After just two years of operations, Fair State Brewing Cooperative made a big announcement to its member-owners Tuesday night: the brewery will be expanding this fall.
According to Fair State staff, they have signed a lease for an over 40,000 square-foot brewing space in St. Paul.
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The democratically-controlled brewery says it’s expanding because demand for its beer currently exceeds the ability of its 2,000 barrel system’s capacity “by quite a lot.”
“While our taproom will remain in place, this new facility will immediately expand our brewing capacity five-fold, allowing us to begin to meet pent up demand and continue at a steady growth rate– in the Twin Cities and in new markets across Minnesota,” Fair State said.
Fair State says it will be expanding distribution to new markets around the region, too.
Renderings from Fair State show that the expansion won’t only be for making beer. It appears the expansion will include a patio and tasting room, as well as an office area.
The new facility will be located at the Midway Distribution Center at 2700 Ellis Ave.