THE EXPAT IS BACK AND IN BOTTLES!

 

Five years ago, Mikey and Ryan brewed what later would become The Expat for the first time in Pete's garage. We hadn’t heard of anyone else making a saison featuring rye at the time, and we were a little concerned that a grain bill so heavy on rye--and wheat--was going to be a nightmare to lauter. It ended up working just fine in the brewhouse and even better in the glass. The hop bill consists of 3 generous additions of Sterling, whose spicy aroma converges beautifully with distinct rye character and the inimitable Wyeast 3711 French Saison yeast. There still aren't many rye saisons out there, but over the last two years, The Expat has become a fan favorite as our spring seasonal. We're extremely pleased to roll it out in 6 packs of 12 oz bottles for the first time ever this week.

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FULTON IS HIRING!

Fulton Beer – Packaging Line Operator

 

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 brand new 50,000 square foot production brewery in Northeast Minneapolis. In 2015, Fulton will produce about 25,000 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

  • A minimum of 2 years of packaging or manufacturing experience.  Packaging line service and preventative maintenance experience; formal maintenance education, training, certifications, or accreditation are a plus.
  • A working knowledge of brewing and process equipment including: HMI’s and PLC equipment a plus.
  • Experience with personal protection equipment a plus.
  • The ability to follow SOPs.
  • The ability to operate a forklift and scissor lift, current OSHA approved training certification a plus.
  • The ability to work flexible hours.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office applications.
  • Ability to become forklift certified.

 

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.
  • Perform QC checks on Bright beer tanks.
  • Perform basic cellar operations, e.g. carbonating beer.
  • Learn and perform QC procedures throughout a packaging run.
  • Take part in month end inventory.
  • 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.

FULTON & THE ARTS IN MPLS

We're extremely lucky to be based in a city that embraces the arts in such a supportive and progressive way. We understand how integral the creativity and unique perspectives that artists bring to our community are. And with regards to said community, we're over the moon to announce 2 upcoming partnerships: I AM KXNDNESS and The Art Shanty Projects.

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I AM KXNDNESS is an art show in which money is of no value. All of the artworks being shown will be available only by performing acts of kindness – ranging from playing with animals at a shelter to volunteering at a nursing home to assisting a gallery during open hours. Each work of art will have a designated kindness chosen by the artist. To “purchase” the works the patron will put their name into a bowl next to the work of art they are wishing to obtain. At the end of the evening a name will be drawn from each bowl and that is the person who will receive the artwork once the designated act of kindness is completed.

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And after the art show, stick around with us downstairs at Marin's Library Bar.

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Keep (Y)our Shanties On!

For the past decade, Art Shanty Projects has organized a month-long public art happening that transforms frozen lake surfaces into interactive, artist-driven temporary communities. September 2014 announcements of a new Executive Director and suspension of the 2015 On-Ice Program have left Minnesotan's in the cold wondering where the shanties will turn up next.

Wonder no more. From 5-9p.m. on February 28th Art Shanty Projects can be found at our NE MPLS production brewery right in the heart of the Arts District. For more info and tickets to this fundraising event click the image below.

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WAR & PEACE HAS ARRIVED

If you were looking for a little extra nudge to get you through the rest of winter, we've got just that nudge for you--and it comes in a bottle. We are extremely happy to release our Russian Imperial Stout War & Peace. We partner with Minneapolis-based Peace Coffee to provide us with a special Guatemalan blend that we add at the end of fermentation to provide a smooth balance to this winter warmer.

Available in limited quantities on draft and 750ml in our taproom and across the metro for a short time. Join us for our official release events this coming Friday and Saturday at Lake & Irving and the Fulton Taproom, respectively.

Check out our video highlighting the collaboration:

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INSURRECTION HAS RETURNED.

It's a no-holds-barred hops uprising: Insurrection has returned. Only brewed once before a couple years back and never before packaged in 12oz. bottles, we are extremely pleased to release it again in such a deserving way. We add Nelson Sauvin & Mosiac hops at over 3 lbs. per barrel to give this Imperial IPA it's unique and robust flavor profile.

Available now in the taproom on draft and in growlers and beginning late next week on retail shelves around the metro.

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Cold Weather, Hot Sauce: Fulton's Fermented Hot Sauce Available Now

Beginning today, we're selling our first ever bourbon barrel-fermented hot sauce in the taproom. We asked our friends at Tangletown Gardens to pick us some peppers and they came through in a big way. Made purely of salt, Jalapeno, Anaheim, Poblano, Georgia Flame and Aji peppers, it walks a fine line of being spicy enough for hot sauce applications, while the great flavor and texture make it possible to use as a salsa, too -- a hot one. At $12/jar, it's an affordable upgrade to your condiment shelf and a great stocking stuffer for the foodie in your life.HOTsauceWEBnew4 HOTsauceWEBnew1 HOTsauceWEBnew2

*Ingredients: Salt, Jalapeno, Anaheim, Poblano, Serrano, Georgia Flame and Aji peppers

 

New events, new goodies and especially new beer

What a year it's been. And as we get closer to putting this one in the history books, we're wrapping it up in style with as many releases, events and goodies as we possibly have bandwidth for. Here's just some of the things happening in the coming days and weeks:

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Made with locally grown hops from our friends at Mighty Axe Hops, we introduce to you a beast of a Black IPA: URSA. We'll be at the taproom tonight beginning at 5 p.m. for a special tapping. Ben, Brian and Eric from Mighty hops will be in attendance as well.

