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WE'RE HIRING: GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Posted Monday January 2, 2017

Fulton is a Minneapolis brewery founded in 2009. We own and operate a 20 bbl brewery and taproom in downtown Minneapolis next to Target Field, and a 50,000 square foot production brewery in Northeast Minneapolis. In 2016, Fulton will produce approximately 28,000 barrels, sold mostly in the Twin Cities metro area. We’re a group of beer enthusiasts focused on brewing extraordinary beer and working to make our community a better place. Our Ful10 Fund provides loans and support to other small businesses and non-profits, and our Fulton Racing teams encourage participation in active lifestyle sports. Best of all, we get to live, work, and play in Minneapolis-St. Paul, consistently ranked as one of the top metro areas in the United States for quality of life, urban parks, education, bicycling, theater, dining, and more.

Sounds like a place you’d like to be? We are seeking a Graphic Designer to join our rapidly growing company. The right individual is a leader who works well with others, focuses on quality and technical excellence, loves to work and play hard, embraces opportunities for continuous learning and improvement, and is passionate about extraordinary beer.

Position Summary

The Fulton Graphic Designer is a key position within the company and is a cornerstone of Fulton’s creative communication output. In an increasingly crowded market with limited shelf space and consumer’s attention span waning, being an effective communicator is paramount to our success. It is our job to cut through the noise and rise to the top.

Qualifications

Fulton’s Graphic Designer must be proficient in industry leading software and technologies. This person uses critical thinking to solve problems in visual form. An eye for consistency and attention to detail go hand and hand-and are required. An ability to visualize ideas before they’re finished and to effectively communicate what can/will be is crucial. This person must have an innate ability to understand how people perceive and understand visual information. The perfect candidate is a 50/50 mix of dreamer and pragmatic doer.

Primary Responsibilities

The workload of this position on any given day will be need the careful management and balance in priority of immediate and long term projects including but not limited to:

  • Creation of graphics and images for fultonbeer.com, standardlager.com and social media platforms for each
    • Packaging design
    • In-house product photography and image editing
    • Advertising layouts
    • Fulton & Standard branded merchandise (non-beer), including: clothing, glassware and accessories.
  • Signage, Menus and Taproom visuals
  • Sales Support Materials (including but not limited to): posters, table cards, menus and off-sale retail support items.
  • Creation and Management of Distributor assets on Fultonbeer.com
    • The Fultonbeer.com distributor portal is an online tool belt built with a multitude of different assets needed for our distributor partners to represent and sell our product in market. This is an ever-expanding and changing collection of items.
  • Continued stewardship of Fulton’s design elements and assets

 

Design Thinking

Candidate considers the organization of information and consumer perception of brand in clear and hierarchical ways that lead to brand endearment and sales conversions. Working with goals in mind this person should use divergent thinking to begin the design process as needed to give Fulton a competitive edge.

 

Teamwork & Relationships

Fulton’s graphic designer will report directly to the Fulton Marketing Director and will reside within the Marketing Department.  Working closely with the Marketing and Sales teams this person will be a strong advocate for creative solutions to classic business problems and needs.

 

Compensation & Benefits

Fulton offers salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package. We’re looking to hire people who are serious about beer without taking themselves too seriously. The ability to adapt to change, operate independently, work hard, and learn fast is a must.

 

Still interested? Send your resume, a URL to your portfolio, and any other reasons why you’re a good fit at Fulton to Jim Diley at hr@fultonbeer.com.

 


 

INTRODUCING THE CULTURE PROJECT!
Posted Saturday December 10, 2016

We are proud to introduce the Culture Project, a new family of Fulton beers created by mixed culture fermentation. Culture Project beers are born from multiple types of microorganisms, including Brettanomyces and acid-producing bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. Culture Project beers commonly age for several months to a year or more in oak barrels. Our production team, led by Head Brewer & co-owner Mike Salo, has spent the last two years planning, brewing, aging, tasting, and blending in preparation for the first release in the series.  

