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Announcing The Fulton Taproom Kitchen
Posted Thursday September 14, 2017

We are pleased to announce a new development that is debuting at our taproom Tuesday, September 19th: the Fulton Taproom Kitchen! Those of you who have visited our taproom are probably wondering how we managed to fit a kitchen into our building. Well, we didn’t – we drove one in and parked it out front. What? How? We purchased and renovated a 30 foot 1968 Airstream Sovereign trailer into a kitchen. It’s a beautiful thing – the trailer has been gutted, restored, polished and built out as a functioning commercial kitchen. It’s not exactly a food truck, but it’s certainly not a restaurant either. It will be a permanent fixture (no, not up on blocks) in front of our North Loop brewery, in the same place where food trucks have been parking since the day we opened the taproom in 2012.

Fulton Taproom Kitchen (Airstream)

We’ve hired our longtime friend Scott Pampuch as Executive Chef. Scott has a wealth of experience, and he’s one of the flat out best cooks we know. We first met Scott—and many other friends—at the bar at Corner Table way back in 2010. We were fresh to the beer scene, and just learning about the food scene.

At their most elemental definition, cooking and brewing are the same. They are acts of combining ingredients, employing heat, and enacting chemical changes to create something different and more pleasurable. Quality of raw materials is paramount, as is process and technique. Masters of these crafts are adept in the fields of chemistry, biology, and agriculture. Recipe and tools and equipment are important too, though somewhat less so than people might think.

Scott Pampuch Executive Chef

Like beer, the best food experiences are spent in the company of others; the best food and the best beers makes that company that much more enjoyable. And our food menu, like our beer, is based on creating the best recipes from simple, quality ingredients.

Fulton Kitchen Food Items


 

NOW HIRING: Packaging Line Operator
Posted Wednesday September 13, 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; our Fulton Racing teams encourage participation in active lifestyle sports; our nearby Fulton Hopyard is a showcase for our commitment to brewing with local and sustainable ingredients. 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 including HMI’s 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 multitask 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 at recruiting@fultonbeer.com .

Fulton Brewing, Minneapolis Minnesota


 

There's Only One Lonely Blonde
Posted Saturday August 19, 2017

In late spring of 2010, there were exactly zero blonde ales being brewed and distributed in Minnesota. We had just launched with Sweet Child of Vine in late 2009, and didn’t have the capacity to brew a second beer just yet. For over a year, we had been homebrewing and refining a recipe for an ale that was light in color and hopped with German noble varieties. The malt bill – consisting of 2 Row and a little Caramel 10 and White Wheat – was dialed in quickly, but the hops varieties took much longer. We iterated through 18 different versions of the recipe before landing on a flavor/aroma combination of Tettnanger and Mittelfreuh which has carried through to the present day. Brewing 5 or 10 gallons of each of those versions meant we had significant quantities of homebrewed Blonde to drink through. But it always seemed to disappear—quickly. We finally wrapped our minds around the idea that this could be Fulton’s next year-round beer.

Fulton Lonely Blonde pouring draft

As the only locally produced beer of the style, the name “Lonely Blonde” was a natural fit. To this day, we have internal disagreements on who came up with the name, and there are even a few apocryphal name-origin stories that circulate within the brewery from time to time. (The lesson? If you think you have a clever idea, create detailed documentation so you can prove your friends and business partners wrong over beers later on).

By the time we released Lonely Blonde, we were confident we had created a very good beer, but we were less sure of the reception it would receive. At that time, the Minnesota craft beer market was a different place. There were only about 15 breweries in the state (compared to over 150 today); the first taproom wouldn’t open for almost another two years. Craft beer in Minnesota was mostly about big, hoppy IPAs and extreme stouts. We had no idea if anyone would drink a Blonde Ale; maybe we’d even get made fun of for making a “light beer” (which, for the record, Lonely Blonde is not).

