Welcome to Palcho's Products and Karen's Wild Ales

Karens Wild Ales Welcome to Palcho's Products and Karen's Wild Ales

Decades of fermenting and art making have evolved into one thing now: Brewing Wild and Sour Farmhouse Ales! Brewing, for me, is the perfect marriage of art and science and intuition.

I began gathering wild plants and turning them into potions as a child. My first product was called Huckleberry Finn Water (Wildberry Lifesavers soaked in warm water). Later, I learned to raise and preserve food- canning, pickling, brining, salting, fermenting everything from vegetables, beer and bread to cheese and sauerkraut. Later, living in Kodiak, I made plant medicines and healing lotions and learned how to smoke and pickle fish, kelp, and tofu. Meanwhile, as an artist/ceramicist, I learned how to blend and form raw materials- earth, fire, water, and air- into pottery and sculpture. In 2004, after 20 years of teaching art, I resigned in order to start a business manufacturing organic skincare products made from plant-based raw materials, a process in which fire is also essential.

I sold Karen's Botanicals in 2011 and have been homebrewing full time ever since. Making lotions is similar to making pots, and making beer is a combination of my passions. Terry and I are currently looking for property to open a nano brewery here in eastern PA. For more information, please see the Brewing page.


Confluence: A story of remarkable parallels in art and life and a proposal for an exhibition celebrating connections of Slovak heritage in Pittsburgh, PA and eastern Slovakia.

family presov 06 Confluence: A story of remarkable parallels in art and life and a proposal for an exhibition celebrating connections of Slovak heritage in Pittsburgh PA and eastern Slovakia.

Confluence is a work in progress designed to tell the story of the artistically and professionally intertwined lives of two contemporary artists- Karen, and her Slovak cousin Edita Voloscukova. For more information, click on the pdf below.

Members of the family in Stropkov, Slovakia 2006, birthplace of Karen's great grandfather. Pictured with Karen are Edita Fedorkova aka Granny, her daughter Edita Voloscukova, and her son Eduardo Fedorko.


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The family in the garden in Stropkov, 2012, with Terry playing the accordion

Granny and Karen in garden

In the garden with Granny, 2016.