Fair State teams up with San Diego’s Modern Times on collaboration beer

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Fair State head brewer Niko Tonks // Photo by Aaron Davidson, The Growler

An interest in the sour program at Northeast Minneapolis’ Fair State Brewing Cooperative led the folks at San Diego’s Modern Times Beer to pursue a collaboration between the two breweries. Fair State head brewer Niko Tonks is heading to San Diego this weekend to help brew a beer they’re calling The Shoulder of Orion, a pale hoppy lager made with Huell Melon hops.

Fair State President and CEO Evan Salle is excited about the project after he helped Modern Times pour at their Festival of Funk in San Diego back in March. “Modern Times is well known for their passion for all things hoppy, and we certainly love our pale lagers. So this is a perfect blend of our unique styles,” says Sallee.

In Minnesota, the beer will be released on draft at Fair State’s taproom on July 28, and it will debut in California at Modern Times’ Festival of Dankness on August 13.

Follow along with Niko this weekend on Fair State’s Instagram and Twitter.


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