Fulton has been brewed mixed fermentation beers for two years. In 2015, we collaborated with NOLA Brewing on “Messipi”, a saison-style ale which was aged in barrels with Brettanomyces. Earlier this year, we collaborated with our neighbors at Fair State Brewing to release “Frontenac”, a sour ale aged on red wine lees which was voted “Best in Fest” at Autumn Brew Review. And we’ve been brewing an IPA that is 100% barrel-fermented and aged with brettanomyces as a taproom-exclusive beer since late 2015. The success of these beers inspired the creation of the Culture Project.

The first release in the series is a delicately tart red ale inspired by the Flemish tradition. We used pilsner malt for the base with a blend of carared, red fife wheat, crystal, & Munich malts to create a complex malt profile with a red hue, then added just enough Amarillo hops to create a subtle, fruity hop profile. A saison yeast was used for primary fermentation before the beer was transferred into oak red wine barrels & introduced to a blend of lactobacilli, pediococcus, & brettanomyces. After 12 months, the barrels were blended back into stainless and packaged. The result is a red ale with a complex acid profile and rich flavors of cherry, stone fruit, & oak. 

The Taproom release of Culture Project No. One is Thursday, December 15th. We’ll have our friends from Red Table Meats and Lone Grazer Creamery on hand to offer aged meat and cheese that we’ve selected to pair with One. As with all beers in the Culture Project series, release One will be released in small quantities of kegs and 750 mL bottles. Bottles of One will hit store shelves in the Twin Cities metro area next week. You can expect to see two more Culture Project beers in the first half of 2017. One will be a brett barrel-fermented IPA, and the other is a pale sour ale that’s been in the barrel for nearly two years. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media pages as well as this space to stay in the know about upcoming Culture Project releases -- they won't be on the shelves for long. 


 

GROG.
Posted Thursday December 8, 2016

Today we are releasing a beer called “Grog” in our taproom. This Northeast-style IPA is a tribute to Greg “Grog” Sincheff, our friend and Fulton family member who lost his long battle with depression on November 1st.

In the beer world, we often ask to “raise your glass” to toast a person or occasion. Today, we ask you to recognize that mental health and suicide are issues impacting our community, family, and friends, and “raise your glass, raise your hand.” Raise your hand if you need help. Raise your hand if you can help someone else in need. And raise your glass to Greg.

For every pint of Grog sold in the taproom, Fulton is donating $1 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Visit www.afsp.org to learn how you can help.

 


 

WE'RE HIRING! PACKAGING OPERATOR
Posted Wednesday November 30, 2016

Fulton is a Minneapolis brewery founded in 2009. We own and operate a 20 bbl brewery and taproom in downtown Minneapolis next to Target Field, and a 50,000 square foot production brewery in Northeast Minneapolis. In 2016, Fulton will produce approximately 28,000 barrels, sold mostly in the Twin Cities metro area. We’re a group of beer enthusiasts focused on brewing extraordinary beer and working to make our community a better place. Our Ful10 Fund provides loans and support to other small businesses and non-profits, and our Fulton Racing teams encourage participation in active lifestyle sports. Best of all, we get to live, work, and play in Minneapolis-St. Paul, consistently ranked as one of the top metro areas in the United States for quality of life, urban parks, education, bicycling, theater, dining, and more.

Sounds like a place you’d like to be? We are seeking a Packaging Line Operator to join our rapidly growing company. The right individual is a leader who works well with others, focuses on quality and technical excellence, loves to work and play hard, embraces opportunities for continuous learning and improvement, and is passionate about extraordinary beer.

