Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Amanda Trovall as Receptionist

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world is pleased to announce Amanda Trovall as Receptionist.

Trovall brings a fun energy to the front of the house at the Third Street Brewhouse facility, providing a knowledgeable, friendly face to greet all guests. She joined the CSBC team as a receptionist in 2016 after having worked in both the fashion and real estate industries. Trovall has experience running boutique clothing stores and in property management with Granite City Real Estate, which translates well to administrative duties for CSBC.

“I was ready to make a career change so I jumped at the opportunity with Cold Spring,” said Trovall, a Clearwater, MN native. “I’d heard great things about the company and I knew my experience and skills are well suited for administration. It’s a great fit. I love my job.”

Trovall is the first stop and security check-in point for customers, vendors, contractors and employees alike. She has her finger on the pulse of the facility, knowing who’s coming, who’s going and any events scheduled anywhere on the CSBC campus. Trovall greatly enjoys the ever-changing aspect a reception job provides. Every day is different so her duties, responsibilities and priorities adjust as necessary. “You never know who (or what!) is going to come through that door; it’s really fun and it keeps me on my toes,” continued Trovall.

She also assists in the taproom, which is conveniently located right behind her desk. She helps with samplings and walk-in tours of the brewhouse, brewing facility and (for summer tours) the packaging facility. “I’ve expanded my taste for craft beer, too. There are so many great beers out there, but you can’t go wrong with a Hop Lift IPA!”

Learning more about the craft brewing industry comes with the territory for CSBC employees. “The entire brewing process is fascinating,” said Trovall. “Having never worked in the production and manufacturing industry, I’ve already learned so much. Everyone here has so much knowledge to share and the company supports employees seeking opportunities to grow.”

CSBC is a state-of-the-art brewery and beverage product developer and producer that includes Third Street Brewhouse and Monarch Custom Beverages.

Third Street Brewhouse’s tap house is open on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm. Visit Third Street’s website at www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com for additional information, locations and a full list of beers.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Randy Topp as Maintenance Planner

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world is pleased to announce the promotion of Randy Topp to Maintenance Planner.

After working as a union laborer for over 13 years in the Twin Cities, Topp was looking further his career closer to his home in Eden Valley. He spent over a year with the process control team at CSBC before transitioning to Maintenance Planner in December 2016.

“Cold Spring’s leadership team recognizes and rewards hard work,” said Topp. “They value staff at all levels. If you put forth the effort, you will succeed in this company. They’ve given me a chance at a great opportunity.”

As Maintenance Planner, Topp enjoys day-to-day interactions with maintenance staff and vendors, and oversees building and grounds maintenance for the entire CSBC campus including Third Street Brewhouse and CSBC shipping and receiving warehouses. Topp also coordinates process control and utility maintenance. “I wake up every day excited to come to work. Truly!” said Topp. “No two days are the same. There are always new challenges and that I’m constantly learning.”

CSBC experienced incredible growth in 2016, and announced plans to expand the company’s shipping facility by 300,000 square feet. Topp and his team are well positioned to support the additional infrastructure. “It is fun and exciting to be part of a company with so much opportunity to grow – there’s always more to do and learn,” continued Topp.

CSBC is a state-of-the-art brewery and beverage product developer and producer that includes Third Street Brewhouse and Monarch Custom Beverages.

Third Street Brewhouse’s tap house is open on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Andy Juelich as Process Improvement Manager

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, announced Andy Juelich as Process Improvement Manager.

Juelich is no stranger to the beverage industry with nearly a decade of experience. Prior to joining CSBC in 2009, Juelich had the opportunity to work and intern at Leinenkugels Brewing Co., as a Quality Control Technician, where his passion for the beer industry grew and he began developing his skills in process management. In addition to his experience in the field, Juelich attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI, where he gained a Bachelor of Science in Food Chemistry.

In his role as Process Improvement Manager, Juelich acts as an advisor, combining logistics with management to develop effective, organized work systems that produce quality products in an efficient manner. “My job is sort of being like a life coach,” said Juelich. “It’s my job to get out and talk to staff about prioritizing issues and investigating problems to determine the best practices for our operations.”

Juelich’s position will also be important for the upcoming expansion of the company’s shipping facility, where Juelich will be working closely with the team to determine equipment, layout, and effective procedures for the new expansion. “We will work to decide what the new facility should have, what we want and what we really need,” says Juelich. “I love that CSBC is always changing and striving to be the best for our future endeavors.”

