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Continued: Microbrews proliferate in Duluth-Superior area

  • Article by: MICHAEL RIETMULDER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 31, 2013 - 6:59 PM

Knob Creek sales champ

Butcher & the Boar has been named the world’s No. 1 seller of Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve. To celebrate its bourbon-slinging success, master distiller Fred Noe of the Jim Beam Bourbon company (which owns Knob Creek) will conduct a tasting of the different Knob Creek marques Tuesday in the beer garden. A buffet of B&B grub and bourbon cocktails will also be available. ($50, 6 p.m., Tue., 1121 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-238-8888,


Michael Rietmulder writes about bars and nightlife.


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    Danger Ale

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    Far from timid, this versatile, medium-bodied American strong ale is prime cabin cookout accompaniment.

    3067 E. Castle Danger Rd., Two Harbors 1-218-834-5800, www.castledanger

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    Fitger’s Brewhouse

    Hop junkies need look no further than this bold, lip-bitingly bitter beer made with six different types of hops.

    600 E. Superior St., Duluth 1-218-279-2739,

    Kayak Kolsch

    Lake Superior Brewing

    This light and crisp German-style brew is a refreshing all-day option with palate-pleasing repeatability.

    2711 W. Superior St., Duluth 1-218-723-4000, www.

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    Using seven varieties of malt and barley, the small-batch brewpub’s dark session ale is surprisingly complex.

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