Qualifications

  • Packaging or manufacturing experience; formal packaging education, training, certifications, or accreditation are a plus.
  • Must have the ability and aptitude to learn and perform basic electrical, mechanical, and programming troubleshooting. A working knowledge of brewing and process equipment includingHMIs and PLC equipment is a plus.
  • Must have the ability and aptitude to learn and perform skills applicable to general maintenance functions, including: mechanical, electrical, pneumatics, boiler maintenance.
  • The ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision in a collaborative and dynamic environment, while efficiently prioritizing tasks.
  • The ability to follow SOPs.
  • The ability to multi-task while keeping strong attention to detail. 
  • The ability to work with others to accomplish common goals.
  • The ability to adhere to and advances the safety and procedures.
  • The ability to read and interpret manuals, schematics, and blue prints.
  • Experience with personal protection equipment a plus.
  • The ability to operate a forklift and scissor lift, current OSHA approved training certification a plus.
  • The ability to work flexible hours.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensure all packaging equipment is set up, maintained, and operational to allow for efficient and safe packaging of quality product.
  • Operate bottling and kegging line, and perform changeovers on equipment.
  • Run CIPs to start up and shut down the lines.
  • Complete production and batch reporting as required.
  • Learn and perform QC procedures throughout a packaging run
  • Perform basic cellar operations, e.g. carbonating beer.
  • Comply with all Fulton Brewing Company policies.
  • Aid in training as necessary.
  • Communicate effectively and work well with other departments. 
  • Work towards achieving departmental goals around efficiencies and yields.
  • Attending Fulton Brewing Company events, e.g. tastings, releases, and beer festivals.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area, returning tools, equipment and supplies to the appropriate storage areas after each assignment.

 

Brewery Working Environment

The demands of the Packaging Line Operator position are very physical in nature.  The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job you will be working over, under, and around machinery in tight and cramped spaces.  You will need to be able to work in awkward positions for extended periods of time and/or standing, kneeling, and crouching for long periods of time.  You must be comfortable working at heights while standing on a ladder or in a basket.  This work environment involves indoor and outdoor activities in various temperatures and weather conditions.  The ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Employees are exposed to high levels of noise and other hazards requiring the use of personal protective equipment.

Compensation & Benefits

Fulton offers salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package. We’re looking to hire people who are serious about beer without taking themselves too seriously. The ability to adapt to change, operate independently, work hard, and learn fast is a must.

Still interested? Send your resume and any other reasons why you’re a good fit at Fulton to Jim Diley at hr@fultonbeer.com.

 


 

300 MOSAIC IPA-NOW IN CANS
Posted Monday November 14, 2016

Christmas came early this year. Minnesota's best IPA, now in 4pks of 16oz cans.

Go get em' tiger.

Fulton's 300 Mosaic IPA


 

Make it Your Standard (Lager)
Posted Thursday November 3, 2016

Bowling, bingo, bbqs, bike building...what do these all have to do with each other? Alliteration aside, they're all great occasions for sharing some beers with friends. Check the snazzy new Standard Lager video below. 

 


 

SEVEN YEARS OF FULTON
Posted Friday October 28, 2016

On October 28, 2009, the first ever pint of Sweet Child of Vine was poured at the Happy Gnome. The four of us were young, inexperienced, undercapitalized, and passionate as hell about bringing our garage brews to Minnesota’s nascent craft beer scene, and hopefully getting to quit our day jobs somewhere along the way. We didn’t know what we were doing, but we were determined to have fun figuring it out. Seven years, two breweries, and millions of pints later, we’re not quite as young, a little more experienced, and still undercapitalized – some things never change.

Another thing that hasn’t changed: We’re more passionate than ever about brewing world class beer in Minneapolis, on the front lines of an ongoing American craft beer revolution. The number of breweries in the US has tripled since 2009, and though it doesn’t always feel like it, Fulton has been around longer than 70% of them. Every month or so, another article pops up declaring this the “Golden Age of Beer." In many ways, it’s true: we get to count our beers amongst a selection that’s larger and better than ever before, and you could spend a lifetime trying them all. (Not a bad way to spend a lifetime, in our opinion).  

On the other hand, the rapidly changing beer world we live in is a turbulent one. Small breweries and even homebrew stores are getting bought up by megabrewers and big money investment groups. Some of the most established and respected craft brewers in the country are seeing their founders and long-time employees head for the exits, while others are laying people off. And there’s still a lot of bad beer, plenty of just plain boring beer, and sadly a lot of old, out-of-date beer out there. Brewers, distributors, retailers, and drinkers are faced with the impossible task of keeping pace with a seemingly ever-increasing rate of change.  

