Megan Murphy

Megan is a proud member-owner of Fair State Brewing Cooperative (#577), and hopes to contribute her passion for craft beer and community-focused business practices, as well as knowledge of accounting, to the Board. When Megan isn’t working, she enjoys reading at local cafes and hunting for Lake Superior agates (sometimes successfully). On Thursday nights, you will likely find Megan in the taproom sipping new and unique beers, in the company of other coop members and friends.

Kate Ballard

Kate is an elementary ESL teacher with Minneapolis Public Schools. She has been a patron at Fair State since its early days and is a proud resident of Northeast Minneapolis . She could not possibly be more excited to have the opportunity to serve on the FSBC Board of Directors. She hopes to contribute to the community focus of the board’s work and to serve as a representative of the fabulous members and community that she is proud to be a part of. (Has she mentioned community? It’s really important to her.)
She can often be found in the taproom with her boyfriend John and their two canine companions.

Michael Obermire

Michael’s day job is at Brewers Supply Group (BSG), a supplier of premium ingredients to craft brewers, winemakers, home fermentation retailers, craft distillers and cider makers throughout the US and Canada. Prior to that, he worked in retail grocery in California, working closely with beer, wine, and spirits distributors in the region. Michael earned his MBA from the University of Portland, where he discovered his passion for craft beer and the cooperative spirit of the craft beer industry. Despite living in St. Paul, Michael loves to sip on a Pils or IPA while eating tacos at the taproom.

Jason Pattit

Jason is a professor in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas where he teaches strategy in various MBA programs. Jason is an avid homebrewer and he is excited to bring his passion for craft beer and his expertise in strategy to the Board to help Fair State achieve its mission of producing award-winning beers with a focus on quality, community, and cooperation.
Jason and his wife Katherina are regulars at New Beer Thursday, and they frequently bring their whole family to the warm and inviting taproom.

Elliot Ginsburg

Elliot Ginsburg is a partner at Garner & Ginsburg, P.A. where he represents franchisees and dealers.  On behalf of his clients, Elliot has dealt with a variety of legal issues including fraud, breach of contract, statutory violations, and violations of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.  He also represents a growing number of brewers and distillers in various areas, including trademark, regulatory, and other business matters.

Julia Gallagher

Julia has spent the last nine years working in various capacities in Twin Cities theaters and currently works in the Production Dept at the Minnesota Opera. She is one of the earliest members of Fair State, having been aware of the brewery since its inception and also serving as an early taste-tester of potential recipes. She was an active volunteer in FSBCs initial phases and served as the volunteer & catering coordinator for the launch party back in March of 2013.  She is thrilled to serve on the board and is excited to bring her non-profit sensibilities to the co-op model, with focuses on member and civic engagement.  Julia spends every Wednesday evening in the taproom with her husband and friends, trying (and failing) to conquer trivia.

Sarah Olson

Sarah is a hop-lover and IPA enthusiast, long-time supporter of the local beer scene, and an early member-owner of Fair State Brewing Cooperative (Member #58) having joined months before the taproom opened. She’s been on the Board since the very beginning. Outside of the Board, she is a product owner for a financial services company, focusing on mobile technology, and she and her husband live in North Minneapolis. She has enjoyed this opportunity to play a more active role in FSBC and to champion their mission to create a vibrant, growing community that celebrates quality and cooperation.

Tom Thaden

Tom works for CHS as a Regional Sales Manager where he works closely with Energy Managers and General Managers to help grow their energy business at their local cooperatives. He and his wife Katie have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of two sons. Brett (23) lives in Brooklyn Center and just started at William Mitchell College of Law, and Matt (20) is a sophomore at UMD in Duluth, MN studying criminology.

In his spare time he enjoys an occasional round of golf as well as playing baseball for the Burnsville Bulldogs 35 and over baseball team. He and his wife enjoy traveling and finding local breweries and beer festivals. Cheers.