Mixed Culture 2018


On June 16, Fair State Brewing Cooperative will be packing our Northeast Beer Garden with unique offerings from some of our favorite breweries from across the country. We will be pouring dozens of the rarest beers you can find– from sour and funky brews to top-notch pale ales, lagers, and ciders. Most of this line-up is not available in the Twin Cities outside of this event. You won’t want to miss out on a taste of this culture.


Breweries & Beer Lists

There are two separate sampling sessions, each with a unique beer list. Below is a combined list of beers available at the afternoon and evening sessions.

Earth Rider Brewery Superior, WI

Earth Rider beers are crafted by decorated brewers with cold, clear Lake Superior water and premium, hand-selected ingredients. They brew at the head of the Great Lakes on the Duluth-Superior Harbor for the Twin Ports and South & North Shores of Lake Superior. Just this spring, Earth Rider Brewery claimed a bronze award in the 2018 World Beer Cup for their North Tower Stout.

  • ApriCrush- tart wheat beer with apricot, 5.5% ABV
  • RaspbeCrush- tart wheat beer with raspberry, 5.2% ABV

Fair State Brewing Cooperative– Minneapolis, MN

The hosts of Mixed Culture will be bringing 17+ beers, some of which include:

  • Grey Matter – oak-fermented grisette, 4.6% ABV
  • BFDP- mixed culture barrel-aged saison, 5.2% ABV
  • Lichtenhainer- smoked sour wheat, 5.1% ABV
  • Jeff Goldplum- plum and peach BFDP, 5.4% ABV
  • Roy G- elderberry and blueberry BFDP, 5.5% ABV
  • Positive Jam- boysenberry and red raspberry BFDP, 5.4% ABV
  • Sun & Rain- pale sour aged in whiskey barrels that held spontaneous cider, 5.3% ABV
  • Apricot Smoked Sour- stainless-fermented mixed culture sour beer with smoked malts and apricot, 5.2% ABV
  • One Variable at a Time- the artist formerly known as “Brett Wit,” a stainless fermented mixed culture Witbier with amchoor powder that took its sweet time becoming a sour beer, 5.0% ABV

Fonta Flora Brewery– Morganton, NC

Fonta Flora hails from Morganton, North Carolina. Fonta Flora Brewery “integrates the soul of agriculture with the artisanship of zymurgy to create a menagerie of rustic and savory libations. With an emphasis on seasonal flora, Fonta Flora brings English tradition and Belgian inspiration to the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.” We’re particularly excited to try their Appalachian Wild Ales.

  • Underground Kvass- Appalachian Style Brezelvass, Ale Brewed with Brezels, Smoked Malt and Sea Salt. 2.8%
  • Snug Glove- Appalachian Wild Ale with Blackberries, 6.4% ABV
  • Big Shrug- Appalachian Wild Ale with North Carolina Blackberries and Fennel, 5.2% ABV
  • Land Trust- Mixed Culture Smoked Saison with Organic Apples, 5.2% ABV

Funk Factory Geuzeria– Madison, WI

Keepin’ life funky in Madison, Funk Factory Geuzeria brews its beer with all sorts of components. In February, they worked more on Cervino– a beer and wine combination– but on the whole, focus mostly on the “come what may” philosophy of lambic beer. The Funk Factory taproom was officially open for business in June of 2017.

  • Cherry Meerts- Meerts with cherries, 4% ABV
  • Blackberry Meerts- Meerts with blackberries, 4% ABV
  • Meerts- American Wild Ale, 3% ABV

Forager Brewing Company– Rochester, MN

Forager Brewery rests some 80-odd miles south of us in Rochester and has been brewing beer since 2015.  In true foraging fashion, the brewery uses locally grown hops (Minnesota and Wisconsin) and tries to incorporate indigenous flavors whenever they can. All around this Rochester, Minnesota, brewpub, head brewer Austin Jevne propagates different cultures collected from foraged fruits, herbs, flowers, mushrooms, and spices foraged from the Driftless region.

