Located lakeside in Canal Park, locally, family-owned Canal Park Brewing Company is the fulfillment of a long time dream, and the consummation of years of planning and saving… and waiting for just the right space. The inspiration for the brewery stemming from the family’s history in brewing all the way back to the 1940’s when their Uncle Maximillian Herrnberger I worked for Fitgers Brewery.
The charming brewery/restaurant offers a unique selection of far that spans from sushi to burgers to braised short ribs, all served alongside their award-winning beer. Just serving food within their walls would not suffice for these enterprising owners – leading to a mouthwatering catering menu that will leave your event guests’ jaws on the floor – that is until they get their hands on a fork.
Their menu takes a hard left from the traditional “chicken dinner” catering that’s typical of Northwoods events. “We wanted to give customers a different option for catering in Duluth,” explains Ian Anderson, General Manager. “We offer the classic catering, like fruit trays and pinwheels, but we wanted to offer something new and different. We pull together dishes that are internationally flavored, seasonal, and locally inspired. Our chef loves to create unique experience for guests. He brings passion and skill into each culinary event that naturally produces an amazing experience.”
Lately the Swedish Meatballs and Lemon Garlic Wings are the most requested and well-received items. Their seasonal salads have also been really popular, “A stellar salad is a really great way to start a meal and make a big statement. It shows your guests that detail was carefully planned and well-executed,” said Ian.
Many of Canal Park Brewing Company’s unique offerings are made possible by the exceptional talent they’ve added to their team. For example, one of the “hold the phone” catering selections, sushi, is the lovechild of their chef who previously worked as a sushi chef in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for years before moving to Duluth. He happened to find himself working for amazing chefs that taught him a new level of cooking and inspired his love for sushi and the culture behind the food. “It combines health, flavor, fermentation, and artistic plating like no other cuisine. It’s not our most popular catering option when trying to satisfy a large diverse crowd, however, for certain events it works extremely well and creates a huge “wow” factor that people won’t soon forget,” shared Ian.
Another unexpected offering at Canal Park Brewing Company is one-of-a-kind desserts and wedding cakes, “One of our staff members was really gifted at designing cakes and desserts, which inspired and enabled us to add more,” explained Ian. “It was another way we could show our skill, thoughtful planning and individual care. People love the personal touch it brings to events.”
The crew at Canal Park Brewing not only cares about what’s on your plate, but how it got there. “We try to source local or regional products for our main menu items – that means organic, locally, or regionally produced food that does not erode soil, pollute air and water, and does not rely on synthetic fertilizers or pesticides,” said Ian.
Canal Park Brewing Company can cater any event. They often serve small corporate lunches for local businesses, weddings, and a variety of event at local venues like the Depot, the Great Lakes Aquarium, and Essentia. This summer they will cater a wedding at Gooseberry Falls. One of their most memorable catering experiences was for City of Duluth officials on a train for the Depot where the staff got to cook in the train galley kitchen, which they found to be a really fun experience.
Canal Park Brewing does most of their catering offsite, their service area spans 60 miles from their location in Canal Park. At this time they can serve up to 250 people. At their restaurant they are able to isolate small areas for groups and depending on the event and time of year they may be able to accommodate other options.
Their catering service also extends to their beer. “We offer kegs for a set fee and have a full liquor license for catering purposes. Depending on the occasion, we can do full bar, just beer, or any combination you can dream up,” said Ian.
And their beer… well, its award winning. “This year we won five awards that the MN Brewer’s cup, including getting 2nd place for Best in Show. “For a small family run business in an ever growing industry, those are truly high accolades,” said Ian. To understand how great that achievement is, just check out the stats for the MN Brewer’s Cup, the first event of its kind for the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. For their first annual event, the Cup drew 500 beer entries in 24 categories from 80 breweries. Thirty certified beer judges blind judged the entries to select 75 to receive awards. Canal Park Brewing Company’s Hand and Dabs Pale Ale came in 2nd for Best in Show out of 500 beers! They also won 1st place for Pale Ale with Hank and Dabs Pale Ale, and for Non-Belgian Strong Ales with Old Avalanche Barley Wine. They won 2nd place for Golden/Blond Ales with Click Drag, and for Belgian Other with Lone Trekker – Trappist Single.
The food and beer served by Canal Park is phenomenal, as is their dedication to being a great steward for the Duluth community. Just this year CPB has gone solar, installing 38 low profile solar panels on their roof. “We’ve always been concerned about sustainability and the environment, so this has been a big deal. It took a lot of work with the city, Minnesota Power, our local installer – Midwest Wind & Power, and a lot of hard work amongst our staff as well.” shared Ian.
If you’re looking for a truly unique catering experience for your next event, make sure to check out CanalParkBrewery.com