Fulton Lonely Blonde 12pks

As would be the case so many more times over the next seven years, we were wrong. Lonely Blonde rolled out on draft to a handful of bars and restaurants, and then a handful more. And then a few more and more. Most people thought it was just a summer seasonal at first (it wasn’t), and the volume was far behind Sweet Child of Vine, which had far exceeded our expectations out of the gate and was growing leaps and bounds. Nonetheless, Lonely Blonde kept selling more and more every month, and five years later, it quietly overtook Sweet Child of Vine as Fulton’s number one beer. Today, one of every two Fulton beers consumed is a Lonely Blonde. We were honored to receive a Bronze Medal at the Great American Beer Fest in 2015, and are even more proud of the number of times we’ve been told that Lonely Blonde is “my favorite beer.”

So, maybe Lonely Blonde isn’t so Lonely anymore – but who said that’s a bad thing? 

Fulton Lonely Blonde Half Barrels


 

Fulton Moves Into Kansas
Posted Tuesday August 15, 2017

Whew! What a year it's been. In the spring we announced our joining forces with Artisanal Imports as a partner in our expansion into new markets. And, in the lead up to our first new market launch with them, we've been extra busy diligently refining our beer lineup, adding and subtracting to make sure that we're serving up the very best both here in MN and beyond. With that said, we're launching Fulton in a number of Kansas cities this week with Lonely Blonde, Sweet Child of Vine, 300, Standard and PIŁS. Look for Fulton in cans and on draft at your favorite KS bars, restaurants and stores starting now.

This week's launch itinerary:

MONDAY:

  • KC- Barley's Kitchen & Taps, 4pm
  • Wichita- Goebel Liquor, 4-6pm
  • Wichita- The Stop, 6:30
  • Lawrence- Gaslight Gardens, 6pm

TUESDAY:

  • KC- The Other Place, 5pm
  • Wichita- R&J Liquour, 4-6pm
  • Wichita- Public at the Brickyard, 6:30
  • Lawrence- Cork & Barrel 23rd, 4-6pm
  • Lawrence- Merchants Pub & Plate, 4pm

WEDNESDAY:

  • KC- Burg & Barrel, 6pm
  • KC- The Bar in Mission, 5pm
  • Lawrence- Burger Stand, 6pm
  • Topeka- Devlin Liquor Store, 4-6pm
  • Topeka- Blackbird Bistro, 6pm
  • Wichita- Jacobs Liquor, 4-6pm
  • Wichita- Dempsey's Burger Pub, 6:30pm

Fulton Beer in Kansas


 

Join the Fulton team as a Packaging Assistant
Posted Monday August 7, 2017

Fulton Beer – Packaging Assistant

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 produced approximately 26,000 barrels, sold across a five state distribution footprint. 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 Assistant 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

  • 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 multitask 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.
  • 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

  • Palletize cases of bottles, kegs, and cans according to the system used on each line.
  • Label, wrap, record, and warehouse the pallets of finished beer.
  • Stage packaging materials for the packaging operations.
  • Clean the packaging areas throughout the day and at the end of each run.
  • When time provides, assist Fulton’s logistics team with order preparation and warehouse duties.
  • Comply with all Fulton Brewing Company policies.
  • 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 Assistant 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 a 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 at recruiting@fultonbeer.com

Fulton Sweet Child of Vine IPA

 

 


 

Sweet Child of Vine: Past, Present, and Future
Posted Wednesday July 26, 2017

Once in a while, you get lucky. In the summer of 2009, the four of us were busily creating and perfecting recipes on a custom-built homebrew system (that is: made of a chopped up & welded together bed frame and 3 “retired” ½ bbl kegs) in a Fulton neighborhood garage. Earlier that year, we had embarked on the path of starting our brewery, and by then we had several recipes that were in consideration for release at our planned launch date later that year. Our favorite was a classic pale ale brewed with Cascade and Perle hops, and we also had a blonde ale that was showing promise after nearly twenty iterations on the homebrew system (if you hadn’t guessed by now, they would later become The Ringer and Lonely Blonde). In particular, we loved our pale ale and thought it was “the one.” It was balanced, clean, and bright; we thought it was perfect. But on every one of our early sales calls, bartenders and managers asked if we made an IPA.

