Craft Culture: ‘Heirloom’ packs, handcrafted at Duluth’s Frost River

“There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compounded of distance, adventure, solitude, and peace. The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness, and of a freedom almost forgotten. It is an antidote to insecurity, the open door to waterways of ages past […]

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Vikre releases Sugarbush Whiskey Lot 3

Whiskey aficionados can raise their glasses to a new release of a Minnesota-made whiskey. Duluth’s Vikre Distillery is releasing Lot 3 of their Sugarbush Whiskey today, Friday, September 9. This is the third time the distillery has released Sugarbush; the first lot was released November 2015, while the second was made available in April 2016. And even though each version […]

New walking tour unveils Duluth’s dark history

These days Duluth, Minnesota, is thought of as a thriving tourist destination on the shores of Lake Superior, but the industrial town has a darker history than most Minnesotans may know. Shipwrecks, pirates, red light districts, and gun fights may sound like tall tales, but they in fact true stories from Duluth’s past. The Duluth Experience, a […]

Blacklist Artisan Ales expands distribution around Minnesota

Months after announcing their expansion into a new brewery and taproom space in downtown Duluth, Blacklist Artisan Ales has signed a distribution agreement with Clear River Beverage Company. Clear River will distribute Blacklist products to 17 counties within and surrounding the Twin Cities market, including Aitkin, Pine, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Benton, Sherburne, Isanti, Chisago, Wright, Hennepin, Anoka, […]

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, […]