.

Pearl Street Brewery is the Official Craft Beer Sponsor of the Snowflake Ski Jump Tournament which is held Friday and Saturday featuring competitors from 5 countries on an Olympic-size hill. International competition includes the USA’s best ski jumpers. Entertainment, food, with live music both nights at the Rod & Gun Club. Fireworks Friday night between jumping rounds at approximately 7:30pm.

What: PSB Winter Bus Trip to the Westby Ski Jump
Bus Pick Up: Del’s Bar  229 3rd St N, La Crosse, WI 54601
When: Saturday February 1, 2020 | Time 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Cost: $45.00 includes Ski Jump Entry Button, Bus ride from Del’s Bar in La Crosse / Back and Tailgate with PSB Beer and Food.

Tickets may be purchased on the PSB App. 

Chicago Farmer Album Release Show

With Pat Ferguson & The Sundown Sound and Barbaro

Thursday, February 20
Doors  6pm / show 7pm
$12 Pre-sale $15 Door
Pearl Street Brewery
1401 St Andrew St, La Crosse, WI 54603
www.pearlstreetbrewery.com
Tickets: pearlstreetbrewery.com/app

Putting the Poetry in Motion,
Chicago Farmer Joins Forces with The Band of Heathens
New Album Flyover Country  – Due Out Feb 7, 2020
Recorded at The Finishing School in Austin, Texas

First Single “Indiana Line” Out Now →  https://chicagofarmer. hearnow.com

For recording artists, albums can be like children — it’s hard to go on record choosing one as a favorite. But Cody “Chicago Farmer” Diekhoff doesn’t hesitate to designate his forthcoming release, Flyover Country, as his “golden child.”

“I think it’s my best work so far and definitely the one that I put the most into,” Diekhoff said of the 10-song album, due out Feb. 7, 2020.

Americana Highways premiered the lead single, “Indiana Line,” which is out now, saying, “With an ominous western intro, ‘Indiana Line’ builds up to a foot stompin,’  thumpin’ instant singalong. This bodes very well for Chicago Farmer’s Flyover Country. The harmonies with The Band of Heathens are irresistible, and the style is absolute contagion.”

Flyover Country, his sixth full-length studio album, comes on the heels of his double-disc live release, Quarter Past Tonight, and the new one signals a turning point for Diekhoff. Quarter Past Tonight was a sort of valedictory statement for Chicago Farmer as a solo tale-spinning troubadour. He felt it was time for a change.

I knew as I was writing these songs that they called for another direction — and a band. A band that was tight, had soul, and knew how to make records,” Diekhoff said. “I’ll always be a folksinger, but you can’t just keep doing the same thing over and over. I decided it’s time to throw some fuel on this fire and get it going. For me, it’s all about the poetry and playing with a band is about putting the poetry in motion a little differently.”

As he was contemplating how to make his next record, he had some dates opening for The Band of Heathens. Talking backstage with Gordy Quist of the Heathens, Diekhoff discovered that the Heathens had their own studio (The Finishing School) back home in Austin, Texas, and had a strong track record of working on recording projects with other musicians, including Margo Price and Reed Foehl. On top of that, the five guys in The Band of Heathens are all versatile, world-class musicians with soul and they know how to make records.

“It seemed like it was meant to be, a calling from the Americana rock ‘n’ roll gods,” Diekhoff said.

The Heathens thought as highly of Chicago Farmer as Diekhoff thought of them. “Cody writes and sings in a truly authentic voice about the people that inhabit the spaces America’s hopes and dreams have been built upon. Always the underdog, sometimes overlooked, but never to be forgotten,” said Ed Jurdi of the Heathens.

With Quist and Jurdi serving as co-producers with Diekhoff, the Heathens and Diekhoff hit the studio with the blueprints for the next Chicago Farmer album. While there were some overdubs, Chicago Farmer’s voice was recorded completely live with The Heathens to drive his words even deeper.

Diekhoff said. “I’ve never been put to the test like that before. It really made me kick it up a notch.”

“Cody came in with a stellar batch of songs and really had a good vision for what he wanted the album to be,” Jurdi added.

Diekhoff’s longtime collaborator Chris Harden served as recording engineer (and mixed the album), on top of adding harmonies on two songs, and Heather Horton added harmony vocals on three tunes.

Fans of Chicago Farmer will already know at least a couple of the songs on Flyover Country if they’ve seen a show in the past couple years. In fact, Diekhoff’s talking-blues tribute to hardworking, unsung, everyday heroes, “Dirtiest Uniform,” and his country-folk singalong anthem extolling the virtues of intimate live music shows and cheap beer over corporate arena concerts, “$13 Beers,” are among the highlights on Quarter Past Tonight.

