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OUR NEWEST BEER REVEALED -- AND WHERE TO GET IT FIRST.
Posted Monday May 1, 2017

INTRODUCING HOPSTAR SESSION IPA

Hopstar is all juicy hop flavor and no lingering bitterness. Twice dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo and left intentionally hazy, Hopstar punches in at just 4.9% ABV, making it your perfect warm weather IPA companion. Hopstar will be available on draft and in cans throughout Fulton's distribution footprint in May and June. Join us at the Whole Hog Feast this Friday night -- and of course at the Fulton Gran Fondo block party on Saturday -- to be among the first to try it.

FULTON GRAN FONDO IS JUST A WEEK AWAY

Fulton & Chef Camp go "Whole Hog" (a pre-fondo feast)

Join us for a feast on Friday night (5/5) at our NE brewery, featuring Chef Camp Chefs Erik Sather of Lowry Hill Meats and Yia Vang of Union Kitchen. Sather will be cooking up a whole hog (from Tangletown Gardens) porchetta-style and Vang will be slow roasting veggies over the fire. Join us for an epic meal, North Mallow s'mores bar, fun camp activities and of course, a couple of beers -- including Hopstar.

Tickets are just $20, and can be purchased ahead of time here. No need to be a Fondo rider to participate.

RIDE OR PARTY (OR BOTH?)

The Fulton Gran Fondo

SATURDAY MORNING: RIDE

Join us at the 4th annual Fulton Gran Fondo for bikes, bands, and beers. The ride departs in the morning from the Fulton Production Brewery in NE Minneapolis. This year, we're again offering the 100 mile "Gran" as well as a 40 mile "Medio" Fondo. Start times are 9:00 AM for the Gran Fondo, and 11:00 AM for the Medio Fondo.

Enjoy riding, but never ridden in an organized ride before? The Medio might be the perfect fit for you. 40 miles isn't too far, and there's a rest stop at the halfway point teeming with goodies from 10 --count 'em -- local food and beverage companies. More on that here

The Fulton Gran Fondo (Block party!)

SATURDAY AFTERNOON: PARTY

Whether or not you're riding the  Fondo, there's enough beer and fun for everyone at the block party. The party starts at 1 and is free to attend. We've got more music, more food, our growing Fulton Partner Market and nearly an endless amount of beer. Grab your friend, roomie, sibling...whomever, and get on over to our NE production brewery at 1pm. 

 

A very special thank you to North Memorial Health for sponsoring the 2017 Fulton Gran Fondo.

The outlook is good

Yep, it's perfect bike riding and block party weather this weekend. See you soon! Oh, and be on the lookout for Sasquatch.


 

Summer Positions at Fulton Beer
Posted Wednesday April 26, 2017

With summer around the corner (we know, wishful thinking on a day like today) we're looking to augment our current staff with some additional helping hands at our production facility and HQ. Check out the opportunity below and email hr@fultonbeer.com for more. 

 

Summer Marketing Events Intern

Fulton Beer is hiring an energetic, talented, self-motivated individual for a summer internship that will support the marketing team to deliver on the needs of our brand. This position works collaboratively across the marketing, sales, and operations departments to provide support for market events, tracking and reporting of marketing activities, and day to day administrative support.

 

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate has a keen interest in marketing and possesses the basic knowledge of marketing principles through coursework or prior work experience.

  • Rising Junior or Senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or related field
  • Interest in the craft beer industry
  • Night and weekend availability
  • Excellent attention to details with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task with excellent follow-through and task completion
  • Strong oral and written communications skills and sense of humor
  • Strong team player, ability to work with diverse cross-functional teams
  • Creative problem solver; able to work independently to produce quality results
  • Thrives in fast-paced environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • GPA 3.0 or higher.
  • Twenty one years of age or older
  • Maintain a valid driver's license
  • Has own laptop computer
  • Be in physical condition to repeatedly lift 35 lbs or more from the floor to a height of 48 inches above the ground, and maneuver 175 lb kegs.

