Fair State Brewing Co-op held a soft opening one month ago, but now, with the kinks worked out and the taplines filling up, they're throwing a grand opening party to make it official.
From 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, the country's third cooperative brewery (and Minnesota's first) will be throwing Co-Optoberfest with an expanded beer garden in back and the release of their seasonal Festbier, a traditional German Marzen. Along with the new beer, there will be eight total taps available, games such as hammerschlagen and bag toss, and food including pretzels from Aki's Breadhaus and brats (meat and vegetarian options) from Gerhard's.
"If we're lucky we'll have the Funkelweizen, a sour session dunkelweizen," says head brewer Niko Tonks regarding the beer lineup, "but that's still unclear. At the minimum, that day we'll have: IPA, Hoplager, 42 (session black IPA), schwarzbier, stout, hefeweizen, zitronen-Weiss, Cletus, and Festbier." Thus far, their IPA and fresh hop beers have been among the most popular. "The fresh hop is likely to be gone by the 18th," Tonks notes sadly. "We'll be pouring it at the Harvest Beer Festival on the 11th, though."
Before Co-Optoberfest starts, Fair State will have a members meeting to elect their first board of directors. With over 400 members, the co-op brewery is established by splitting ownership between the initial founders and a cooperative membership base that continues to grow. In addition to having a say in the brewery's operations, membership also includes happy hour specials and other beer-related benefits.
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