Cold Spring Brewing Employee Spotlight – Rocky Lindberg

With all the uncertainty in the world today, one thing we’re always grateful for is our
hardworking, dedicated and positive employees. For our April Cold Spring Brewing Company Employee Spotlight, there is no one who expresses these qualities better than our Plant B Night Manager – Rocky Lindberg!

Originally from Duluth, Rocky moved to St. Cloud while he was in elementary school and has remained in the area ever since. In his role at CSBC, Rocky works hard to ensure his team is well-trained, supported and inspired to create high-quality beverages that always surpass our clients’ expectations. He has been a part of the CSBC team for almost 15 years.

“I learned about this opportunity from my brother who was a shift lead at the time,” said Rocky. “I was told that the brewery was a local company that offered great pay and a fun work environment – now, I’ve been here for almost 15 years!”

As Plant B Night Shift Manager, Rocky makes sure the brewhouse’s night shift team is capable of running an efficient production line while maintaining high yields for their high-quality brews – all while promoting a safe work environment.

“My goal is to make sure my team does everything we can to be the fastest and most efficient beverage production line in the country while making sure each member is in a position to succeed,” explained Rocky. “Because of my team’s hard work, we’re well on our way.”

To name a few of Rocky’s other day-to-day duties, he stays busy by interviewing and hiring team members that share in the company’s goals, attending and presenting at meetings, learning how to run the equipment properly, providing one-on-one coaching sessions, communicating daily with team members, completing safety training procedures and quality assurance audits, and keeping other CSBC departments informed, among other responsibilities. To say Rocky helps the CSBC machine run smoothly is an understatement. We couldn’t do it without him.

CSBC is growing and changing, and Rocky is looking forward to the company’s future- including the production of the new operating plant.

“I’m interested in taking on the challenge of the developing Line 5 plant, which is a new addition up here at Plant B,” Rocky shared. “With the addition of a new facility comes new machines and new opportunities. It will no doubt be a fun, mind-blowing experience to see how it all comes together, much like Line 4 was two years ago.”

Rocky’s favorite part of working at CSBC? Working with his team and trying the fun and creative craft brews!

Cold Spring Brewing Employee Spotlight – Dustin Philbrick

The “batching process” is a key part of crafting our products. It requires the right equipment, patience, time and – at the center of it all – a trusted, hardworking team. We’re grateful to all of our dedicated employees in this division – and we’re especially proud to highlight Day Shift Batching Supervisor, Dustin Philbrick, as this month’s employee spotlight! Dustin is responsible for assessing batch changes, managing the batching team and inter-department communications related to the operation.

“My day-to-day definitely varies,” said Dustin. “I’ve been here long enough to become a ‘go-to guy’ in a lot of ways, which has been a great learning experience.”

Born and raised in Benson, Minnesota, Dustin joined the Navy following high school. After five years of service, he briefly attended St. Cloud State University. However, he decided that he wanted to do something different – and the idea of working at a brewery was very appealing. In 2005, Dustin decided to join the Cold Spring Brewing Company – and he’s been working with us to make great brews ever since.

“I always thought it would be really cool to work at a brewery,” Dustin explained. “Although, I definitely thought I’d be working with beer – as it turned out, I ended up working a lot more with the energy drinks!”

In his fast-paced role, Dustin works as a supervisor for batching a variety of energy drinks and seltzers. As batching supervisor, Dustin’s role is two-fold. First, he oversees 22 people across three different batching departments in two separate buildings. He is in charge of training new, and existing, employees to work with the new equipment, helps purchase items needed for employees to complete their duties safely and efficiently, and conducts performance reviews. Secondly, he is a subject matter expert in properly batching those delicious energy drinks.

“The role can certainly be challenging,” said Dustin. “For a while, I was in charge of the day shift and night shift, and now we have three supervisors almost trained in three different batching departments. Effectively communicating at multiple levels is always a challenge, but rewarding when you get it right.”