  • Obscurely Referenced- (Forager & FSBC collaboration beer) Sour Blonde ale aged in FEW spirits Gin barrels, 4.5% ABV
  • Funky Dangerfield- Minnesota Wild Ale fermented with wild foraged yeast and lactobacillus then aged on local raspberries, 6.3% ABV
  • Methode PushPop Passionfruit Gummies- Blurring the lines between food and beer, contains lactose sugar, vanilla beans and gobs of fruit puree, 4.5% ABV
  • Princess Persicum- Minnesota Wild Ale fermented with wild foraged yeast and lactobacillus then aged on apricots, 6.3%

Half Acre Beer Company– Chicago, IL

Half Acre Beer Co. has two breweries on the north side of Chicago. They brew classic American micro styles, weighted barrel offerings, and wyld beers that traverse the landscape of mixed fermentation. Half Acre’s aim is to brew technically raw beer for the collective odyssey.

  • Pony Pils- German-style Pilsner,  5.5% ABV
  • Daisy Cutter- West Coast-style American Pale Ale, 5.8% ABV
  • Battle of Trenton- Barrel aged Kentucky Common Wyld Ale steeped in peach tea and fresh mint, 5.2% ABV
  • Plus Ultra Mixed Culture Foeder Beer- American Wyld Ale, fermented in Oak, 5.8% ABV

Jester King Brewery– Austin, TX

Jester King Brewery gets funky at their Austin, Texas, farmhouse brewery. All of their beer is 100 percent spontaneously fermented with airborne microbes, or fermented with a mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria cultured from the flora that grows around the brewery.

  • Birra de Sangiovese- Mature barrel-aged vieille saison refermented on Texas grown Sangiovese grapes, 7.4% ABV
  • Bière de Coupage- blend of SPON (our 100% spontaneously fermented beer) and young farmhouse ale dry-hopped with Czech Saaz, 6.3% ABV
  • Colonel Toby- Hoppy little farmhouse ale brewed with American hops and Maris Otter, Collaboration with The Kernel Brewery, 3.4% ABV

 Live Oak Brewing Company– Del Valle, TX

Live Oak Brewing has been a Del Valle, Texas, staple since 1997. This brewery employs an Old World style of brewing, sourcing top-notch ingredients, and decoction mashing in several of its beers. They are most known for traditional German styles but have collaborated with wild fermenters, such as Jester King, in the past.

  • Grodziskie- Grodzisk-style oak-smoked pale lager/ale hybrid, 3.0% ABV
  • Pilz- Bohemian-style golden pilsner, 4.7% ABV

 Sociable Cider Werks – Minneapolis, MN

Before we had head brewer Niko playing for Team Fair State, he was working hard over at our Northeast neighbors, Sociable Cider Werks. This Minnesota cidery hasn’t dealt a bad apple since it opened 4 years ago and keeps things creative by adding things like habanero to cider and keeps the barrel-aging tradition alive and well.

  • Yellow Jersey- Sparkling honey mead, 7.2% ABV
  • Brett Fermented Hop-A-Wheelie- Dry Graff with Midwest Apples and Galaxy Hops 6.4% ABV

 Suarez Family Brewery– Livingston, NY

As a self-proclaimed “mom and pop production brewery,” Suarez Family Brewing works often in ales, mixed fermentation, and unfiltered lagers and, as they say, “other crispy little beers.” Based in Hudson New York, it’s a brewer-owned and operated company.

  • Slow Bustle- mixed culture country beer brewed with honey, 6.1% ABV
  • 100 FT North- mixed culture country ale with raw grains, 4.3% ABV
  • Big Night- mixed culture/dryhopped country pale ale, brewed with raw grains, 5.6% ABV
  • Qualify Pils- hop accented German-style Pilsner, 5.0% ABV

 Surly Brewing Company– Minneapolis, MN

This Minneapolis brewery’s best-known sour is Pentagram, but they’ve also concocted other notables, including Misanthrope, a Belgian Saison finished with Brettanomyces and aged in a blend of white wine and virgin oak barrels, and One Time Session Sour, a sour with cranberry and sea salt. Surly has been a proudly independent craft brewery for 12 years.

  • Pentagram- 100% Brettanomyces dark beer, aged in red wine barrels. 7.0% ABV
  • Misanthrope- Belgian-Style Saison is aged in oak barrels w/ Brettanomyces, 6.8% ABV
  • Mosaic Sour, Kettle sour, 5.5% ABV
  • Rosé- a rosé inspired lager featuring currants and strawberries, 5.25% ABV

Threes Brewing– Brooklyn, NY

Threes Brewing creates craft beer that balances complexity and simplicity. They focus on classic German lagers, traditional Belgian farmhouse ales, and hop-forward American ales. Since launching in December 2014, Threes has made over 60 styles of beer, including their Eternal Return Wild Ale series, and the roster is still evolving.

