Mission Statement

The mission of Bent Paddle Brewing Company is to brew craft beer with a concentration on sustainability for our business, employees, the environment and the greater community – all while “Bending the Traditions” that we encounter, for a more unique and interesting craft beer experience.

Bending Tradition® in Duluth, Minnesota since 2013

Paddle It Forward

From day one the founders of Bent Paddle Brewing Co. not only wanted to start and run a successful brewing business, they also wanted to leverage that business to become a strong community supporter, partner and voice for the company’s charitable and sustainable values. Bent Paddle is especially committed to organizations that support wilderness conservation, human powered activities and outdoor recreation (especially if there is a paddle involved!), education, humanitarian and social causes, economic stability of our Northland neighbors, armed forces / veteran services and local arts / music. With our “Paddle It Forward” initiative Bent Paddle Brewing Co. has donated money, beer, on-site beer sampling stations, auction and raffle items, special tours and taproom venue use on off-days to over 400 non-profit’s totaling over $300,000 in value since opening in May of 2013. Below is a list of the organizations we have supported as well as detail about our close partnerships with a select few that are especially near and dear to our mission or our hearts.


If your organization would like Bent Paddle Brewing Co. to assist an upcoming fundraising event or initiative please contact us – and briefly describe your request including date, details, exactly what you are requesting of Bent Paddle, full contact info, etc. (Note that we require a minimum four week lead time to process any requests | Also if you are requesting beer MN law requires you must be able to provide proof of a proper liquor catering license for the event – please call to discuss.)


  • American Red Cross Serving Northern Minnesota – Holiday Cards for Hero’s + Blood Drives - www.redcross.org/local/mn/chapters/northern - In addition to staff and public blood drives a few times per year, Bent Paddle sponsors the “Holiday Cards for Hero’s” campaign where over 10,000 holiday cards are given in packs of 5 to all Northland active service members and veterans thanking them for their service to our country and our local community. In 2015 we were honored to receive their “Armed Forces Partner Award”.
  • C.O.G.G.S. – Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores – www.coggs.com  – As part of a specialty seasonal offering for the summer of 2015, Bent Paddle and Duluth manufacturer Loll Designs teamed up to create a flavorful west-coast style Pale Ale. 5% of all sales for the “Lollygagger Pale Ale” were then dedicated to COGGS to help the organization reach their goal of creating the first 100+ mile system of single track, all within an urban environment – the Duluth Traverse Trail. A ceremonial check of these proceeds totaling $9,147.92 was given to C.O.G.G.S. on Give to the Max Day in November of 2015.
  • Clean Your Creek - Annual Tree Planting & Creek Clean-Up  - http://lolldesigns.com/2015-tree-planting-creek-cleanup  - A cohort of West Duluth businesses including Bent Paddle, Loll Designs, Frost River and many more get together each spring to do a City of Duluth sponsored creek clean up and tree planting at alternating West Duluth creeks.
  • Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy - www.climategen.org - In 2016 we were honored to be asked to create a special charitable specialty beer sold in 750 ml bottles - our Climate Generation Black IPA - as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of Climate Generation, a Minnesota based non-profit dedicated to empowering individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change.  
  • Duluth Firefighters - Operation Warm - www.warmduluth.com  - Duluth Firefighters Local 101 are ambassadors for Operation Warm, a national program that provides new, American made, winter jackets to local kids in need. Bent Paddle donates beer, venue use, money and fundraising efforts to Operation Warm annually. In 2015 over 300 Duluth children received high-quality jackets and Bryon shaved his beard for the cause.
  • Take It With You – www.duluthplayhouse.org  – Bent Paddle is the exclusive annual sponsor of The Underground theater, a division of the Duluth Playhouse, as well as Take It With You live radio theater. The mission of The Underground is to serve the community as a meeting place for culture and conversation, for arts and education, offering diverse programming to foster the artistic and intellectual life of Northern Minnesota.
  • Duluth Superior Pride - www.dspride.com  – Annual beer sponsor of the Bayfront Pride Festival each September in support of our local LGBTQ friends and comrades. We were proud to accept the Duluth Superior Pride “Community Award” award at the Mayor’s Reception in 2015.
  • Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness - www.friends-bwca.org  – General annual sponsor of the efforts of the Friends of the BWCA with a mission to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem.
  • Hartley Nature Center - www.hartleynature.org  – Annual sponsor of Duluth’s Hartley Nature Center which is dedicated to inspiring life-long connections to nature through education, play and exploration.
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society - Upper Midwest Chapter - Crawl for the Cure - www.crawl4cure.org  – Annual beer sponsor for the MS Society’s Crawl for the Cure fundraising event – a fun weekend of off-road trail riding in Gilbert, MN at the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.
  • Northland Paddlers Alliance | Paddle Duluth - www.northlandpaddlers.org - General annual sponsor of the group that promotes paddling recreation in the region and is affiliated with the Two Harbors Kayak Festival, the Lester River Race and Paddlemania.
  • Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank - www.northernlakesfoodbank.org  – Since opening in May 2013 Bent Paddle has offered “free” brewery tours each weekend but tour participants are asked to bring either a non-perishable food or personal care item or donate $1 to the local food shelf. As of the end of the year 2015 the program has given over 900 pounds of food and $1,250 to the local Second Harvest.
  • Zeitgeist Arts - www.zeitgeistarts.com  – General annual sponsor of multiple initiatives at Zeitgeist Arts in Duluth, which is dedicated to supporting the arts, celebrating culture and building community.

