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, it’s hazy as can be, brewed with an unusual water profile and a ridiculously high-protein wheat and oat forward malt bill, fermented with the fruitiest of ale yeasts, and double dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and El Dorado. This beer explodes with hop aroma: tropical, fruity, juicy, all the things. Soft bitterness and big mouthfeel round out the experience.
As with all beers of this variety, we ask but one thing of you, beer drinker: keep this one cold and drink it fresh. Avoid the temptation to sock one away for later, and don’t worry if you miss that primo ‘gram opportunity because Mirror Universe is here for good. #donthazemebro
Watch Mirror Universe make its return to earth here:
People Power Pils
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 Liberties Union’s work to protect the right of equality for all. Conceived of by Brooklyn-based Threes Brewing, the initiative calls for craft breweries around the country to take the People Power Beer Pledge by committing to brew their own interpretation of a new beer called People Power, then donate 10% of the profits of their version of People Power beer to the ACLU.
For almost a century the ACLU has defended our rights in the courts. Recently, the organization introduced People Power, a mobilization program intended to effect meaningful policy change at the local, state and national levels. Their 2018 Voter campaign is designed to help voters across the country better understand where their candidates stand on civil rights issues, provide pathways for voters to engage during the election cycle, and ensure that civil liberties are a crucial component of political conversations in 2018. Our People Power Beer campaign is proud to support this essential work.
Breweries are pillars in local communities and gathering places in our neighborhoods, and we, therefore, felt uniquely positioned to raise awareness and bolster civic engagement. We brew beer for the moments we celebrate and the way it brings people together, and, whether big or small, red state or blue, we shared the sense of a moral imperative and patriotic duty to act.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Bent Paddle Brewing Company came together to create a pilsner with Lemondrop hops and Weyermann pilsner malt. The same recipe was brewed at both locations, with both head brewers working on each beer together. This collaboration highlights the unique water sources of both breweries; Lake Superior for Bent Paddle and the Mississippi River for Fair State Brewing Co-op. Same beer, different water.
Click here for more information about the People Power Beer campaign and the participating breweries. Click here for more information on the ACLU People Power Movement.
The brewers here at Fair State are certified lager fanatics. We brew two lagers as flagships, and frequently make short runs of other traditional and experimental lagers we love such as Festbier or Helles and now we are reintroducing our fall seasonal lager, Keller Kazbek.
Keller Kazbek is an unfiltered German-style Pilsner brewed with Kazbek hops from the Czech Republic. The designation “keller” refers to beer served from the conditioning tank without the intermediary step of filtration, so you may notice some intentional haze in this beer . Kellerbiers can be modeled after any lager style – in our case the inspiration is northern German Pilsner. Kazbek is an interesting hop that has a unique “grassy” or almost hay-like aroma, combined with the classic spicy and floral notes you’d expect from a noble hop. Keller Kazbek hits shelves this week in 6 packs of 12 ounce cans.
Our co-founder and head brewer, Niko Tonks, occasionally waxes poetic about Pilsners and lagers in general. He says: “Pilsner is my first true beer love, and maybe my only real one. It contains multitudes, and it might just change your entire mindset about beer if you give it a chance. Pilsner began in the 1840s in Pilsen, in what is now the Czech Republic. It proved so popular that it was adopted, in turn, by the Germans, the rest of Northern Europe, and the world, all by the third quarter of the 19th century. Some perhaps less-than-ideal things have happened to Pilsner between then and now, sure, but we all make mistakes.
At its core, in the form that we do our best to emulate, lager bier is all about restraint, intention, detail, and mindset. Lager is not, as so many people would have you believe, the absence of things. It is, in fact, a deeply idiosyncratic palette upon which only certain things may be accurately projected. It requires selection of only the finest ingredients; a willingness to work them in the ways that they demand; and the patience, forbearance, and skill to ensure that those ingredients and our yeast friends play nice
School Supply Drive
It’s that time again. We can almost smell the freshly sharpened pencils. We’re collecting school supplies in the Fair State Brewing Cooperative taproom from now until August 8th.
All donated school supplies will go to Hennepin County students in need. You can donate individual supplies or a backpack full of supplies. We just ask that all donated items are new and unused. Below are suggestions of supplies needed per age group.
