“The idea was to brew a beer that tasted like the way the air at the top of a mountain smells,” Fair State says of this award-winning so-called “Alpine Lager.” Gold, bright and bubbly, it’s made with lemon balm and spruce tips (foraged in Duluth, MN). The additives don’t overpower, though. They shine in perfect balance with the biscuit, cracker, black pepper, and pine flavors derived from the Pilsner malt and noble hop blend. It’s a smooth, crisp lager with a delicate and jammy lemon note that seamlessly transitions into a light, bitter spruce flavor. The beer finishes with a classic lager bitterness with just a hint of sweet lemon at the end. It’s clean and easy drinking, but with enough spruce/lemon to make it unique, subtle, and satisfying.
Located in Northeast Minneapolis, Fair State is one of few cooperatively owned breweries in the country. They pour a wide variety of beer styles ranging from traditional to experimental and contemporary. There are many dine-in and takeout options surrounding their Central Ave NE location.