As many of you know, we recently opened our beer garden behind the brewery. Building this has been a long process, that has taken the help of many members as well as Northeast Minneapolis businesses.
We here at Fair State Coop, like everyone in Minnesota, enjoy outdoor drinking in the summer. So this spring we started putting the pieces together to build this beer garden. It started with a conversation with our neighbors in the building to our north, to see if they would rent part of their large parking lot to us, they agreed, and we started work almost immediately.
We recruited members to help build picnic tables, and got them done in record time. Creating an impromptu picnic table assembly line, and churning out all the tables we need, and some extra frames to build more if the need arises.
With the help of Northeast Tree Service and TerraVista landscaping, we were able to dig down 18 inches and fill the area with gravel, starting with large fist sized chunks and ending with pea gravel. This was designed by one of our members to create excellent drainage both for roof areas and for the ground itself. Tested during some big storms, has never showed any signs of flooding.
The first look many people got of the beer garden was during Art-A-Whirl, when we were able to host a great party Friday night, complete with a mini-golf hole designed and built by member, Tim Martin. Our first Art-A-Whirl was a great success, and it was a great way to show off the work in progress.
Slowly the garden part of the beer garden will grow. Community Hops generously planted 18 hop plants that will serve as a beautiful privacy fence, and in a few years will produce enough hops that we can make a batch or two with them every fall. There still is a lot of work left though. We need to dig out and plant the rain garden, build some planters for trees and flowers, and ensure that the hops stay healthy.
Thank you to all the members and businesses who helped us get here!