Fair State Team Growth


Happy summertime from Fair State. We have been enjoying lots of tropical pale ales and super crisp lagers next to the grill, and we’ve also been making some additions and changes to our team that we’re really excited about. We thought you might be, too:

Some of you came by to celebrate Charlie’s last shift behind the bar. As our Taproom Manager and sometimes promotional model, Charlie has been an outstanding ambassador for the beers and community that are the hallmarks of Fair State. He’s switching to a back-of-house role in order to have more time to lead the charge in taking good care of our physical space and curating a fun and inclusive mix of programming. Charlie is now leading a new group of Beertenders, instilling the spirit of Charlieness throughout the taproom. We are excited to see this team, which now includes Sean Lipinski, Alicia Bird, John Wynn, and Patric Driessen, grow under his leadership.

We’ve been excited to spend more time introducing customers in greater Minnesota to Fair State. We’re currently hiring for our Street Team in Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Mankato, St. Cloud, and Rochester for the first time, in addition to the Twin Cities region. We have also hired a new full-time Sales Representative, Anthony Pukay, to help us be an even bigger part of the outstanding craft beer culture in Twin Cities bars, restaurants, event spaces, and liquor stores.

As our production volume has grown and we’ve introduced new products, the complexity of our brewing operations has greatly increased. As such, we have identified the need to create more nuanced production roles.

To this end, we just posted a Lead Brewer job. Niko will continue to be our Head Brewer and will rely on the Lead Brewer to manage the day-to-day operations of our brewing and cellaring team. This will give Niko the time to focus more on driving innovation at Fair State. He will commit more of his time to new product development (including fun limited-releases in cans and lots more special, taproom-only beer), guiding our brewing philosophy and direction, and managing special projects.


We’ve hired a number of Packaging Technicians over Winter and Spring and now have a great team of skillful, energetic people to get our beer ready for sale. Specifically, we’d like to call out Jake Graham, Chad Hoffer, Anders Bloomquist, and David Anderson for doing a great job putting our favorite beer into our favorite cans. We’re going to lean on them, even more, when long-time employee Jim Pankratz, currently our Warehouse and Packaging Manager, moves to Iowa. We’ll initially hire another Warehouse and Packaging Manager and then split that role out so that we can do more special canning projects and implement some more sophisticated materials handling practices.

IPA Cans

As we adapt and grow, there will surely be more additions and changes, and we’ll look forward to sharing them. In all of this, our goal is to deliver enjoyable beer of outstanding quality and to honor the festive and inclusive community that has supported us for the last three and a half years. We’re so grateful for your work, patronage, and membership.


Jobs @ Fair State: Street Team Member

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 few cooperatively-owned breweries in the US. We began operations at our brewery/taproom 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. Our new production facility has enabled us to supply an expanded assortment of products to a larger number of off-premise accounts.

A little about you: we’re looking for friendly, knowledgeable, and responsible individuals to help us share our beer with new consumers. The ideal candidate would have some experience in the service roles, enjoy talking with and educating others, and be able to work independently.


The Street Team pours samples of our beer at liquor store tastings and festivals. Liquor store tastings are typically from either 4 pm – 7 pm or 4 pm – 6 pm on weeknights, often on Thursdays and Fridays, and occasionally on Saturdays. Festivals are typically on weekend afternoons. Street Team members will be notified of upcoming events and asked to respond with their availability on a rolling basis.

For each event, Street Team members will be responsible for:

  • Picking up and returning supplies to our taproom or production brewery (e.g., tablecloths, tasting notes, ice tubs, beer)
  • Setting up and breaking down a display table
  • Pouring samples, engaging consumers in conversation, and educating them about our beers and our cooperative business model

Requirements / Qualifications

  • General knowledge of beer styles
  • Experience in customer service, sales, or teaching roles is a plus
  • Willingness to work weekday afternoons and evenings, as well as weekend afternoons
  • Ability to safely lift and move 30 lbs.
  • Ability to follow training on safe and legal service of alcohol

Compensation and Benefits

This is a part-time hourly position with irregular hours. For each event, Street Team members will be paid for the full scheduled length of the event plus 30 minutes for setup and breakdown. Any time worked in excess of that amount will be paid at $10 / hr. Street Team members will also receive a beer allotment, typically (2) 4-packs, for each event worked.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a short email to jobs@fairstate.coop answering three questions:

  1. What do you like about beer?
  2. What have you done before (your experience) that would make you a great Street Team member?
  3. What would you enjoy about working on the Street Team?

No phone calls, please.

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.