Female outlaws were few in the old West, but Pearl Hart was one.
The beer we made in her name is a 12,4% Rye Wine that we aged for 11 months on Woodford Rye barrels.
Come try it on release day March 21st.
It wasn’t written anywhere that things should go as badly for Pearl Hart as they actually did. Born in Canada in 1871 from solid and affluent parents who sent her to a prestigious boarding school. But there must’ve been something in Pearl’s blood that made this young lady take all the wrong turns. In 1899 one of those turns brought her to Arizona, where she hooked up with a miner named Joe Boot. In their mutual brokenness, they decided to rob the stagecoach running between Florence and Globe. Pearl cut her hair short and dressed up as a man. The hold-up was successful with a solid loot of $431 (around $13.000 in today’s money). As the duo was about to take off, Pearl felt a sudden remorse for taking everything from the passengers and handed each of them $1 back. As it turned out, Joe and Pearl were better at robbing stagecoaches than they were at escaping the law, and within a week they were both behind bars. As a female stagecoach robber Pearl Hart became quite a jail celebrity with notabilities and press flocking to her cell to have their picture taken with her. Maybe all the fuss and commotion was a bit much to deal with for the Yuma Prison. To her own surprise Pearl was released after serving only 18 months of her 5 year sentence. The story of Pearl Hart has a mysterious ending, as she vanished into obscurity with nobody really knowing where and when she died. But the legend of The Bandit Queen lives on.