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)

Members First – Potluck Brunch
& Super Member Happy Hour 12-2pm.
Crowler Debut,
Stand-Up Comedy at 8:30,
Member Happy Hour all day.
Cribbage Night 6-8pm,
1/2 off you first beer with another co-op’s card,
Member Happy Hour all day.
Fair State-sponsored music and $2 off all FS pours at 331 Club. Music at 8:30pm.
Co-op Trivia with Tommy.
Fair State Cooperates Planned Parenthood Poster Party 7-9PM. Sign up here.
Member Thank You Party
1/2 off all pours for member-owners, all day!
Member Wall photobooth 4-8pm.

Introducing Saison Derriere




Today we are really excited to announce the next evolution of our sour beer project here at Fair State. We have always been interested in pushing the boundaries of what sour beer can be, and we also love the way in which sour beer allows us to focus our beer on a distinctly local flavor by utilizing yeast and bacteria that are truly unique to our region. Moreover, ever mindful of the involvement our members have always had in our community, we wanted to find a way to democratically involve our members in the creation of these highly local flavors.

So we have thrown caution to the wind. Introducing “Saison Derriere,” a wild open-fermented double citra hopped coolship aged imperial sour pilsner. We installed an open fermenting coolship in each of the men’s and women’s rooms this winter in order to harvest the unique strains of yeast and bacteria produced by our members. As each person has their own personal microbiome of unique gut flora, we wanted to explore what our beer could be if we leveraged this vast array of unique flavors.

We also strive to be great stewards of the environment at Fair State, so all of the water used in brewing “Saison Derriere” was also harvested from our members using what we call the “Water World method” or “Costnerizing.” This method allows us to recapture and harvest the beer sold at our taproom after it has been processed by our customers. In this way we further engage our community to produce our beer, while also substantially reducing our impact on the environment.

Saison Derriere exhibits strong enteric character, one reviewer described it as having a truly “authentic fecal aroma.” Moreover, the overly excessive citra hop character lends a distinct flavor of “tom cat urine.” This beer truly takes Fair State beer in a new direction. Gone are the days of nuanced, well-balanced flavors. Instead, get ready for the bombastic flavors of Saison Derriere.

February with East Side Neighborhood Services


Our February partner is East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS), a nonprofit human services agency that provides basic needs resources and social services. With a focus on individuals, families, and neighborhoods in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. Formed in 1915, the organization recently turned 100, and has helped 11,500 individuals (in 2010 alone) through a broad range of community-based social services.

Every growler purchased in February will send $1 to help ESNS with their great work.

Fair State Cooperates: On Saturday the 6th, ESNS will be hosting their annual Twin Cities Snowshoe Shuffle. Team Fair State, defending champions (of the spirit, and second place finishers), will be competing once more against other local breweries. And while that happens, Fair State Cooperates – our volunteer crew – will be helping ESNS with event day logistics. Keep your eyes open for more ways to get involved with Fair State Cooperates!

Fair State Cooperates – Animal Humane Society



Happy New Year, everybody!

Today we are excited to announce a new program at Fair State, a collaborative effort between the brewery, our member-owners, and the community that we call home.

Introducing Fair State Cooperates. Every month we will be teaming up with a different local organization, as selected by our membership. Starting today, $1 of every growler sale will be donated to our featured partner organization of the month. At some point during the month we will facilitate a volunteer opportunity for our member-owners to help out as best the partner organization sees fit. A chance to put down the pint, and get the hands a little dirty.

final color_AHS logo web ready

To kick things off, our first partner is the Animal Humane Society of Minnesota. Every growler of Fair State beer that you purchase in January will help to fund the important work that they do with our fuzzy friends. In lieu of a large volunteer event, the Animal Humane Society has asked us to run a drive to collect much needed items for the animals. This could include anything from leashes and toys, to treats and cleaning supplies. There is an extensive list of super helpful items (much you’d never think of) available here. Please take a look and see what you can do to help. We will be collecting these items in the taproom throughout the month of January.

For more information, please visit the links below or stop by the taproom. We have a variety of materials on hand. If you are interest in getting more involved with the Animal Humane Society,  there are opportunities for individuals to volunteer and become important contributors to the lives of these animals.

Stay tuned for more events and opportunities with Fair State Cooperates. And thank you for being such an awesome and supportive community! We are excited for all the good things to come.

Last October at our annual meeting, member-owners created a list of organizations that they would like to work with for fundraising and volunteer initiatives in the year to come. If you have any questions or wish to nominate an organization, please contact our member coordinator Davin Haukebo-Bol at

List of needed items

Animal Humane Society