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Checking in at: Canal Park Brewing Company, Duluth MN

Canal Park, the entertainment district of the city of Duluth, is a little peninsula that juts out into the bay, where old waterside warehouses have been converted to restaurants, brewpubs, bars, and hotels. Canal Park Brewing is one of the most popular spots in the area, especially with those staying at the nearby, walkable hotels.

Nut Hatchet Brown Ale, Bruce’s favorite of the beers we sampled at Canal Park

Sue, an IPA freak, loves the very un-IPA Kölsch at Canal Park, a taste she developed during a trip to Köln, Germany. Canal Park’s Kölsch uses some wheat but does not taste like a wheat beer. Bruce very much enjoyed the smooth Nut Hatchet Brown Ale. He thought the Foggy Jack Porter, while deeply malty and toasty, tasted too winy and alcohol-forward for the summer – probably a better winter beer.

Foggy Jack Porter is, perhaps, not the ideal choice for warm-weather quaffing.

There’s a very nice outdoor patio on the lake side of the brewpub. Most of it is devoted to table service but a small section is available for taking your brews outside. There’s seating around a fire pit and along some stone walls.

By our estimate, Canal Park is one of six, maybe seven, brewpubs within walking distance of each other in Duluth.

300 Canal Park Drive
Duluth MN 55802
Canal Park Brewing Company’s Website
Canal Park Brewing Company on Facebook


  1. Don’t know about the beer, but the food is great.

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