The Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® brewery team is made up of four individuals - two married couples – with an abundance of professional craft beer industry experience. Brewer Bryon Tonnis, CEO and Director of Brewery Operations, holds a brewing degree from the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy and has 12 years of professional brewing experience most recently as head brewer at Rock Bottom Brewery in Minneapolis. Brewer Colin Mullen, President and Director of Brewery Communications, has 8 years of professional brewing experience most recently as Head of Brewing Operations at Barley John’s Brewpub near Minneapolis. Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® is 50% female-owned by partners Karen Tonnis, VP of Operations, who has 12 years of distribution and operations management experience, and Laura ‘Salyards-Fryberger’ Mullen, VP of Outreach & Events, who has run an accomplished event design company since 2004. One of Laura's primary event clients was the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild for which she produced successful craft beer festivals as well as acted as Guild Coordinator.


Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® is named for the bent shaft canoe paddle Bryon used to mix his brewing mash while at Rock Bottom Brewery as well as a shared passion for canoeing – the Tonnis’ in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and the Mullen’s on the Brule River in Northwestern Wisconsin. With the brewery’s location in Duluth, the team also felt it was a great representative symbol for the northwoods adventure backdrop that Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® contributes beer and culture to. As any brewer knows, your equipment has a life of its own and reacts accordingly. On Bryon’s last day of brewing at Rock Bottom Minneapolis, the bent shaft canoe paddle / mash mixer broke in half – a symbolic end to his tenure – and an opening for a new bent shaft canoe paddle for the soon-to-be brewery!



Sounds like a perfect match to us!

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