Where can you find Raspberry Roselle?

Raspberry Roselle

RASPBERRY ROSELLE

We’ve put the MN Craft Brewer’s Guild Winterfest 2016 Best Beer winner in cans & kegs. Raspberry Roselle is our year-round hibiscus sour saison re-fermented with a whole bunch of raspberries. The result is a fruit-forward, rose-hued beer that’s distinctly juicy and dry, with increased acidity. 5.8 ABV, 10 IBU.Raspberry Roselle

It may be a week before Raspberry Roselle reaches all of its destinations. We strongly encourage you to call the locations below to confirm when they will have Raspberry Roselle in stock or ask us on Twitter if you want to know a specific store’s anticipated delivery date and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

AWARDS

MN Craft Brewer’s Guild Winterfest 2016 Best Beer winner

The Growler’s 2016 & 2017 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards Best Fruit Beer

PRESS

The Heavy Table: “Cheerful, holiday-ready raspberry & hibiscus sour ale that’s equal parts novelty, talent, and fun.”

City Pages: Local Guide to Hipster Beer Styles

MN Craft Brewer’s Guild: Winterfest Snowshoe Award Winners

Beerploma: Top Ten Minnesota Beers for 2016

MN Beer Activists: What (Minnesota beer) I’ve been drinking…

Star Tribune: Best of MN 2016

MORE ROSELLE

Roselle 4 Pack-Roselle, the real “champagne of beers.”

-Double Raspberry Roselle, a double-ized version of Roselle with twice the fruit of Raspberry Roselle. 750 ml. bottles are Member-exclusive. On draft at the Taproom on Thursday, December 7. UPDATE: a few cases of Double Raspberry Roselle are available at the Taproom now.

Behind the Beer: 7 Principles Pale Ale

7 Principles

7 Principles started as a set of cooperative guidelines. Now, it’s also a beer: A dry-hopped pale ale made with all Minnesota ingredients (hops from Mighty Axe in Foley/Ham Lake, malt from Vertical malt in Fisher, MN). 5.1% ABV, 40 IBU.

“I’m excited about this beer – to me, it’s a bit of a milestone to be able to source quality base malt and pelleted, ready to use hops locally,” Niko, our Head Brewer commented. “We’re sitting at the starting point for an entire industry of small, artisanal producers of raw beer ingredients, and it’s important that breweries support their efforts wherever it is possible to do so. Often local beers lack true locality, a sense (and taste) of place. We have no idea what MN terroir in beer means, but we’re starting to make strides towards figuring it out.”

We used aromatic and pale malt from Vertical malt, which yields a beer with a crisp, slight malt presence and pale golden color. It is hopped in the kettle with Cascade and Columbus hops, and the dry hop is a heavy dose of Columbus. As a result, the beer is pretty dank, with pine and citrus rind in the background.

The name is a reflection of the seven principles that guide our brewery as a cooperative business, operated and democratically controlled by our Member-Owners to meet their common needs and aspirations.

SEVEN COOPERATIVE PRINCIPLES
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use services and accept the responsibilities of membership.
2. Democratic Member Control
The Democratic organization controlled by members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
3. Member Economic Participation
Members buy into the cooperative and occasionally receive a return through patronage dividends.
4. Autonomy and Independence
In agreements with other organizations, members maintain democratic control and cooperative autonomy.
5. Education, Training, and Information
Cooperatives provide education and training at all levels to contribute to further cooperative development.
6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together.
7. Concern for Community
Working for the sustainable development of communities through member approved policies.

The opportunity to become a Member-Owner of Fair State Co-op is open 24/7. Learn more about membership here and check out this sweet deal available through Sunday, 12.3.

How to have a Trypto-fantastic Thanksgiving

 

 

Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes. No other holiday’s cuisine can match the non-stop hits that Thanksgiving delivers. Yet plate after plate of the holiday’s festive foods can leave you feeling as stuffed as your turkey.

Here’s a few Fair State favorites for the lighter side of your palate, all available in CROWLERs to-go this week.

