The Beers of Summer

When the weather is warm there is nothing like sitting out on the patio with an ice cold beer. Duluth’s beer scene is consistently vibrant and while All Pints North may be over for the year there are still plenty of places to imbibe. Here are some of this summer’s offerings. Because the craft beer industry is so fast paced, these may go off tap at any moment—but we’re sure the new beers will be equally tasty.

Fitger’s Brewhouse

Cumberland Blues IPA

A grateful bond of blueberries and hops make this IPA a very approachable beer for both hop and fruit beer lovers. We started with an aggressively hopped American IPA, focusing on the Mosaic hop strain that adds heavy blueberry notes itself. We then conditioned the beer on 600 lbs. of blueberries.

Mariner Mild

Marnier is a low-gravity beer, a beer with a predominantly malty palate. This style originated in Britain and is in the family of beers called “Session Ales.” Session beers are lower alcohol so folks can enjoy a few during a “session” without the fear of becoming too inebriated. Mariner is dark colored with an abv of  3.8% Notes of cocoa, dark bread and toffee come thru. This beer is served on nitrogen at the bar like ESB and Stout. Growlers are filled under C02.

Bent Paddle

Paddle Break BlondePaddle Break Blonde

A Belgian style Blonde Ale perfect for an adventure amidst the lakes and scenery of the backcountry. This Blonde balances hints of citrus and Belgian yeast much like you balance a canoe on your shoulders. Effortlessly.

Lollygagger Pale Ale

Community and partnerships are a large part of how Bent Paddle rolls. We have partnered with local manufacturer Loll Designs to create this flavorful west-coast style pale ale. We are dedicating 5 percent of all sales to our local cycling organization COGGS to help them reach their goal to create the first 100+ mile system of singletrack all within an urban environment – the Duluth Traverse Bike System.

Blacklist Brewing

Or Verte

(Taproom opening soon, but look for it in stores)

Or Verte

Elegant and assertive, Or de Belgique Verte mixes Belgian beauty with hoppy beastliness. Saphir dry-hopped, the aromas of light citrus mingle with the pear and tropical fruit of its mother beer, Or de Belgique. A balancing act of sweet and bitter, Verte dances between styles to create a uniquely beautiful beer.

Imperial Hefeweizen with Grapefruit Zest

Smell that? That banana aroma is the product of yeast alone and is a defining element of a German-style wheat ale. To us, it’s a well-crafted smell of beauty and a vote for year-round summer. Slightly cloudy, with a substantial mouthfeel this golden goddess ups the ante with an imperial touch. Look for the bright citrus of grapefruit zest in the finish, prepping your tongue for the next silky sip.

Canal Park Brewing Company

Point View Alt BierPoint View Alt-Bier

Park Point is a 5,000-year-old piece of Lake Superior known affectionately as the longest freshwater sandbar in the world. Dusseldorf Germany’s Altstadt, or Old Town, is known affectionately as the longest bar in the world, and home of the Altbier, or Old Bier. Pour a glass rich in malty beer history, walk on the sands of the big lake’s historic shores, and enjoy the present moment as the sun sets on a perfect Duluth summer evening.

Woodland Strawberry Ale

Wild red gems dot the forest floor every summer here in the northland. If you’re lucky you can find handfuls of these Woodland strawberries growing on rocky outcroppings. Their super sweet tart flavor, more robust than their commercially grown brethren, will make the trek down the trail worth every step. This symbol of summer in the wild north has inspired us to create a new summertime favorite. Light, crisp and refreshing, our Strawberry Ale is like a handful of these wild berries with a subtle grainy finish.