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Board of Directors: 2022 Winners

Meet the new and returning members of Fair State’s 2022 Board of Directors!

Afton Benson

PRONOUNS
She/Her/They/Them

WHY YOU’RE EXCITED TO BE ON THE BOARD
I’m excited to bring my skills to a community that already does such a good job giving back and is looking towards future growth. I’m excited to learn more about the business overall to help ensure the longevity of Fair State and the growth and care of the staff. With Fair State and staff doing swell, we’ll be even better equipped to keep serving the community we’re in.

FAVORITE FAIR STATE BEER
Heated Agreement, Foamers Lime, or Endurance

HOBBIES & INTERESTS THAT OTHER MEMBERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
I juggle, work in nonprofit arts and finance, produce shows, and rock climb! I love meeting new people so feel free to send me a message or say hi in the taproom.
 


Serena Boyce

PRONOUNS
She/Her

WHY YOU’RE EXCITED TO BE ON THE BOARD
I am excited to design strategies and direct initiatives that demonstrate Fair State’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). DEI and anti-racism efforts are a passion of mine, and now that I am a Board Member, I will be able to help lead new diversity initiatives for Fair State. I am proud to be a Black, queer, Generation Z woman who has a loud voice and a passion to change things for the better. Thanks to everyone who voted for me, I now have a position where I can help make important and necessary changes for this amazing brewery.

FAVORITE FAIR STATE BEER
100% the Mirror Universe.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS THAT OTHER MEMBERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
If you see me in the taproom, stop on by and say “hi!” I do enjoy talking with the patrons of Fair State, as they’re cool people. Talk to me about what good songs you’ve listened to recently, or tell me about your favorite IPA beer. Music and IPA’s are two of my favorite things. If you see me in the beer garden, stop by with your furry friend. I am a huge animal lover, and I’d enjoy talking with you about your pet(s).
 


Karl Gilbertson

PRONOUNS
He/Him

WHY YOU’RE EXCITED TO BE ON THE BOARD
Looking forward to contributing to Fair State’s fizzy and exciting future!

FAVORITE FAIR STATE BEER
Dorado Gold or Giantsbane… can’t decide. Just don’t mix them together.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS THAT OTHER MEMBERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
Hoping to revive my home brewing now that my kids are getting older!
 


Joe Nelson

PRONOUNS
He/Him

WHY YOU’RE EXCITED TO BE ON THE BOARD
I’m excited to continue working with a great community within the board of directors, and a fantastic Fair State staff… and of course the delicious beer.

FAVORITE FAIR STATE BEER
Pahlay, RIP.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS THAT OTHER MEMBERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
The MN Twins, the outdoors, music, or anything!