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From now until the 22nd we're hosting our First Annual "Give Because You Can" food drive in support of the East Side Neighborhood Services in the Bottineau Neighborhood of NE MPLS. We're accepting any non-perishable food donation at our taproom with the simple breakdown of 1 item=1 ticket. "Now what are these tickets for?" you might ask. They're for a chance to win one of numerous stellar prizes we're offering up from brewery tours to swag gift bags. So stop by the taproom for some beers and don't forget those food stuffs!

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It's that time of year again folks. Yes, it's time to unleash 2014's Barrel-Aged Libertine. This year we aged them in rye whiskey barrels from Heaven Hill. Currently available in our taproom on draft and in 750ml bottles and hitting shelves at your local bottle shop soon.

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Speaking of bottle releases, we couldn't be happier to finally be able to offer Worthy Adversary in 12oz 4pks. We've been seeing them pop up all over the metro in the last couple days so give your favorite retailer a call to check availability and score some for yourself.

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And last but not least: the goodies. We've been busy re-upping on all your favorite Fulton goods and are happy to announce a hefty restock this coming weekend. Also, look for some of the newer women's apparel AND this brand new mens crewneck sweatshirt.

 

FIVE YEARS OF FULTON! CELEBRATE WITH US AT THE HAPPY GNOME, TUESDAY OCTOBER 28TH

On October 28, 2009, The Happy Gnome tapped the first keg of Sweet Child of Vine. Until that evening, Fulton existed only as a daydream, an idea. We were extremely proud of that first batch, and we hoped that at least our close friends and family would come out to try a pint that night. They did, and so did hundreds and hundreds of others. Several hours and ten kegs of Sweet Child later, Fulton was no longer just an idea. The first years of Fulton were a blur: stealing time from our day jobs to drive to Wisconsin and brew at Sand Creek Brewery, where all of our initial batches came from; late nights around Jim’s kitchen table trying to figure out how to run a business and where the money for the next order of kegs would come from; promos every day of the week at the first seven, then the first 25, then the first 50 and 100 bars to carry Fulton; hungover Saturdays in Pete’s garage perfecting the homebrew recipes that would become Lonely Blonde, Worthy Adversary, and more. Our founding vision was to start out as a contract brewer, and build a Minneapolis brewery as soon as we could afford it—sometime in the next five or ten years, we thought—and to quit our day jobs along the way. At the time, there were no taprooms in Minnesota, and no packaging breweries in Minneapolis. We had no idea we would be among the first for both. A lot has changed over the last five years. We don’t contract brew anymore, and we have that Minneapolis brewery we dreamed of – two of them, actually. The four of us ditched our day jobs to work full time for Fulton, and so have three dozen other fine people. Sweet Child of Vine is still our best seller, but we brew over a dozen other beers every year. Our first seven bars are still loyal Fulton customers, but there are now over a thousand more locations in the Twin Cities and beyond that serve Fulton; we now sell more in two weeks than we did in all of that first full year. The journey has been about more than beer. We’ve partnered with countless community organizations, from the Randy Shaver Cancer Foundation to the Minnesota Cycling Center to the Minneapolis Firefighters; we’ve helped change state and city laws; we built the Ful10 Fund to make microloans to small businesses and established Fulton Racing to help burn off some of those beer calories. We even built a hop farm. Perhaps best of all, the number of those we count as friends and family seems to grow every day as more brewers, distributors, retailers, and beer enthusiasts join our community. But as the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. We still love brewing & building Fulton every day. The days are still long, and we’re still wondering how we’re going to pay for the next order of kegs. And this Tuesday, the 28th, we’ll be tapping Sweet Child of Vine—as well as 2013 Libertine, 2013 Worthy Adversary, Langola Fresh Hop, and Expat aged in Parley Lake red wine barrels—at the Happy Gnome amongst friends & family to celebrate the past five years and look forward to many more. We hope you can join us for one.

LIBERTINE IS BACK! PLUS, RINGER 6-PACKS & A VERY SPECIAL RED WINE BARREL-AGED EXPAT

LIBERTINE RETURNS TODAY -- AT LIBERTINE! -- AND TOMORROW AT THE TAPROOM

You read that right - Libertine (the beer) returns for the fall today at Libertine (the restaurant). Mashed with mounds of Maris Otter malt and balanced with a healthy addition of rye, Libertine's rich palate and 8.5% ABV is just the recipe to take the chill away from these suddenly brisk September days. If you haven't made it to Libertine (the restaurant) yet, you now have even more reason to get there. The mouth-watering menu is full of great potential pairings for Libertine (the beer). Next up: tomorrow at 3:00, we'll start selling tap pours ($5/10 oz pour) and growlers ($18/fill) of Libertine in our taproom. We'll have our friends Drew Peterson & the Dead Pigeons playing live tunes later in the evening, and Sandy's Grill will be parked outside if you're hungry. Finally, we'll be offering Libertine in 4-packs of 12 oz  bottles for the first time ever! The bottles will be hitting liquor store shelves later this month -- look for them next to the 6-packs of Sweet Child of Vine, Lonely Blonde, and The Ringer.  

