Fair State Cooperates
In 2016, we launched our community engagement arm, Fair State Cooperates. Each month we partner with a different nonprofit organization, as selected by our Member-Owners. In our partnerships, we raise funds through beer sales, awareness through social media, and involvement through volunteerism. Every time you purchase a CROWLER in the taproom, 10% is donated to the month’s nonprofit partner. When the opportunity exists, a group of Fair State members and patrons gather to volunteer in a way that meets the specific needs of the partner organization.

Members have asked how they can donate more to our Cooperates partners. Now, anytime you receive a discount, be it Member happy hour or a price break on a CROWLER 3-pack, you can elect to pay full price and donate your discount to the month’s featured nonprofit. Just say “I’d like to donate my discount!



For 100 years, Legal Aid has worked in pursuit of helping Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens gain access to their basic rights for safety, shelter, food, health care and education. And with the support of hundreds of Minnesotans, we’ve had the privilege to change lives along the way.



Our 2018 Nonprofit Partners


Juxtaposition Arts

Juxtaposition Arts envisions the youth of North Minneapolis entering the creative workforce as dynamic innovators and problem solvers with the confidence, skills and connections they need to accomplish their educational and professional goals, and to contribute to the revitalization of the communities where they live and work.


Association for Black Economic Power

In the wake of the 2016 police killing of Philando Castille, concerned Twin Cities residents formed the community organization Blexit founded by Me’Lea Connelly to cultivate the practice of economic civil resistance. Over the course of several community meetings, Blexit members prioritized a campaign focusing on Black banking which led to conducting invest/divest banking actions. In late 2016, Blexit formed the Association for Black Economic Power (ABEP) to execute one of the banking strategies and to act as a firewall between the financial institution and the community activist organization. In partnership with a local founder, ABEP is organizing the project to establish a federally chartered Black-led credit union by 2019.


Open Arms MN

It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet every day people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook — and, often, without the support network to help.
Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit that grows, cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities.


Sexual Violence Center

At the Sexual Violence Center, the mission is to eradicate sexual violence and abuse by:

Challenging the systems and individuals that promote privilege, oppression and domination,

Educating those that will join us as advocates and catalysts for change, and

Supporting those who have been victimized, empowering them to not only survive but thrive, finding power and movement in our collective voices.

Since 1985, the Sexual Violence Center has been serving youth and adult victim/survivors of sexual violence 12 years of age and older.  We work in Hennepin, Carver and Scott counties, with services coordinated out of our office in Minneapolis.  We will never turn anyone away from service if they live outside of these counties, but can often refer people to a local agency that has connections with more specific resources to help.


Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide.


Safe Hands Animal Rescue

Vision and Mission:

To have a world where all companion animals are loved, respected and have a home.

To save and improve the lives of companion animals by engaging communities and connecting people, resources and knowledge.


St. Croix River Association

The St. Croix River Association is the voice of the river and the only organization with a watershed-wide scope in the St. Croix River basin. As the friends group for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, they support and complement the National Park Service’s work within the Riverway.

Working in partnership with many organizations, to perform the following core functions:

Water Resources: Focusing on protecting and improving water resources, recognizing their interconnection with land use throughout the watershed.

Land Conservation: Working to protect and restore important natural and scenic areas along the river and throughout the watershed.

Watershed Stewardship: Engaging people in educational, recreational and volunteer stewardship activities that give them the understanding and motivation to advocate at the local, state and national levels.

Celebration: The St. Croix River watershed is a national treasure. We live, work, and play in the St. Croix River watershed and we celebrate its unique values.


Appetite for Change

Appetite For Change uses food as a tool building health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. They are a community-led organization that strengthens families, creates economic prosperity, and encourages healthy living.


Second Harves Heartland

Second Harvest Heartland believes no one should ever go hungry, as our region produces more than enough food for everyone. Helping hungry neighbors find their next meal—so they can thrive at work, in the classroom and in their communities—is what drives Second Harvest Heartland, its partners and supporters. Beyond feeding hungry neighbors, Second Harvest Heartland believes in the importance of their work to help sustain our environment.

Second Harvest Heartland works to end hunger through community partnerships. As one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative hunger relief organizations, they leverage our unique position in the emergency food chain to make an impact.


Free Bikez for Kidz

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes, we organize thousands of volunteers to clean and refurbish them, and then we give them away to kids in need.


Innocence Project of Minnesota

Mission: We work to free the wrongfully convicted and prevent future wrongful convictions from occurring.

Since its inception in 2001, the Innocence Project of Minnesota has represented people who were wrongfully convicted for crimes they did not commit.  We also educate attorneys and criminal justice professionals on best practices, and work to reform the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions and other unjust results in criminal cases.


Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

For 100 years, Legal Aid has worked in pursuit of helping Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens gain access to their basic rights for safety, shelter, food, health care and education. And with the support of hundreds of Minnesotans, we’ve had the privilege to change lives along the way.