 

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

 


 

NOW HIRING: 2ND SHIFT CELLARMAN
Posted Thursday April 20, 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 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 2nd Shift Cellarman 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

  • Preferred 2 years of experience at a production brewery. Formal brewing education, training, certifications, or accreditation are a plus.
  • A working knowledge of brewing/process equipment including: malt milling equipment, brewhouse equipment, and cellar equipment.
  • Must have the ability and aptitude to learn and perform basic electrical, mechanical, and programming troubleshooting.
  • Skills applicable to general maintenance functions, including mechanical, electrical, pneumatics, and boiler maintenance are a plus.
  • The ability to operate a fork lift and scissor lift; current training certification is a plus.
  • The ability to read and interpret manuals, schematics, and blue prints.
  • The ability to work flexible hours, especially evenings.
  • The ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision in a collaborative and dynamic environment, while efficiently prioritizing tasks.

Primary Responsibilities

Cellaring

  • Develop, maintain, and follow cellaring process and procedures to ensure the quality of Fulton’s products. 
  • Conditioning and carbonating finished beer to specified levels.
  • Centrifuge finished beer: set up, sanitize, operate, and CIP the centrifuge.
  • Clean (CIP), purge, and sanitize fermentation and brite beer tanks after centrifuging and packaging.
  • General cleaning of fermentation cellar area and equipment.
  • Yeast management, harvesting, and pitching.
  • Execute all dry hop related processes. 
  • Monitor fermentation progress by taking gravity & pH readings.

Brewhouse Assistance

  • Assist brewing staff with tasks including:
    • Staging and setting up malt bags and totes
    • Milling grain
    • Preparing hop additions
    • General brewhouse cleaning
  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for production processes

Other

  • Record production and batch/lot data using log sheet and Orchestrated Beer as required.
  • Assist Plant Maintenance Staff troubleshooting and occasional maintenance tasks
  • Identify opportunities for operational improvement

Brewery Working Environment

The demands of the Cellarman 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 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 recruiting@fultonbeer.com.

 


 

CULTURE PROJECT #2 AVAILABLE NOW
Posted Wednesday April 12, 2017

How do you build character in a beer?

That's a pretty big question depending on who you ask (and can be answered in both long and short form). For us at Fulton the answer takes many forms, too. We introduced our new Mixed-Culture Fermentation series aptly titled "Culture Project' earlier this year as a segment of our beer portfolio with an ever-changing set of characteristics. Each release in this series undergoes primary fermentation in stainless with Sacchraromyces, but it's what comes next that builds character. For Culture Two, we introduced a blend of Brettanomyces, Pediococcus and Lactic Acid Bacteria and aged it in oak for nearly 2 years. This week we're happily seeing our 2nd release of this series show up on shelves at finer bottle shops around the metro. It's an exceedingly dry, golden-colored ale that wears a gentle acidity. With hints of oak, citrus and wine this might be our most complex beer to date. We urge you to grab a bottle for a special dinner or occasion, as each beer in this series seems almost destined for food pairings.

Fulton's Culture Two

Fulton's Culture Project #2 (draft)

 


 

Fulton Gran Fondo & Friday Feast
Posted Monday April 10, 2017

With each new spring season that arrives, so comes the intense internal planning we subject ourselves to for our annual Fulton Gran Fondo event. And though on a day like today it doesn't feel so spring-like, nevertheless we've been as busy as ever trying to pour as much fun into one day as possible. That said, we realized that one (day) wasn't going to be enough this year. That's why we've added a whole new event the night before Fondo. For riders of the following day's 50 and 100 mile rides thinking "oh great, a spaghetti dinner", just throw that notion out the window. We've teamed up with our good friends and partners at Chef Camp to put together a Whole Hog Feast. Chef Camp chefs Erik Sather and Yia Vang will be harnessing the flame and dishing up a hearty whole-hog feast fit for a king (or someone biking 100 miles). And since we've introduced a whole new night we thought why not introduce a brand new beer we're calling "HOPSTAR". It's a hazy, crushable, hop-punch to your taste buds and comes out in cans just in time for the kick-off of summer.

Gates open at 4 for Fondo Packet Pickup and for a Happy Hour.

Food service begins at 5pm and runs till 8pm.

Live music at 8pm.

