Ale for the Trail: Bent Paddle Beer Benefits Hiking Trail

Baihly Warfield
Updated: August 16, 2019 10:57 PM

Proceeds from a special Bent Paddle beer will help the Superior Hiking Trail Association build a bridge on the Brewers Loop Trail. Where else could the money go? 

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Sam Bartels created the beer through Bent Paddle's "Valve Jockey" program, which gives brewers a chance to experiment with recipes and give back. 

Bartels came up with the Nature Moment blonde ale, which has ripe strawberry and melon flavors. 

"It's really a great summer beer for 75-degree weather and an easy palate," he said. 

Brewing it was fun, but the best part about it is that it will go to benefit one of his favorite pastimes. 

"It's a creative outlet for our brewers here, and so for them to ask me to do it was a huge honor and privilege," Bartels said. "And to brew a beer for the Superior Hiking Trail, specifically, they're just close to my heart. I've been in Duluth for 10 years now, and that's definitely my outdoor outlet." 

Trail Fitters got involved too, donating $10,000 to the Superior Hiking Trail Association at Friday evening's Bent Paddle event.


Baihly Warfield

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