  • Eternal Return: Cherry- Brettanomyces beer aged in oak barrels, with a blend of tart and sweet cherries, 6.9% ABV
  • Passing Time- Grisette, 4.5% ABV
  • Arbiter of Fun- Oak aged American Wild Ale, 5.4% ABV
  • Short Fuse- American Pale Lager, 4.2% ABV
  • Circus of Misdirection- Pale Lager with notes of peach and white tea, Collaboration with FSBC, 5.3% ABV

Whiner Beer Company– Chicago, IL

Whiner Beer Co. focuses on barrel-aged beer, a tradition common in Belgium and France that is gaining foothold in the US. Whiner aims to make beers for people with a wanderlust palate, a curiosity for the strange and unknown, and those who take their beer seriously, but never themselves. Housed in The Plant, a net-zero energy business incubator located in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, Whiner aims to promote environmentally responsible brewing.

  • Miaou Beligan Wheat- Cabernet barrel-aged Belgian wheat, dry hopped with Hallertau Blanc hops, 6.7% ABV
  • Le Tub Wild Farmhouse Sour- A blended barrel-aged wild saison, 6.4% ABV
  • Francis Lambicus Wild Ale- 100% barrel fermented, 100% lambicus fermented wild ale, 6.5% ABV
  • Sasha Fontaine Raspberry Wild Ale- Barrel-fermented Brettanomyces saison with raspberries, 6.8% ABV

Tickets are available through Eventbrite

Respecting Our Partners & Community

Free Arts


This month our Fair State Cooperates partner is Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood, as with all other twelve 2018 partners, was nominated and selected by our member-owners. Fair State Cooperates is, in many ways, one of the purest expressions of our organization’s democratic ethos – our member-owners dictate how they want Fair State to support the community. We are proud to stand by our partners, and we are proud to support Planned Parenthood’s efforts to promote reproductive and sexual health to millions of Americans.

Our support of Planned Parenthood has sparked a vigorous debate on social media. We are happy to see the discussion and welcome the criticism from those who disagree with Planned Parenthood’s mission. At Fair State, we believe in fostering challenging, vibrant discussions between people—hopefully over a beer. However, we want to make sure that during these discussions, Fair State’s members uphold one of our core values: respect. Insults will not move our conversation forward or foster the understanding we hope to build. Even when we disagree strongly, even about issues that are core to who we are, we must engage with each other on a foundation of mutual compassion and respect. We expect all members of our community – employees, member-owners, or just fans of our beer – to treat all voices with care.



We encourage you to talk about your values with those in your personal life and the wider community. If you’d like to talk with Fair State’s leadership or have questions about our cooperative model, please email info@fairstate.coop and we’ll connect you to the appropriate staff member.

Thank you, and cheers.

Evan Sallee

Co-founder, President, & CEO



Camp Fair State 2018


Camp Fair State is a grown-up summer camp filled with activities, education, food, and beer. Camp is in session September 7-9th at YMCA Camp Miller in Sturgeon Lake, MN. For two days and nights, campers can expect a full schedule of educational sessions, nature walks, crafting, swimming, climbing, archery, canoeing, and more.

This is a grown-up summer camp, with plenty of Fair State beer. Campers can try their hand at homebrewing, learn about ingredients, and what to look for in tasting. And that’s just the beginning. Other sessions include planning a canoe trip, coffee cupping, beer tasting, yoga, and even specialty “adulting” classes such as first time home-buying, plus much more! Expect all of the classic camp pastimes like canoeing, archery, hiking, games, and campfires. Plus the modern camp amenities of a sauna, climbing wall, disc golf, mountain biking, and human foosball.

Registration is all-inclusive, and covers lodging in a group cabin, all meals, plenty of beer, and a summer’s worth of activity condensed into one weekend.


