Up North: An Axe-citing Activity Already Expanding in Twin Ports

Updated: August 14, 2019 10:56 PM

Axe throwing remains a popular trend when it comes to group activities and celebrating special occasions.


"We tried to ask the guys what they wanted to do for their birthday and Brian over here said that axe throwing sounded like fun," explained Shannon Frauenholtz from New Ulm, Minnesota.

Located in the back of the bar, Blacklist Brewing Company is the only place in Duluth where you can take a whack at it.

"We looked it up on the internet, looked up breweries for Duluth and the reviews on this place were awesome," explained Brian Bushard of New Ulm who was celebrating his birthday.

Four days a week you can sip on a tasty adult beverage and give it a try. Similar to darts, the way it works is you rent a lane, throw a one and a half to 3-pound axe at a wood target and repeat.

"From here to the target is 12 feet which is about the space it takes to get one rotation of the axe," explained axpert Chad Gallagher.

The axperts show you how it's done. Stressing safety, they teach you two different ways to throw the axe and remain your coach throughout the entire session.

"Throwing an axe one-handed is a lot like throwing a baseball. It's a nice easy, kind of like an overhand throw," added Gallagher.

The biggest goal for newcomers is getting the axe to stick. Once they've accomplished that, they say there's no better feeling.

"It's super empowering. It's a great way to release anger," said Frauenholtz.

"I would tell anybody to come out here. It's really cool," added Bushard.

Open for just a few months in Duluth, it's quickly gaining popularity. Blacklist already has plans to expand the sport by having leagues starting at the end of September and they plan to begin tournaments by the end of August.

For more details visit their website:

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