Our view: Celebrate ‘Beer Town Minnesota’In February, the Growler, a Twin Cities-based craft-beer mag, announced what those of us in Duluth have been catching on to for at least a couple of years now. “Duluth is undergoing a serious craft beer boom,” the magazine reported.
In February, the Growler, a Twin Cities-based craft-beer mag, announced what those of us in Duluth have been catching on to for at least a couple of years now.
“Duluth is undergoing a serious craft beer boom,” the magazine reported. “The scene is growing rapidly. … The combination of Duluth’s natural splendor and the growing craft beer scene will ultimately put it on the map as a world-class beer tourism destination.”
No wonder our mayor proclaimed Duluth “the Craft Beer Capitol of Minnesota,” or the “CBC of MN.” He even tried to trademark it when he made the proclamation in a column in the Growler, also in February.
And on what did the mayor base his proclamation?
“I called dibs on it,” Don Ness wrote. “I was the first mayor in Minnesota to proclaim my city the CBC of MN. (St. Paul Mayor) Chris (Coleman) or (Minneapolis Mayor) R.T. (Rybak) could have done it, but they sort of missed their window to be the first city to do it. That’s pretty important. Sure, there’s nothing that would stop either of those guys from becoming the second mayor in Minnesota to make that proclamation. But I think we can all agree that would be pretty lame.”
News of Duluth’s sudden suds prowess isn’t new to anyone paying attention to the nightlife or the social scene here or anyone who regularly reads the News Tribune’s business and Wave pages. But the statewide attention, and that the Twin Cities are taking notice, is nice — especially if it can be followed by thirsty visitors on Duluth’s doorstep, eager for the next hot spot for beer.
So pour yourself a cold one and raise it high. A toast to Duluth, “Beer Town USA,” or, at least, “Beer Town Minnesota,” as Minnesota Public Radio’s Tom Crann predicted this past winter we’ll soon be known.