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We've partnered with Waconia's Parley Lake Winery to age a very small run of Expat in four different red wine barrels. This is one of the most unique beers we've ever done -- in a very, very good way. The oak and tannins from the barrels blended into Expat's spicy farmhouse notes to create an entirely new beer that's greater than the sum of its parts. Given the extremely small quantity available, Barrel-aged Expat will be draft only and tapped in just a few locations. The first metro-area tapping of this very rare beer will be this Thursday at Parley Lake's winery from 5-9. They'll be serving it for $5/glass while supplies last, and there's even live music & a bonfire. More tappings will be announced on our Facebook & Twitter as they happen, so if you can't make it this Thursday, stay tuned.

COMING (VERY!) SOON & YEAR-ROUND IN 6-PACKS: THE RINGER

After two years of subtle and not-so-subtle hinting, we got your message: you'd like us to bottle The Ringer. Now that our new Northeast MPLS brewery is operational, it's finally happening. If you're not familiar with The Ringer, it's our take on the classic American Pale Ale style. It's hop-forward, with bright, citrusy Cascade hop character and a clean finish -- the perfect beer to keep in your fridge, week in and week out. We can assure you that as you finish your first one, you'll channel your inner Walter Sobchak and request another: "Pass me the Ringer, chop-chop!" Look for the 6-packs starting near the end of this month anywhere and everywhere you normally find 6-packs of Sweet Child of Vine and Lonely Blonde.

STATE FAIR BEER FINDER, LIBERTINE RETURNS SOON...ALONG WITH A WET HOP BEER FROM OUR HOPYARD

GOING TO THE STATE FAIR? GREAT BEERS ABOUND

The Great Minnesota Get Together gets better every year, especially when it comes to local beer selection. This year, you can pair your deep-fried ____ on-a-stick with Fultons to be found all across the fairgrounds, including Cafe Caribe, Andy's Grill, Frontier Bar, Giggles Campfire Grill, Ragin' Cajun, the Grandstand, Coaster, Coliseum, and the all-new Blue Barn. Of special note is the return of the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit put on by the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild, where you'll find flights of beers brewed all across our great state. For a more in-depth look on where to find all sorts of great MN craft beers, check out this feature just published by our friends at The Growler.

THE LIBERTINE RETURNS, BETTER THAN EVER

If you're like us, fall isn't officially here until you've cracked your first Libertine of the year. As usual, we're in no hurry to wrap up the summer, so you won't see Libertine until mid-September (no Oktoberfests in June or pumpkin beers in July for us, thank you). Release dates for the taproom, bars/restaurants and liquor stores will be announced in the upcoming weeks. The better than ever part? For the first time, we'll be offering the same Libertine you love in 4-packs of 12 oz bottles. It's the first of our seasonal beers to be offered in a 12 oz bottle, and also the first seasonal we've brewed at our new Northeast MPLS brewery!

FULTON HOPYARD = FULTON WET HOP BEER

Another reason to look forward to fall: it's hop harvest season. In about a week, we'll be harvesting hops for the first time at the Fulton Hopyard near St. Cloud. The very next day, we'll be brewing with the fresh Cascade hops in our first-ever (other than pilot scale) wet hop beer. If you're not familiar with fresh/wet hop beers, they're about as close as you can get to drinking liquid lupulin. Hops are harvested and transported immediately to the brewery, where they'll be used in a brew without being pelletized or even dried (hence "wet" hops) for maximum retention of the most delicate hop oils in the finished beer. In our case, the hops will hit the brewhouse less than 18 hours after they leave the field. This year's version is draft only, and it will be gone in a flash, as all wet hop beers should be. The release date will be late in September, so stay tuned if you want to quench your thirst with a Minneapolis-brewed, Minnesota-hopped fresh hop ale.

OPERATION WARM: COATS FOR KIDS BENEFIT SEPTEMBER 6TH @ OUR NEW BREWERY

We're pleased to be partnering with the Minneapolis Firefighters for the second year in a row to help put on Operation Warm, a fundraiser aiming to raise $35,000 to purchase 1,000 winter coats for Minneapolis kids. Your $20 donation includes access to some of the best food trucks in the city, a silent auction, cigar roller, bagpipes, and musical entertainment by multiple bands, including White Iron Band as the headliner. The event runs from 3 - 10 pm on Saturday, September 6th in the parking lot of our new brewery, located at 2540 2nd St NE, MInneapolis MN 55418. For tickets and more information, head over to Operation Warm.

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