It’s Gold, Jerry!, a fresh hop golden ale

It's Gold, Jerry!
Our fresh hop pale ale with 650 lbs. of freshly-picked local Mighty Axe hops. $7/CROWLER

 

Shoulder of Orion, a dry-hopped pale wheat lager

Shoulder of Orion
Collaboration with Modern Times Beer. Featuring a little haze yet still crisp with a juicy hop flavor to accompany the bitterness. $7/CROWLER

 

Cromulence, a sour wheat beer

Cromulence
Modeled on the classic Berliner Weisse, Cromulence is a perfectly cromulent rendition of a classic style. Tart, refreshing, and bready. $9/CROWLER

 

Roselle, a hibiscus sour

Roselle
Our signature canned sour is infused with hibiscus flower at flame-out, resulting in its distinctive pinkish hue, ethereal fragrance & citrus flavor. $9/CROWLER

As always, save $2 when you buy a 3-pack of CROWLERs. You can save it for a rainy day, or donate your discount to benefit our monthly Fair State Cooperates partner.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Davin

A Fair Statement from Niko

Niko

When we released Spirit Foul, our hazy IPA collaboration with Modern Times Beer, we expected it to be a beer that would be pretty popular, and one that might raise an eyebrow or two. We were not expecting the full-on onslaught that we got instead! That said, we couldn’t be happier or more proud that you all enjoyed the beer so much, and so we’ve decided to re-release it. The second batch of Spirit Foul is roughly double the size of the first, so with any luck it will make it more places, and be (slightly) easier to find than the first round.

One thing that Spirit Foul‘s first release revealed to us is that our distribution plan for special releases needed some work. We hope that Round 2 of Spirit Foul sets a good baseline for all of the special releases we have planned for the rest of 2017 and 2018. We apologize to those who spent time and energy looking for cans the first go-round and couldn’t find them. We hope that you’ll accept our apology in the form of a second release and that those of you who aren’t familiar with the rest of our catalog of beers will take this opportunity to find out why we love Pils (and IPA, and Roselle, and Giantsbane) so much.

Spirit Foul

A note about haze, IPAs, and our plans going forward as well: we’ve put out many a hazy beer in our day, but until a couple of months ago, we had zero plans to embrace the haze craze in IPAs. Safe to say Spirit Foul has changed our tune on that front. Being able to collaborate with a brewery like Modern Times helped calibrate our expectations, and now that we’ve done it a few times, we feel like may have something to add to the discussion, our interpretation of the style. You may notice some changes in our core IPA that reflect these new directions over the next couple of months. We’ll be sure to clue you into those as they happen.

We’re also happy to announce the arrival of MIRROR UNIVERSE, a new hazy IPA that will be available in cans and on draft in early 2018. MIRROR UNIVERSE will also spawn a series of hazy IPAs, pale ales, and DIPAs that will be available exclusively at our taproom, in very small batch sizes. We hope to release these to you in 750ml form and to use this series as a laboratory to understand where IPA has come from, where it’s going, and why. More details soon.

Thanks as always for drinking Fair State, and please bear with us as Spirit Foul Round 2 rolls out into distribution − it will be a week before it hits all of its destinations. Visit our Spirit Foul Locator page for information about locations, quantities, and more.

Cheers,

Niko & Fair State Co-op

Behind the Beer: Giantsbane

Giantsbane

Head Brewer Niko Tonks on Giantsbane Double Stout.

Style conventions are a funny thing. At their best, they’re useful guidelines – a roadmap to a successful beer recipe. At their worst, they strangle creativity and box people into practices that probably never made sense in the first place (see: crystal malt in pale ales).

Brewery portfolios can be the same way. You start out brewing to a personal style, and hopefully, that continues to evolve and change as you go, but you get to be known for a few things. In our case, you’ve probably heard of our lager biers, and our sour stuff. That’s how we like it, but it doesn’t mean that’s all we enjoy doing.

Giantsbane, our “double stout,” is a solid example of both of these truths. It’s not a beer built to a style designation, and it’s not something that you’d immediately point to as being in our wheelhouse: high alcohol, malty, not afraid to be a little bit sweet. It’s a demonstration of when going outside the norm can be a rewarding thing.

