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Craft beer is topic of panel discussions in Duluth

The first in a series of panel discussions on the growing craft beer scene in the Twin Ports and North Shore will be held Sunday featuring brewery owners.

Representing brewpubs and small-production breweries, they’ll discuss brand development and the challenges of operating under the current laws in Minnesota.

The series, called North Shore Craft Beer Roundtable, will be presented by The Duluth Experience, which conducts local brewery tours.

Over the next three months, the four-part series will provide a behind-the scenes look at the regional craft beer industry and the people involved. All sessions will be held from 1-2 p.m. at Teatro Zuccone in the Zeitgeist Arts building at 222 E. Superior St. in downtown Duluth.

The public is invited. Cost is $5.

Here’s the lineup:

March 23: “The Drink of Opportunity,” a discussion with brewery and brewpub owners. Panelists: Eddie Gleason of Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery; Tim Nelson of Fitger’s Brewhouse; Steve Knauss of Thirsty Pagan Brewing; Badger Colish of Canal Park Brewing Co.; and Bryon Tonnis of Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Moderator: Paul Helstrom of The Duluth Experience.

April 13: Crafting the North Shore Beer Scene,” a brewers roundtable. Panelists; Dave Hoops of Fitger’s Brewhouse; Dale Kleinschmidt of Lake Superior Brewing Co.; Jason Baumgarth of Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery; Jeremy King of Canal Park Brewing Co.; and Brian Schanzenbach of Blacklist Brewing. Moderator: Tim Wilson of The Duluth Experience.

May 18: “Riding the Wave of Beer,” craft beer-related businesses. Panelists: Marissa Sauer of; Paul Riordan of  Brule River Hill Top Hops; Brad Nelson of Star Creative; Carolyn Jones of CMT Farm; and Paul Helstrom of The Duluth Experience. Moderated: James Sanders of The Duluth Experience.

June 22: “Women of the North Shore Craft Beer Scene,” a candid discussion on the state of women in brewing. Panelists: Allyson Rolph of Thirsty Pagan Brewing; Jamie MacFarlane of Castle Danger Brewing; Liz Gleason of Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery; Laura Mullen of Bent Paddle Brewing Co.; and Melissa Rainville of Fitger’s Brewhouse. Moderator: Elissa Hansen of Barley’s Angels Duluth/Superior chapter.

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