Fair State Brewing Cooperative is seeking a full-time Lead Brewer to join our production staff in St. Paul, MN. We are growing quickly and need to add staff to help meet demand.

Fair State is one of a very few cooperatively-owned breweries in the US. We began operations at our brewery/taproom in Northeast Minneapolis in August of 2014, and recently expanded into a 40,000 sq. ft. production brewery in St. Paul, MN. We focus on traditional 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 brewery.

Currently we operate a 7.5bbl brewhouse at the taproom location, and a 4-vessel 30bbl brewhouse at the St. Paul location, where we also package our beer in cans and bottles.

We’re looking for a skilled, dedicated, and hardworking person to lead our team of brewers. The ideal candidate will have extensive technical brewing knowledge and experience, general brewery operations experience, demonstrated leadership skills, and a willingness to contribute to building systems and processes to support our continued growth and innovation.

This position will report to the Head Brewer and will supervise our Brewers.


Production Work

  • Wort production
  • CIP and sanitation of fermenters, brite tanks, and the brewhouse
  • Cellar work (e.g., transfers, dry-hopping, centrifuging, carbonation)
  • Wine and spirit barrel work (e.g., filling, transferring, blending, cleaning, maintenance)
  • Yeast management (e.g., harvesting, pitching)
  • Cleaning kegs and kegging finished beer
  • Operating the canning line, weighing and sorting cans, casing and palletizing finished product
  • Operating the bottling line, labeling, casing, and palletizing finished product
  • Collecting data and maintaining extensive records related to brewing, cellaring, and packaging
  • Performing general cleaning and sanitation
  • Operating forklifts and pallet jacks
  • Loading, unloading, and driving dock-height box truck to transfer beer and supplies within the greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area
  • Performing, scheduling, and overseeing maintenance on production equipment, kegs, and vehicles
  • Participating in beer sensory panels, production team planning, and team development of standards and procedures
  • Representing Fair State at events, as necessary

Inventory Management

  • Counting inventory of brewing raw materials, packaging materials, and finished product
  • Expressing and closing production orders in our brewery management software
  • Reviewing production records and performance in our brewery management software to identify and resolve variances

Production Management

  • Creating and communicating weekly and daily production schedules and work assignments based on production plans and staff availability
  • Providing coaching, guidance, and support to brewers and cellarworkers
  • Implementing Fair State policies, procedures, goals, strategies, and plans by communicating, answering questions, and providing direction and oversight to brewers and cellarworkers
  • Providing quarterly written feedback to brewers and cellarworkers based on direct observation, peer evaluation, performance measurement, goals, and job descriptions
  • Setting clear expectations through quarterly updates to job descriptions and goals
  • Providing input into staffing plans, job descriptions, and hiring decisions as necessary

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Previous brewing and cellaring experience is a must, preferably in a brewery producing at a rate of 10,000-20,000 BBLs annually
  • Forklift operator certification preferred
  • Willingness to work hard, often at odd hours
  • Dedication to learning, improving, and contributing to a dynamic and growing team
  • Commitment to following company policies and procedures
  • Ridiculous dedication to the aforementioned mop and squeegee work
  • Excellent judgment, outstanding professionalism, and exemplary communication and teamwork skills
  • Experience leading teams, solving difficult problems, and building a sense of shared purpose
  • Arithmetic, problem-solving and mechanical skills
  • Familiarity with lab testing protocols and standards, and the ability to troubleshoot technical brewing issues
  • High school diploma or GED


  • At least 21 years of age as of time of application
  • Able to stand for prolonged periods
  • Able to stoop, crawl, twist, turn, lift, kneel, climb ladders and stairs
  • Able to manipulate valves and clamps
  • Able to read, follow, and give oral and written English instructions
  • Able to regularly lift/carry heavy objects (55 lbs.) repeatedly and safely above waist-level
  • Able to occasionally move heavy objects (165 lbs.)
  • Able to work in a factory environment which may be loud, hot, humid, cold, or slick
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment with high-pressure deadlines and time constraints
  • Able to comply with safe chemical handling procedures, including personal protection equipment such as gloves and goggles
  • Able to safely work on ladders and elevated platforms and in confined spaces
  • Able to safely operate vehicles and material handling equipment (e.g., vans, trucks, hand trucks, scissor lifts, fork lifts, pallet jacks)
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to pass insurance driving record review for operating Company-owned vehicles on public roads

This is a full-time salaried position. As a full-time employee, this role will also be eligible for:

  • Paid holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day)
  • Paid Time Off, which can be used for any purpose and is accrued at a rate of 0.0769 hours of PTO per hour worked (4 weeks per year)
  • Health insurance, with 65-75% of employee premiums, and 25%-35% of dependent premiums paid by Fair State, depending on the plan selected
  • Dental and vision insurance, with 50% of employee and dependent premiums paid by Fair State
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, and life insurance coverage, with 100% of premiums paid by Fair State
  • Flexible savings account for medical and dependent care
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee beer stipend
  • Discounted membership in our cooperative after 6 months of employment
  • Merchandise and beer discounts
  • Credit for clothing merchandise at hire
  • Annual safety clothing & equipment stipend

This is a salaried, exempt position, compensated at $50,000 per annum.

Application Process

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@fairstate.coop with the subject line, “Lead Brewer”. Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis, and we’re looking for someone to start ASAP.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Fair State Brewing Cooperative strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.