Camp Fair State
September 7-9th
YMCA Camp Miller
89382 East Frontage Road
Sturgeon Lake, MN 55783

Facebook Event

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Is there a minimum age requirement for camp?
Camp Fair State is a 21+ event. However, you are highly encouraged to send the kids a letter!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?Parking is available at Camp Miller, and carpooling is highly encouraged.

What about weather?
September is a beautiful time of year, and camp will prevail rain or shine.

Is there a special price for members of Fair State?
Yes! Member-Owners save $50 off of registration. If you’re not a member yet, you can sign up here!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can reach the Camp Director at davin@fairstate.coop

Homebrew Member Challenge #3

Have you been searching for a way to bring your homebrew to the next level?

Well, now is your chance!

This will be the the third year of competition, and it’s rather straight forward – Submit your homebrew for a chance to have it brewed as a full-size commercial batch on our Minneapolis system (7.5bbl). We’re looking to try your finished product, in bottle form. So no sitting on your haunches. Get that brew kettle boiling!

We are accepting submissions from July 23-27th during taproom hours.

(4x) 12oz bottles or (2x) 22oz (or 750s) bottles of each beer you submit.
Limit of 4 submissions per person.

Rules are as follows:

This competition is open to member-owners of Fair State Brewing Cooperative.
Not yet a member? You can sign up right here!
Label your beer! (use an avery label/paper tag)
– Your name
– What you’re calling the beer
– A one-line description of the beerYEAST: As long as it wasn’t harvested from a beard, it’s probably fair game.

MALT/HOPS: Feel free to use any malts or hops you want, but be aware that we’re unlikely able to source a bunch of Citra or Mosaic or the like (basically anything from the Southern Hemisphere is out).

ADJUNCTS: Fruits and other adjuncts (either in the mash, kettle, or fermenter) are fine, within reason. We can’t source 200# of Durian or Dragonfruit (please don’t make Durian beers, anyway). For a quick guide, anything available from Oregon Fruit in puree format is totally cool. Locally available things may be ok, but might not be depending on when this slots into the schedule. Herbs and spices are generally not problematic.

Kettle or quick sour beers are fine, Beers co-fermented with Lactobacillus and yeast are fine. Brett. fermentation in either primary or secondary is fine, but barrel-aging is out. Not enough room in the barrel room to make it work. This means no Pedio. While we do like sour and funky beer around here, that doesn’t mean we’re any more likely to pick a sour or funky beer than a clean one. Brew what you like, don’t try to conform to what we do just because you feel like you should.

The competition will be judged “best in show” style for original recipes, and we don’t really care too much about style conventions. The Judging Panel will be made up of our brew team and previous winners if available.

We’ll brew 7.5 barrels of the winning beer, with the winner being invited to come sit in on brew day.

Searching for a Clarity of Purpose with Surly Brewing Company

Cans of our newest IPA, Clarity of Purpose, hit shelves today!

Clarity of Purpose is a collaboration with Surly, and a distinctly haze-free New England style IPA. All the juicy hop aroma and flavor you crave, with the low turbidity of more traditional American IPAs. This idea came from conversations Fair State co-founder and head brewer Niko had with Surly Brewing Company’s head brewers Ben Smith and Jerrod Johnson. They wanted to examine if the haze for its own sake is the important part of the hazy IPA style, or if other elements contribute more to the appeal of the style. As such, they created a beer that tried to capture those elements: full body, juicy flavor, intense hop aroma, and low bitterness, but without the haze.


In order to accomplish their goal, our intrepid brewers used a combination of unique processes and ingredients to reduce the protein and polyphenol levels of the final product in order to reduce the haze to more traditional levels. They used a malt, Crisp Clear Choice, specifically grown to be polyphenol free. Adjuncts, such as flaked corn, were chosen for their low protein levels. Additionally, haze was reduced by using vegan-friendly finings and conditioning the beer at low temps after dry hopping to drop as many solids out of suspension as possible. Finally, the beer was run through a centrifuge to separate remaining solids. This resulted in a nearly haze free beer. To get the hop characteristics characteristic of the style, Clarity of Purpose was heavily dry-hopped, with almost no hopping in the kettle or whirlpool. This drives hop aroma and flavor while keeping bitterness low, a key flavor part of the style.


Try this limited availability collaboration while you can! Check our social media for tappings around the state and the map below for stores that will receive product this week. Call ahead to check on delivery days and to ensure availability!


