Jobs @ Fair State: FT Packaging Technician


Fair State Brewing Cooperative is seeking a full-time (40 hours / week) Packaging Technician to join our production staff in St. Paul, MN. 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, and recently expanded into a 40,000 sq. ft. production brewery in St. Paul, MN. We focus on traditional 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 knowledgeable person to help us stay on track. The ideal candidate would have some experience in the beer industry, packaging experience preferably, or in warehousing/manufacturing generally, and be willing to learn.

This position will report to the Head Brewer and the Packaging/Warehouse manager.


  • Cleaning and filling kegs
  • Operating the canning line, weighing and sorting cans, casing and palletizing finished product
  • Operating the bottling line, labeling, casing, and palletizing finished product
  • Collecting data and maintaining records related to packaging
  • Counting inventory of packaging materials and finished product
  • Performing CIP of canning, bottling, and kegging equipment and tanks
  • Performing general cleaning and sanitation
  • Operating forklifts and pallet jacks
  • Contributing to a safe working environment by following safety procedures
  • Representing Fair State at events, as necessary
  • All the squeegee and mop work that you can handle
  • Pick and stage orders for shipment ranging in size from several cases to multiple pallets
  • Load, unload, and drive dock-height box truck to transfer beer and supplies within the greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area
  • Receive and inventory supplies and raw materials from vendors and clients
  • Identify, communicate with Finance and Sales staff about, and help resolve discrepancies in purchasing, shipping, and customer ordering documentation
  • Record inventory movements and perform inventory counts, including identifying, communicating about, and resolving variances
  • Maintain clean, neat, well-labeled, and safe warehouse and cold room spaces to support efficient production and sales operations
  • Perform maintenance on production equipment, kegs, and vehicles as directed
  • Participate in beer sensory panels, production team planning, and team development of standards and procedures


Desired skills and experience

  • Previous brewery industry or other packaging experience strongly preferred
  • Previous experience in a lean manufacturing environment preferred
  • Forklift operator certification preferred
  • 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
  • Ridiculous dedication to the aforementioned mop and squeegee work
  • Comfortable with limited supervision and able to make (informed) decisions independently
  • Arithmetic, problem-solving and mechanical skills
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • High school diploma or GED


  • Able to stand for prolonged periods
  • Able to stoop, crawl, twist, turn, lift, kneel, climb ladders and stairs
  • Able to manipulate valves and clamps
  • Able to read and follow written English instructions
  • Able to regularly lift/carry heavy objects (55 lbs.) repeatedly and safely
  • Able to occasionally move heavy objects (160 lbs.)
  • Able to comply with safe chemical handling procedures, including personal protection equipment such as gloves and goggles
  • Able to safely work on ladders and elevated platforms and in confined spaces
  • Able to safely operate vehicles and material handling equipment (e.g., vans, trucks, hand trucks, scissor lifts)
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to pass insurance driving record review for operating Company-owned vehicles on public roads

This is a full-time hourly position; compensation is dependent on experience. As a full-time employee, this role will also be eligible for:

  • Paid holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Employee beer stipend
  • Discounted membership in our cooperative after 6 months of employment
  • Fair State merchandise and beer discounts
  • Credit for Fair State clothing merchandise at hire
  • Annual safety clothing & equipment stipend
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Flexible savings account for medical and dependent care
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, and life insurance coverage
  • Workers Compensation, as required by law


Compensation will be determined based on prior experience, but not less than $15.33 / hr.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to with subject line “Packaging Technician.” Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis, and we’re looking for someone to start ASAP.