The turbulence and change is as real at Fulton as anywhere. Over the last seven years we’ve learned  at least our share of hard lessons. We’ve lost a few great employees and some family members along the way, but today the Fulton family numbers nearly 50 employees and a handful of investors who live and breathe and literally create Fulton every day. We got to quit our day jobs to work for Fulton, but the workdays are as long as ever. It’s often stressful and it’s never been easy. We’ve built business relationships and friendships with dozens of suppliers and thousands of customers and countless cool people from all walks. We’ve had more hangovers in a few years than most people do in a lifetime. Sometimes we laugh til we cry in meetings and other times the glycol chiller quit overnight and other times the bottling line wouldn’t even turn on. We’ve celebrated winning awards and we’ve wondered how we’ll make payroll by Friday and if we’ll ever know again what it feels like to not be in debt. We get to create beautiful things but we still have to do expense reports and trudge over mountains of email. Sometimes we get to go on road trips for beer festivals and sometimes we get to drink whiskey with the band. We always get to drink a beer at the end of the day if we want to. It’s exhilarating and exhausting. Seven years of life at Fulton has been seven lifetimes of living, and we’re just getting started. 


 

Libertine, Fulton Starcross, Cafe Alma and Brew-Jitsu
Posted Tuesday October 11, 2016

The Libertine on The Horizon

Our annual release of one of our oldest and most loved beers is on the horizon. By early next week Libertine will be back. Look for it in 4pks of 12oz bottles and on draft at your favorite bars, restaurants and shops.

Fulton's Libertine Imperial Red Ale

 

Cafe Alma at The Fulton Taproom

We are excited to announce the launch of a series of pop-up café’s in our taproom this month.
To kick off the series, on Friday, October 14th from 4:30–9:30pm, Matti Sprague, chef de cuisine, will serving small dishes from our soon to open Café menu. We'll have pairing suggestions to highlight Matti’s cafe offerings. On Saturday October 15th, between 5:00–9:30pm, Alma’s chef and owner Alex Roberts will join Matti in serving and most definitely will enjoy a beer with guests. This will be an opportunity to talk directly with the faces of Alma about what’s to come with the café, restaurant and hotel.  

Café Alma at the Fulton Taproom
Friday, Oct 14th - Saturday Oct 15th 
Friday Oct 21st - Saturday Oct 22nd
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Fulton & Cafe Alma

 

The Fulton Starcross

We're extremely proud to present our 3rd title sponsor cycling event of 2016: The Fulton Starcross held 11/5 & 11/6. Back-to-back days of cyclocross racing at Aquila Park hosted by All-City X Fulton Racing await you. Saturday's race is run under the lights (at night), providing a party atmosphere perfect for this year's new addition - the Fulton Beer beer garden built right into the course! Beer sales will run from 5:30 to 8:30pm on Saturday only. The race is free for spectators, so come out and enjoy a Fulton while cheering on the racers.

Register yourself on the USA Cycling page here.

Fulton Starcross

 

Fulton's Brew-Jitsu

What happens when you bring some of Jiu-Jitsu's finest to Minneapolis for a day of seminars, superfights and craft beer? Well, we'll soon find out as this is a first! But, a good time will be had, we can assure you. Tickets for both seminar spots and for the day's superfights are limited, so act now and reseve your spot here.

 


 

THE GROWLER DIES TODAY. ON MONDAY, A NEW STANDARD IS BORN.
Posted Friday September 30, 2016

DEATH OF THE GROWLER

Fulton's Death of The Growler

A EULOGY

Five years ago, in November 2011, we sold our first growler. Then-mayor of Minneapolis RT Rybak was the first cutomer, and though we don't remember for sure, odds are his growler was filled with Sweet Child of Vine. We had just helped write the Minneapolis law that allowed our city's packaging breweries to sell growlers in the first place. It was a different time in the Minnesota brewing industry. There were still only a couple dozen breweries in the state, and taprooms, though recently legalized, were not yet a thing. Fulton's taproom, which would become the first in Minneapolis, wouldn't open for another four months. 

Growlers were a very good thing -- and still are, for the breweries who can still sell them. When Fulton started selling growlers in late 2011, we'd only just begun selling Lonely Blonde and Sweet Child of Vine in bottles, and distribution was limited. And it would be a long time before other favorites like Ringer, Worthy Adversary, and Libertine were available in bottles, so for many people, picking up a growler was the main way to get their favorite Fulton.

