By Brian Kaufenberg
After a lengthy real estate search, the members of Minnesota’s first brewery cooperative Fair State Brewing have finally found a home in Northeast Minneapolis. The 2,500 square foot space is located at 2506 Central Avenue NE in Minneapolis, a building that also houses Aki’s Breadhouse, joining four other Northeast Minneapolis breweries within 1.25 mile radius of each other.
Founders Evan Sallee, Matthew Hauck, and Niko Tonks (head brewer) confirm that they are targeting an open date of May 1, 2014 for the brewery and have just recently submitted an order for a 7.5 bbl brewhouse and several 15 bbl fermenters. The brewhouse is smaller than they had planned, but the new brewery space required them to choose between a larger system without a taproom or a smaller system with a taproom. “We chose taproom—after all, we are out to build and share community with all of you,” Fair State Brewing wrote in a blog post.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative has a unique story, which you can read all about here.