Unique Duluth Tour Emerges Out of Beer Brewing Craze

By KBJR News 1

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Craft brewing has begun to take over the Twin Ports. Out of that craze has emerged The Duluth Experience, a tour of all ten breweries in the area samples included.

The Duluth Experience began brewing in the minds of four entrepreneurs, two years ago.

"We heard about all these other breweries coming to town," says Paul Helstrom, Chief Manager of The Duluth Experience. "When I started working at the brewhouse, there were only two brew pubs and one brewhouse in town. Now we have ten breweries in the area."

And the idea seems to have blossomed at the perfect time.

"I think that people are rediscovering beer and beer's diversity, how many different flavors of beer. Beer is essentially one of the most important drinks of man's history."

The Duluth Experience launched officially on July 18th even though they had already conducted several trail tours in preparation of the big day.

"We have five tours each week," says Dave Grandmaison, Co-Founder of The Duluth Experience. "Each tour includes visiting three breweries. We give you a behind the scenes access at the brewery, the operations, we introduce you to the brewers, you get a lot of beer samples which is a lot of fun."

The first stop of every tour... Fitger's Brewhouse.

"I've done some small home brewing myself and seeing it on the larger scale is actually really interesting," says Duluth tourist Zach Vrichota. "And I love beer, so going to different places and getting to try different beers, seeing the ways it's fermented, would be really interesting."

"In between the breweries we provide a lot of content rich information about Duluth's history, the natural and scenic elements that Duluth has to offer," added Grandmaison.

A 5th generation Duluthian, Grandmaison knows the many sites Duluth has to offer including Enger Park, which is one of the stops on the up and coming historical tours.

"Many interesting prominent and interesting figures lived here, and worked here and died here," says Helstrom. "There's a lot of different ideas on how we're going to work history in but we want the history to be prevalent in all of our tours."

"We just want people to come to Duluth and learn that it's a great place to visit to do business and to live."

To learn more about the tours, you can log onto the Duluth Experience website.