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So you want to be on the board… I mean, I totally get it. Being a FSBC board member is pretty great. There are no other meetings I attend on a regular basis that involve a delightful selection of beer. I have so much pride in the product and the company and I love beingRead More


Fair State Brewing Cooperative is seeking a part-time on-call Beertender to join our taproom staff in Minneapolis, MN. Fair State is one of a limited number of cooperatively-owned breweries in the US. We began operations at our Northeast Minneapolis brewery/taproom in August 2014, and added a large production brewery in St. Paul, MN in 2017.Read More


|| FIND STRATA NEAR YOU || Strata is now available at a craft beer retailer near you. We strongly suggest calling the retailer ahead of time to check their current availability. Single Hop DDH Hazy IPA | 6.2% ABV | Behind the Beer Head Brewer, Niko Tonks, on the evolution of Fair State Co-op’s newestRead More


  One of the best parts of being a brewer in a small setting is that ideas seem closer at hand, thoughts easier to pull into liquid reality. A great many wacky things – apple brandy barrel-aged barleywine made with heirloom grains and re-fermented on blackberry puree, for example – just don’t make sense forRead More


FSB 2018 | Behind the Beer Head Brewer Niko Tonks, weighs in on our heaviest beer to date… “FSB is different every year – 2014 was a smoked RIS, fermented clean in stainless. 2015 was a barrel-aged gigantic stout fermented with Saison yeast, 2016 was a very similar approach but slightly scaled back – thatRead More


It’s December! Which means Raspberry Roselle is here to brighten your long winter nights with a lovely combination of tart and jammy berry flavors.     Head Brewer Niko Tonks goes behind the beer with Raspberry Roselle… “RASPBERRY ROSELLE WAS A NATURAL FOR US – Hibiscus, the overriding flavor in Roselle, and Raspberry (which weRead More


Brut Squad, our bone-dry IPA is on shelves in Minnesota now! What is a Brut IPA? Think dry, aromatic IPA with very little residual sugar. We’ve stripped down the malt bill on this one to really let the hops shine. Head Brewer Niko Tonks, on his decision to brew a Brut IPA: Really, with thisRead More


  Mirror Universe is a Double Dry Hopped Hazy IPA brewed with wheat, oats, and far too many Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops. We’ve really missed this one. So much so, that we decided to bring it back as a year ’round beer. Mirror Universe is the spiritual successor to Spirit Føul. As such,Read More


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GIANTSBANE DOUBLE STOUT Head Brewer Niko Tonks on Giantsbane Double Stout. “Style conventions are a funny thing. At their best, they’re useful guidelines – a roadmap to a successful beer recipe. At their worst, they strangle creativity and box people into practices that probably never made sense in the first place (see: crystal malt inRead More


Minnesota Breweries Join People Power Beer Campaign in support of the American Civil Liberties Union   Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Bent Paddle Brewing Company, and Modist Brewing Company join a collection of over 70 craft breweries across the country in the People Power Beer campaign, a self-organized grassroots effort to support the American Civil LibertiesRead More