Working through the ranks of the company, Dustin has gained a strong understanding of the importance of effective management. When employees have the leadership, resources and education they need – everyone wins.

“I like to use my previous experience from previous roles at the Brewhouse to help others because we’re stronger together,” explained Dustin. “My role is kind of like an event coordinator

for people and our process, and I work hard to take ownership to ensure our processes run smoothly.”

When asked about what he looks forward to most for the future of Cold Spring Brewing, Dustin expressed his excitement for the upcoming infrastructure changes.

“There are so many construction projects underway,” said Dustin. “We currently have four production lines and we’re building a fifth – it’s stressful at times but cool to learn new skills that will help grow our infrastructure.”

What does Dustin love most about working at a brewery? Simply, the culture of great people.

“I’m grateful for all the people who contributed to the team,” expressed Dustin. “I don’t feel like there is this divide between employees and management. Everyone has each other’s backs or best interests in mind – we have a great culture here.”

When he’s not keeping busy in his role of day shift batching supervisor, Dustin is a true fan of a good brew. He even keeps a keg of Third Street’s Lake State Brown Ale at home.

“I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend and cats, and playing the occasional round of golf,” said Dustin. “And of course, having a brew or two.”

Cold Spring Brewing Employee Spotlight – John Krebs

Ask anyone who works in our brewery or who has toured our brewhouse – it takes a lot of daily maintenance to ensure our crisp, craft beers are brewed perfectly every time. That’s why we’re especially grateful to our Facility Maintenance Planner, John Krebs.

Born and raised in Albany, Minnesota, John has been working with Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC) for the past five years, working his way up the ladder in our maintenance department.

“I’ve been doing maintenance my whole career at various levels,” said John. “One thing that I recognized with CSBC is that they were, and continue to be, a growing company. It felt like a stable job and a good fit from the start.”

Originally hired on for a temp service for CSBC, John worked for four years as a line mechanic prior to his promotion to facility maintenance planner. As CSBC’s primary maintenance go-to guy, John and his team handle the maintenance of seven buildings, including the brewhouse. 

“I am responsible for the maintenance of the facility and support systems, like our ammonia refrigeration systems and compressed air systems,” explained John. “I work in the facility where they brew the beer as well as other surrounding warehouse buildings.”

In addition to working on the systems himself, John also manages three maintenance staff and communicates with external contractors for the larger upkeep jobs.

“My team works together to complete building maintenance,” said John. “We occasionally get jobs that are too big to handle internally and, when that happens, I coordinate contractors to ensure we have the resources to get the job done.”

When it comes to what he enjoys most about the craft brew industry, John finds the progression of the industry interesting in itself, especially with booming spikes in hard seltzer production.

“This [craft beer] business is taking off in different directions,” John continued. “But the really exciting part to me is seeing the growth in the hard seltzer market. I find the rapid growth fascinating.”

When asked what he’s most excited about for the future of Cold Spring, John is simply interested in seeing how the facility will change as CSBC grows.

“I’m looking forward to more expansion,” said John. “It’s no secret that we’re continually growing – we had quite a bit of growth last year and we will undoubtedly be growing this year.”

When he’s not keeping busy keeping the brewery in tip-top shape, John enjoys spending his free time gardening – especially tomatoes.  

“I like to garden, everything from watermelon and pickles to lots and lots of tomatoes,” explained John. “My main reason for growing tomatoes is to donate to the Holy Family Church fundraiser during Albany’s Pioneer Days. If you’ve enjoyed one of their tacos-in-a-bag, you’ve had my tomatoes.” 

Cold Spring Brewing Employee Spotlight – Adria Cheney

Other than the hops, malt and barley, we value one additional key ingredient when it comes to
making our special craft brews – our amazing employees! Our energetic, fun and positive team
is made up of a bunch of outstanding folks – and there’s no one better to help manage employee relations than our fantastic Human Resource Manager – Adria Cheney.

