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Why a Co-op?

by Fair State Co-op CEO Evan Sallee People often ask us why we started Fair State as a cooperative. However, in many ways that is a difficult question to answer. Nobody ever asks us, “why a brewery,” and yet from the beginning the two have been inseparable. Without the cooperative, there is no brewery. WithoutRead More


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Spirit Foul is a hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with San Diego’s Modern Times Beer. Super juicy, tropical, and dank. 6.3 ABV. When we released Spirit Foul, our hazy IPA collaboration with Modern Times Beer, we expected it to be a beer that would be pretty popular, and one that might raise an eyebrow orRead More


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  It’s time for the biggest party of the year at Fair State Co-op. Following our annual member-owner meeting, we’ll open to the public at 2 pm to celebrate our third birthday Oktoberfest-style and turn our beer garden into a mini-Munich with brats, pretzels, polka, and beer. WHEN: 2 pm-midnight, Saturday, September 23. WHERE: FairRead More


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Head Brewer Niko Tonks on India Pale Ale. “IPA” has more or less become synonymous with “craft beer.” I’ve seen White IPA, Black IPA, DIPA, IIPA, Triple IPA, Belgian IPA, Session IPA, Hazy IPA, West Coast IPA, Red IPA, Brown IPA, Milkshake IPA, Fruited IPA, IPL, Sour IPA, Barrel-Aged IPA, Coffee IPA, Chili Pepper IPA,Read More


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Lagerfest

Live the #lagerlyfe with us this weekend at Lagerfest. We’re celebrating one of our favorite beer styles with 7 different lagers on tap – all $4/pour, or $14/pitcher. And nothing goes better with lager beer than Minnesota BBQ Co. They’ll be in the house with their signature ribs on Saturday, 12-9 pm. Prepare by going Behind the Beer and learnRead More


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Hello, local beer drinker, we’ve got some beer news for you! We just dropped a 3rd Anniversary release of mixed four pack of 16 oz. cans that contain two of our very favorite limited edition lagers: Festbier and Keller Kazbek. With any luck, you’ll be seeing it in stores by the end of this sentence.Read More


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Head Brewer Niko Tonks in defense of Fizzy Yellow Beer Pilsner is my first true beer love, and maybe my only real one. It’s never made sense to me that “craft beer,” as a segment, has positioned itself against “fizzy, yellow beer.” I love fizzy yellow beer! Fizzy yellow beer doesn’t have to mean insipid, old,Read More


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Duluth, MN – Fair State returns from the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s All Pints North summer beer festival with a second consecutive sweep of awards, including Best Brewery and Best Beer (for Curation, a barrel-fermented pale sour refermented on Plums). Curation is available on draft at the Fair State Taproom in Northeast Minneapolis at 4 pm, Thursday,Read More


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Head Brewer Niko Tonks on Saisons. Saison is a beer style that we love very much, yet is very much misunderstood. It’s been put forth as the “next big thing” in craft beer many times, and never quite gotten over the hump. In our opinion, this is due, at least in part, to the factRead More


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Fair State Brewing Cooperative is seeking several individuals to join our Street Team, which introduces our beer to new consumers at liquor store tastings and festivals. We are growing quickly and are excited to add staff to help meet the demand for our beer. A little about us: Fair State is one of very fewRead More