Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Duluth Experience Presents: The North Shore Craft Beer Roundtable

In recent years, Duluth has become somewhat of a powerhouse in the craft beer scene that has attracted tourists and business owners alike. The growth seen here has been astronomical and it's quickly becoming one of the top craft beer destinations in the Midwest.

That is why it's my pleasure to announce that on March 23rd, The Duluth Experience will begin its 4-part series of live panel discussions covering the business and art of craft brewing and the rise of the North Shore Craft Beer Scene. The events will provide a behind-the-scenes perspective of the regional craft beer industry and the great people involved in pushing the North Shore Craft Beer Scene to the forefront of the expanding craft beer industry.

The March event will bring together five brewery owners – Eddie Gleason of Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery, Tim Nelson of Fitger’s Brewhouse, Steve Knauss of Thirsty Pagan Brewing, Badger Colish of Canal Park Brewing Company, and Bryon Tonnis of Bent Paddle Brewing Company.

Moderated by The Duluth Experience’s Paul Helstrom, the discussion will cover the key elements of creating a successful brand and the challenges of the operating brewpubs and production breweries under the Minnesota’s current legal framework. Finally, the conversation will focus on the uniqueness of the North Shore Craft Beer Scene and its past, present, and future.

Subsequent installments of the North Shore Craft Beer Roundtable will focus on the brewers that have crafted the distinct flavor of the North Shore Craft Beer Scene (April 13th) and the emergence of beer-related businesses (May 18th). The final event on June 22nd will bring together a panel of women that are pushing the region’s craft beer industry in deliciously creative directions.

All 4 events will be held from 1-2pm at Duluth’s Teatro Zuccone in the Zeitgeist Arts Building at 222 East Superior Street. Tickets for each event are only $5 and all proceeds from the event will be donated to a local charity. For more information about the North Shore Craft Beer Roundtable call (218) 464-6337 or visit The Duluth Experience website at: www.theduluthexperience.com/special-events/craft-beer-roundtable/

The events are as follows:

March 23rd: “The Drink of Opportunity” – A Discussion with Brewery & Brewpub Owners
Moderated by: Paul Helstrom – The Duluth Experience

Eddie Gleason – Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery
Tim Nelson – Fitger’s Brewhouse
Steve Knauss – Thirsty Pagan Brewing
Rockie Kavajecz – Canal Park Brewing Co.
Bryon Tonnis – Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

April 13th: “Crafting the North Shore Beer Scene” – The Brewers Roundtable
Moderated by: Tim Wilson – The Duluth Experience

Dave Hoops – Fitger’s Brewhouse
Dale Kleinschmidt – Lake Superior Brewing Co.
Jason Baumgarth – Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery
Jeremy King – Canal Park Brewing Co.
Brian Schanzenbach – Blacklist Brewing

May 18th: “Riding the Wave of Beer” – Craft Beer Related Business
Moderated by: James Sanders – The Duluth Experience

Marissa Sauer – Northlandbeer.com
Paul Riordan – Brule River Hill Top Hops
Brad Nelson – Star Creative
Carolyn Jones – CMT Farm
Paul Helstrom – The Duluth Experience

June 22nd: “Women of the North Shore Craft Beer Scene” – A Candid Discussion on the State of Women in Brewing
Moderated by: Elissa Hansen – Barley’s Angels Duluth/Superior Chapter

Allyson Rolph – Thirsty Pagan Brewing
Jamie MacFarlane – Castle Danger Brewing
Liz Gleason – Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery
Laura Mullen – Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Melissa Rainville – Fitger’s Brewhouse

It will be an enlightening panel discussion that will no doubt draw craft beer fans, aspiring & existing business owners alike. Whether you live here, or are in town on vacation, I would highly recommend checking this out.

I hope to see you all there!

- Nick

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