One of the largest breweries in Minnesota is moving into a bigger, better taproom.
Duluth's Bent Paddle Brewing Company recently announced plans to relocate its taproom to a larger, revitalized historic space.
The new taproom, which will open in early 2018, will offer more space for patrons as well as room for brewers to experiment with smaller craft beer batches.
But if you liked the location, don't worry – the new digs, located at 1832 W. Michigan St., are right next to Bent Paddle's main production brewery and current taproom in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The 1909 brick and timber-frame building was once home to the Enger & Olson Furniture store.
Bent Paddle is building a second production facility in the new space, where it'll operate a smaller scale experimental brewery, crafting unique beers exclusively for the taproom.
New additions will also include an event space for up to 70 people, bar games, a cozy fireplace gathering area, small performance area, an enhanced retail shop, kids nook area, and a pet friendly outdoor patio.
Food trucks and mobile food vendors as well as neighboring restaurants will continue to provide food options for patrons.
“Our taproom is meant to be a focal point of our brand. When you visit our new taproom we want you to feel at home - we often refer to it as our ‘living room’,” Pepin Young, Bent Paddle’s Taproom Manager said in the release.
Minnesota's sixth-largest brewery
Bent Paddle says it's experienced "tremendous growth" since opening in 2013.
The brewery went from producing 1,500 bbls (1 bbl = 31 gallons) in 2013 to 15,600 bbls in 2016, making it Minnesota's sixth-largest brewery out of more than 100. The closing of the current taproom will allow for more production space at its main brewing facility.
So what does that mean for growler sales? (Only Minnesota breweries producing less than 20,000 bbls of beer per year are allowed to sell growlers from their taprooms.)
"Bent Paddle expects to still be under this 20,000 bbl cap for 1 to 2 more years, given current sales projections, and will continue to sell and refill beer growlers at the new taproom location until that cap is reached," the release says.
Bent Paddle has won numerous local, regional, and national awards over the years.
The current taproom will close once the new space is open, as a brewery can only operate one taproom at a time according to state law.
Construction began in November; an official opening date of the new taproom will be announced in early 2018 as the project nears completion.