We’re a rugged northwoods community known for world-class outdoor recreation and an award-winning craft beer scene. In fact, Bent Paddle Brewing Company just took home a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival for their 14° ESB. Their unique “bending traditions” approach to craft beer has helped catapult Duluth to the forefront of the regional beer industry.
Fueled by the crisp, clean waters of Lake Superior, this quaint port city of 86,000 residents boasts nine breweries whose craft creations reflect a wide variety of styles. Visit Hoops Brewing in Duluth’s Canal Park and savor the cocoa and marshmallow notes of their No. 13 Nitro UK Pale Ale while local food vendors dish up amazing grub during their restaurant pop-up nights in the historic beer hall.
Then hop over to Canal Park Brewing Company and enjoy a pint of their Nut Hatchet Brown Ale – a silver medalist at the World Beer Cup.
But wait! There’s more! Downtown Duluth is also home to the Belgian-inspired Blacklist Artisan Ales where head brewer Brian Schanzenbach showcases big, bold flavors in his Spruce-Tipped Imperial IPA.
Venture to Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and pay a visit to Duluth’s oldest operating brewery – Lake Superior Brewing Company. Their thirst-quenching Kayak Kölsch is true to style with its clean pale malt flavor and floral hop finish.
If you want to explore Duluth’s craft beer scene in style, hop aboard The Duluth Experience Brewery Tour and experience their behind-the-scenes approach to craft beer sampling, brewery exploration, and sightseeing in Duluth Beer City.
If you’re more of a craft cocktail aficionado, Duluth also has an award winning micro-distillery at the foot of the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. Vikre Distillery crafts their own gin, aquavit, vodka, and whiskey using locally sourced botanicals and Lake Superior water.
It’s the water. Cheers!