Category: Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Bent Paddle Trampled Golden Ale

On the heels of their 6th anniversary, our friends at Bent Paddle has released Trampled American Golden Ale, a collaboration with Duluth-based band Trampled by Turtles. The beer is (not surprisingly) golden in color, with a “not-too-sweet” malt profile with a hit of fresh hop flavor on the end.

“The band was looking for something lower in alcohol content but full of flavor – a beer you could enjoy while you were at a concert.” says Bent Paddle Co-Founder Karen Tonnis. At 4.6% abv, this beer should be a great match for doing just that.

Aside from retail release, you’ll find some temporary distribution of this beer during upcoming Trampled by Turtles shows as well.

  • May 17 | Special Beer Release Event @ Kelly’s Bar in Red Wing, MN (a bar made famous by the Trampled by Turtles Kelly’s Bar song)
  • June 13-16 | Events Surrounding the Blue Ox Music Festival Show in Eau Claire, WI
  • July 6 | Trampled by Turtles Headlining Concert @ Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, MN
  • July 23 – 25 | Events Surrounding the Red Rocks Amphitheater Concert in Morrison, CO
  • August 29 | Events Surrounding the Sister Cities Smokeout Show in Moorhead, MN
  • September 21 | Trampled by Turtles + Avett Brothers Concert @ Treasure Island Casino

    in Red Wing, MN

Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is building a new taproom

Cool news out of Duluth today – our friend at Bent Paddle Brewing Company have announced plans to relocate their taproom to a larger historic space adjacent to their main production brewery and current taproom. Bent Paddle expects the new taproom to open in early 2018. In addition to the larger space, the taproom will also feature a 7bbl pilot brewing system, an event space, bar games, fireplace gathering area, performance area, retail shop, kids’ nook area, and pet-friendly patio.


Construction began in November 2017 and will continue into early 2018 with an official opening date of the new taproom to be announced in early 2018. We can’t wait!

Bent Paddle Celebrating 4 Years

One of Minnesota’s best breweries is celebrating 4 years and they’re hosting Festiversary on Saturday, May 13th at their taproom in Duluth. The brewery has been through a lot in those 4 years. They revitalized a neighborhood, redefined what a coffee beer can be, took a stance in favor of the environment—and have since managed to increase their footprint into the Dakotas and Wisconsin.

Colin and Laura Mullen teamed up with Bryon and Karen Tonnis with the hopes of showcasing what the water of Lake Superior can contribute to beer. The beer now speaks for itself. Brewing everything from an IPA to a Black Coffee Ale—Bent Paddle is now the premiere brewery up on the North Shore.

The Festiversary event runs from 2-8 pm and will feature bands, rare beers, food trucks, and more. Tickets will cost you $15.

Cheers to the folks at Bent Paddle and those who enjoy their fantastic beers!

Here are the full details on the event:

Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 2 – 8 pm
Avoid the lines! Tix available in the Taproom 4/19 – $15

Bent Paddle is turning 4! Join us at the brewery on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2 – 8 pm to help us celebrate! We will be taking over our West Michigan Street block + neighborhood parking lots and throwing a “Festiversary” party – an outdoor brewery festival celebrating Bent Paddle Brewing Co.‘s anniversary & you – the Partners & Paddlers that have helped us make it this far! There will be 3 stages of live music, curated food trucks, games & family friendly activities, community connections galore, and of course a whole lot of Bent Paddle beer!

Live Music & Entertainment with the Take It With You Crew, The Big Wu, Big Wave Dave and the Ripples, Jillian Rae, Black River Revue, Noble Sound System, Ben Weaver & more

Flagship & Specialty Beer on Draft + Multiple Types of Nitro, Infusion & Cask Beers + INTRODUCING A BRAND NEW FLAGSHIP!


