Bent Paddle Brewing ready to make a splash in Duluth


The newest microbrewery in Duluth, Bent Paddle Brewing Co., is ready for some thirsty craft beer drinkers, the News Tribune reports.

Former Twin Cities brewmasters Colin Mullen and Bryon Tonnis, along with their wives, are behind the venture. They'll open the doors to the city's first taproom this week.

“It’s a surreal feeling being on the cusp of opening the doors,” Tonnis told the newspaper. “There’s so much work that went into this. It just doesn’t feel real sometimes. But it sure is.”

After three-and-a-half years of planning and construction, the brewery's first flagship beers include Bent Paddle Black, which Mullen says is “an oat infused black ale that drinks like a porter but looks like a stout," and the Bent Hop which Tonnis describes as “an India Pale Ale that is golden in color with a bright floral citrus hop aroma and supporting malt profile," according to the Minnesota Beer Activists blog.

Two more brews -- an extra special bitter called 14 degree ESB, and a craft lager called Venture Pils -- will join the lineup this summer.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, followed by a grand opening Thursday through Saturday.

The Northland NewsCenter reported Bent Paddle plans to sell its beers in select bars, liquor stores and restaurants across Minnesota.

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