Event ends at 9pm.

Grab your ticket ahead of time to insure your spot (and by which, we mean dinner).

Fulton Gran Fondo

Want to ride with us on May 6th? Registration is still only $54.95 through 4/30. 

Fulton Gran Fondo Friday Whole Hog Feast

Tickets for Friday's Whole Hog feast are limited. Beer, however, is not (we've got plenty).

 


 

INSURRECTION IS BACK. PLUS, TWO NEW MUSIC SERIES IN THE TAPROOM
Posted Wednesday March 15, 2017

HOP UPRISING: INSURRECTION RETURNS

I scream, you scream, we all scream for IIPAs (and also for ice cream, at times). Insurrection, our Imperial IPA, has made its annual return to our beer lineup. Many Fulton loyalists hail this appearance as one of their favorite beer releases of the year. If you’ve not had Insurrection before, hunt it down. Insurrection is the burliest IPA we brew, clocking in at 9.5% ABV and 95 IBU. Every bottle is overflowing with exotic hops, showcasing the distinct white grape and tropical fruit notes of the elusive New Zealand-grown Nelson Sauvin variety. Thanks to New Zealand’s unique growing conditions and limited acreage, Nelsons are one of the rarest and most sought after hop variety in the world. As a result, we are only able to obtain one shipment of these each year, most of which goes into a single batch of Insurrection. This year’s batch is on the street now, but it won’t hang around for long. Find a 4-pack of 12 oz bottles at a liquor store near you, or swing by the taproom for a pour. It will also be making brief draft appearances at better beer bars and restaurants around town throughout the month of March.

Insurrection Imperial IPA

SUNDAY MUSIC SERIES & VINYL THURSDAYS IN THE TAPROOM

In recent months, we’ve added two popular weekly music features to our taproom. The new feature is Record on Draft, our weekly vinyl night. Our taproom crew will be spinning records for your enjoyment all evening, and better yet, if you bring one of your own to play, we’ll give you a free pint for contributing to the party.

Fulton Taproom's Weekly Vinyl Night

Meanwhile, our popular Sunday Music Series has returned. A rotating series of live local acts are stopping by for one to three week residencies, keeping your music variety as fresh and interesting as our draft lineup. It’s free, fun, family friendly, and live from 3-5 every Sunday. Check out our taproom events calendar for a list of upcoming acts.

Fulton Taproom's Sunday Music Series

 

 

 


 

WE'RE INCREASING CAPACITY, DISTRIBUTION, AND FUN.
Posted Friday February 17, 2017

Fulton Beer and Artisanal Imports are pleased to announce a new sales partnership. Over the
remainder of 2017, we will be working together to expand distribution of Fulton beers to Illinois,
Indiana, Ohio, Florida, and New York, with additional markets in planning for 2018 and beyond.
The partnership comes as Fulton installs a new canning line and fermentation tanks, increasing
its annual capacity to 45,000 barrels.

As Fulton expands beyond the Upper Midwest, it faces a beer market that is hyper-local and
more competitive than ever. Enter Artisanal Imports. Artisanal has been selling some of the
finest beers in the world throughout the United States since before craft beer was cool, without
the advantage of being the local supplier. Artisanal’s management and sales team are
passionate about extraordinary beer and deeply respected within the industry. They measure
many of their customer relationships in decades. Under the new partnership, Artisanal will
provide direct account representation, market management, and distributor engagement.
Fulton will supply additional sales, strategy, and marketing support.

The professional partnership is built on longstanding personal relationships. Artisanal cofounder
Lanny Hoff was one of the first individuals the Fulton founders met in the industry. In
1993, Lanny hired Corey Shovein into the industry at All Saints Brands, an early pioneer of highend
beer sales. By 2009, Corey was managing On-Premise Craft sales at Fulton’s first wholesaler,
Hohenstein’s Distributing. Seven years later, Corey joined Fulton as National Sales Director, and
today, Lanny and Corey have reunited as Artisanal and Fulton join together in growing a broader
national presence.