Originally from the Twin Cities, Adria was looking for work a bit outside the city that would put her 10 years of human resource experience to good use.

“I saw the posting online and decided to apply,” said Adria. “It’s perfect because I get to utilize my HR experience in an industry I’m new to – and it’s been fun learning how operations work.”

For Adria, no two days as HR manager at Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC) are ever the same. Handling everything from employee relations to standardizing policies and structure, she’s no stranger to keeping busy with juggling strategic planning operations for the brewhouse.

“This role has been so fun for me because there are tons of opportunities here,” Adria explained. “It’s also fun to be a part of an organization that’s growing as fast as CSBC.”

One aspect that Adria appreciates about CSBC is the community.

“One of the cool things about working at CSBC is that everyone is involved in the day-to-day brainstorming for operations,” Adria said. “It’s a very inclusive environment and we work hard to ensure that we’re an employer of choice.”

When asked what she is looking forward to most at her future with CSBC, Adria says the challenges and the opportunities.

“I’m most excited for the company’s continued growth,” she noted. “It’s an interesting, fast-paced industry and there’s a complexity to it that’s different from other industries, which I enjoy.”

When not at work, Adria spends the majority of her time with her husband and two children, nine and twelve. They stay very busy with youth sports but when she has time to get away, Adria can be found enjoying a round of golf.

“Most of my free time is toting my kids around for sports, but one of my favorite things to do is golf,” expressed Adria. “My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we love to get away to the course every chance we get – it’s a great life-long sport!”

Cold Spring Brewing Company Employee Spotlight – Ronda Smith

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Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC) has been around for quite some time, seizing every opportunity to draw in employment, new opportunities, and, of course, new beer to the region. We always love to hear about how our fans and employees find us – which is why we love the unique journey of our Shipping Distribution Center (SDC) warehouse manager, Ronda Smith.

“My journey began when my husband was asked to relocate with the company he and I both worked for,” said Ronda. “I decided it was a great time for me to be able to broaden my horizons in the food and beverage industry with a new company. I lucked out when I found Cold Spring, and I haven’t looked back.”

An Alabama native, Ronda was on the move and looking for opportunities to grow within the Cold Spring community. She found a solid foundation in Cold Spring Brewing Company. As an SDC warehouse manager, Ronda is in charge of all products being shipped out to customers while ensuring the flow of day to day operations, inventory management, and process improvement.

“Cold Spring has been around for a very long time and is well known. I felt that it would be an amazing opportunity to find a home, if you will, or somewhere to plant roots,” explained Ronda. “This company keeps growing year after year, which means that they’re doing something right.”

Ronda is a go-getter, always excited to learn new things and teach others along the way. With background in peanut butter manufacturing, she found that learning a whole new process in the brewing industry always keeps her on her toes.

“CSBC is growing exponentially, and they’re heading in the right direction,” said Ronda. “Anyone who wants to grow in the company has the opportunity, which is great for our team members. I’m excited to see where the company will end up in the future.”

When Ronda isn’t hard at work ensuring warehouse processes run smoothly, she can be found hitting the open road.

“I love spending time with my husband and children,” Ronda said. “But you can normally find me on my motorcycle.”

As we’re busy making new batches of our brews, we’re proud to have Ronda on board as an organized and positive team player. Cheers to you!

Cold Spring Brewing Co. to Expand Operations in Minnesota Facility

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC), a Carolina Beverage Group subsidiary, is pleased to announce plans to add a new production line to the company’s facility in Cold Spring, Minnesota.

“We are very excited to move forward with our latest expansion,” explained Scott Bender, Vice President and General Manager. “Once complete, we’ll be adding 60 to 100 new jobs and growing our total employment to over 600 talented professionals.”

Carolina Beverage Group (CBG) is one of the nation’s largest beverage co-packing companies, with facilities in North Carolina, Texas and Minnesota. With this latest expansion, the company increased its opportunities to serve both existing and new customers. The expansion will be added to the company’s production and warehousing facility at 107 11th Street NE in Cold Spring, Minnesota.

