A deliciously cold pint of beer and warm summer sunshine: What could possibly be better? Duluth informally likes to call itself the craft beer capital of Minnesota, and it’s a title we think is quite fitting. Beer-loving tourists have been flocking to the North Shore for years, searching for their next favorite pint. Duluth also happens to be a ruggedly adventurous city, suited to outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous couples. Imagine working up a great sweat on Duluth’s trails, or coming in after a day on the water to a cold pint of beer, brewed right here on the shores of Lake Superior. It’s truly the perfect way to cap off a great day in Duluth. Though Duluth’s old favorite hotspots are still thriving and serving up delicious brews, there are some newcomers to the Craft Beer scene in the Twin Ports worth exploring. Book your room at our Luxury Bed and Breakfast, and come raise a pint with us here in Duluth.
Newest Craft Beer Hotspots
It bears repeating: There is no shortage of extraordinary craft beer on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The newcomers to the beer scene have the Twin Ports area pretty excited. The first to open this spring was Hoops Brewing in the popular Canal Park neighborhood. Hoops Brewing was started by master brewer Dave Hoops, who used to head up Fitger’s Brewhouse. This new brewery is located in the space formerly occupied by Timber Lodge Steakhouse. It’s a stunning, 250-seat brewhouse, and is a true beer-lovers destination. With a powerhouse team behind them, Hoops plans to brew up to 30 different beers at any given time, making it a must-do stop on your beer-drinking adventure.
The second new craft beer destination being developed in the Twin Ports area is Earth Rider Brewing Company in Superior. Once again, this brewery is being spearheaded by a Fitger’s Co-founder; this time Tim Nelson. The brewhouse itself will be located near the High Bridge in the former home of Leamon Mercantile Co. The brewhouse is across the street from the historic Cedar Lounge, which is currently a beer-centric tavern, and will soon re-open as the Earth Rider taproom. The 20-barrel brewhouse is still under construction, and the first batch of beer is expected later this summer or early fall.
Other Destinations for Great Beer
Since you’ve come all this way for great beer, you might as well make the most of your time. Here’s a tried and true list of Duluth’s best breweries:
- The Lake Superior Brewing Company opened in the early 1990s, and today remains one of the Northland’s oldest production microbreweries currently in operation. While you’re there, try a sample of the award-winning Kayak Kolsch.
- Canal Park is a great place for shopping in Duluth. Afterwards, grab lunch and a cold pint at Canal Park Brewery. Their Nut Hatchet Brown Ale won a silver medal at the 2014 World Cup Beer Awards.
- Blacklist Artisan Ales is a relative newcomer to the Duluth scene, and they have already proven their worth.
- Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is a relative newcomer to Duluth, but it’s proven wildly popular on the craft beer scene. There’s another nearby newcomer nearby that makes for a fabulous lunch. It’s called OMC Smokehouse, and their menu has us drooling from here.
- Tycoon’s Alehouse is a Duluth landmark. The building used to house the Duluth City Hall. Today, its turn-of-the-century charm serves up great beer from another Duluth staple, Fitger’s Brewhouse.
- Borealis Fermentery is one of the most interesting breweries in the state. Their beer can be found at a variety of places around Duluth, including Duluth’s secret Speakeasy, The Rathskeller. Our favorite place to drink a bottle is during lunch or dinner at the New Scenic Cafe.
- Before you leave town, fill up a growler or two from Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors.
If you’d rather let someone else do all of the planning and work for you, sit back and relax and let The Duluth Experience be your guide to some great North Shore breweries. They have excellent brewery tours available throughout the year, which can be booked when you make a reservation at our Inn. By now, your mouth should be watering. Book your room with us today, and come quench your thirst in Duluth.