The Best of Plymouth issue is my chance to pay homage to the folks that are doing beer right in Minnesota. Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is my choice for year-round quality.
Beer can be very divisive, but Bent Paddle has something for just about everyone; it has great, balanced IPAs that showcase the whole beer, not just the hops; it makes one of the cleanest, most crisp beers in its Venture Pilsner; and its Coffee Black Ale, which is actually a stout porter, might be one of the best year-round beers made by any Minnesota brewer. (There’s a noncoffee version available as well.) Now, there’s even a new light lager sold in 12-packs that is an absolute steal for a lager of its quality.
Bent Paddle also experiments with sours throughout the year and offers some great, limited availability whiskey barrel-aged beers from autumn through winter. Put simply, the brewery has set the standard of quality and variety in beers from the state of Minnesota.
Christian Nesheim is the owner of Vinifera Wines and Ales. Find out more at viniferawinesandales.com.