After 10 weeks in my new home, I went on my first road trip, only I didn’t need to do any driving! I had previously heard about a daylong organized bus tour to breweries in Duluth. Since it was an organized craft beer tour to a place I had never been yet known for craft beer, I jumped at the chance. And I’m pleased to say, the Get Knit North Shore Brewery Tour and our hosts Shannon and Nick did not disappoint.
Here is a snapshot of my trip about 2/3 through the day before my phone died:
For $109, you get transportation and 13 hours of well-organized entertainment. The day starts with coffee and a light breakfast as you travel the two hours to Duluth. A hearty lunch and dinner, snacks and water are included, as is plenty of beer at each of the six stops.
Since I had never been north of the Twin Cities, I staked out a prime viewing spot on the bus. And it was near the front, which I quickly realized was good because 1) It was far from the bathroom, and 2) You get off the bus and into the brewery quickly.
There were six stops, so I won’t review them all. But I will mention the stops and why this tour was worth a full day and $109.
First, the stops (in order):
- Bent Paddle Brewing Company
- Canal Park Ale House
- Castle Danger Brewery
- Lake Superior Brewing Company
- Carmody Irish Pub
- Tycoon’s Alehouse and Eatery (with bonus stop, it’s sub-basement, The Rathskeller!)
And why it’s worth your time:
- The tour is very well organized
- You stop all around Duluth (and a bonus with Castle Danger about 40 minutes north)
- The breweries vary widely in size, years in existence, reason for getting started and goals
- The food and snacks are included
- Duluth is an up-and-coming beer scene, according to this article, and after visiting, I agree with the points mentioned
- It’s fun to meet the people who make the beer and love drinking quality beer
- Great scenery
- You don’t need to drive but you can enjoy a beer on the bus!
As of right now, there are 5 spots left for April. I would snag the April or May trip if you can! Register here.
I’m already planning a trip to Duluth when (if?) the snow is gone. Are there any spots I have to visit? They don’t have to be beer related, but I’m already going to try to get some Castle Danger brew when I’m up there.