Diekhoff and the Heathens cover a lot of musical territory on Flyover Country. “Indiana Line” is a country-tinged rootsy raveup, a tale of a desperate drive down the road to redemption with great, growling slide guitar work. The title track is a languid waltz with a shuffling beat and jangly guitar, an ode to the people of the rural heartland, his people, putting Diekhoff’s high vibrato to great use. A brisker waltz beat propels “Collars,” another tribute to small-town folks, this one inspired by a young soldier who didn’t come home from Iraq.

Harmonica and baritone guitar drive “Deer in the Sky,” an uptempo folk-rock number about the benefits of flying over driving (you can drink beer on a plane and you’ll never hit a deer). Things get downright raucous on a couple songs, with Diekhoff’s grunge-rock roots coming out on “Mother Nature’s Daughter,” an environmental protest song, while the guitars go to town on “All in One Place,” a humorous look at the sad truth about making money in the music business.

Diekhoff pays tribute to Hank Williams with the album’s sole cover, Williams’ “Ramblin’ Man,” while also honoring Kenny Forbes, a friend’s father who introduced a young Diekhoff to the music of Hank Williams, setting him off on his musical quest as a folksinger. “Ramblin’ Man” starts with a stripped-down presentation but by the final verse it explodes with intensity.

The album ends with “The Village Revisited,” a sprawling, gospel-tinged song about the importance of community that recalls Creedence Clearwater Revival’s take on “Midnight Special” at times and at the end sounds like a party has broken out in the studio.

Through all the songs on Flyover Country — and most Chicago Farmer songs, for that matter —runs a common thread, a love and respect for regular folks, those who might be overlooked and underappreciated.

“A lot of my friends are just getting by day-to-day,” Diekhoff said. “We keep at it, we keep working hard. Hopefully, eventually, things will turn around.”

When Flyover Country comes out in February, Diekhoff will put his solo troubadour days behind him, at least for a while. He’ll hit the road with a band, performing as Chicago Farmer and the Fieldnotes, something he’s really looking forward to after seeing how much fun The Band of Heathens have onstage.

This is Chicago Farmer’s first studio album in four years and it will be available on CD and vinyl, as well as digital & streaming services. Pre-order Flyover Country now through Kickstarterhttp://kck.st/2KbMnLX.

Further information and tour dates can be found at www.chicagofarmer.com, www.facebook.com/chicagofarmer , and twitter.com/chicagofarmer.

2020 Winter Beach Ball February 7-8, 2020

Pearl Street Brewery Offering Specialty Beer Releases and Island Food Pairing for 2020 Winter Ball

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To celebrate 21 years of brewing craft beer in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Pearl Street Brewery has set the theme of the 2020 Winter Ball (aka Winter Beach Ball) for February 7-8, 2020. This yearly event kicks off Friday with a beer and island food pairing social from the following restaurants:

La Crosse Distilling Company

Meringue Bakery (Food Network Baking Champion)

The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern

Fox Hollow Golf Course & Banquet Hall

4 Sisters Wine Bar and Tapas Restaurant

The lineup of special release  beers and drinks to be released include a Mixed Berry Hard Seltzer, Sangria, Peanut Butter Porter, a Mexican American Lager and Tropical Beeramid of 10 Cask Conditioned Hazy IPAs including a Pina Colada Hazy IPA all wrapped in the sweet sounds of summer tunes.

On Saturday, The Winter Beach Ball will feature the sounds of an island summer including a  Jimmy Buffet DJ set, Heatbox (funky beatboxing loop artist), and party band, The Sweatband (high voltage, 8-Bit Funk) to close the night.

Attendees are invited to wear their best island garb for the event including but not limited to flip-flops, cut-off jean shorts, hula skirts, sundress, flower prints, coconuts, Hawaiian shirts, and more.  A Hangover Breakfast will follow the event Sunday, more information to come. A variety of single day and weekend tickets are available on the Pearl Street Brewery App and local Festival Foods.

What: 2020 Pearl Street Brewery Winter Beach Ball
Where: Pearl Street Brewery
1401 Saint Andrew Street La Crosse, WI 54603
When: February 7-8, 2020
| (7th) 6pm-10pm || (8th) 5pm VIP Hour | 6-11 PM

BUY TICKETS ON THE APP

Friday Tickets – $40.00
5 Beer Samples, 5 Appetizer Courses and Entertainment.

