This Saturday, February 18th 2023, Pearl Street Brewery will be celebrating its 24th Annual Winter Ball. Festivities will include special releases of new, one-off beers, wine spritzers, sparkling wines, and hard cider mixers along with a lineup of award-winning Pearl Street Brewery beers. Special release beverages include:
Bloody Marty – Blood Orange Wheat – A Refreshing Wheat Beer with a Twist! Brewed with 2-row Northwest Pale Malt and Wisconsin Malted Wheat. Blood oranges provide a subtle twist to this brew. It pours with a thick, white lacy head and a tint of orange. A medium malt body with a crisp wheat finish and subtle orange flavor.
German Pilsner – Crisp, clean and slightly bitter, with a medium-dry finish. Slight malt sweetness lingers. Proud, white head. German noble hops.
Badunkadunkle Dunkleweizen- Southern German style wheat beer brewed as darker versions (Dunkel means “dark”) with deliciously complex malts and a low balancing bitterness. Creamy and medium-bodied, amber-brown and slightly hazy. Clove, banana bread and bubblegum character in the nose.
Wine Release – New Wines! House made Chardonnay and a Cabernet along with wine Spritzers
The evening’s entertainment lineup will not disappoint. From Minneapolis, Porky’s Groove Machine opens the night with their own co-ed, brassy-funk, with some synchronized dance moves (for band and audience alike). Porky’s live show is a blast and the groove is infectious.
Headlining the main stage we’ll have Nicholas David tapping some Madri-Gras themed tunes and featuring Mark Joseph & The American Soul. Nicholas “the Feelin” David brings a soulful, Dr. John-style vibe to the stage. Nicholas was a finalist on the second season of The Voice.
Video: S.A.D. – Porky’s Groove Machine
Nearing a decade of trombone solo-ing and audience congas lines, they have not gone unnoticed by audiences and promoters across the Midwest; Porky’s has been chosen to support national touring acts like Guster, Here Come the Mummies, The Motet, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Werks, and The Main Squeeze. As winners of the 2018 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) for “Best R&B/Soul Band,” they were one of three bands chosen to headline the sold out Wisconsin Funk Fest at Madison’s legendary Majestic Theater in January, 2018.
This songsmith became known to the world in 2012 as he performed in front of hit-making judges and television audiences during “The Voice.” Finishing third, his performances set him apart from the pack. David and his Feelin Band have released eight studio albums and toured nationally and internationally, sharing the stage with the Avett Brothers, Rusted Root, and Jackson Browne.
Mark Joseph’s 2021 third full-length album, Vegas Motel, is a highly personal record rooted in the emotion of the year it was written (2020), yet reaching far beyond the confines of the times. Co-producer and drummer, JT Bates (Big Red Machine, Hiss Golden Messenger), and Engineer Alex Proctor (Grace Potter, Dead Man Winter), perfectly compliment the records musical tapestry further solidifying Joseph’s talent as a singer/songwriter and collaborator.
What: 24th Annual “Masquerade” Winter Ball
When: Saturday February 18, 2023 | 5-10 PM
Cost: $25 (Includes a Beverage at Entry) | 21+
Where: Pearl Street Brewery | 1401 Saint Andrew Street
History of Winter Ball
Joe and his dad, Tony started Pearl Street Brewery in the basement of a bar in downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1999. A legend was born that Winter and a storied and colorful history followed. Now, 24 years later, the brewery is celebrating another Winter Ball in its home on the Northside of La Crosse. Over the years, this annual anniversary celebration has taken many different forms at many different locations. All of them are full of great memories for those lucky enough to attend.
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 in a historic 1800’s barn. One time it was held out in Timber Coulee in the heart of the Coulee Region. This year, folks will come from far and wide to celebrate at the brewery in their Saint Andrew Street location.
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. Private tours can be set up by appointment. The brewery plays host to musical groups, yoga classes, fundraisers, and many community events.