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North Shore Brewery Tour

duluthThis is cool. GetKnit Events is hosting several brewery tours to Duluth this spring and summer. $109 gives you access to six different Duluth breweries and brewpubs, private tours, coffee pastries, pub fare for lunch and a gourmet dinner, not to mention round trip transportation. Interesting, eh?

Our GetKnit Gurus will help you get a jump start on the day with a sunrise breakfast of pastries and our first “brew” of the day – coffee.  A deluxe motor-coach will then whisk us away to the North Shore.  Upon arriving in Duluth, we will make our first stop at Bent Paddle Brewing Company – a brand new, state of the art brewery, where we will get a taste of the day to come with signature beer tastings and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.

From there, we’ll travel to Canal Park Brewing Company, where we will fill up with several more tastings and a hearty beer-inspired lunch.  Options including a brewski (WI-made bratwurst), classic cheddar cheese burger with fixings, chicken and cheese sandwich, Pub Wing Dings or a plantain burger.

After re-fueling, Lake Superior Brewing Company will welcome us with another round of tastings to be complemented by a brief lesson on the history of brewing in the North Shore region.

Next, our crew will make our way to Castle Danger Brewery, a one-of-a-kind brewery who makes their mark on the local brewery scene by serving up “dangerously” good ales.

From there, we’ll continue on to Carmody Irish Pub, located in the historic Port-Town District of downtown Duluth to taste some of their superb dark stouts and seasonal brews.

Before making the journey home, we’ll stop by Tycoons Alehouse and Eatery to savor our last few tastes of the day along with a delectable dinner.  Options including hand-trimmed pork loin, artichoke-stuffed chicken florentine, stuffed poblano peppers, and classic fish ‘n’ chips are sure to satisfy even the largest appetite.

Between the thirst quenching beer tastings from the six North Shore breweries and the mouth-watering meals at some of Duluth’s finest eateries, you will have countless opportunities to purchase pints, growlers, and souvenirs to help remind you of this day that left you feeling good and “hoppy.”

Trips leave from Roseville, depart at 8:30am and return around 9:30pm. Thirteen hours of beer-fueled fun.

If you’d like to read more or sign up, follow the link here.Tour dates: April 20th, May 11th, June 1st.

Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery, Duluth

Nestled between North Shore brewing giant Fitger’s Brewhouse, and their offshoot, Tycoons Alehouse, sits a comparatively smaller and less renowned pub. Carmody Irish Pub sits just three blocks from Fitger’s, and is definitely worth a visit if you find yourself heading north.

Carmody is a very small brewing operation, with a brewing setup that only yields 2 1/2 barrels per batch. With such small batches, it’s no surprise that when I asked what was on tap during my visit, the bartender had to check the beer menu for the day to remind himself which beers and how many different beers were available on the day of my visit. They have four permanent beers in their lineup: Tipplers Golden, Agnes Irish Red, Scanlon IPA, and Famine 47 Irish Stout. The rest of their beer lineup changes on regular basis.

Carmody doesn’t open until 3pm, but they stay open until 2am with live music six nights a week. Their menu is simple, with a couple of sandwich options, a handful of wrap choices, and soup. In addition to their own beers, they also serve a variety of imported European beers and Irish whiskeys, as well as a collection of regional and micro brews. Owner Eddie Gleeson says that they plan to shuffle their guest beer taps to all Minnesota taps in the near future.

Eddie’s wife, Liz Gleeson, spends her days in the Carmody basement brewing beer, while her husband Eddie heads up the business end of their pub. It’s obvious when first meeting Liz that she loves her job. She glows when she talks about her involvement in a business dominated by men, and proudly displays her pink boots from the Pink Boots Society, whose mission is to encourage women in brewing – whether it be professionally or as a hobby.

Her enthusiasm for brewing is clear, even as she highlights the perils of being a smaller brewery. She points out that three of their fermenters are temperature controlled, while two are not. She says that they got such a great deal on the other two that they had to buy them anyway and figure out a temperature control system later. Gleeson now has these two fermenters hidden within a box of sheet insulation. An air conditioner pumps cooled air directly into this insulated box – creating a makeshift cold room. Solutions like this are a regular part of being a small brewpub.

Even with only brewing small batches, Carmody is on the cusp of expansion. They are planning on opening a second location in Two Harbors on October 1. Gleeson says that they aren’t just building a bar, but that Two Harbors will have all of the aspects of Carmody that people have come to expect.

“Our goal is to bring craft beer and a new music scene to the North Shore,” said Gleeson.