In hindsight, it seems like an obvious question, but even just eight years ago, IPAs weren’t quite the big deal they are in 2017. In fact, we had been working on an IPA, but at that time, we’d only brewed our current recipe twice. And the recipe was a bit unusual. Though far from being an edgy, over-the-top IPA of the ilk that was exploding on the West Coast at the time, ours wasn’t exactly conventional either; the recipe was an unusual convergence of American IPA ingredients with English-style balance. It featured two relatively new or obscure hops, Simcoe and Glacier, along with a malt bill consisting of a healthy dose of White Wheat and Caramel 60. We weren’t sure what people would think of it, but we started bringing bottles of a homebrewed IPA we called  “Sweet Child of Vine” on our sales calls.

Fulton Sweet Child of Vine IPA
               
We’re glad they asked. Every bar we sampled Sweet Child at agreed to put it on tap as soon as we could supply it, which was still several months away. We went from wondering which of our beers people would even like, to wondering how we were going to even meet demand. We launched Sweet Child of Vine as Fulton’s sole beer in October 2009 and didn’t release another year-round beer for another 8 months. Initially, we had to limit our distribution to keep up with demand. Sweet Child was initially available draft only to just 7 bars. Soon we added another 9, then we upped it to 25, then 35, then 50. It was two full years before we had the capacity to release Sweet Child (or anything else) in bottles. What had started out as a homebrewing recipe brewed for our own enjoyment had quickly blossomed into one of the hottest new beers around.

But we had a lot to learn, and our first big lesson was just around the corner. Early in 2010, we called our hops supplier to order a few boxes of Simcoe for our next few weeks production. “We’re out of Simcoe,” came the answer. “Ok, when will you have it back?” Ryan asked, expecting it to be available again in a few days or maybe a week or two. “Three years.”

So that’s how learned about hops contracts. As it turned out, Simcoe was one of the Next. Big. Hops. As a brand new startup, we weren’t prepared in the least for that answer, but we adapted. Less than six months after we sold our first pint of Sweet Child, we had to replace Simcoe in the recipe with something else. We tried a few substitutions, and landed on CTZ (Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus) as our replacement for the foreseeable future. In relatively quick order, the Sweet Child of Vine we all knew and loved became a CTZ beer, not a Simcoe beer—and a great one, at that. As a result, for most of Sweet Child of Vine’s history as a commercially available beer, CTZ, not Simcoe, has been the signature hop variety alongside Glacier.

Fulton Sweet Child of Vine IPA

But those of us who recalled its original formulation with Simcoe…missed it. We wanted to bring Simcoe back, someday. But the bigger the beer became, the more unlikely it seemed that we ever would be able to source enough of the hop variety that was simultaneously exploding in popularity.

Finally, in late 2016, we managed to procure enough Simcoe to revisit and revise the Sweet Child of Vine recipe. In the intervening months, our brew crew has been methodically tweaking the Sweet Child recipe to add Simcoe back into the recipe. At the same time, we subtly dialed back the proportion of Caramel malt in the recipe. The result? Sweet Child of Vine is still the balanced, approachable IPA that you’ve come to know, love, and rely upon…yet it’s not identical to what you remember, either. The toned-down Caramel malt profile melds nicely with a slightly drier mouthfeel, highlighting the mellower but fruitier character of the Simcoe hops. Sweet Child of Vine still drinks magnificently on its own, and pairs with almost any food you can throw at it: from red meat to tropical fruit desserts. In our (extremely biased) opinion, Sweet Child is one of the most versatile and all-out enjoyable IPAs on the market today. Next time you see it, grab a pint, 4-pack, 6-pack, or 12-pack and let us know what you think. 