Except for Pete and Mikey, who had just become Fulton's first two full-time employees, we were all still at our day jobs. We (and our wives and siblings and parents and aunts and uncles and friends) would come to help clean, sanitize, and fill growlers on Thursday nights, and often again on Saturday morning because we'd be almost out after Friday night. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time, and absolutely crucial to propelling Fulton's growth. Within a few months, we'd opened our taproom and quit our day jobs. 

By 2013, Fulton and some brewery friends formed the Minnesota Brewery Association, a lobbying group for packaging breweries that succeeded in raising Minnesota's "production ceiling" for breweries to be able to sell growlers from 3,500 barrels to 20,000 barrels a year. (The production ceiling that limits growler sales is in reference to a brewery's total output, not the amount of growlers they actually sell. That number is also restricted, to 500 barrels annually, and has not changed). 

The 2013 law change allowed Fulton growlers to survive a few more years, but ultimately the production ceiling killed the Fulton growler nonetheless. This year, Fulton will sell over 25,000 barrels, and even though growlers are a small percentage of that, every growler sold still matters to Fulton. Unfortunately we've exceed the state production ceiling, and after Friday, September 30th, we will no longer have a brewery off-sale license, which means no longer will you be able to buy 64 oz growlers to take home. The same goes for 750 mL bottles, too. 

Fulton is the first brewery to lose growler sales under the increased production ceiling, but likely won't be the last. Will the law ever change again? Will Fulton growlers be resurrected? How many more brewery growlers will die? Nobody knows the future for sure. 

A CELEBRATION

Don't worry. Despite our loss, we're not going to get all morose on you. We'd rather celebrate a life than mourn a death. 

You're invited join us tomorrow (Friday, September 30th) as we celebrate the growler's life and death. Eleganza will be playing on and off from 6-9pm. We have some very cool and very limited commemorative posters and t-shirts available. And of course, growlers will be for sale -- although just like the life of Fulton growlers in total, our growler supply for the final week is going away too quickly. If you'd like to buy one final growler or 750 tomorrow, get here quickly -- we will run out. 

NO FLOWERS, PLEASE

You may still return your Fulton growler to the taproom after September 30th; we will redeem you one pint token for each. Aside from the absence of growlers, our taproom will continue to operate as normal.

 

STANDARD CANS & BOTTLES HIT STREETS NEXT WEEK!

Beginning this Monday, 10/3, our brand new Standard Lager finally makes its debut in bottles and cans across the Twin Cities metro as well as central and southeast Minnesota. Standard is a full flavored, all-malt lager that's not watered down with adjuncts like rice or corn; as we like to say, it's "extraordinarily uncomplicated." It's that perfect beer for your friend who's not ready to move up to a Lonely Blonde (or a 300) yet, or for when you want something in your fridge that you and your father-in-law can both enjoy. 

The bottles are 12 oz 12 packs, and cans come in 4 packs of 16 oz pounders. Standard will hit the remainder of Minnesota in later October and November. Now you can make it a standard in your fridge.

MOTO WHAT? MOTOSOTA. THIS SATURDAY.

​It's a party. It's a bike show. It's a good time outdoors while the weather is still holding out. Pretty much anything would be more fun than raking the leaves in your backyard -- so why not turn that anything into a something that's legitimately cool, like scoping out cool motorcycles, chilling with some live music, hanging with cool people and sipping on craft beer & cocktails all the while? 

  • Norseman Distillery 451 Taft St. NE
  • Saturday, October 1, 2016, Noon - Midnight
  • Free entry | $5 for a giveaway ticket
  • Music by: DJ Fundo, Holidae, & Suzie 
  • Food Trucks: El Taco Reindo and Cafe Racer Kitchen 
  • Cocktails & Beers by Norseman Distillery and Fulton 
  • Produced by The Moto Collective & CROIG

 


 

OUR NEWEST YEAR-ROUND BEER DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 9TH
Posted Friday August 26, 2016

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