Bent Paddle gears up for Festiversary 2023

On May 20th, Bent Paddle Brewing Co. will celebrate 10 years of business! During their decade of operations. The brewery has grown from the original 4 co-founders to a team of 47 beloved employees, crafted over 250 unique beers, supported over 600 non-profits, and won over 65 beer and business awards along the way. 

Festiversary 2023 will take place on Saturday, May 20th from 2pm to 8pm. Bent Paddle’s annual outdoor anniversary party takes over 2 square blocks surrounding the brewery and taproom in the Lincoln Park Craft District neighborhood of Duluth. There will be two stages of live music with a 100% Duluth lineup. While beers are a definitive highlight of the event, kids will be having just as much fun as the adults. Families with children will enjoy the Frost River Kids Area filled with activities ranging from the fan-favorite climbing wall, to snowboard demos by Damage Boardshop, to adoptable puppies.

“Bent Paddle’s 10th anniversary Festiversary is a celebration of our community, our loyal customers, who we call Paddlers, and our love of sharing craft beer. We are excited to showcase our lineup of specialty and pilot beers, and to offer a range of fun activities for all ages. It’s our way to kick off summer and say thank you for an amazing 10 years to our community,” says fellow Co-Founder Laura Mullen.

Beer enthusiasts will be delighted to taste Bent Paddle’s Festiversary beer lineup, featuring the first tapping of the brewery’s special 10 Year Anniversary Imperial Stout. The brewery is also crafting several one-off specialty beers for the event. Expect playful spin-offs of fan favorites including an Orange-Berry Kanu, a Campfire S’mores Black Ale, and a Canadian Martini Lager, the brewery’s Light Lager garnished with green olives.  For fans of vintage and rare beers, make a stop at the Barrel Aged Hut for Double Shot Double Black vintage releases dating back to 2016 as well as Extra Baked pasty stout with chocolate, vanilla & coconut. Casks inside the Production Brewery include Tequila Lime Light Lager, Poblano Jalapeño Black Ale, and Old Fashioned 14° Degree Amber Ale.  

Foodies will be delighted with the Festiversary’s diverse selection of food vendors ranging from artisanal waffles to wood fired pizzas to inventive hot dogs. Mama Roots Food Truck will be serving all vegan dishes, Howard’s Que will be cooking up authentic neighborhood BBQ, and Oasis Del Norte will be serving authentic Mexican tacos, nachos, and burritos just to start. 

Festiversary tickets are $30 (+ tax) in advance online and in the taproom until closing time on Friday night May 19th and $35 at the gate day-of and include admission, access to all the live music and vendors, a commemorative pint glass, and the first pour of beer is free! Kids under 14 are free and folks 14-20 plus designated driver tickets are $15.