Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Bent Paddle Brewing Co. interior
Drinks options
Sandwitch and drinks
Visitors using the self serve drinks section


It all started at a 2010 charity event when Laura told Karen, "The guys should get together" to discuss creating a brewery. Being the doting husbands they were, Bryon and Colin met (over some pints, of course) to dream. 

With the seed planted, the couples united to make their passion a reality, and in 2013, Bent Paddle Brewing Co. was established. 

At the heart of the couple's passion at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is a shared vision of crafting exceptional beer while minimizing its environmental impact. Their journey has led to a 30-barrel brewhouse in Duluth. Over the years, their commitment to eco-friendly brewing practices and community engagement has grown stronger.

The brewery's name, "Bent Paddle," is a tribute to the team's love of the great outdoors and Lake Superior while highlighting its mission to "bend" traditional beer styles. 

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is renowned for its craft beers, sustainability efforts, and bringing friends together over a cold pint. 


The vibe at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is a delightful blend of industrial chic and inviting warmth. Located in a renovated industrial building, the exterior features a mix of brick and metal, giving it a distinct urban character. 

The interior is a harmonious fusion of reclaimed wood, exposed beams, and large communal tables. It's a welcoming space that encourages camaraderie, making it an ideal spot for gatherings with friends or meeting fellow beer enthusiasts. 

The brewery's commitment to sustainability is evident in its decor, with repurposed materials and eco-friendly touches throughout the space. The vibe is vibrant and friendly, with patrons enjoying pints, flights, and lively conversations. 

Whether you're seeking a cozy corner on a Twin Ports vacay or a communal bar top for socializing, Bent Paddle Brewing Co. offers a welcoming and inclusive ambiance.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.: Menu & Drinks

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is renowned for its craft beers, which have diverse styles and flavors to suit every palate. Here are a few must-try selections when you visit.

The brewery's flagship IPA—the Benthop—is a true crowd-pleaser, boasting a bright and citrusy hop profile balanced by a malty sweetness, all with a deep golden color. It's the perfect introduction to the brewery's lineup, known for its approachable yet flavorful character.

The Cold Press Black Coffee Ale is a standout choice for those who appreciate a darker brew. Infused with Duluth Coffee Co.'s cold press coffee, it offers rich, toasty notes with a smooth and creamy finish.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. often hosts food trucks and pop-ups right outside their taproom to pair with your beer. Offering a variety of delectable dishes to complement your beer selection makes each taproom visit a unique experience. From tacos to barbecue, the food options are diverse and delightful.

In addition to its core lineup, the brewery frequently releases limited-edition and seasonal beers, allowing visitors to taste something new and exciting.

With creative craft brews, fun events like trivia night, and a hip ambiance, it's no wonder Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is a Duluth hotspot. 

Local Tips

  • Many of their cans feature local vistas. Their website gives the map coordinates!
  • Consider joining a brewery tour if you want to learn about the process.
  • Be sure to explore the area, home to a vibrant arts and culinary scene.
  • Check out their CBD and THC sparkling waters. 


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