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 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.