After being forced to take a 3 year hiatus due to COVID, Bent Paddle Brewing Company in Duluth is bringing back their popular Fesitversary event in 2022.

Laura Mullen, Bent Paddle Co-Founder and VP of Marketing + Outreach, says the 6-hour event is “basically a party that we throw to say thank you and celebrate community.”

Festiversary is set up over 2 square blocks surrounding the brewery and taproom. There are two stages of live music with a lineup that features headliner Pert Near Sandstone. Attendees will also enjoy specialty beer crafted just for the event, tons of food options from local vendors, and family friendly activities throughout.

Here's the complete live music schedule:

  • 2:00 p.m. jeremy messersmith | Main Stage
  • 2:45 p.m. High & Rising | Cedar Bound Stage
  • 3:30 p.m. Dred I Dread | Main Stage
  • 4:30 p.m. Maygen & The Birdwatcher | Cedar Bound Stage
  • 5:15 p.m. HEADLINER Pert Near Sandstone | Main Stage
  • 6:30 p.m. AfroGeode & the Gemstones | Cedar Bound Stage
  • 7:15 p.m. Mae Simpson | Main Stage
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Festiversary runs from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. While there will be plenty of music, you'd expect plenty of tasty brews at a Bent Paddle event and they will certainly deliver.

Bent Paddle fans will have a chance to taste upcoming beer releases before they are sent out to market like the Passion Fruit Pilsener or the Tropical Hop IPA. The brewery is also notes they are crafting specialty beer just for the day like the Campfire Smores Cold Press Black and Blood Orange Kanu.

If you're seeking vintage and rare beers, they'll have a Barrel Aged Hut for the timed tappings of Double Shot Double Black vintage releases dating back to 2019 as well as Extra Baked pasty stout with chocolate, vanilla & coconut.

Casks inside the Production Brewery include Tequila Light Lager, Lemon Basil Kanu, and Spruce Tip Black Ale.

“We went a little overboard with the beers, but we’ve been building up Festiversary for so long after not doing it since 2019 that we decided to just go for it,” Bent Paddle Head Brewer Tim Wilson

Tickets are $25 in advance in the taproom until closing time on Friday night 5/20 and $30 at the gate day-of and include admission, access to all the live music and vendors, a commemorative “Festimal” glass, and the first pour of beer is free. Kids under 14 are free and folks 14-20 plus designated driver tickets are $15.

Bent Paddle is located at 1832 W. Michigan Street in Duluth. Those attending Festiversary will enter the block party from 19th Avenue West, between North Shore Credit Union and Enger Lofts.

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