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Lake Superior Ale Trail

The Lake Superior Ale Trial offers many fantastic breweries to wet your whistle along the way. Why not sample them all?  Here are the breweries that you can add to your trip on the Lake Superior Circle Tour! 

Duluth, MN

  • Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

    Located in the beautiful Great Lakes port town of Duluth, Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is a 30-barrel production craft brewery and taproom. Grab some of their cans to accompany your water or hiking experience or fill a growler to enjoy on your camp site. If you are visiting on the weekend, take a tour of the brewery and sample some of their award-winning beers.

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  • Fitger's Brewhouse Brewery & Grille

    Fitger’s Brewhouse boasts over 100 different recipes of unfiltered ales and lagers brewed within their 10-barrel brewery as well as many awards. Compliment your brew with authentic Duluth pub food such as a local favorite, “Brewhouse Smoked Fish Wrap”, locally caught in Lake Superior. Yum!

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  • Lake Superior Brewing Co.

    Lake Superior Brewing Co. is the oldest microbrewery in Minnesota. Their award-winning brews are available in 12 oz bottles and draft. If you happen to stop in on the first Friday of the month, you will be able to enjoy a new small batch of delicious brew, ready to be tapped for their “Firkin Friday”

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  • Canal Park Brewing Co.

    Positioned North, over-looking Lake Superior, Canal Park Brewery is a locally owned contemporary brewpub and restaurant. Enjoy a brew and a meal on their all-season patio and appreciate the scenic view of the Lake. Take a tour and visit their 15-barrel, three vessel system.

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  • Hoops Brewing

    Hoops Brewing is equipped with a state-of-the-art brewery with floor to ceiling windows that showcases their amazing 15-barrel system. Their beer hall seats over 200 people and has a gorgeous hand hammered copper bar to sit at and indulge in some of their hand-crafted beers. This beer hall is truly a sight to behold.

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Two Harbors, MN

  • Castle Danger Brewery

    Located in downtown Two Harbors, Castle Danger Brewery overlooks picturesque Lake Superior. Hang out on the pet friendly patio during the summer and enjoy a pint and a board game. Check their calendar and you may be lucky enough to visit during a rousing trivia night or when a live band is hitting the stage.

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Grand Marais, MN

  • Voyageur Brewing Company

    Grand Marais sits directly between the ancient Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior. Spectacular scenery matched with adventurous Craft Beers is what you’ll find at Voyageur Brewing Company. The appetizers and view from the brewery taproom and rooftop deck are truly remarkable.

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Thunder Bay, MN

  • Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

    Named after the well-known natural wonder, The Sleeping Giant, this Brewing Company has anything to delight novice and sophisticated beer drinkers alike. There’s plenty of fun to be had in their tap room. From ping pong to traditional Irish session music to Giant JENGA. There’s even family day on Sundays with a babysitter on duty.

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Sault Ste. Marie, ON

  • Northern Superior Brewing Co.

    This small brewery is enriched by local history with a modern feel. Try all three of their delicious brews plus seasonal offerings and discover the heritage. Join them for a “Friday After Work in the Tap Room Event” for some entertainment and brew.

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  • Outspoken Brewing

    Outspoken Brewing boasts to be a “small brewery with a big voice” and it’s easy to see why. Not only do they offer a lineup of exceptional ales and porters, but they are often coming up with new delicious recipes and a regularly rotating tap. Relax, unwind and be Outspoken at this hip and innovative brew pub.

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Paradise, MI

  • Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub

    Located in beautiful Tahquamenon Falls State Park, this brewery & pub is unique and rustic. Experience the falls then take the opportunity to experience this brew pub. It’s magnificent size and grandeur is astonishing. Fantastic brew and fine dining awaits at this brewery that echoes the Tahquamenon Falls and surrounding forest.

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Grand Marais, MI

  • Lake Superior Brewing Co.

    Just a hop and a skip from Grand Marais Harbor Beach you’ll find Lake Superior Brewing Company. This cozy and quaint restaurant & brew pub is the perfect place to stop after a day at the beach. If you’re visiting in the winter months, there will be a nice fire going and a tasty brew to warm you up after hitting the snowmobile trails.

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Marquette, MI

  • Ore Dock Brewing Company

    Located in historic downtown Marquette, Ore Dock Brewing Company offers great atmosphere coupled with some fantastic beer. The rustic post and beam timbers made from old barns and tables made of pallets offers the perfect setting to enjoy some live music or comedy night with some great brew.

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Ashland, WI

  • South Shore Brewery, Inc.

    South Shore Brewery operates in historic downtown Ashland along with the Deep Water Grille and The Alley. The two restaurants perfectly showcase their beers on tap and offer unique and creative cuisines. Just a 5-mile boat ride North on the Lake Superior inlet, Chequamegon Bay is South Shore’s Washburn Brewery & Tap house location, where you can take of tour and get involved in brewing a real batch of one of their flavorful beers.

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Superior, WI

  • Earth Rider Brewery

    On the Western tip of Lake Superior, you’ll find Earth Rider Brewery and adjacent Cedar Lounge taproom. The Cedar features a full lineup of Earth Rider flagship and seasonal brews and regularly hosts live music and other events. There’s sure to be something exciting happening any night may you visit.

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With so many outstanding Brewery options on the Lake Superior Circle Tour, one would remiss to overlook any one of them. Add the Lake Superior Ale Trail to your bucket list today! I know I am.