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Bent Paddle buys its brewing plant; plans expansion

Bent Paddle Brewing announced in a news release today it has purchased its brewing facility at 1912 W. Michigan St. in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The $942,500 sale was completed in June. Bent Paddle had leased the 10,600-square-foot warehouse space since 2013.

The news release also mentions “yet to be disclosed plans” for the nearby building at 1832 W. Michigan St., which Bent Paddle has used as an office space for the past year. The Duluth News Tribune reported on Monday that “documents submitted to the city planning commission show a re-imagined home for the city’s largest brewery.” The paper published a schematic design that shows “a new partly covered patio” and notes “Bent Paddle is applying for a concurrent use permit for the deck.” The design suggests a possible move of Bent Paddle’s taproom to the current office building.

Bent Paddle’s news release notes specific plans for a 2018 expansion project will be released in the coming months.

The 30-barrel-capacity craft brewery has grown from producing 1,560 barrels of beer in 2013 to 15,698 in 2016. It has 40 employees and has won numerous regional and two national awards. Its canned beer is distributed in three states including full coverage in Minnesota with a total of over 2,000 bar, liquor store, restaurant and event-facility accounts.

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