Midwest Living Review
Canal Park Brewery opened with much fanfare in November 2012 to add to Duluth’s growing craft beer scene. The restaurant and brewery caters to those with a broad microbrew palette and a longing for local food. Much of the hops comes from nearby Wisconsin, and the packs for the growlers are made in Duluth by Frost River. Expect to find a contemporary, sustainable vibe at this brewpub, with wooden tables, exposed brick, high ceilings and hip bathrooms. We think the tagline seems particularly appropriate—Beer from the Middle of Somewhere.
The menu features pub grub and local favorites like a catch of the day, meat and cheese trays, and a pickled herring platter. The fish and burgers are excellent, and we couldn’t help drooling over the soft pretzel and bratwurst at a nearby table. Even on a busy Saturday night, service was great and the food arrived quickly. Prices are good given the hearty portions and premiere tourist location.
The best feature, though, is the beer. For those new to microbrews, we suggest ordering the sampler. Creatively crafted cheat sheets walk drinkers through the details of each beer. Many names cleverly reference Lake Superior; we particularly liked the Neoprenanzug Malfunction German Wheat, which reminded us ever so slightly of a fresh Blue Moon, and the spicy kick of the Stoned Surf India Pale Ale. If you find yourself connecting with the beer, you can always grab a growler to go.