Where no can has gone before…

We celebrated the launch of our Mirror Universe hazy IPA by sending a can of it into the stratosphere!

Fair State employees, friends, and member-owners gathered in a park in Lakeville to see the beer off as they launched it towards space lifted by a weather balloon. We had spent weeks poring over weather data and wind patterns to find a perfect launch trajectory – one that would see the beer launched over 80,000 feet into the stratosphere. Wind patterns change dramatically from day to day and at different altitudes, and we needed to pick a day that would keep the beer outside of prohibited airspace while also keeping it from landing a thousand miles away or in a body of water or large forest.

We named the beer in an homage to Star Trek’s alternate universe and is a tongue in cheek reference to this beer being something of a departure from our core lagers and sours that have made our name for the past couple of years, while also being a fun journey into a new and exciting style. Therefore, we thought it was appropriate for a can of the beer to go on its own journey to go boldly where few cans have gone before.

We tied the can underneath a weather balloon with cameras strapped to it to record the journey and it rapidly made its ascent through the clouds until it was no longer visible. After that point, the we relied on GPS to track it as it moved rapidly south. We chased the beer south as it flew towards Iowa. It followed I-35 south faster than our cars could.

As the beer climbed ever higher, the lower density of the atmosphere caused the balloon to expand until it eventually exploded, floating back down to earth underneath a parachute. We kept following it through its descent, eventually locating the package in a small field near the Iowa border. We quickly poured the beer in a glass and shared it to celebrate its amazing journey.

Check out the video and photos below!


Jobs @ Fair State: Beertender



Fair State Brewing Cooperative is seeking two part-time (20 hours / week) Beertenders to join our taproom staff in Minneapolis, MN. Fair State is the third cooperatively-owned brewery in the US. We began operations at our brewery/taproom in Northeast Minneapolis in August of 2014. We were fortunate enough to be named one of RateBeer’s 10 best new brewers in the world for 2015, and in 2017 we expanded into a 40,000 sq. ft. production brewery in St. Paul, MN. We focus on traditional German-style beers (especially lager beer), sour beer (ranging from kettle sours to 100% barrel-fermented mixed culture beers), and hoppy beers. We are positioned to grow substantially over the next few years, and as such this position may continue to grow and evolve with the business.

Currently we operate a taproom and beer garden in Northeast Minneapolis, which is open seven days a week, and where we periodically host large festivals and events.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking, and knowledgeable person to serve our loyal guests and put our best foot forward to newcomers. The ideal candidate will have some experience in the beer industry, or in bar operations, and be willing to learn a lot about beer.

This position will report to the Taproom Manager and the Taproom Assistant Manager, and will be supervised by Taproom Shift Leads during service.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work regular shifts in our taproom
  • Clean and prepare the taproom for service
  • Stock bottled beer in taproom cooler, change kegs in service cooler, and stock merchandise
  • Greet guests and anticipate and respond to their needs
  • Record transactions using our point-of-sale system
  • Maintain responsibility for cash drawers, inventory, and recordkeeping while on shift
  • Perform periodic inventory counts and participate in investigating / resolving inventory accuracy issues
  • Handle multiple tasks at one time efficiently and with an upbeat, friendly attitude
  • Be a team player and able to interact with all levels within the organization
  • Interact with and handle intoxicated guests in a positive and safety minded manner
  • Work independently and as a motivated team player
  • Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor
  • Enforce all applicable alcohol laws and rules, including ensuring that beer is only served to those over 21 years of age, and that it is served responsibly
  • Comply with and enforce all health, safety, and personal hygiene policies and standards
  • Follow all Fair State policies and procedures
  • Adhere to and enforce all applicable local, state and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Fill CROWLERS to Fair State operating standards for packaging quality and stock finished product in taproom cooler
  • Other tasks as needed



  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Previous cash handling experience required
  • Evening, holiday, and weekend availability required
  • Opening, running, closing shift availability required
  • Working knowledge of high volume operations and safe, responsible alcohol service required
  • Cicerone Certified Beer Server preferred
  • Previous professional service industry and/or hospitality experience preferred
  • Knowledge of craft beer and the brewing process preferred
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Fair State  products and cooperative ownership model preferred
  • Dedication to learning, improving, and contributing to a dynamic and growing team required
  • Commitment to following company policies and procedures required
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and to make informed decisions independently required
  • Strong communication, collaboration, planning, self-management, and teamwork skills required
  • Ability to understand and follow written and spoken English direction required
  • Ability to understand and follow written and spoken direction in a language other than English desired