Saturday Tickets – $20.00 pre-sale | $25.00 door
Includes 1 Free Beer and entry

Weekend Pass – $50.00
Entry for Friday
5 Beer Samples, 5 Appetizer Courses and Entertainment.
General Admission ticket for Saturday
Includes 1 Free Beer and Entry

Saturday VIP Tickets – $50.00
Includes 5 Beers, Early Entry, Growler Fill, Food and Entertainment

VIP Weekend Pass – $80
Entry for Friday
5 Beer Samples, 5 Appetizer Courses and Entertainment.
VIP Admission ticket for Saturday
Early Admission at 5pm
Free Food Spread
Free Growler Fill Coupon
One of Each of all 5 Special Releases
Entertainment

The Sweatband

Hailing from the purple city, Minneapolis, MN, The group was founded by local saxophonist Danny Q who had been a nationally touring contemporary jazz saxophonist for the last 5 years, but left the scene to pursue his true love of funk and rock. The band features a super cast of all Minnesota-based musicians including core members Scott Muellenberg (bass), Ke’Andre Mack (drums) and Jimmy Bayard (guitar). Collectively their resume has put them on stage with artists such as Robert Randolph, Eric Gales, The Petersons, Marva King, NPG, Judith Jill, Shelby J and Alexander O’Neil.

About Heatbox

Heatbox, aka The One Man Entertainment System, is a Minneapolis based funky beatboxing loop artist, video game show host, voice over actor, and computer programmer.

He has performed with or in front of many of the world’s biggest musical acts, and wowed crowds on some of the biggest stages and talent shows.

Pearl Street Brewery Sets Dates for Bikes at the Brewery in 2020

Pearl Street Brewery is hosting its annual Bikes at the Brewery Saturday March 7, 2020. This Annual Sprout For Kids Foundation Fundraiser is an invitational motorcycle show, featuring hand built motorcycles from small and independent builders including showcasing a few vintage motorcycles.

Interested parties that want to show their work may contact James Whistleman at jmsfinelines111@aol.com or 608-406-8180.

What: Bikes at the Brewery
When: Saturday March 7, 2020
Time: 10am-6:00 PM
Where: Pearl Street Brewery
1401 Saint Andrew Street La Crosse, WI 54603
Price: $7.00 Entry

About Sprout For Kids Foundation

Sprout for Kids Foundation is a LOCAL non-profit that raises money and goods to be donated directly to families, schools, and organizations in La Crosse and the surrounding area.  As of 2017, the foundation has been able to donate thousands of dollars directly to those in need on behalf of Pearl Street Brewery and On Three Printing & Design.

Wine Run 5k Announce Dates for the La Crosse 5k Wine/Beer Run/Walk.

On Sunday June 14, 2020 runners and walkers may participate in the first La Crosse 5k Wine/Beer Run/Walk.

Participants have options to participate in the 5k Wine/Beer Run/Walk or the 0.0 K Race. The 5k includes the run with participants being able to enjoy a full pour at the finish line. The 0.0 K Race is for the spectators, the 0.0 K option gains spectators access to the race and includes a full pour and a souvenir glass without running or walking.

This event capitalizes on the scenic views of La Crosse County and the craft beverages produced by Pearl Street Brewery and Turisimo Fermentations. Music will be taking place along the finish line along with light refreshments and water with the race being professionally timed by J3 Timing.

This race benefits the Sprouts for Kids Foundation, a LOCAL non-profit that raises money and goods to be donated directly to families, schools, and organizations in La Crosse and the surrounding area. Proceeds will specifically go to support Your Northside Neighborhood Clinic, a free-to-all clinic that serves the North La Crosse Community.

What: La Crosse Wine/Beer Run 5k
When: Sunday June 14, 2020
Time: 9AM -12PM
Where: Pearl Street Brewery
1401 Saint Andrew Street La Crosse, WI 54603
Register: https://runsignup.com

About the Wine Run 5k Series
Wine Run 5k is a family owned company that aims to feature amazing local brewers and winemakers and bring friends together for a fun fitness event.

Frozen River Film Festival to Feature Crafting Adventure (adventure-themed films)

Frozen River Film Festival will be hosting an adventure-themed film set at Pearl Street Brewery January 10, 2020.

The event “Crafting Adventure (a set of short films)” brought to Pearl Street Brewery by the Frozen River Film Festival is blending the art of craft beer and the art of film together, attendees may anticipate films featuring mountain biking, trail running, downhill skiing, and more.

The short films comprising the set are a collection of adventure-themed films from across the country and world ranging in length from 1 minute to 28 minutes that promises to leave the audience awed, amused, and inspired.

Food will be available by The Damn Tasty Catering. Sponsors include Jumpstart Sales, State Bank Financial, Midwest Family Broadcasting, and the Potato King.

What: Crafting Adventure (a set of short films)
When: Friday January 10, 2020
Time: Doors at 6:00 PM The film set will begin at 7:00 and last until 8:15-8:30.
Where: Pearl Street Brewery | 1401 Saint Andrew Street La Crosse, WI 54603
Cost: Free

About Frozen River Film Festival 

The Frozen River Film Festival is a Winona-based documentary film festival going into its 15th season in February 2020. The main festival will be Feb. 5-9th this winter. For more info go to https://www.frff.org/

Shakespeare From The Ground‎ Inaugural Event At Pearl Street Brewery

One of Shakespeare’s Plays, No director, One Rehearsal, at a Bar.

