Updated: Feb 11, 2019
Duluth, Minnesota is not only a destination for lake views in the summer and a tour of lights in December. Duluth also has quite the beer scene that continues to grow.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, here’s the only Duluth brewery list you’ll need to guide you from one IPA to another.
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Bent Paddle may be one of the more well known breweries of Duluth because they’ve grown so quickly and you can find their beer in liquor stores across MN.
The origin of this Duluth brewery's name comes from both a bent canoe paddle Bryon Tonnis (one of the four owners) had used to mix his brewing mash as well as the brewers' shared love of canoeing. (Growler Magazine)
You can always find their flagship beers and at least a few seasonal or limited edition must-try brews. And, in 2017 they opened a beautiful and spacious taproom with both indoor and outdoor seating.
Blacklist Artisan Ales
Located in downtown, Blacklist Artisan Ales is a cozy and hip Duluth brewery with a Belgian-inspired tap list. Most of the year-round beers are a Belgian-style beer which is what makes Blacklist so unique.
Enjoy trivia, board games and live music? That’s three more reasons to visit this brewery!
Named One of the “Things to do in Duluth” by TravelMag.com, your tour wouldn’t be the same without a stop at Blacklist.
Canal Park Brewing Company
You can find Canal Park Brewing Company along Duluth’s well-known lakewalk. This Duluth brewery is also a restaurant, where you can find tasty apps to pair with your pours.
According to their site, “We are committed to putting unique beer styles on tap by using the best local & sustainable hops, grains, malts and other ingredients when available.”
We recommend trying one of the beers on cask, if they have any, paired with the fish tacos!
If you’re in Canal Park, follow the lakewalk up the shore a few minutes until you stumble into the historic Fitger’s building, where you’ll find quite a few Duluth charms including this brewhouse.
According to their website, “Fitger’s Brewhouse opened in the Fitger’s facility in 1995 after its founders returned from a ski trip inspired by the growing brewing scene of the western U.S. Combining the relaxed ambience of a mountain brewery with an uncompromising dedication to quality...”
We recommend arriving with an empty belly for both good beer and good food. Order yourself a Starfire pale ale and a wild rice burger.
Hoops Brewing is unique in the way that it’s set up as a beer hall. You’ll find long, community tables and plenty of games to play with friends and family. You’ll also find a menu to the restaurants in the area that deliver right to you and your beer.
Hoops is named after Dave Hoops. Born and raised in Duluth and a brewmaster of 25 years, he started brewing in San Francisco and spent time at Fitger’s Brewhouse. His dream came true in 2017 when he was able to open up his own Duluth brewery.
Lake Superior Brewing
Founded in 1994 and still going strong, Lake Superior Brewing claims they’ve been “doing craft beer before it was cool.”
And according to their Facebook page, this Duluth Brewery is the “Oldest Microbrewery in Minnesota… [and] is the most award-winning craft beer producer in the region.”
At Lake Superior Brewing, you’ll find a beer for every season and every beer lover. We personally recommend the Kayak Kolsch.
Ursa Minor Brewing
One of Duluth’s newer breweries, Ursa Minor has a lengthy beer list and wood-fired pizzas. From Bear Claw to Stargazer, their name shines through each and every brew.
According to their website, “We chose the name “Ursa Minor” ... derived from the constellation Ursa Minor, or the Little Dipper, which contains the North Star.
Throughout history, people across the world have used the North Star as a guiding light, or an anchor point, in the night sky to navigate their way across our wondrous world. Craft beer is our guiding light and has brought us into the amazing craft beer community.”
Ursa Minor Brewing is located in West Duluth, near Bent Paddle’s neck of the woods.
Wild State Cider
Top it all off with a crisp cider from Wild State Cider, located within walking distance of Ursa Minor. Wild State Cider is made with 100% fresh-pressed apples and no artificial sweeteners. Taproom coming soon!
Prefer wine? We have a Duluth winery list for you!
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