  • 23rd Veteran
  • A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation
  • Advancing Lincoln Park
  • ALS Association - MN/ND/SD Chapter
  • Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Fisheries Society MN Chapter
  • American Heart Association
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Amory Arts + Music Center
  • Amsoil Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation
  • Ann Bancroft Foundation
  • Animal Allies Humane Society of Duluth
  • Arc Northland
  • Armory Arts & Music Center
  • Arrowhead Lawyers Care
  • Art for Ed Sake
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG MN)
  • Audubon Center of the North Woods
  • Backing the Blue Line
  • Bag it Duluth
  • Basset Buddies Rescue
  • Be The Match Foundation
  • Beer Dabbler
  • Big Top Chautauqua
  • Birch Grove Community School
  • Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships
  • Boats and Bluegrass
  • Borah Epic
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Boy's & Girl's Club of the Northland, St. Paul
  • Brewer's Association
  • Brule River Preservation
  • Brule Valley Ski Club
  • Bygvvir's Big Beer Cup Homebrew Competition
  • Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters
  • Carlton Highschool Baseball / Girls' Basketball
  • Centennial Area Education Foundation (CAEF)
  • Center Against Sexual & Domestic Abuse (CASDA)
  • Chad Greenway's Lead the Way Foundation
  • Charlene's Light, An Ovarian Cancer Foundation
  • Chester Bowl Improvement Club
  • Children's HeartLink
  • Children's Theatre Company, Mpls
  • Chive Minnesota
  • CHOICE, Unlimited
  • Churches United in Ministry (CHUM)
  • Circle of Hope
  • City of Duluth - Parks and Recreation
  • Clean Water Action
  • Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
  • Cloudytown Brewers
  • Cloquet Amateur Hockey Association
  • Cloquet Educational Foundation
  • Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital Foundation (CCMHF)
  • Coalition of Greater MN Cities
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Come Unity
  • Community Action Duluth Greenhouse Project
  • Community Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • Cornhole Against Hunger
  • Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Northland
  • Crawl 4 the Cure
  • "Crazy Troop 1-94" Cloquet National Guard
  • Crisis Nursery Serving Wright County
  • Critter Harbor
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Denfeld Alumni Association
  • Denfeld Robotics
  • Destination Duluth
  • Dorothy Molter Museum
  • Douglas County Historical Society
  • Ducks Unlimited UMD / St. Louis Bay Chapters
  • Duluth Airmen Foundation
  • Duluth Alzheimer's Association
  • Duluth Archery Club
  • Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce | Duluth Area Chamber Golf Classic
  • Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance (DAHTA)
  • Duluth Art Institute
  • Duluth Children's Museum
  • Duluth Climber's Coalition
  • Duluth Community Garden Program
  • Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club
  • Duluth Curling Club
  • Duluth East Youth Football League
  • Duluth Eastern Little League
  • Duluth Edison Charter Schools
  • Duluth Film Collective
  • Duluth for Clean Water
  • Duluth Huskies Baseball Club
  • Duluth Library Foundation
  • Duluth LISC
  • Duluth Moms Blog, LLC
  • Duluth Outdoors
  • Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds (DPHP)
  • Duluth Playhouse / Underground
  • Duluth PBS, WDSE-TV
  • Duluth Shimmy Mob
  • Duluth Sister Cities International
  • Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO)
  • Duluth Yaht Club
  • Duluth YMCA
  • Eagan Foundation, Inc.
  • Eagle's Healing Nest/Sauk Centre, MN
  • East Hillside Patch
  • Eastridge Community Church
  • Ecolibrium3
  • El Zagal Shrine Center
  • Ellispsis
  • Ely Marathon
  • Emma's Hope Foundation
  • Esko Hockey Assocation
  • Essentia Health Foundation
  • Evlove Duluth
  • Excelsior - Lake Minnetonka Chamber
  • Face It Foundation
  • Fair Vote MN
  • Faith's Lodge
  • Faith Under 40
  • Family Pathways
  • Family Tree Clinic
  • Family Voices of Minnesota
  • Federal Prison Camp Employees Club
  • Fest du Nord Family Music Festival
  • Fifth District Eagles Cancer Telethon
  • First Witness Child Advocacy Center
  • Foundation Fighting Blindness
  • Fraternal Order of Police MN Lodge #9
  • Frazee Robotic Team
  • Fresh Lake Films
  • Freshwater Society
  • Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation - Bradtober Fest
  • Fridley Service Organization
  • FUSE Duluth
  • Georgia Sea Turtle Hospital