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Dan Luethmers as PLC Technician

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, announced Dan Luethmers as Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Technician.

Luethmers brings over a decade of PLC experience to the CSBC team. Prior to joining CSBC in 2011, Luethmers held PLC related positions at Douglas Machine in Alexandria, MN and Park Industries in St. Cloud, MN. In addition to his work experience, Luethmers also holds a degree in Programmable Logic Controls from Alexandria Technical and Community College.

PLC technicians work with digital computers programmed for the process control of manufacturing processes, such as Production lines. In his current role, Luethmers maintains controls throughout the facility, ensuring that all systems are running properly. He also works with the maintenance and production teams to determine more efficient practices, as well as consulting and troubleshooting equipment for packaging beverage products. Along with programming, Luethmers also creates 3D drawings from multiple applications at CSBC which include line layout, facility updates, parts.
“No day is the same here and I love that,” said Luethmers.“I might be out on the floor one minute and be in the office working on a program to update the systems the next.”

Luethmers’ position will also be important for the upcoming expansion of the company’s shipping facility, where Luethmers will be helping out the maintenance team to determine the new layout of the production line. “I’m excited to see what the new expansion has in store and to see a full functioning production line,” says Luethmers. “I can’t wait!”

Third Street Brewhouse’s Free Speech Red Ale to be Released in 4-packs

COLD SPRING, MN – Third Street Brewhouse (Third Street), is pleased to announce the release of their latest year-round brew, Free Speech Red Ale – available to purchase in 4-pack, 16-oz cans, starting mid-March. With 5.5% alcohol, nutty roasted malts, moderate hop character and a caramel fringe, Free Speech Red Ale is a powerful blend of flavors. Just like the good old U.S. of A.

“Everyone I have spoken to is excited to see it return! There seems to be a huge demand for it,” said Brewhouse Manager, Karl Schmitz, when asked about the Red Ale’s expansion into cans. “A lot of people were looking for more when we did the keg release, so we decided to move the brew into full production and cans.”

Free Speech Red Ale was launched last July under a partnership between Third Street Brewhouse and Rockin’ 101’s “Steel Toe Morning Show.” The station prides itself on being a platform for free speech and encourages listeners and beer fans to raise a glass of the red ale to the First Amendment and individual liberty.
Along with their specialty and seasonal ales, Third Street has four popular signature brews on tap and in cans: Minnesota Gold Lager, Minnesota Gold Light, Hop Lift IPA, Three Way Pale Ale and Lost Trout Brown Ale.

“I love that it’s a red ale, which is something we don’t have a lot of in this market,” says Sales Manager, Jodi Peterson. “When we released Free Speech in kegs to the market it was so positive, it just confirmed our decision that expanding Free Speech to cans would be a great addition to our portfolio.”

Third Street brewers have found Free Speech to go well with barbeque, roasted vegetables and strong cheeses like sharp cheddars or feta.

So no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, we can all agree on this: freedom of speech is as American as apple pie and the fourth of July. So relax. Do your own thing. Crack open a cold one and raise it to your individual liberty.

Third Street’s tap house is open on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Aaron Kleinschmidt as Production Manager

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, announced the promotion of Aaron Kleinschmidt as Production Manager.

Kleinschmidt has a rich history with CSBC spanning over a decade in production. Kleinschmidt grew up in Avon, MN and in 2005 decided to join the growing company full-time. “Joining CSBC was a no-brainer for me! It has all the gratification of working for a large corporation while still being close to home,” said Kleinschmidt. “What gets better than that?”

Before being promoted to Production Manager in March 2016, Kleinschmidt worked alongside the production and maintenance teams. In his current role as Production Manager, Kleinschmidt oversees a team of nearly 55 employees, ensuring all production operations run smoothly from start to finish. Starting with receiving the cans and materials from the distribution centers, to filling, packaging and shipping the product back to the distribution centers.

“The secret to our success is all of the hardworking dedicated people who work here,” says Kleinschmidt. “Seeing our team accomplish our productivity goals is the absolute highlight of my day! I thoroughly enjoy going to work every day and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Robin Vettleson as Warehouse Manager

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, announced Robin Vettleson as Warehouse Manager.

