Bent Paddle releases its barrel-aged beast of a beer

Lots of excitement for the release of the Double Shot Double Black! Enjoy it while you can! Details here: pic.twitter.com/ulIICJrAcr — Bent Paddle Brewing (@bentpaddlebeer) February 3, 2016 Bent Paddle Brewing Co. released its biggest beer to date on Wednesday, February 3. Barrel-aged Double Shot Double Black is a robust version of Bent Paddle’s black […]

Blacklist Artisan Ales to open new brewery and taproom in Duluth

Blacklist Artisan Ales announced Sunday it is opening a new brewery and taproom in a historic building on Superior Street in Duluth, Minnesota. The 5,700-square-foot building at 120 East Superior Street was built in 1908 as a hotel and was most recently occupied by the notorious Last Place On Earth, which forfeited the building to federal […]

MPR’s The Current is launching in Duluth

The Current, Minnesota Public Radio’s station dedicated to the best new music and the music that inspired it, announced today that it will begin broadcasting in Duluth starting February 1, 2016. “Our listeners have told us for years they wanted The Current in Duluth,” said Patty Mester, MPR’s Duluth regional manager. “We are thrilled that […]

No snow in Duluth forces Beargrease to start in Two Harbors

A lack of snow in Duluth means the 32nd John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will start outside Two Harbors for the second year in a row, reports the Star Tribune. The race up the North Shore of Lake Superior and back will begin Sunday, January 31, from a gravel pit near Highway 2, just north of […]

New Northern Waters restaurant opening soon in Duluth

Eric Goerdt, owner of Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth’s Canal Park, said he’s aiming to open the second Northern Waters location in early February, reports the Duluth News Tribune. The new location will be a restaurant with a wine and beer bar and will be located in the Mount Royal Shopping Center on Woodland Avenue […]

Massive ice climbing park coming to Duluth

Duluth is creating a new 30-acre park at the site of a quarry in west Duluth, and its main attraction is a 1,000-foot-long, 100-foot-high cliff for ice climbing, reports the Star Tribune. For decades, access uncertainties have prevented Casket Quarry from being developed to its full potential as a recreational venue, says Duluth Climbers Coalition. In 2014, […]

Vikre Distillery to Release First Whiskey November 20

Vikre Distillery has announced that their Sugarbush Whiskey will debut on November 20 in select liquor stores as well as their Canal Park headquarters. Sugarbush is Vikre’s first whiskey, made from 60% flaked corn, 25% barley and 15% rye. Those ingredients suggest a bourbon, but a maple-inflected aging process makes it wholly unique: “It’s shorter aged […]

Glensheen: Minnesota’s infamous murder mystery comes to life at History Theatre

It sounds like fiction—like a murder mystery in a worn paperback novel. A wealthy woman is murdered in her bed, smothered with a pillow in the landmark lakeside mansion built by her parents. Her nurse is also killed, bludgeoned with a candlestick. Investigators quickly identify two suspects with a classic motive: struggling financially, the suspects […]

Firefighters and breweries bring warmth to kids in Minnesota one coat at a time

It’s almost unfathomable to consider enduring a Minnesota winter without a thick, warm, well-made, secure winter jacket. But thousands of people find themselves facing the harsh winds and biting temperatures each year without a coat to protect them. Many of those individuals are children. Operation Warm was founded in 2002 with the goal of serving […]

Major ownership, brewer changes at Fitger’s Brewhouse

A lot has changed in the beer world since Tim Nelson and Rod Raymond opened Fitger’s Brewhouse in 1995 as one of only four breweries operating in the state of Minnesota. Today some big changes for the Duluth brewpub were announced. Nelson is selling his interests in the business to Raymond and head brewer Dave Hoops is […]

Then and now: Uncovering Duluth’s storied Peoples Brewing Co.

Peoples Brewing Company of Duluth was ahead of its time. Founded on socialist principles in 1907 by Martin Smith, F.G. Sandstedt, and Michael J. Gleeson, the brewery stood up to big beer long before it was hip to do so. At that time, Duluth had two other breweries, Fitger’s Brewery (unaffiliated with Fitger’s Brewhouse) and […]

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Duluth Homebrew Supply opens in Fitger’s complex

Duluth homebrewers, start your engines! Duluth Homebrew Supply opened its doors July 16 in the Fitger’s complex. Owners and siblings Katie Hagglund and Kelly Katoski opened the store with hopes of bringing to life a vision of people gathering around a shared passion. “We started Duluth Homebrew Supply not just because we love to make great beer,” […]

The Beer Diet

Note from the Editor: The following is author Melissa Maki’s account of her partner of 19 years Troy Roger’s unusual diet of only beer. All views expressed in this story are soley the author’s. Check with your physician before starting any diet. Troy Rogers, the author, and The Growler bear no legal responsibility for health issues that […]

Blacklist Brewing Imperial Hefe

My first taste of Blacklist Brewing came last winter at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Duluth. It was one of those Duluth mornings in which you step outside and your skin immediately registers the fact that you’re in Duluth. Sheltered from the whip of an icy wind screaming down Superior Street, I settled in to […]

Bent Paddle Brewing celebrates its 1st Festiversary this Saturday, May 17

Happy 1st birthday to Bent Paddle Brewing Company.  The 30bbl brewery in Duluth, Minnesota, made quite a splash in the craft beer community in their first year and are going to celebrate with an outdoor festival Saturday, May 17 in the brewery’s Lincoln parking lot from 12–6pm. “We are so grateful to the overwhelming response […]