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DSSO, Bent Paddle brew up one-time German style beer

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For the first time Bent Paddle will be adding a traditional German style beer to their tap inspired by the Duluth - Superior Symphony Orchestra's conductor.

"I always loved classical music, orchestral music," said Dirk Meyer. "It's been a passion of mine since I've been a teenager. It's still my number one passion today."

As the conductor of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO), Meyer blends notes to make beautiful music.

Lately, he has also been blending hops and barley. 

"Me being from Germany, it's a cliche but it's a true cliche, beer is a big part of the German lifestyle for sure," said Meyer. "It is in a way a dream come true to have a beer where I can be involved."

Meyer and Bent Paddle teamed up to create a Symphony brew for the DSSO.

The collaboration is named after and inspired by the maestro, a Dusseldorf, Germany, native.

"A Dusseldorf style altbier. They're gonna call it Dussledirk altbier," said Meyer.

Bent Paddle's head pilot system brewer Neil Caron described it as "a kind of a German style amber to brown ale, very malt forward, just a really nice delicate hop aroma to balance it out."

It's a style of beer Meyer loves. 

He said. "I think a very delicious beer but of course I'm a little bit biased here."
But, it is a style Bent Paddle has never done before. 

"I spent a lot of time reading up on the style and kind of techniques and ingredients on how to make the beer as most authentic as I can," said Caron.

To help create a piece of Germany over 4,000 miles away.

Co-founder Laura Mullen said, "he gets to taste a bit of home right here in Duluth, his new home."

As they mesh together the worlds of classical music and craft beer all for a good cause.

"It's just a fun one-time 30 barrel batch that we did in support of the DSSO and five percent of all the sales will be donated to them," said Mullen.

"That really shows what kind of support the arts have in this town," said Meyer. "It also shows that these smaller businesses that are here based in Duluth, they don't have hugely deep pockets either. They are from Duluth, they are proud of it, they want to invest in Duluth in their community and investing in the arts, for me, is one of the best ways to support the community."

The Dusseldirk altbier will be out February 3.

The DSSO will have their next performance Saturday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the DECC Symphony Hall,

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