Canal Park Brewing Company – Duluth

Canal Park Brewing Company - Duluth

Can’t wait to get back for some more Stoned Surf IPA!

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Navionics App

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I’ve lived in MN my whole life and I believe it to be the home of great ice fishing.  Each year you see bigger ice houses and more high tech gear being pulled out onto the ice.  The technology of depth finding has evolved over the years including newer and more complex Vexlars and GPS systems used to determine exactly where to drill your hole so you can catch the big one.  In 2013 The Navionics App was released and a buddy of mine recommended that I download the basic App for $9.99.  Normally I’m reluctant to download something without seeing if it works first but I thought what the hell and gave it a shot.  All I can say is wow, what a great idea.  Within seconds of downloading, your smartphone becomes a Lake GPS that shows you exactly what depth you are currently at.  No more guessing or wasting time drilling countless holes to find the right depth.  I can tell you first hand that the accuracy was incredible and I feel like I can ice fish on any lake now with ease!  As a bonus you can also use the App to find access points on the lake and directions from lake to lake.  This App is worth every penny and I recommend it to anyone who likes to ice fish.  Enjoy!

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beeradvocate.com trading

During a new years party I was introduced to the world of online craft beer trading and some unique flavors from all over the US.  The collection that I saw would trump any local liquor store in MN for sure.  Hundreds of bottles down in a basement cellar just waiting to be opened and enjoyed.  Most of the beers that I saw were picked up through a trading process between different people across the US.  This impressive collection included every kind of craft beer you could think of including beers that were no longer made and beers that were over four years old.  I was informed that this trading process is conducted through beeradvocate.com and getting involved would require quite a bit more than traveling to the liquor store for a 6 pack. The first step I was told to stock up on your own local hard to find beers.  For myself, the hard to find beer in high demand would be Surley Darkness (surlybrewing.com) which is released once a year on Darkness Day.  Then once I have picked up my Darkness, I can start looking on beeradvocate.com for people who are willing to make a trade.  I can tell you first hand that these hard to find beers are far better quality than what you would normally find at a liquor store and I’m looking forward to trying this out.  Does anyone have any beers that they would consider the same value as Surley Darkness?  I’ve been looking around for Avery Mephistopheles Stout, but I haven’t been able to track any down as of yet.

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