Pre-K Backpack#2 Pencils (no mechanical) Covered Pencil sharpenersErasers Crayons Colored pencils Washable markers Rounded scissors Bottle of glue Watercolor paint set Ruler (no metal)Pencil box (3) Pocket folders(2) Spiral notebooks (wide ruled)
High School Backpack #2 Pencils Colored pencils Glue stick Ruler (no metal) Pencil Pouches (3) Pocket folders (3) Spiral notebooks (college ruled) (1) Composition notebook (college ruled) Scientific Calculator Pens (black/blue/red ink) 3-ring binder Loose-leaf paper (college ruled) Highlighters
Why Donate? This program provides backpacks and basic school supplies for children in need to help them start school with the tools they need to achieve school success. Providing school supplies for children encourages them to perform better in school. Being prepared on that first day of school promotes higher student engagement which leads to successful day to day practices.
Thank you for your help and support of this worthwhile project. We encourage you to play an active role in providing these necessary tools to help generate a successful school year to Hennepin County students.
Jobs @ Fair State Brewing Cooperative: Street Team
Fair State Brewing Cooperative is seeking multiple part-time Street Team Members to join our sales staff. We are growing quickly and need to add staff to help meet demand in the following geographies:
St Cloud, MN
Minneapolis – Saint Paul, MN
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.
We’re looking for a dedicated, hardworking, and someone wanting to gain more knowledge of our brewery and beer then share with customers throughout 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.
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
Desired Skills and Experience
Enthusiasm for talking about Fair State’s beer and cooperative business model
Ability to engage with diverse audiences
Commitment to following company policies and procedures
Comfort with limited supervision and ability to make (informed) decisions independently
Strong communication skills
Experience with beer or food & beverage
Basic familiarity with beer styles
Able to stand for 2-4 hours at a time
Able to work evenings and weekends
Able to lift cases of beer (20 lbs.) repeatedly and safely
Able to reliably travel to accounts and event locations on time
Able to read, follow, and give oral and written English instructions
At least 21 years of age as of time of application
This is a part-time, hourly position. Compensation is $10.22 / hr. As an irregular part-time employee, this role is also eligible for:
Employee Assistance Program
Beer stipend for each shift worked
Sick and Safe Time Off and Workers Compensation, as required by law
Please follow these instructions carefully; we may not review submissions that do not follow these instructions.
Email email@example.com and use the subject line “Street Team – [City]”, where “[City]” is which city you wish to regularly work in. We are hiring for positions in Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, Mankato, St Cloud, Minneapolis – Saint Paul, and Rochester. In your email, answer the following questions:
What is your favorite beer and why?
What experience and perspective will you bring to our team?
Why do you want to work for Fair State?
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Interviews will be conducted and offers extended on a rolling basis.
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!
Prepping the cargo
Ready to launch!
Fair State Cooperates November: Free Arts Minnesota
Creativity plays a big part in beer. Without it, we probably wouldn’t be drinking kettle sours and it’s almost certain that our house lactobacillus strain used in the Roselle wouldn’t exist. No creativity means no great collaboration beers like Dr. Spaceman and Spirit Foul. And let’s face it, Pahlay’Ahlay sounds far better than Beer No. 465.
Needless to say, we at Fair State believe in creativity. So in the month of November, we partnered with an organization that cares deeply about creativity: Free Arts Minnesota.
Free Arts Minnesota is an organization that has been providing art mentorship to youth at residential treatment centers, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters and community centers in low-income neighborhoods since 1997.
Though the program was started over 30 years ago by an Art Therapist in Los Angeles, it was brought to Minnesota in 1997 as a project of the Junior League of Minneapolis. These days, Free Arts reaches over 2,000 youth at 25+ different partner sites in Minnesota. And in 2018, Free Arts will be partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters to expand their program, and Follow The Art.
Currently, Free Arts runs three main programs for the community youth to inspire creativity and artistic expression: a weekly mentorship program, CREATE Workshops, and Free Arts Days. The mentorship program adopts team style mentorship, which allows kids a more pressure-free and flexible environment with different mentors. Each week, there are over 40 groups that meet throughout the community.
