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What to drink this week
at Twin Ports breweries

DULUTH – Having a hard time getting in the holiday spirit with bars and restaurants still closed? Perhaps this week’s list of the latest Twin Port taps will make your next virtual happy hour feel a little more festive.

Small Business Saturday may be over, but local breweries and cideries are still offering takeout. Try one of their latest releases — which range from summery sours to one dark cocoa stout — during your next game night or cooking experiment.


Earth Rider Brewery

Last Friday this Superior, Wis., brewery released a new version of its tart wheat ale featuring “pail-loads” of its namesake berries. Wisconsin has not closed bars and restaurants, so this sour beer is available on draft on weekends, when Earth Rider’s heated outdoor tent is open.

Details: Available in cans.

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Nate-ure Bear

Ursa Minor Brewing

This American IPA was made with hops from brewer Nate’s backyard. It’s a homegrown version of Ursa Minor’s classic Bear Hop IPA, which they say is clean, crisp and easy to sip.

Details: Available in crowlers.

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Noah’s Dark

Blacklist Brewing Co.

In honor of this downtown Duluth taproom’s fourth anniversary, they brewed a dark imperial stout with lots of cocoa. At 11.5% ABV, Blacklist describes their special release (which was aged in bourbon barrels) as “a monster of a beer” good for cold winter days. They also have a new Cran-Ginger Craft Hard Seltzer for those looking for a much lighter drink.

Details: Available in specialty bottles. Buy two and get a free glass.

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Red Sash

Voyageur Brewing Company

If you’re venturing up to Grand Marais anytime soon, brewers say this new Irish red ale is malty with a dry finish, complete with caramel flavors and a bit of roast barley. It was named after the utilitarian clothing item early explorers at times used for splints, warmth and help portaging canoes.

Details: Available in growlers.

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Superior Swell Sour Tropical Punch Ale

Fitger’s Brewhouse

Described as “a tropical mirage in a Northland winter,” Fitger’s new sour ale features mango, tangerine, guava, pineapple, cherry, lemon and lime. If you’ve been craving a 21-and-older version of fruit punch, this brew even looks the bright-red part.

Details: Available in mini-growlers.

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These offerings from the week of Nov. 24 are also still available.

Baby Agates with Pomegranate
Ursa Minor Brewing
Snow may have arrived in the Twin Ports, but this sour revived last week features boysenberry, cherry and pomegranate flavors, evoking warmer days. At 4.8% ABV, it’s an easy-sip brew for those with a pallet for the tart and fruity.
Details: Available in crowlers and in local liquor stores.
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No. 18.1 Finn’s Finest Pale Ale and No. 22.1 Daisy’s Best Ale
Hoops Brewing
Owner Dave Hoops releases annual brews on his kids’ birthdays each year, though this year's taps were delayed a bit due to COVID-19. To celebrate his son turning 18, Hoops brewed a hoppy pale ale with a malty body. And in honor of his 22-year-old daughter, he made an amber (also hoppy) with aromas of citrus and red fruit.
Details: Available in crowlers — you can mix and match a pack of four.
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Wild State Cider
Made from McIntosh apples from Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake, this annual fall favorite tastes like a bite of crisp, fresh fruit, according to its maker. The 5.8% ABV cider is described as pure apples with Wild State’s special strain of champagne yeast.
Details: Available in growlers and in liquor stores statewide.
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Christmas Cookie Cream Ale
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
A classic cream ale with a holiday twist — vanilla, almond and cardamom infusions inspired by the Spritz cookies that Sally Anderson-Caron, mother of pilot brewer Neil Caron, makes each year. For each to-go sale, $5 will be donated to Duluth’s Bentleyville Tour of Lights, and you get a souvenir Christmas ornament. Something for everyone, right?
Details: Available in crowlers and growlers.
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Bliss Cranberry and Herb Cider
Duluth Cider
Just in time for Thanksgiving, this cider released last Friday combines apples and Wisconsin cranberries with rosemary, sage and thyme. Staff at this Lincoln Park neighborhood destination say it’s been described as “holiday in a glass.”
Details: Available in crowlers and growlers.
More info.