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THC seltzer elevates Bent Paddle's taproom offerings

Crowlers available within next two weeks; four-packs distributed by August.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.'s new office
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. co-founders Colin Mullen (left) and Bryon Tonnis confer in the business’s offices, located a block away from the Lincoln Park brewery, soon after it opened in 2016.
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DULUTH — Crowlers of cannabidiol (CBD) non-alcoholic seltzer are expected to return to the Bent Paddle Brewing taproom as early as next week, in addition to a new offering containing CBD with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

By August, the company plans to release four-can packs for distribution in two varieties — THC and non-THC CBD seltzers. Each 12-ounce can of Bent Paddle's new seltzer with THC will contain 25 milligrams of CBD and 2 milligrams of hemp-derived THC, sourced locally from Superior Molecular.

According to Director of Taproom and Retail Operations Pepin Young, Bent Paddle is looking forward to getting back into the business of CBD to meet the desires of its adult consumers. Until about one year ago, Bent Paddle offered a CBD seltzer in its taproom containing .03% of THC, which Young explained is a fairly low amount.

"It is a movement and something people are looking for so we're excited to bring it back," Young said. "We have a true belief in CBD and what it can do for people who are using it. We see it as an alternative for those wanting an alternative to alcohol. We're also seeing a trend that others are looking for something different."

With Minnesota's recent legalization of THC edibles, those ages 21 or older can now purchase hemp-derived edibles and beverages that contain up to 5 milligrams of THC per serving, and 50 milligrams per package.

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Given the Bent Paddle motto to "paddle responsibly," Young said the company is dedicated to consumer education.

"We will focus on marketing to the right people and producing responsibly — in the community, within our customer base and as a business," Young stated. "This includes providing clear labels on our products so consumers can make the best decisions for themselves."

Young added that Bent Paddle will be following the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy's standard operating procedures , and feels the business is well-equipped to safely and responsibly enter the uncharted territories of THC.

"First and foremost, we are in the business of beer, with a primary function to continue to be an award-winning, standard-setting craft brewery," Young said. "CBD and THC is a small part of who we are."

Brielle Bredsten is the business reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Professional Writing & Technical Communication, with minors in Advertising and Creative Writing from Metropolitan State University, in addition to a two-year professional paid internship as reporter/editor of the student newspaper.

She is an award-winning professional writer, photographer and editor based in rural Minnesota. Over the past decade, Brielle Bredsten has contributed more than 1,000 articles, feature stories, non-profit press-releases, photographs and columns. Her work has been published in several community newspapers.

Send her story tips, feedback or just say hi at bbredsten@duluthnews.com.
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