Taste of the Twin Ports: A six-stop restaurant blitz through Duluth and Superior

Here’s our Twin Ports tour by the numbers: six restaurants, 14 hours, a five-year-old, and a baby riding shotgun. We had a blast checking in on the insanely active dining scene in Duluth and Superior, although we caution readers that this schedule and/or this choice of traveling companions may create a noticeable strain on your … [ Read more]

Superior Sounds: Great summer concerts along the shores of the greatest Great Lake

Summer in the Upper Midwest—so much to do, so little time! Like any other Minnesotan, I enjoy hopping a plane to somewhere warmer for a week or so in the winter, but summer is the perfect time to enjoy local offerings out on the open road. Some vacation for leisure; others for adventure. I always … [ Read more]

Smoke and No Mirrors: The effort and integrity behind Northern Waters Smokehaus

I spent a couple decades in real estate, where I saw every kind of sales pitch, from the clumsiest—delivered by a transparently thirsty postgraduate sweating through the armpits of his big-boy sport coat—to the most sophisticatedly smooth. One thing I learned is that we are all selling something almost all of the time, even if it’s … [ Read more]

Fitger’s Bockfest 2018

Bock Fest is the German celebration of spring, and Fitger’s Courtyard is the place to be. The 23rd annual Fitger’s Bock Fest will be running the weekend of March 15-17. There will be a campfire in the courtyard around which to drink the traditional Lake Superior Split Rock Bock beer. Thursday: ‘The blessing of the … [ Read more]

The Mill: Ursa Minor Brewing to open in Duluth’s Lincoln Park ‘craft district’

Duluth will be getting a new brewery this summer in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Ursa Minor Brewing just began the build-out of their taproom and five-barrel brewery at 2415 West Superior Street, and stated that they “hope we will be ready to start sending pints across the bar by mid-summer.” The trio behind the effort, … [ Read more]

New owners take the helm at Lake Superior Brewing

Duluth’s oldest craft brewery, Lake Superior Brewing, officially has new owners. Lars Kuehnow and Lisa Blade are taking over Lake Superior Brewing (LSB), as former owners Don and Jo Hoag, John Judd III, Karen Olesen, and Dale Kleinschmidt step aside from owning the brewing business. “We look forward to watching the next phase for LSB,” says … [ Read more]

Rum King 2017 Release Party – Duluth

All hands on deck for the 2017 Rum King Release Party at Old Chicago Duluth. Indeed is throwing down on October 4 to celebrate the return of their pitch black Imperial Stout. Get your first tastes of Rum King 2017 weeks before it comes out anywhere else, plus each location will have B-Side Pils and … [ Read more]

Extreme Duluth: 4 rides perfect for mountain bikers of all levels

Duluth is a bike city. Yes, it has the big lake, and a number of monikers that come along with it. But in recent years the City on a Hill has utilized its topography to become a major biking destination—that is, for those who enjoy riding them down and around hills. Thanks to aggressive trail … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Hoops Brewing

It’s been over one-and-a-half years in the works, and is the culmination of a highly-successful career in the craft beer industry, but master brewer Dave Hoops is set to open the eponymous Hoops Brewing brewery and beer hall, in Duluth’s Canal Park, in late June. It’s the first foray into brewery ownership for Hoops, a six-time Great … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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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 … [ Read more]

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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 … [ Read more]