The beer takes cues from the classic “Foreign Export” stout designation, but with a more modern American bent. It’s closer to an Imperial Stout than a standard American Stout (if that’s really even a thing), but it doesn’t rely on a full motor oil consistency to bludgeon you into submission. It’s a beer built for long, dark winters. The magic here is in the combination of specialty malts and grains we employ. Brown Malt and oats are stout secret sauce, and we’ve employed both of them here. Oats buoy the mouthfeel of what could otherwise be a roast bomb, and brown malt is the goldilocks zone of roasted malts: lots of roast flavor, but none of the ashy char of black malt. It’s a fine line to tread, brewing a big stout that emphasizes harmony, and we hope you agree we’ve managed to stay on that tightrope.

FAIR STATE STOUTS

Cans: Giantsbane

Bottles: FSB: 2017 (release date 12.16)

On draft: Giantsbane

PRESS

City Pages: “Local suds: 5 beers to try in November.”

Giantsbane

 

Where can you find Spirit Foul?

Spirit Foul

Spirit Foul is a hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with San Diego’s Modern Times Beer. Super juicy, tropical, and dank. 6.3 ABV.

When we released Spirit Foul, our hazy IPA collaboration with Modern Times Beer, we expected it to be a beer that would be pretty popular, and one that might raise an eyebrow or two. Instead, #hazemania struck the Twin Cities and the beer was selling out in mere hours after delivery. We couldn’t be happier or more proud that you all enjoyed the beer so much, and so we’ve decided to re-release it. Learn more about the future of our IPA program here.

Thank you for bearing with us as this re-release of Spirit Foul rolls out into distribution – it may be a week before it reaches all of its destinations. We strongly encourage you to call the locations below to confirm when they will have Spirit Foul in stock or ask us on Twitter if you want to know a specific store’s anticipated delivery date.

PRESS

City Pages: “10 locally brewed New England IPAs to keep you on trend.”

The Heavy Table: “Spirit Foul has a funky pineapple charm all its own.”

The Minneapolis Egotist: “Little designed some beer cans. Totally nailed it.”

Pioneer Press: “Fair State’s hazy IPA, a collaboration with San Diego’s Modern Times, is re-released.”

GoMN‘s Melissa Turtinen and Zach McCormick get hazy.

Behind the Beer: IPA

IPA Cans

Head Brewer Niko Tonks on India Pale Ale.

“IPA” has more or less become synonymous with “craft beer.” I’ve seen White IPA, Black IPA, DIPA, IIPA, Triple IPA, Belgian IPA, Session IPA, Hazy IPA, West Coast IPA, Red IPA, Brown IPA, Milkshake IPA, Fruited IPA, IPL, Sour IPA, Barrel-Aged IPA, Coffee IPA, Chili Pepper IPA, Double Dry-Hopped IPA, Continuously-Hopped IPA, and even the rare old school British-style IPA. To be honest, this proliferation of hop juice wears on us sometimes.

So why, at this late date, did we decide to make a beer that’s just plain old “IPA” and put it in big, bright red cans? Well, long story short, we’ve been watching IPA as a category and we thought we had something to add to the conversation. Our goal with this entry into a crowded field is to cherry-pick all the things we like about IPA as a broad category and put them together in one beer.

We like: IPA you can see through, even if you have to squint (even if we make the occasional one you can’t). IPA that is intensely aromatic: fruity, citrusy, floral, and maybe a bit dank. IPA that isn’t heavy, sweet, dark, caramel-laden, or overly bitter. IPA that is soft, easy to drink, and crisp all at once.

With Fair State IPA, we think we’ve hit on most of these things. It is brewed with German Pilsner and Red Wheat malts, fermented with our house English Ale yeast strain, and hopped with Horizon, Chinook, Crystal, Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade hops to the tune of almost 4 pounds per barrel. Old school, new school, and the kind of school no one much cared about until now, all wrapped up in one neat, inviting package. We hope you enjoy.

FAIR STATE IPAs

Cans: IPA, Spirit Foul

Bottles: Dorado Gold (Brett IPA)

On draft: IPA, Spirit Foul, Dorado Gold

PRESS

City Pages: “The 10 Best Minnesota IPAs”

The Growler: “The Taste Test: Blind-tasting 53 Minnesota IPAs”

IPA Glass & 4-Pack

Lagerfest

Live the #lagerlyfe with us this weekend at Lagerfest. We’re celebrating one of our favorite beer styles with 7 different lagers on tap – all $4/pour, or $14/pitcher.