Vettleson, who was hired to the team last December, brings strong leadership skills for team building and strategic solutions to help exceed company goals. Prior to joining CSBC, Vettleson held multiple positions in inventory and operations management at Best Buy headquarters in Richfield, MN, and most recently as Inventory Manager at Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company in St. Cloud, MN. In addition to her impressive work background, Vettleson also holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Concordia College, as well as an MBA in management from the University of St. Thomas.

After a long stint in the Twin Cities, Vettleson — a Cold Spring native, and her family of five — decided to move back to the Cold Spring area, as what Vettleson describes as her contribution to her hometown. “After I developed a knack for process development, I wanted to take my talents with me back to my hometown,” said Vettleson. “It’s a way for me to be a part of the community again and to be a part of one of Cold Spring’s biggest and brightest companies.”

In her role as Warehouse Manager, Vetttleson is responsible for overseeing and documenting the company’s production process that includes a team of 18 employees – making sure the warehouse has what it needs for materials, cans and packaging. “It’s fun to work here, because it’s a very growth oriented company,” says Vettleson. “We’re always trying to work smarter, not harder.”

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Andy Paavola as Maintenance Manager

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, announced Andy Paavola as Maintenance Manager.

Paavola has been with CSBC for nearly 12 years and brings over two decades of experience in maintenance to the team. Prior to joining CSBC, Paavola held multiple positions in production and maintenance at Master Mark Plastics in Albany, MN, where he was in charge of overseeing production and equipment.

As Maintenance Manager, Paavola oversees all equipment and building maintenance operations, as well as managing five departments with 37 members in the entire team. “I can’t wait to see what the future brings,” said Paavola. “I love this job because it’s constantly changing and growing. Every day brings new challenges. Our production facility and packaging side of the company has grown significantly, allowing us to work on exciting new projects.”

Paavola’s position will also be important for the upcoming expansion of the company’s shipping facility, where Paavola will be in charge of managing new equipment installations and facility operations. “We’re very fortunate to have Andy on our team,” said Scott Bender, General Manager of CSBC. “Andy brings a lot of expertise and experience to our team, and those skills will be crucial to the expansion of our shipping facility.”

Third Street Brewhouse craft beers are available for purchase in liquor stores throughout Minnesota, and can be found on tap in many local bars and restaurants. Third Street’s tap house is open on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Lucas Kneip as Compliance Specialist

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, announced the promotion of Lucas Kneip as Compliance Specialist.

Kneip has a unique history with the company, getting interested in the business early on in life when his father, Mike Kneip, worked at CSBC as a former brewmaster for 45 years. Kneip joined the brewery in 2007 and since then has been promoted to various positions including production assistant and brewer operator. “I feel proud that I’ve been able to grow professionally here,” said Kneip. “The brewing industry is my passion and I enjoy being able to talk about our products, and share my knowledge about the industry with others.”

In his current role as Compliance Specialist, Kneip is responsible for coordinating brewery operations and schedules, as well as managing inventory, orders and shipments of beer. Kneip also handles government regulations, federal and state licenses for the brewery.
“2017 is going to be a great year for the company,” said Kneip. “I love seeing our brewers experiment in the brewhouse because some of those experiments end up becoming new beer releases. We’ve been working hard and I promise our new additions won’t disappoint!”

Third Street Brewhouse craft beers are available for purchase in liquor stores throughout Minnesota, and can be found on tap in many local bars and restaurants. Third Street’s tap house is open on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Joan Linn as Purchasing Manager

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, announced Joan Linn as Purchasing Manager.

Linn has strong roots in the Cold Spring area – not only is she a native to the local community, but she also brings over 20 years of purchasing experience, having held sales and purchasing positions with Gold’n Plump in Cold Spring, MN.

“It’s my job to make sure there are no hiccups,” said Linn. “Whether it’s our brewery or production facility, it’s my priority to ensure everything is going according to plan.”

In her role as Purchasing Manager, Linn is responsible for purchasing ingredients, negotiating contracts, implementing policies and procedures, as well as monitoring and purchasing equipment for the company’s warehouse and shipping facilities.
“We have a lot of exciting things coming to our brewery in 2017,” said Linn. “I can’t wait to see our plans come to life with both our facilities and new beer releases.”

Third Street Brewhouse craft beers are available for purchase in liquor stores throughout the state, and can be found on tap in many local bars and restaurants. Third Street’s tap house is open on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm. Visit Third Street’s website at www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com for additional information, locations and a full list of beers.