Split Rock Lighthouse receives $68K grant

Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Rick Nolan, announced Monday that Split Rock Lighthouse received a $68,000 preservation grant, reports the Duluth News Tribune. The money will help outline long-term management and preservation efforts of the iconic North Shore lighthouse. The financial support comes from the National Park Service, in partnership with […]

Everything you need to know for Bent Paddle’s Festiversary party

Bent Paddle Brewing Company is turning three, and taking over West Michigan Street for its annual Festiversary to celebrate. On Saturday, May 14, from 2–8pm, Bent Paddle’s block of West Michigan Street and surrounding parking lots will be filled with food trucks, vendors, activities, neighborhood groups, live music, and, of course, a whole lot of Bent Paddle […]

Fitgers and Duluth Pack present Duluth Pack Pale Ale

Duluth Pack and Fitger’s Brewhouse Brewery and Grill are once again combining their creative minds and gracing beer lovers with a collaboration beer: Duluth Pack Pale Ale. In 2013, they partnered to create a customized specialty growler pack. Now, they have something to go inside of it. “Having the opportunity to have a brew in reference to Duluth […]

Insight Brewing expands distribution across Minnesota

As of this week, Insight Brewing beers are now available in northern and south and central Minnesota. Insight recently partnered with Locher Brothers Distributing to expand their market to the south and middle of the state; Bernick’s is bringing the love to northern Minnesota. That means Insight’s five staples—Hell Chicken, Sunken City, Troll Way, Lambton Dragon, and […]

Vikre Distillery releasing second batch of Sugarbush Whiskey

Vikre Distillery is set to release their second batch of Sugarbush Whiskey. The spirit, predominantly corn-based, and aged in port casks and bourbon barrels that once held maple syrup, had its first batch released last November. On Friday, April 1st, Vikre will open at 2pm, and bottles will be sold until 10pm that evening, with […]

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 […]