In February of 2013 in a letter to Growler Magazine, Mayor Don Ness declared Duluth, “Minnesota’s Craft Beer Capital”. Though it may seem like hubris and a bit boastful, There are solid numbers to substantiate his claim.
Duluth has more craft breweries and brew pubs per capita than any other major city in the state. Currently we have a brewery for every 14,369 persons, compared with the city Minneapolis at one per 26,192 residents. The bonus is that many of Duluth’s taprooms and brewpubs are within walking distance of each other. For some additional perspective, the national average of breweries per capita is one for every 123,000 people.
Looking beyond just Duluth, The Twin Ports area has an exceptional concentration of craft breweries approximately one per 16,666 people. For additional perspective, the states know so well for their very impressive craft brew industry, Vermont and Oregon at number one and two, have a brewery for every 25,030 and 27,365 people respectively.
As the numbers reveal, Duluth and the Twin Ports are in some impressive company when it comes to craft beer options. In addition the outdoor related activities and the physical beauty of the area are the best in the Midwest. So we’re standing by the Mayor’s claim. Duluth is indeed Minnesota’s craft beer capital.