The newly formed Shakespeare From the Ground theater ensemble in La Crosse announces their first production in partnership with Pearl Street Brewery. They will be bringing Twelfth Night to life in a unique way Tuesday, January 7th, 2020. The group is modeled after the premise developed by Chicago’s The Back Room Shakespeare Project of performing one of Shakespeare’s plays in the spirit in which it was written.

In Shakespeare’s theatre, the audience was an unruly bunch of drunks. His actors had no director and they rehearsed only fights and dances. The Project is a culture and a set of ideas that is quickly being replicated across the country. They have official chapters in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Similar groups are popping up in communities across the country and Shakespeare From The Ground is the newest inception in La Crosse, WI.

Chuck Charbeneau has been instrumental in putting together a group of local and regional actors who are willing to throw caution to the wind for one night as they tackle one of Shakespeare’s plays—Twelfth Night in this case—with no direction, and only one rehearsal before going on stage… or Pearl Street Brewery in their case.

Charbeneau, who has degrees in computer science and theater, has been teaching improv for over two decades, and has acted in several local theater productions. “I had the opportunity to see The Back Room Shakespeare Project – (BRSP) in Chicago, picked up Samuel Taylor’s book ‘My Life with the Shakespeare Cult,’ and fell in love with the idea.” Said Chuck.

Local actors include: Chuck Charbeneau, Rick Gramlich, Megan Gunderson, Josh & Jacob Kaiser, Greg Parmeter, Devin Simko, Matt Springer, Kelsey Taunt, Joeann Tesar, Emily Ware, Jim Warsinske, Sam White as well as Whitney Graham (Madison, WI), Dawn Havican (Dubuque, IA), and Sara Pillatzki Warzeha (Minneapolis, MN).

“This process will be like no other show I’ve been in,” says Jacob Kaiser, “It’s going to be an excellent experience and a huge chance for personal growth as an actor.” Jacob is a senior at Aquinas High School. Some of his favorite roles include The Man in the Yellow Suit in Tuck Everlasting and singing “We Beseech Thee” in Godspell both at Aquinas as well as Aladdin in Aladdin Jr at La Crosse Community Theater.

For Rick Gramlich, “It is stepping back into the fire of scripted productions. If I’m going to jump let’s checkmark Shakespeare as something to add to my performing resume. Alas, into the flame I dost go!” Rick has been studying improv with Chuck Charbaneau over the last three years, but hasn’t been in a scripted stage production since high school.

You’re invited to find out firsthand what happens when this group of dedicated actors who understand their work take one of Shakespeare’s plays, eliminate the director, and are willing to step into the chaos. Mark your calendars for the inaugural performance from Shakespeare From the Ground: 12th Night for 12th Night!

What: Unrehearsed Shakespeare: 12th Night for 12th Night
When:  Tuesday, January 7, 2019  | Doors 6pm – Show 7-9pm
Where: Pearl Street Brewery – 1401 St Andrew St, La Crosse, WI 54603
Cost: Free

About Shakesperae

Shakespeare From The Ground is based on the blueprint designed by The Back Room Shakespeare Project in Chicago—One of Shakespeare’s Plays, No director, One Rehearsal, at a Bar. The La Crosse, WI ensemble was formed in 2019 by Chuck Charbeneau who has a background in improv and theater. For more information about upcoming events, visit shakespearefromtheground.com or follow them on Facebook @Shakespearefromtheground or Twitter @shakespearefro1.

Media Contact 

Lisa K. Adams
(217) 638-0983
social@shakespearefromtheground.com

Pearl Street Brewery Hosting Pre-New Year’s Eve Party with The 4onthefloor

Pearl Street Brewery has set the date for the Pre-New Year’s Eve and Customer Appreciation party for Monday, Dec. 30th, 2019. Featuring the Minnesota based band The 4onthefloor. Attendees are invited for food, drinks, merriment, and the chance to win free beer for a year, as we ring in the new year early. 

Current Mug Club Members and those wishing to join, may sign up the night of the party and get into the event free and receive a one of a kind gift. 

What: Pre-New Year’s Eve Party/Customer Appreciation 

Where: Pearl Street Brewery – 1401 Saint Andrew Street 

La Crosse, WI 54603

When: Monday, Dec. 30th, 2019 | 7pm-11pm 

Cost: $5 pre-show | $7 at the door (Free to Mug Club Members) 

About The 4onthefloor

Joining together in the name of fun & joy, the 4onthefloor bring their well-oiled, high-octane, rock’n’roll to the world with an immediacy rarely seen on stage in the 21st century. The furious delivery ebbs and flows with sing-along anthems and breakdowns to soaring guitar solos and unbridled full-bore rock. Camaraderie is a common theme, and stompers are finding like-minded rock’n’rollers at every show (http://4otf.com/). 

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