The PTO days have been approved, the year-end parties scheduled, and maybe, just maybe, there is a tray of holiday cookies in the oven. We're winding down another crazy, incredible year here at Fulton and as we look back we're pausing for a moment to make sure folks know we're going out in style this year.
Tanager, our barrel-fermented Brett IPA is out now. "Wait, it's been out all year", you might say. Well, yes, you're correct. But what's so special about this release is that Tanager has finally graduated from taproom-only and into the big time with our other packaged product. Now you can get your hands on our most complex IPA to date in the perfect holiday party size of 750ml. Cheers to that!
In the never-ending quest to fill our cupboards with more branded glassware (JOKES!), we're excited to introduce a brand new assortment of pint glasses featuring some of your favorite Fulton mainstays. What's better is that we paid extra attention to packing them up in style just for you and in time for gift-giving season. You can pick up a 4pk at the taproom or online now.
And last (call) but not least, in the spirit of procrastination, we present to you "LAST CALL". It's the local maker market that you didn't know you needed till it was almost too late (hence the name). With dozens of artisans and vendors, food from our buddy Chef Yia Vang at Union Kitchen and of course, Fulton Beer. It's all going down at the Food Building 12/22 & 12/23. Brought to you by our old friends at Bitter Buffalo.
War & Peace: it’s the beer that needs no introduction, but it gets one anyway. Our imperial coffee stout grew from a humble beginning in 2010. That year, we pulled four firkins from our first-ever tank of Worthy Adversary Russian Imperial Stout, and infused each one with a half-pound of whole bean Peace Coffee Guatemalan Dark Roast. Combining a rich, roasty imperial stout with the bittersweet notes of dark roast coffee seemed like a can’t miss proposition, but the first time we tapped a cask, it was even better than we hoped. The casks were gone all too soon, so we randallized a few of the remaining kegs of Worthy Adversary with the same Peace Coffee Beans. (For those not familiar, a “randall” is essentially a filter filled with an infusion agent – often whole-leaf hops, but in this case, coffee beans—placed inline between a keg and the draft tower). Once again, we were blown away by how good the combination was. We decided it had to come back, not just as an offshoot but as its own beer in our lineup.
What makes War & Peace special? It isn’t just a stout with coffee added; it’s an entirely new beer. All aspects of the beer are transformed by the coffee. The dark roast aroma leaps from the glass. The acidity of the coffee provides a counterbalance to the sweetness of the 9.5% stout, while the subtler notes of the beans round off the roasty character that roasted barley, Midnight Wheat, and chocolate malt contribute to the beer. The head is darker and creamier; even the mouthfeel is richer.
War & Peace has become Fulton’s most beloved seasonal release, and this week, it’s available in our taproom, on draft in bars and restaurants, and in bottles. If you take home a four-pack, we suggest drinking it sooner than later. While an imperial stout such as Worthy Adversary will age very well, the delicate coffee oils in War & Peace subside relatively quickly. The beer will still evolve and be enjoyable as it ages, but the coffee character will be diminished.
Fulton has made it's way into the nominations for Growler Magazine's Kind Of A Big Deal awards for 2017! And, not once, not twice, but 3 times! We've got Lonely Blonde in the American Blonde Ale category, 300 is representing in the IPA category, and our newest year-round beer HOPSTAR, is in the mix for Session Beer. So Fulton supporters, we're asking you to click on over to The Growler's voting page and show us a little love. Voting ends November 13th, so don't miss the chance to cast a vote for your favorite (Fulton, wink wink) beers.
Want to race in the dark?
If you find that question even mildly relevant to you, then we think you might want to read ahead. This weekend we're headed to Crystal and taking over the park at Lions Valley Place Park. Meet us for day and night racing, hijinx and a free Saturday night beer garden. Yeah. We typed that right. (21+, bring your ID)
Back-to-back days of cyclocross racing hosted by All-City X Fulton Racing. We'll do what we did last year and make some pretty big changes to the course from day 1 to day 2. Saturday's racing begins at 3:30pm with most fields run under the lights, providing a party atmosphere perfect for the FREE Fulton Beer beer garden built right into the course! Beer will be served from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday only. Bring ID, you'll definitely get carded regardless of age. The race is free for spectators, so come out and enjoy a Fulton while cheering on the racers. Sunday's racing begins at 10am and follows the normal MCF Cyclocross Rider of the Year schedule. Both days feature free kids races (4:30pm Saturday, Noon on Sunday).
Racing is open to all skill levels, even those who have never raced before. New for this year, all one-day USA Cycling licenses for beginners are FREE thanks to race sponsor Subaru. If you're new to 'cross and need some advice about which category to choose or what to expect, email email@example.com and we'll get you started down the correct path.
On November 1st, 2016, Fulton lost one of our family members, Greg Sincheff, to depression. Greg’s loss was felt by everyone in our company, from those who had just met him to friends he worked alongside and had known for half of his life. To honor Greg’s memory, we released a Northeast-style IPA titled “Grog”, which was his nickname. $1 from each pint of Grog sold at the taproom was donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
A year later, the beer first known as Grog is returning under a new name, “Specter.” The word Specter is defined as “a visible incorporeal spirit; ghost; phantom; or apparition.” The name is intended to continue honoring Greg’s memory. He is no longer here with us in the flesh, but we want his spirit to remain visible. This beer is one way for us to remember him. It is also an opportunity to bring visibility and awareness to suicide prevention. We will continue to do so each year this beer appears, by donating $1 for every pint sold at the taproom to the AFSP, and also by opening a dialogue on mental health issues which are all too often invisible.
The artwork on the can is inspired by the “Sugar Skull” commonly associated with the “The Day of the Dead,” a holiday observed each year on November 1st. It is a time traditionally set aside to honor loved ones who have died. Fulton first used the Sugar Skull image in our taproom in September 2016, to commemorate the Death of the Growler. We have brought back the Sugar Skull for Specter, as the day of Greg’s death coincides with this day of remembrance of the dead.
Specter will be available in 4pks of 16oz cans and on draft beginning Monday 10/16.
And so, we ended up across the table with some folks from Jameson before open time one day in the taproom. We had seen their Caskmates Whiskey on shelves in stores and bars we visited regularly. And being no stranger to whiskey ourselves, we'd been poured our fair share of shots alongside our own beers more times than we can count. Now we were talking about collaborating and trying our darndest to play it cool. Fast forward 5 months and we're on the doorstep of an incredible partnership we're excited to share with you.
The Jameson Drinking Buddies program is comprised of 16 breweries across the country and is focused on bringing together and highlighting the communities represented by each of the breweries' hometowns. When we heard them explain how much of the program centered around activating each of these 16 areas with fun events, special incentives, and hyper-limited collaborative beers we more or less said: "sign us up" right then and there. Being a partner also gives us the opportunity to make some new friends in New York next month (which happens to be one of Fulton's next new markets!) at the "Love Thy Neighborhood Brewery Fest".
In the days ahead we'll be releasing information on how, when, and where to get some of our super special "Whiskey, War & Peace", an Imperial Coffee Stout aged in Jameson Barrels (duh). In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled at your favorite liquor stores for incredible Jameson + Fulton Mail-In-Rebates and at bars for great Drinking Buddies deals. For those out east, come see us 10/14 in Brooklyn!
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.
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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).
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?
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: