Documenting Duluth’s craft beer history

It’s no secret that Duluth and the Northland have a long and rich history regarding craft beer. And come this March, you can travel back in beer-making time, as a documentary on the topic will debut. The Duluth News Tribune reports that Karen Sunderman, producer of The PlayList at Duluth’s PBS station, is behind the […]

When the NFL came to Duluth: The story of the Eskimos

Minnesota has a long and rich history of professional football. For most of the state’s fans, the mention of pro football immediately conjures images of the icy breaths of the Purple People Eaters suspended in the chilly Metropolitan Stadium air, of Randall Cunningham firing off 60-yard touchdown passes, of missed kicks and four Superbowls. But […]

Hoops Brewing to open in Duluth in 2017

Master Brewer Dave Hoops, formerly of Fitger’s Brewhouse, is opening a brewery and beer hall in Duluth’s Canal Park in spring of 2017. The project, a culmination of years of experience and planning, will be called Hoops Brewing, and will occupy the former Timber Lodge Steakhouse space in The Suites Hotel building at 325 Lake […]

Dry in Duluth: The story behind the last dry neighborhoods in the Zenith City

Nearly all of Duluth has embraced the explosion of local beer, but there’s one eastside neighborhood that hasn’t partaken. In fact, the Lakeside/Lester Park neighborhood hasn’t sold a drop of alcohol during its 125-year-old ban on liquor sales. The historic run came to end in June, however, when the Duluth City Council voted to sign […]

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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 […]