The CREATE Workshops offer more time-flexible artistic opportunities to children through a semi-regular arts mentorship program. This program is especially helpful for families who are not in permanent housing and may not be able to commit to a weekly mentorship program. Lastly, Free Arts Days provide outside community organizations and businesses to work with kids as part of an Art Buddies program.
Earlier this month, Fair State took a group of members, patrons and staff to People Serving People in Minneapolis to join Free Arts Minnesota in an afternoon of creation. As art buddies, each volunteer was paired with a child to work on a specific art project together, under a “game” theme. Volunteers and kids rotated to different stations creating puzzles, ring tosses, and chess games.
Since Free Arts Minnesota is a non-profit organization and entirely free for the kids to participate in, having both volunteers and enough funding is an essential part of making the mission possible. With that, we’d like to thank our Cooperators for joining us in volunteering and for helping support our community.
Want to help even more? All month long, we’re donating 10% of all CROWLER sales to Free Arts Minnesota. Bring a CROWLER home to help support them and let’s all get creative.
A Taproom Update from Evan
To our Member-Owners,
We have some changes coming soon to the Taproom. Member Happy Hour is being extended to all open hours. Moreover, our year-round core beers (IPA, Pils, Vienna Lager, and Roselle) will be on double happy hour, giving members $4 beers all day, every day. However, to make this change, you will see adjustments to the prices of some of our beers, with most going up $1 starting Friday, November 24.
We strive to brew our beer to the highest standards. Your favorites, like Spirit Foul, Curation, U-Pick, FSB, & Raspberry Roselle (coming in December), require substantial investments to make up to our standards − from the sourcing of quality ingredients to our high-end quality control program − all are vital in continuing to produce more consistent and award-winning beer.
We are blessed to have such a passionate, involved, and supportive community of co-op owners. You are the reason our brewery continues to grow, and our mission of community is expanding throughout the state of Minnesota and beyond. We are excited to show you what lies ahead in 2018 and beyond. Learn more here.
Evan Sallee, President & CEO, Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Member Week to Remember
Thank you to everyone that came out and took part in our first ever Member Week here at Fair State. All said and done, we had seven back to back days of events. Here are a few of the highlights for me: Every good day begins with breakfast, and the same holds true of a week. Members filled up the big table with contributions from their kitchens (I brought donuts from Durango’s kitchen).
On Thursday we were joined by our friends at Planned Parenthood, Our April Fair State Cooperates partner. They brought an ample supply of art supplies for our volunteers to get creative with. In additional to our full roster of Cooperators, a handful of taproom patrons grabbed markers to join in the fun. Our craftiness quickly flowed beyond the big table to satellite tables, benches, and the floor. Dozens of vibrant posters were made and will be used for Planned Parenthood’s annual Solidarity Day.
We closed the week with a party. Opting to forgo the party hats, we focused on the beer. Member-Owners enjoyed half-priced beer from open to close. The day was well attended, and some folks decided to join right then and there! As we always like to see your faces, we also took a bunch of portraits. Keep your eyes to the north side of the taproom to spot all the new additions to the Member Wall. Here is one of my favorites…
introducing Member Week!
We are quite proud of the more than 1,000 Member-Owners that are the foundation of our cooperative. These people have supported our business through patronage, our neighbors through volunteer initiatives, our community through social gatherings, and so much more! To highlight and highfive these great folks, we are throwing our first Member Week. April 1-7th will be packed full of events celebrating membership, cooperatives, and coming together around good beer. Everyone is Welcome! (members get some special deals)
SATURDAY 4/1: Members First – Potluck Brunch & Super Member Happy Hour 12-2pm. SUNDAY 4/2: Crowler Debut, Stand-Up Comedy at 8:30, Member Happy Hour all day. MONDAY 4/3: Cribbage Night 6-8pm, 1/2 off you first beer with another co-op’s card, Member Happy Hour all day. TUESDAY 4/4: Fair State-sponsored music and $2 off all FS pours at 331 Club. Music at 8:30pm. WEDNESDAY 4/5: Co-op Trivia with Tommy. THURSDAY 4/6: Fair State Cooperates Planned Parenthood Poster Party 7-9PM. Sign up here. FRIDAY 4/7: Member Thank You Party 1/2 off all pours for member-owners, all day! Member Wall photobooth 4-8pm.