Physical Demands

  • Able to stand, walk, and be on your feet for prolonged periods of time
  • Able to safely navigate the taproom, basement stairs, cold room and service cooler, basement areas, and brewery,  including crowded spaces
  • Able to regularly twist, turn, kneel, climb, stoop, bend, crawl, lift and carry supplies and equipment weighing up to 55 pounds using appropriate techniques and tools
  • Able to maneuver packages of any weight above 75 pounds with appropriate equipment and/or assistance
  • Abe to move 165-pounds, using appropriate techniques and tools


Work Environment

  • Able to work in a factory/production environment which may be loud, slick, humid, cold, and hot
  • Able to work in a service environment which may be loud, busy, fast-paced, erratic, environment that can include odors and dogs
  • Able to work in indoor and outdoor environments with moderate noise and occasionally slippery floors


Compensation and Benefits

This is a part-time hourly position that will be paid at a rate of $9.86 / hr for front-of-house work (tipped) and $13.28 / hr for back-of-house work (not tipped). As a part-time position, it will be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Paid holidays
  • Discounted membership in our cooperative (after 6 months)
  • Credit for Fair State clothing merchandise at hire
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee beer stipend
  • Fair State merchandise and beer discounts
  • Sick and Safe Time Off and Workers Compensation, as required by law


Application Process

To apply, please send your resume to jobs@fairstate.coop with the subject line “Beertender.” Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 23, 2018. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. We’re looking for someone to start at the end of March.


Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity

Fair State Brewing Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity. Employment offers are made on the basis of qualifications and without regard to race, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation.



Fair State Cooperates: Open Arms of Minnesota

Long before Fair State Brewing Cooperative formed, our three founders were brewing beer. Yes, sometimes they brewed at other breweries. But most often, they brewed at home. Like many breweries around us, we come from humble homebrew beginnings.

Rewind to 1986. Bill Rowe starts cooking meals in his apartment and delivering them to a few men he knew who were too sick from AIDS to cook for themselves. Thirty years later, 6,000-some volunteers from across the state of Minnesota come and cook meals in a 21,000 square foot facility and deliver them to the people who need them most. Open Arms of Minnesota may have its roots in humble beginnings, but these days, the impact goes far beyond one man in his home kitchen.



Each week, Open Arms serves around 1,000 people with chronic illnesses (cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and ALS) by delivering meals to them throughout the week. Each client receives a week’s worth of meals at a time (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks), delivered by a volunteer. Operating on a “Food is Medicine” mentality, the chefs and dietitians at Open Arms work together to create tasty and nutritious meals.

In recent years, Open Arms started their own organic farming project, following sustainable permaculture practices. By involving themselves directly in urban farming projects,  they can use what they harvest in their own kitchen. Currently, Open Arms runs two farms in Minneapolis and two in Saint Paul.

To show our support for Open Arms of Minnesota, Fair State will be donating both time and a portion of our CROWLER sales throughout the month of March.

To volunteer, you can join us at our cooking event on March 6 or our bag decorating event on March 17. You can volunteer more frequently by volunteering to deliver meals, farm during planting season, work in the kitchen, or work in the Open Arms offices.

To stay up to date on all of our Cooperates Volunteer Opportunities here at Fair State, visit the Cooperates Page.


Photos courtesy of Open Arms of Minnesota.


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 being an ambassador for the brand. It’s a great professional development opportunity. There are great perks (free beer!).

That being said, being on the board of Fair State is a commitment and is real work. We are not a social club, we have fiduciary and fiscal responsibility for the health of the business. As elected officers, we do our best to represent the membership as a whole. Sometimes this means being critical or having hard conversations. Sometimes this means being cheerleaders. This is incredibly fulfilling work (and again, we get to do it with beer in hand), but it is work!

I’m not saying any of this to discourage you from running. Just the opposite! Please do run for the board. We have 3 seats up for election this year, 2 of which are vacant. However, I wanted to offer a realistic idea of what commitments are expected from board members.

