Bent Paddle Brewing Co. plans to relocate its taproom to a larger, remodeled space at 1832 W Michigan St., directly adjacent to its main production brewery and current taproom in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
The new taproom will open in early 2018 and offer more patron space plus a pilot brewing system for experimental and smaller craft beer batches. The site also will offer event space for up to 70 people, bar games, a fireplace gathering area, small performance area, an enhanced retail shop, kids nook area and pet-friendly outdoor patio.
“Our taproom is meant to be a focal point of our brand. When you visit our new taproom, we want you to feel at home. We often refer to it as our ‘living room’ ” Pepin Young, Bent Paddle’s taproom manager, said in a news release.
Since Bent Paddle opened in 2013, the business increased production from approximately 1,500 bbls to 15,600 bbls in 2016. One bbl is equal to 31 gallons. That level of production makes it Minnesota’s 6th largest brewery out of more than 100. Bent Paddle has also increased its workforce from five initial employees, including the four co-founders of the business, to more than 40. Six more employees will be hired to staff the new taproom.
Bent Paddle expects to still be under a 20,000 bbl cap for 1 to 2 more years, given current sales projections.
The company has been working with local architecture firm Wagner Zaun, interior designers from Shelter Architecture of Minneapolis and Gardner Builders, which recently opened a Duluth office.
Construction began in November and will continue into early 2018 with an official opening date of the new taproom to be announced in early 2018 as the project nears completion.