Artisanal Imports Distribution expansion


 

PATIENCE + COGNAC BARRELS. GRAN FONDO PRE-REG NOW OPEN. AND MORE!
Posted Wednesday February 8, 2017

COGNAC BARREL-AGED PATIENCE BARLEYWINE. YUM.

Barrel Aged Patience

Well-studied Fulton fans are familiar with Patience, our barleywine that makes occasional appearances in our taproom, at festivals, and in bottles. Those of you keeping score at home may have correctly noted that it's been a couple years since a bottled vintage has been available. Fear not, we haven't lost our Patience (pun fully intended). Instead, our most recent batch has been aging quietly at our NE Minneapolis brewery. In Cognac barrels. For over a year. And was then bottled at barrel strength. 

"That seems a bit much," you may be thinking. And you'd be right. It's simultaneously the biggest (by ABV) and smallest (by quantity) bottle release we've ever done. And while this already big barleywine just got bigger and bolder in the barrels, it's a beautiful thing. Pop open a bottle (with a few friends, ideally) and you'll be greeted with a big whiff of brandy, after which you'll enjoy a rich, oak-infused pour redolent with date and raisin notes. 

Bottles are hitting liquor store shelves this week, but won't be around long, so pick one up while you can. We're also tapping one of only a handful of kegs that will be available tonight at the taproom.

FULTON GRAN FONDO PRE-REGISTRATION EVENT TONIGHT!

The Fulton Gran Fondo, May 6th 2017

Sure, the temp dipped below zero last night. On the other hand, the days are already getting lighter, and we're now less than 90 days away from the 2017 Fulton Gran Fondo! Now in its 4th year, the Fondo is setting up to be more fun than ever. In addition to the full 100 mile route, we're bringing back the mid-length (approximately 50 mile) Medio route, making the block party bigger than ever, releasing an all-new beer (shhh! details not ready to share yet), and adding a little Friday night pre-party. Too much fun to miss.

Come in and pre-register for the ride for just $39.95 from 5-8 tonight (or either of the next two Wednesdays) at the taproom and we'll pour you a complimentary beer of your choosing. Plus, take a turn at a head-to-head trainer race, brought to you by our partners at Kinetic.

Can't make it by the taproom? Earlybird registration is also open now on the Fondo website. Registration is $39.95 from now through February 28th--a $15 savings.

FULTON GRAN FONDO JERSEYS AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME

Fulton Gran Fondo Limited Edition Jersey

Oh, we almost forgot to mention: this year we're also offering a custom Fulton Gran Fondo bike jersey. Available for pre-order through early March, these Twin Six-designed beauties are a steal at just $75, this month only. Order yours over at the Fulton Gran Fondo website. Price goes up to $85 on March 1, and quantities are limited.

WINTERFEST TIX STILL AVAILABLE!

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild

One of the longest-running and finest beer fests in the state, Winterfest, is just over two weeks away. Alongside nearly 100 other Minnesota breweries, we'll be pouring some of our rarest offerings at this high-class event. Your $75 ticket gets you in the door to unlimited samples, upscale catered food, and a chill ambiance unlike any other beer fest. For the first time, this year Winterfest is being held next door to our taproom in the Delta Sky360 Club at Target Field. There are a few tickets left, so if this sounds like your vibe, hit up the ticket site here before they're gone.


 

We're Hiring: Sales Representative
Posted Monday February 6, 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 2017, Fulton will produce over 30,000 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 Sales Representative 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

A Fulton Sales Representative is one of Fulton’s front line employees and critical to its overall success. In an increasingly competitive market being knowledgeable of the beer industry, an effective communicator and a great salesperson is paramount to our success.

Qualifications

Fulton’s Sales Representatives must be knowledgeable of the beer industry, outgoing, engaging, and able to use critical thinking skills to solve problems. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the following essential duties satisfactorily:

  • A strong knowledge of the craft brewing industry and its retail consumers.
  • The ability to work flexible schedule, including the ability to work some weekends. This is not a typical nine to five job, but at times, a ten to ten job.
  • An excellent knowledge of Fulton’s brands and history.
  • Live in the greater Twin Cities Metro area.
  • The ability to complete self-start tasks and complete with limited direction.
  • The ability to multitask and problem solve.
  • The ability and desire to speak in front of large groups
  • Reliable car and be able to travel, clean DMV record.
  • Preferred applicants will have:
    • A minimum of three years key account experience with the majority of the experience in the beer industry;
    • Experience with sales data, writing, reporting, and analysis;
    • Experience with VIP sales data and /CRM software preferred; and
    • Familiarity with and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point).