Venture Pils Hut
Venture Pils on Draft & in a Can
Blueberry Venure Pils Infusion

Bent Hop Hut
Bent Hop on Draft & in a Can
Citra Mango Bent Hop Infusion
Idaho 7 Bumped Bent Hop Firkin

14º ESB Hut
14º ESB on Draft & in a Can
Cherry 14º ESB Infusion
Cedar 14º ESB Firkin

Black Hut
Black on Draft & in a Can
Chai Black Infusion
Hot Hot Heat Black Firkin

Cold Press Black Hut
Cold Press Black on Draft & in a Can
Mocha Cold Press Black Infusion
Vanilla Cold Press Black Firkin

Paddle Break Blonde Hut
Paddle Break Blonde on Draft & in a Can
Botanical Paddle Break Blonde Infusion
Lemon Drop Bumped Paddle Break Blonde Firkin

Kanū Hut – indroducing a NEW year-round flagship beer @ Festiversary!
Kanū on Draft & in a Can
Citrus Party Kanū Infusion
Double Dry Hopped Kanū Firkin

Venture Pils
Bent Hop
14º ESB
Cold Press Black
Paddle Break Blonde

Hop Outside Infusion – The Sharpest End – Ventue Pils infused with Juniper & Sage
Nitro Bent Hop
Nitro 14º ESB
Nitro Black
Nitro Cold Press Black
Nitro Kanū
Regular Draft Flagship Pours
Lake Superior Brewing Co. Root Beer

Food Trucks + Treats from OMC Smokehouse, The Duluth Grill, Lake Superior Bakehouse, Chow Haul Mobile Restaurant, All American Club, Log Home Wood Fired Pizza, Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar & more!

Family Activities Area presented by Frost River Trading Co. & The Duluth Art Institute

Community Partnership Booths

Festival Merch for Sale & On-Site T-Shirt Printing with Duluth Screen Printing – Think “Festimals”…
General Revelry!

Tickets Available at the Gate + Pre-Sale Tickets Available from the Bent Paddle taproom starting April 19th

$15 Day-of admission gets you a 16oz Festiversary pint glass (while supplies last) & your first beer is free!

$5 Under 21 / $10 Designated Driver (no pint glass) / Kids 12 & under are free

Beer Tokens are $2 (1 for a 5oz sample, 2 for a can (& certain specialty pours), 3 for a full 16oz pint)

21+ to Enjoy Beer / Valid ID Required

Children with Accompanying Adults Allowed

We Love Fido & Socks but No Pets Allowed at Festiversary

Cash Only Festival | ATMs available onsite and at nearby bank/gas stations

Rain or Shine (or Snow!) – Outdoor Event – Please Dress / Layer Accordingly

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. | 1912 West Michigan Street | Duluth, MN 55806

View full directions to the brewery on the Contact page of our website

Free nearby vehicle parking lots (including the TBI lot located on the corner of West Michigan & 20th Avenue West and the gravel lot located on the corner West Michigan & 18th Avenue West) and street parking available throughout Lincoln Park. Please plan ahead for a sober ride home – paddlers paddling responsibly
Complimentary bicycle parking provided by Continental Ski & Bike


Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest Saturday

As I write this, tickets are still available for Saturday’s Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. In its short history, the event has quickly become Minnesota’s premiere Winter (…er Spring?) festival with a finely-curated list of rare, one-off and specialty beers from 30 select breweries from Minnesota and across the country. Suffice to say that this event includes plenty of excellent food, entertainment and more.

I am, of course, a dumbass and won’t be there so here are Five beers I’ll really f&#@ing miss from this year’s Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival:

  • Indeed Wooden Soul: Ephemeral
  • August Schell Electric Empress
  • Fitger’s Brewhouse Tequila Barrel 1100 Wheatwine
  • Bemidji Brewing Flanders Sour Red
  • Steel Toe Brewing Before the Dawn with Tart Cherries

That being said, there are a lot of interesting beers. Learn more by checking out the program or visiting their website.

Download the program here.

Buy your tickets here.

Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest, Saturday, March 11th, 7-10pm.
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

GRRRL Beer Rep Party at The Happy Gnome


The local beer scene is loaded with talented ladies. Whether they’re brewing beer, selling it, or serving it—they are a big part of this exploding beer scene. Local beer reps Gabby Rudisill from Ballast Point, Tara Alcure from Surly, and Sarah Meyer from Bent Paddle came up with the idea to celebrate women in the industry by bringing people together at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul just ahead of Autumn Brew Review. They are calling this event GRRRL Party, but guys are encouraged to attend as well.

They’ve also invited some reps from Family Tree Clinic, an organization that supports women’s health by providing care and resources for all. Come down to The Gnome and try out some special beers from all of these breweries and bring some cash to donate. On tap will be Hopmosa, Ballast Point Pumpkin Down on oak, Surly Four, Urban Growler Rhubarb Wit, Indeed Whiskey Queen, Bad Weather Tippin’ it Down and more.

See you there!


The Happy Gnome

498 Selby Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55102