Here’s what to expect:

  • 1 Board Meeting plus 1 Board phone call per quarter. The meetings generally run 2 to 2 ½ hours and the phone calls about 1 hour. These are with the full board.
  • 1-3 additional committee meetings per quarter. Depending on which committees you choose to join, this number will vary. All Board members are required to serve on at least one committee.
  • 1 Board Retreat per year. This is a full-day weekend day.
  • 6-8 hours of onboarding work—this is a one-time thing to get you up to speed on the board policies, procedures, responsibilities etc.
  • Prep and follow-up work from the above meetings. Again, this varies per person, but I would expect to spend anywhere from 5 – 10 hours per month on additional board work.
  • Attendance at and participation in various Fair State events. We understand that not everyone can be at every event, but there is an expectation that Board Members SHOW UP! This might mean stepping outside your comfort zone or prioritizing differently.
  • Be a loud and proud ambassador for FSBC. We hope that every member is already doing this, but you will be surprised the sorts of conversations being a Board Member will lead to!
  • Free Beer! We are a volunteer board, so your time is not compensated. HOWEVER, there are certainly some excellent beer perks J

So there you have it! We have several events coming up where you can find out more, but if you have questions, you can contact the board at any time by emailing:  asktheboard@fairstate.coop

~Julia Gallagher, Member 96A, Chair of the Board of Directors



Meet the Board
Monday 3/12, 6-9pm
Sunday 3/18, 3-5pm

Board Application Deadline: Wednesday 3/21 at 11:59pm

Meet the Candidates: Thursday 3/29, 6-8pm

Member Meeting/Election: Sunday 4/8, 2-5pm (Production Brewery)

Thank You Party/Board Announcement: Saturday 4/14, 4-10pm

Jobs @ Fair State: Street Team Representative

Fair State Brewing Cooperative is seeking multiple part-time Street Team Members to join our tasting staff. We are growing quickly and need to add staff to help meet demand.


A little about us: Fair State is one of a very few cooperatively-owned breweries in the US. We began operations at our brewery/taproom in Northeast Minneapolis in August of 2014. We were fortunate enough to be named one of RateBeer’s 10 best new brewers in the world for 2015, and recently expanded into a 40,000 sq. ft. production brewery in St. Paul, MN. We focus on traditional German-style beers (especially lager beer), sour beer (ranging from kettle sours to 100% barrel-fermented mixed culture beers), and hoppy beers. We are positioned to grow substantially over the next few years, and as such this position may continue to grow and evolve with the brewery.


Currently we operate a 7.5bbl brewhouse at the taproom location, and a 4-vessel 30bbl brewhouse at the St. Paul location, where we also package our beer in cans and bottles.


A little about you: we’re looking for a dedicated, hardworking, and someone wanting to gain more knowledge of our brewery and beer then share with customers through out the Twin Cities. The ideal candidate would have some experience in the industry (but not required), be willing to learn, and feel comfortable talking with customers.


This position will report to the Off-Premise Sales Manager.


Desired skills and experience


  • Willingness to work hard, often at odd hours
  • Dedication to learning, improving, and contributing to a dynamic and growing team
  • Commitment to following company policies and procedures
  • Comfortable with limited supervision and able to make (informed) decisions independently
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience with beer or food & beverage is a plus


Requirements / Qualifications


  • Basic familiarity with beer styles
  • Able to stand for 2-4 hours at a time
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekend
  • Able to lift cases of beer (20 lbs) repeatedly and safely
  • Access to reliable transportation




  • Attend (paid) trainings as required
  • Use scheduling software to regularly claim tasting shifts
  • Communicate availability to Off-Premise Sales Manager
  • Follow tasting processes and standards, including: representing Fair State Brewing Cooperative well to liquor store staff and customers, setting up and breaking down tasting area, checking ID’s, serving samples legally and responsibly, following prescribed tasting order, and educating and engaging consumers


This is a part-time hourly position. Compensation is $10 / hr. As an irregular part-time employee, this role will also be eligible for:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Beer stipend for each shift worked
  • Sick and Safe Time Off and Workers Compensation, as required by law


Application Process

To apply, please send your resume to jobs@fairstate.coop with the subject line “Street Team Representative.” Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.