Primary Responsibilities

The workload of this position on any given day will need to be carefully managed and balance in priority from the immediate to long-term goals.  The primary responsibilities of this position include:

General

  • Supporting Fulton Brewing and abide by the Fulton Manifesto.
  • Presenting, confidently, sale information to accounts and wholesaler.
  • Presenting the entire Fulton portfolio with a goal of driving tangible results of all company and team initiatives within assigned territory.
  • Maintaining a professional image and demeanor at all times.
  • Developing sales opportunities, including utilizing data from Fulton’s VIP software and other companies’ provided sales/CRM software.
  • Performing administrative tasks, including but no limited to: expense reporting, monthly route planning, establishing distribution targets and conducting price surveys.

On-Premise Accounts

  • Developing and maintaining strong working partnerships with accounts, at all customer levels.
  • Merchandising all Fulton brands to the highest levels, using all tools available.
  • Monitor and execute quarterly surveys, including: collecting relevant sales information, preparing reports and communicating learned information to internal teams.
  • Effectively planning sales efforts to ensure a targeted ROI.
  • Introducing and gaining distribution of new Fulton products and continuing the sales of existing products.
  • Communicating brand opportunities, issues and market information via written, verbal and electronic means.
  • Monitoring of beer inventory at account level to ensure product is as fresh as possible.
  • Conducting brand and sensory training, including when appropriate, events such as, beer dinners, pairings, festivals.

Wholesale Partners

  • Working directly with and maintaining constant communication with all wholesale partners within assigned territory.
  • Presenting information tailored to wholesale partners including brand meetings, monthly reporting, and incentives.

Teamwork & Relationships

Fulton’s Sales Representative will report directly to the Fulton National Sales Director and will reside within the organizations’ Sales Department.  Working closely with the Marketing team 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 and any other reasons why you’re a good fit at Fulton to Jim Diley at hr@fultonbeer.com.      

 

 


 

WAR & PEACE IS BACK (AND BETTER THAN EVER)
Posted Wednesday January 18, 2017

At Fulton, we consider coffee and beer to be our life coaches. Coffee gets us started every morning with a rousing "Go get 'em! We can do this." A few hours later, after the day has gone off the rails, beer is there to reassure us. "You'll get them tomorrow. You gave it a good shot! Keep your chin up." 

Individually, coffee and beer are both worthy and capable of filling these roles in our lives. But it's not until they're combined that the magic really happens. Such was our discovery 7 years ago when we infused the first casks of Worthy Adversary with Peace Coffee. The transformation into an entirely new and delicious beer was so dramatic that War & Peace was born. Since then, War & Peace has evolved into its own recipe and brand and has become one of Fulton's most popular and sought after beers. And this year, it's even better than ever. The Guatemalan Dark Roast aromas practically leap out from the glass, and are confirmed by every sip. This beer is unapologetically coffee-forward with a serious stout backbone. 

Unlike Worthy Adversary, we don't advise cellaring War & Peace for an extended period of time. The aromatic oils extracted from the coffee beans during the conditioning process are very delicate, and tend to dissipate over time. That's not to say it won't still be a great beer a year or more down the road, but as time goes on, it will lose coffee character and begin to resemble a more traditional imperial stout. Not a bad thing by any means (and it is fun to contrast an aged version with a fresh version), but in our opinion it's not the best way to enjoy your War & Peace.

2017 War & Peace launches tonight (January 19th) in our taproom, and begins to hit the rest of our distribution territory next week. Look for it on draft and in 4-packs of 12 oz bottles. As with most of our seasonal releases, we produce War & Peace in relatively small quantities, so it won't be on shelves for a long time. Once you've had one, let us know what you think of this year's version on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 

 

Fulton War & Peace Imperial Coffee Stout