  • Girl Scouts of Minnesota & Wisconsin Lakes & Pines
  • Girls Pint Out
  • Great American Canoe Festival
  • Great Lakes Aquarium
  • Greater Downtown Council
  • Groves Academy
  • Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hammer Residences, Inc.
  • Harbor City International School
  • Harbor City Roller Dames
  • Harvest Fest Ministries
  • Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
  • Healthy Duluth
  • Help A Hero
  • Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Hermantown Culture Club
  • Hermantown Summer Fest
  • Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Homebrew Con.
  • Homegrown Music Festival - Duluth
  • Hope Multipurpose Inc.
  • Human Development Center (HDC)
  • Humane Society of Douglas County
  • International Hearing Foundation
  • International Ship Masters Association
  • Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability
  • J24 Western Lake Supeior Championship
  • John Baggs Memorial Golf Tournament
  • John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
  • Joyride / Driving 4 Safe Communities
  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest
  • Junior League of Duluth
  • Just Kids Dental
  • K9's From Carrie
  • Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
  • Kids n' Kinship Inc.
  • Korean War Veterans - 84th & 62nd ECB
  • Kraus-Anderson Community Foundation
  • KUMD Radio
  • Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra
  • Lake Superior Chapter ATP
  • Lake Superior College Foundation
  • Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
  • Lake Superior Lawmen
  • Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve - UWS
  • Lake Superior Open
  • Lake Superior Youth Chorus
  • Lake Superior Zoological Society
  • Lakeview Health Foundation
  • League of Women Voters - Duluth
  • Leif Erickson Viking Ship Restoration Project
  • Lester Park Foundation
  • Lester River Race
  • Leukemia + Lymphoma Society
  • Lifehouse
  • Lincoln Park Business Group (LPBG)
  • Lincoln Park Family Fun Night
  • Lincoln Park Middle School
  • Lincoln Park Shines
  • LOON - Lyric Opera of the North 
  • Lupus Foundation of Minnesota
  • Lusten Ski Patrol
  • Lutheran Social Service of MN
  • Madeline Island Marathon
  • Madeline Island Summer Film Series
  • Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe
  • Make - A - Wish Foundation
  • Mankato Curling Club
  • Many Rivers Montessori School
  • March of Dimes
  • Marshall School
  • Memorial Blood Centers
  • Men as Peacemakers
  • Mentor Duluth
  • Midway Contemporary Art
  • Midwest Art Catalyst
  • Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Expo
  • Midwest Music Fest
  • Miller-Dwan Foundation
  • Minnehaha Elementary & PTA - Two Harbors, MN
  • Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)
  • Minnesota Association for Environmental Education
  • Minnesota Ballet
  • Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
  • Minnesota Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation
  • Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society
  • Minnesota Climber's Association
  • Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
  • Minnesota College Professionals Association (MCPA)
  • Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild
  • Minnesota Fire Service Foundation
  • Minnesota 4-H Foundation
  • Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium
  • Minnesota Juvenile Officers Association
  • Minnesota Land Trust
  • Minnesota Library Association
  • Minnesota Mash-Out
  • Minnesota National Guard Enlisted Association Auxillary
  • Minnesota Off Road Cyclists (MORC)
  • Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)
  • Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA)
  • Minnesota Public Radio
  • Minnesota Sea Grant
  • Minnesota Section of American Water Works Association (MN AWWA)
  • Minnesota Special Olympics
  • Minnesota State Fair Homebrew Competition
  • Minnesota State Patrol Troopers Association (MSPTA)
  • Minnesota Surf Company
  • Minnesota Trout Unlimited
  • Minnesota Veterinary Medical Fund
  • Minnowfaces
  • Missing Children Minnesota
  • Mont Du Lac Ski Team
  • Morrison County Area Foundation
  • MS Society
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • National Ski Patrol - Central Division
  • Neighborhood Roots
  • North Country Independent Living
  • North House Folk School
  • North Star Chapter BCCA
  • Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness
  • Northern Ale Stars Homebrewers
  • Northern Explorers
  • Northern Expressions Arts Collective
