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

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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 […]

FDA rule that threatens brewer-farmer relationships to be reconsidered

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By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton   Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) is requesting that the FDA exempts beer and alcohol facilities from the animal feed rule. Spent grain is a natural byproduct of the brewing process. After grains have been used in the mashing process they remain nutritionally viable as feed for dairy and beef cattle. In fact, leftover grains […]

Notable Duluth and Superior Brewers Gather for the Craft Beer Roundtable’s “Crafting the North Shore Beer Scene”

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On April 13th, The Duluth Experience will host the second of four live panel discussions focused on the ever growing north craft beer community. “Crafting the North Shore Beer Scene” will take place in Duluth on the stage of the Teatro Zuccone in the Zeitgeist Arts Building downtown at 1pm. The panel will include a number of well-known […]

PRESS RELEASE: Fitger’s Brewhouse Signs 20-Year Lease with Fitger’s on the Lake

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PRESS RELEASE Duluth, MN – After 19 years of operation, Fitger’s Brewhouse and Fitger’s on the Lake LLC have cemented their commitment to each other and the community of Duluth by signing a 20-year lease. Both parties are thrilled to be renewing and extending this relationship for a total of 20 more years. “Fitger’s is […]

The Great Outdoors…With Beer

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Dave Hoops dishes on his favorite places in northern Minnesota. By Dave Hoops  In this issue I am going to talk about some of my favorite places in northern Minnesota to hike, bike, camp, relax, swim, and of course enjoy a great beer. In 2006, the City of Duluth Comprehensive Plan showed a staggering 11,862 […]

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14 Things to Help You Tolerate Valentine’s Day

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By Grace Sell   Whether single, in a relationship, or “it’s complicated” – we were all struck by Cupid’s arrow the moment we tasted our first heartbreakingly-good craft beer. Here at The Growler, we may not be the most romantic kids on the block, but we do know love when we see it – just like […]

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Fulton’s Patience Barleywine Release, Duluth Expansion, and MNBA Punchcard

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Fulton will be releasing their newest addition to the Garage Series this weekend with Patience Barleywine. On Saturday you’ll be able to grab yourself a 10oz pour of this new 13.2% ABV beer, or perhaps, a bottle. Act quickly though, because there is only a little over 200 cases produced, making this Fulton’s smallest bottling run. Liquor stores […]

Bent Paddle Begins Limited Twin Cities Distribution This Week

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Bent Paddle Brewing Co., which has been brewing beer for the Twin Ports region over the past 6 months, will begin distribution in the Twin Cities at select liquor stores. The following stores will begin carrying 12oz. 6 packs of Bent Paddle’s current flagship beers (pictured above) on Wed, Nov. 13th: North Loop Wine & […]

Harvest Season: Minnesota’s Bounty of Fall Brews

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Fall is officially upon us.  The harvest season offers more than perfect sweatshirt weather, football on TV, and the scenic majesty of autumn in the Midwest. This time of year also happens to be a busy one in terms of beer. Craft breweries across the country (and the world) are releasing their varied versions of […]

Canal Park Brewing with Fresh Hops from Local Farm

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Duluth, MN – Canal Park Brewing Co. brewmaster Badger Colish spent last Thursday harvesting hops at Brule River Hilltop Hops farm. Colish, along with farm owner Paul Riordan and other brewery coworkers, harvested nearly 200 pounds of fresh Cascade hops that have since been used to brew Canal Park’s Wet Hops Harvest Ale, 2013.  The […]

It’s a nice day for a ‘Wit Wedding’

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Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth is serving a special edition beer for owner Tim Nelson’s wedding. The beer is a white IPA called ‘Wit Wedding.’ It’s got a 5.7% ABV, a spicy medium body, and an assertive hop profile featuring citrus. The spice notes balance the wheat and the Belgian yeasts add pleasant esters. Duluth cartoonist Chris Monroe did […]

Great Lakes Brewing Company Expands MN Distribution

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Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) is expanding distribution in Minnesota by serving the St. Cloud region, beginning Sept 9th. Ohio’s most celebrated craft brewer of award-winning ales and lagers will enter St. Cloud with Bernick’s Beverages & Vending. And just like their current presence in the Twin Cities and Duluth areas, GLBC will make their […]

GetKnit North Shore Brewery Tour

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We’ll admit, we’re a little late on this one — we had the opportunity to go on GetKnit’s first ever North Shore Brewery Tour way back in April — but better late than never, right? Let’s get right down to it, the North Shore Brewery Tour is awesome for a few reasons. First, if we went back […]

Bending Tradition: Bent Paddle Adds to the Craft Culture in Duluth

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By Brian Kaufenberg  Photos courtesy of Bent Paddle Brewing Starting a brewery is not for the faint of heart. The sheer amount of coordination involved with property acquisition, construction, brewery build-out, ingredient sourcing, accounting, marketing, licensing from the city, state and federal government, and not to mention actually brewing the beer, is a herculean task that […]

Ten Facts About Duluth’s Brewing Scene (you might not already know)

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By Jeremy Zoss With so much happening in the Twin Cities’ craft beer scene, it can be hard for Metro-area drinkers to look beyond their borders to see what’s happening in other parts of the state. Like the Twin Cities, Duluth is undergoing a serious craft beer boom, one that ties into the Twin Cities’ […]