Fair State

Regular price $10.00 Sale

American Sour Ale | 5.7% ABV | 19 IBU


91 Points on RateBeer

Roselle is soured with our house lactobacillus strain and infused with hibiscus flowers, which lends the beer floral and citrus aromas and flavors and its red hue. Tart, fruity, and floral.

- Brewer

For a typical beer the color spectrum follows SRM - a scale which varies from light straw to jet black with varying shades of gold, amber, and copper in between. However when you crack open Roselle and pour it into glass its vibrant dark pink color defies the SRM scale developed over 60 years ago. Based on the color you might jump to the conclusion that it is flavored with strawberry, cherry or possibly raspberry. Instead Fair State uses hibiscus flowers to provide this sour with its brilliant pink color. The hibiscus contributes strong floral notes which pair with the sharp tartness to give a sharp citrus like flavor. The sourness dominates the flavor and provides a puckering sensation to play on your other senses.

- Cicerone
Fair State
Opened in September 2014, Fair State is the first brewery in Minnesota to use a cooperative business model, and only the third in the country. The brewery is actually owned by coop members. Members enjoy voting rights, the opportunity to serve on the cooperative board of directors, special discounts and beer release access, and a number of other perks. The art gallery-like taproom features a large number of rotating taps, including the tasty, sour, lambic series beers.
I'll just go out there and say it. I'm a Fair State fanboy. Sorry, not sorry. It's like they can't produce any bad beers. Some kind of strange superpower. Anyways - this is the classic, the measuring stick, the standard - by which I measure my sours. The smooth balance of tart, floral and fruity notes keep me coming back every time.