  • Northern Lakes Food Bank
  • Northern Stars - Women's Ice Hockey
  • Northland Blitz
  • Northland Human Resource Association
  • Northland Paddlers Alliance
  • Northland Woman's Golf Association
  • Northshore Inline Marathon
  • North Shore Community School
  • North Shore Horizons, Inc
  • North Shore Wrestling
  • Note Worthy Kids
  • One Roof Community Housing
  • 148th Civil Engineering Squadron (CES)
  • 133rd Air National Guard
  • Our Lady of Peace School
  • Our Redeemer Lutheran Preschool
  • Paddle for a Purpose
  • Page Education Foundation
  • Parkinson Foundation MN
  • Perspectives
  • Pheasants Forever of St.Louis/Carlton County
  • Piedmont Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
  • Piedmont Youth Hockey Association
  • Pinewood Inc.
  • Pints for Prostates, Inc.
  • Portman Hockey Association
  • Prairie Homebrewing Competition
  • Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
  • Proctor Amateur Hockey Association
  • Proctor High School Cheerleading
  • Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA)
  • Project Joy
  • Prove Gallery
  • Queen of Peace School
  • REA3D The Rails Endowment for Academic, Art and Athletic Development
  • Remembering Rosco
  • Renegade Theater Company
  • Rice Lake Fire Department
  • Rising Tide Society
  • River's Rally
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Rotary Club 25 Duluth
  • Ryan Hoff Memorial Foundation
  • Safe Haven
  • St. James Catholic Church
  • St. James School
  • St. John The Evangelist School
  • St. Louis County Pheasants Forever
  • St. Louis River Alliance
  • St. Louis River Summit
  • St. Luke's Breast Cancer Center
  • St. Luke's Foundation
  • St. Mary's Auxillary
  • St. Michaels School
  • St. Scholastica Football Alumni Scholarship
  • St. Scholastica Men's Hockey
  • Salvation Army Toyland Express (Toys for Tots)
  • Sauk Centre Melrose Youth Hockey Association
  • Scheie Eye Institute
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • SFM Foundation
  • Share Our Stregth - Mpls
  • Shirley G. Moore Lab School
  • Silver Bay Yacht Club
  • Skate the Lake
  • SOAR Career Solutions
  • Sole Hope
  • Solon Springs Friends of Fireworks (SSFOF)
  • Source of Confidence
  • Southern Anoka Community Assistance- SACA Food Shelf
  • Spare Key
  • Spirit Mountain
  • Spirit of the Lake Community School
  • Spirit Valley Days
  • Stowe School Foundation
  • Student Outdoor Educators Conference (SOEC)
  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
  • Summit School
  • Summit Volunteer Fire Department
  • Superior African Heritage Community
  • Superior Days
  • Superior Hiking Trail Association
  • Superior Hockey Association
  • Superior Rotary Club #40
  • Superior Youth Organization
  • The Arc Southeastern Minnesota
  • The Lueukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • The Sheridan Story
  • The Stewardship Network
  • Tribute to the Troops
  • Twin Ports Tonight LLC
  • Twin Ports Web Professionals
  • Twin Ports Wind Orchestra (TPWO)
  • Two Harbors Soccer Club
  • UDAC
  • UMD Alumni Relations
  • UMD Athletics
  • UMD Medical & Pharmacy Schools
  • UMD Student Outdoor Educators Conference (SOEC)
  • UMD Summer Senior Program
  • UMD Sustainable Agriculture Project
  • UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering
  • Unitarian Universal Congregation of Duluth (UUCD)
  • United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
  • United Way Duluth and Surrounding Area
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior Alumni Association
  • UWS Athletics
  • Upper Mississippi Academy
  • Valley Youth Center
  • Various 'personal medical' Benefit Fundraisers
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
  • Viewcrest Health Center
  • Volunteer Attorney Program
  • We Can Ride
  • West Duluth Business & Civic Club
  • Western Duluth Little League
  • Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity
  • Western Lake Superior Trolling Association
  • Whole Foods Co-op
  • Wigs for Women
  • Wilderness Classroom Organization
  • Wildland Firefighter Foundation
  • Wildwoods
  • Will Steger Foundation
  • Windom Dual Spanish Immersion School
  • Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Foundation
  • WITC - Superior Business Club
  • Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
  • Women's Health Center of Duluth
  • Woodland Hills
  • Woodland Hockey
  • World Telemark Day
  • Wounded Warriors Family Support
  • Young Athlete's Foundation
  • YMCA Camp Du Nord
  • YMCA Camp Miller
  • YMCA Duluth
  • Zoom House