BeerHistoryFrom the brewer
The Pull Chain Pale Ale is a fusion of English and American pale ale styles, with bitterness derived for an unusual and innovative hop schedule in the recipe. American cascade hops and British East Kent Goldings account for Pull Chain’s citrus and earthy flavors and aromas. They’re softened by malty undertones.
There was a time in Milwaukee when factory supervisors would pull the chain on the whistle, calling workers to their union-mandated beer break. Bucket boys would hang pails of beer on long poles and hustle cold brew to the workers. There was one bucket boy, Heinz, that worked late into his life. He is known as the last bucket boy in Milwaukee and the last to wear a path to between the Germania German newspaper and a local tavern. In his honor, we created Pull Chain Pale Ale. So here’s to all those workplaces that may not be the most productive, but are the happiest.
This is one of my favorite everyday beers. First developed in the fall of 1997, we designed Pull Chain to be a well balanced and refreshing. We use a blend of American and English Hops to create a play between hop bitterness and malt flavor. This allows Pull Chain to be paired with with most foods. The simplicity of the mash and the hop additions make the brewing process very easy going, that is, until we get to the dry hopping process. Timing the dry hopping can be tricky. It has to be timed just right to get the maximum aroma from the hops. We extend the post fermentation aging to extract more aroma and flavor from the dry hopping.