On-Call Beertender: Fair State Brewing Co-op

Fair State Brewing Cooperative is seeking a part-time on-call Beertender to join our taproom staff in Minneapolis, MN.

Fair State is one of a limited number of cooperatively-owned breweries in the US. We began operations at our Northeast Minneapolis brewery/taproom in August 2014, and added a large production brewery in St. Paul, MN in 2017. We focus on traditional lager beer, sour beer (ranging from kettle sours to 100% barrel-fermented mixed culture beers), and hoppy beers.  

Currently we operate a taproom and beer garden in Northeast Minneapolis, which is open seven days a week, and where we periodically host large-scale events. We regularly host a variety of smaller events at our taproom, and we strive to ensure that we consistently provide our patrons and the neighborhood with a comfortable space to meet, converse, explore, and celebrate. We curate our beer selection to enable patrons to experience the full range of our styles. We also use the freedom that small-batch production affords to release taproom-exclusive collaborations, variants, and experiments. We strive to deliver high-quality service that welcomes and educates customers, especially during high-volume periods.

We’re looking for enthusiastic, hardworking, and knowledgeable people to serve our loyal guests and put our best foot forward to newcomers. The ideal candidate will have experience in the beer or service industries, be willing to learn a lot about beer, and be passionate about continually acting as an ambassador for our cooperative.

This position will report to the Taproom Manager and the Taproom Assistant Manager, and will be supervised by Taproom Shift Leads during service.


  • Work regular shifts in our taproom

  • Clean and prepare the taproom for service

  • Stock bottled beer in taproom cooler, change kegs in service cooler, and stock merchandise

  • Greet guests and anticipate and respond to their needs

  • Record transactions using our point-of-sale system

  • Maintain responsibility for cash drawers, inventory, and recordkeeping while on shift

  • Handle multiple tasks at one time efficiently and with an upbeat, friendly attitude

  • Be a team player and able to interact with all levels within the organization

  • Work independently and as a motivated team player

  • Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor

  • Enforce all applicable alcohol laws and rules, including ensuring that beer is only served to those over 21 years of age, and that it is served responsibly

  • Comply with and enforce all health, safety, and personal hygiene policies and standards

  • Follow all Fair State policies and procedures

  • Adhere to and enforce all applicable local, state and federal laws, rules, and regulations

  • Fill CROWLERS to Fair State operating standards for packaging quality and stock finished product in taproom cooler

  • Other tasks as needed

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Previous cash handling experience required

  • Working knowledge of high volume operations and safe, responsible alcohol service required

  • Cicerone certification preferred

  • Previous professional service industry and/or hospitality experience preferred

  • Knowledge of craft beer and the brewing process preferred

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Fair State  products and cooperative ownership model preferred

  • Dedication to learning, improving, and contributing to a dynamic and growing team required

  • Commitment to following company policies and procedures required

  • Ability to work with limited supervision and to make informed decisions independently required

  • Strong communication, collaboration, planning, self-management, and teamwork skills required


  • At least 21 years of age or older at the time of application

  • Evening, holiday, and weekend availability required

  • Alcohol Servsafe certification required (can be obtained within probationary period after hiring date)

  • Opening (3pm-11:30pm M-TH, 11am-6pm F-Sun), running, closing shift (3pm-11:30pm M-TH, 6pm-1am F-Sun) availability required

  • Able to stand and  walk for prolonged periods of time

  • Able to read,  follow, and give written and spoken English direction required

  • Able to read, follow, and give written and spoken direction in a language other than English desired

  • Able to engage with diverse audiences to provide a welcoming service experience

  • Able to deal constructively with conflict and disagreement

  • Able to safely navigate the taproom, basement stairs, cold room and service cooler, basement areas, and brewery, including crowded spaces, stairs, tight spaces, hallways, and doors

  • Able to regularly twist, turn, kneel, climb, stoop, bend, crawl, lift and carry supplies and equipment weighing up to 55 pounds using appropriate techniques and tools

  • Able to lift / carry packages up to  75 pounds with appropriate equipment and/or assistance

  • Able to occasionally lift up to 165 pounds, using appropriate techniques and tools

  • Able to work in a factory / production environment which may be loud, slick, humid, cold, or hot

  • Able to work in a service environment which may be loud, busy, fast-paced, and erratic

  • Able to work in an environment which can include dogs and strong odors Able to work in indoor and outdoor environments which may be wet, sunny, muddy, icy, cold, hot, windy, or humid

Compensation and Benefits

This is a part-time hourly position that will be paid at a rate of $10.25 / hr for front-of-house work (tipped) and $13.28 / hr for back-of-house work (not tipped). As an irregular part-time position, it will be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Discounted membership in our cooperative (after 6 months)

  • Credit for Fair State clothing merchandise at hire

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Employee beer stipend

  • Fair State merchandise and beer discounts

  • 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)

Application Process

Applicants should send an email containing a resume and cover letter to taproom@fairstate.coop with the subject “On-Call Beertender”. Applications will not be accepted in person, and they will not be reviewed if not submitted according to these instructions. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 22, 2019. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. We’re looking for someone to start by the end of March.

Commitment to 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, veteran status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.