By Cole Premo

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.

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Fair State says it will be expanding distribution to new markets around the region, too.

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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.

(credit: Fair State Brewing Cooperative)

(credit: Fair State Brewing Cooperative)

(credit: Fair State Brewing Cooperative)

(credit: Fair State Brewing Cooperative)

(credit: Fair State Brewing Cooperative)

(credit: Fair State Brewing Cooperative)

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The new facility will be located at the Midway Distribution Center at 2700 Ellis Ave.