And nothing goes better with lager beer than Minnesota BBQ Co. They’ll be in the house with their signature ribs on Saturday, 12-9 pm.

Prepare by going Behind the Beer and learn why we love fizzy, yellow beer so much.

Behind the Beer: Festbier & Keller Kazbek

Cheers to Three Years

Hello, local beer drinker, we’ve got some beer news for you!

We just dropped a 3rd Anniversary release of mixed four pack of 16 oz. cans that contain two of our very favorite limited edition lagers: Festbier and Keller Kazbek. With any luck, you’ll be seeing it in stores by the end of this sentence.Mixed Lager Pack

Normally, anniversary beers are an opportunity for a brewery to stretch its legs and do something intense. We decided to ignore precedent and go a different route. These beers aren’t the loudest, the wackiest, the most alcoholic or hoppy or sour or barrel-aged or cream-filled. They are, however, good examples of the types of beers we get really excited to brew and to drink. Uncomplicated, well-made, painstaking homages to classic European beer styles. It is our hope that you agree, and that these beers become staples of your early Autumn.

The limited edition Mixed Lager Pack can be found at the locations tagged in this Instagram post.

Festbier

Our Festbier is modeled after the modern German interpretation of the Oktoberfest classic – paler, less heavy, but still delightfully malty and not super bitter. We employed a single-decoction mash, meaning we boiled part of the grain/water mixture for the first time at the new brewery to enhance those toasty, malty notes without getting a ton of caramel sweetness or too much color out of it. Built for celebrations, this beer is perfectly calibrated for consumption by the liter.

Pour this one into a dimpled mug or stein. 5.7% ABV, 20 IBU

*Pro Tip: 16 oz. cans are pretty close a half liter each, thus this 4-Pack yields one proper pour of Festbier. Stock up accordingly.

Festbier Cabin

 

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 haze in this beer (it’s supposed to be there). 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 pretty unique aroma that is much more “grassy” or almost hay-like, combined with the classic noble hop spicy/floral aroma.

Pour this one into a dimpled mug or stein. 4.9% ABV, 38 IBU

Keller Kazbek

 

Fair State Lagers

Cans: Pils (year-round flagship), Festbier + Keller Kazbek (limited edition Mixed Lager pack)

On draft:

  • Pils
  • Festbier
  • Keller Kazbek
  • DENT, an organic corn lager brewed in collaboration with Bang Brewing.
  • Urban Sombrero, a smoked helles lager
  • FS Lyte, an American light lager
  • Vienna Lager
Festbier Cabin

Behind the Beer: Pilsner

Cabin Pils

Head Brewer Niko Tonks in defense of Fizzy Yellow Beer

Pilsner is my first true beer love, and maybe my only real one. It’s never made sense to me that “craft beer,” as a segment, has positioned itself against “fizzy, yellow beer.” I love fizzy yellow beer! Fizzy yellow beer doesn’t have to mean insipid, old, adjunct syrup beer. Fizzy yellow beer is the most popular kind of beer in the world not because some evil cabal of industrial brewers has forced it upon us, but because it’s a kind of beer that very many people enjoy very greatly, myself included.

Pilsner is the undisputed king of fizzy yellow beer. 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.

PILS

Pils CanOur flagship Pils is brewed exclusively with premium barley grown in Bohemia, hops grown in the Hallertau region of Germany, a yeast transplanted from Munich, and local water. We employ a brewhouse regimen perfected in Germany to ensure proper wort composition, and we condition the beer in horizontal vessels well-suited to the task of promoting natural sedimentation and aging of lager. The result is an assertively bitter and hoppy beer that is crisp, well-rounded, and nuanced in the sort of ways that invite you to drink more than one – just to fully contemplate your newfound appreciation for lager, of course.

Pour this one into a flute or footed pilsner glass. 4.9% ABV, 40 IBU

FAIR STATE PILSNERS

Cans: Pils (year-round flagship)

On draft: Pils (ongoing)

PRESS

Star Tribune: “Pilsner makes a comeback in the Twin Cities craft beer scene”

The Growler: “What We’re Drinking: May 2017”

Pils