Fulton Sweet Child of Vine IPA


 

Fulton Brewing at the MN State Fair
Posted Wednesday July 12, 2017

Ahhhhhhh...the great Minnesota get-together. Each year Minnesotans have the nearly 2 weeks of fair to mark their summer's end. With rides, agricultural attractions, live entertainment and some of the wackiest "on a stick" food options known to man, it's easy to find yourself spending a day (and some serious $$$) at the Fair. For those making a day of it and looking for some refreshment Fulton-style, we've devised this handy map to get you headed in the right direction.

See you at the Fair!

Fulton Brewing at the MN State Fair


 

Fulton at Chef Camp
Posted Monday July 10, 2017

Ahead of next week's heat wave, we've teamed up with our buddies at Bittercube to bring you the Mosaic Radler, a most refreshing summer beer cocktail based around our 300 Mosaic IPA. And, speaking of teaming up we'll be back again at Chef Camp, a Northwoods culinary adventure this September. Join us at camp for chef-led cooking classes taught over the fire, classic summer camp activities (canoeing, archery, crafts), epic meals under the stars and small-group beer workshops taught by our Fulton team.

Right now Chef Camp has a special deal for fans of Fulton. Click here or use code "FULTON2017" for discounts of more than 10 percent on tickets to Chef Camp's September 8-10 session. 
For more information, visit chefcampmn.com or come down to the Fulton taproom on Wednesday, July 12 from 5:30-7:30 where the Chef Camp team will be hosting a meetup and answering questions. First 10 people to come say hi will get a free Chef Camp tshirt! 
See you at camp!
 

 


 

FULTON at TARGET FIELD
Posted Wednesday June 21, 2017

Picture yourself headed to a Twins game with your friends or family. Maybe you take the LRT into the North Loop and you find yourself with some time to kill. So, being the beer-loving person you are you pop on by the Fulton Taproom to soak up some pre-game suds. On your way out you say to yourself, "Geez, sure wish I could keep these Fultons flowing at the game". Well, faithful Fulton supporter, we're here to tell you that you can. The map below puts you on the path to keeping the Fulton flowing at Target Field.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. 

 

See you at the game!

Fulton at Target Field (Twins Stadium)


 

STRETCH OUT YOUR WEEKEND WITH FULTON
Posted Wednesday June 21, 2017

72 Stretch, our Gose-Style Ale is back. What's better than that? We've made our most summery beer a bit more mobile by putting it in tallboys. Now you can take some with on whatever adventure you're planning. This weekend we're headed South and North on adventures of our own and taking 72 Stretch with us.

Fulton 72 Stretch Gose-Style Ale

FRIDAY:

On the North Shore? Swing up to Lutsen Mountains from 4-8. We'll be pouring samples of 72 Stretch, Hopstar, Pils, and other Fultons at our tent outside of Papa Charlies as part of the Lutsen 99er kickoff party.

SATURDAY (&Friday):

We're at Mankato's Solstice Outdoor Music Festival both days serving up Sweet Child of Vine, Lonely Blonde and 72 Stretch. Maybe on Saturday you're jumping on a tube and floating in the Mankato Monster Float? If so, catch us that morning sampling 72 Stretch around 11.

SUNDAY:

A year ago we worked with our good friends at FMRRahr, and Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop to release 72 Stretch as a taproom-only beer. We chose the name as an nod to the 72 mile stretch that constitutes the Mississippi River National Park. This year BMFS put together one of the more enjoyable (and ambitious!) fishing contests we've seen and we're happy to host their award ceremony in the Fulton Taproom. Not big on fishing? Not a problem. We'll be releasing 72 Stretch for the first time in the cities back in the taproom where it debuted in 2016.

Fulton 72 Stretch Gose-Style Ale