Northland discusses craft brew business connections in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

May 18, 2014 Updated May 18, 2014 at 11:11 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The business of craft beer in the Northland has many connections with other businesses; some you wouldn't necessarily think of, either.

That was the focus of the latest Duluth Experience live panel series on craft brew in Duluth Sunday.

The events provide a behind the scenes look of the regional craft beer industry and the people involved in the North Shore Craft Beer Scene, and allowed members of the public to ask questions.

The primary focus of Sunday's round table discussion was the economic impact of craft brewing and distribution on area businesses.

Speakers ranged from the farmers that utilize the byproduct of the brewers to feed their animals and make other items, such as soap, to the people who grow the ingredients local brewers depend on.

"We actually pick up Lake Superior's spent grain and our animals eat the grain," said farmer and soap maker Carolyn Jones. "It actually reduces our cost in feed through the winter by a ton."

"There's a little more diversity," said farmer Paul Riordan, "so it was fun to be able to provide a bit of farming perspective to the other businesses that were on the stage today."

The fourth round table is set for June 22nd, and will discuss the women of craft beer.

Al Skomars