Updated: May 11, 2022 10:34 PM
Created: May 11, 2022 08:42 PM
Bent Paddle Brewing is launching into the summer season with two new awards to its name.
The Duluth craft brewery took home two medals from the World Beer Cup, which happened in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference in Minneapolis last weekend.
"This year, the World Beer Cup had more entries than any other year with just over 10,000 from 57 countries, 2,500 breweries," Bent Paddle Co-Founder Karen Tonnis said.
Bent Paddle took home a bronze for its flagship IPA Bent Hop and a gold for a pilot German-style altbier called Altbear.
"This is an extremely competitive competition. And to have won two awards is a huge accomplishment," Tonnis said.
Allen "Rich" Richardson thinks the medals are well-deserved. He lives in Missouri, but Duluth is his wife's hometown, so they visit often.
"I always have their Black nitro," Richardson said, "and now they've got a porter that will be my second beer today."
In total, five Minnesota breweries won at the World Beer Cup. Tonnis said that's good for all of the state's craft beer industry.
"It just brings beer tourism, builds our community, our state, and brings people in from all over," she said.
Richardson has seen Bent Paddle's reach in particular. He has a bike jersey from their merchandise store and wears it riding in Missouri.
"Mid-Missouri, people go, 'Oh my gosh, is that in Duluth?' I go, 'Oh, yes,'" he said. "It's amazing how well-known this is, even in mid-Missouri with people riding the trail across the state."
Bent Paddle was also asked to brew the commemorative beer for the Craft Brewers Conference. Every one of the 10,000 attendees went home with a Duluth-brewed "Land of 10,000 Lagers" Czech-style dark lager.
The brewery is celebrating its 9th anniversary this month at Festiversary on May 21.
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