CBG expanded into Minnesota in 2017, with the acquisition of CSBC. Since the acquisition, the Minnesota facility has increased sales by over 20%, expanded its warehousing capacity, welcomed 117 new team members and increased production capabilities.

CBG operates with an emphasis on exceptional customer service and establishing high standards for quality production. Innovation, flexible manufacturing, extensive quality controls and value-added distribution services make CBG a trusted and reliable partner that can meet the evolving needs of customers in the beverage industry.

Employee Spotlight – Tim Court

We don’t just prioritize making great beer for our customers, we prioritize the safety of our employees every step of the way. That’s why we’re proud to feature a key player from our safety management crew: Tim Court.

Tim has lived in the Cold Spring area most of his life, enjoying everything the great Minnesota outdoors has to offer.

“My parents moved to rural St. Joseph (from St. Cloud) when I was in grade school and I’ve spent the better part of my life enjoying the outdoor recreation this area has to offer,” said Tim. “I married a Cold Spring girl; we have three daughters and we live just a short drive north of town.”

After working for many years in another industry, Tim was ready for a career shift. He was drawn to CSBC for many reasons, including a great workplace, a focus on safety, proximity to home and the flexibility to support his family’s needs. Working in safety management at CSBC, Tim helps create a positive, comfortable and safe environment for his fellow employees.

“Safety management is all about being available as a resource and providing the tools necessary to support employee and business development in a safe and effective way,” said Tim. “Getting people to take a personal approach to safety is paramount in building a safe culture and in building safety into our everyday life.”

Tim deeply enjoys working at CSBC, tying his satisfaction back to the company’s welcoming internal culture and strong links within the surrounding community.

“Craft beers are a very small part of the business from a production perspective, but they are what ties us to the community,” explained Tim. “There’s always something going on here that’s being done to benefit someone else’s cause. It’s nice to be a part of something positive; the bulletin board is always filled with thank you notes.”

In a growing field at a growing company, what does the future look like from Tim’s perspective? Full of opportunities to learn and make positive change.

“The growth trend that we are on right now is incredible [but] while this is exciting to think about, these opportunities bring with them many challenges,” said Tim. “We’ve got to continue to build our relationships with our business partners, the community and with our employees if we want to maximize the opportunity. It’s exciting to think where this might take us as one of the largest employers in the area.”

With one brew season coming to a close and another one quickly rolling in, we’re proud that we can count on Tim to help ensure our employees are kept happy and, of course, safe. Cheers to you!

Third Street Brewhouse Launches Lake State Brown Ale – Just in Time for Fall

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC) and Third Street Brewhouse are excited to announce the launch of a new craft beer celebrating Minnesota – Lake State Brown Ale. Look for Lake State Brown Ale on tap and in liquor stores now.

“There’s nothing better than a rich American Brown Ale, especially at the start of the fall season,” said Karl Schmitz, Brewhouse Manager. “We’re really proud of our Lake State Brown Ale – it’s a complex brew with hints of chocolate and caramel. The perfect addition to our year-round craft beer lineup.” 

Lake State Brown Ale was named in honor of Minnesota’s 10,000+ lakes, and in celebration of the “lake state of mind” Minnesotans adopt when they leave the city behind for a weekend at the lake. Lake State Brown Ale is the perfect beer for fall weekends outdoors, winter nights by the fireside or any time a beer lover needs to slow down, sit back and relax. It’s the perfect balance to Minnesota’s hop-forward craft beer trend, providing a smooth, malty alternative that pairs beautifully with hearty foods and rich desserts.

Brewed to highlight maltiness, Third Street Brewhouse blended 2-Row, Cara Gold and Chocolate malts with roasted barley for a subtly sweet flavor. Magnum, Golding and Tettnager hops hover faintly in the background, adding to the brew’s complexity. Lake State Brown Ale has an ABV of 5.5%.

Lake State Brown Ale is now available on tap at many locations in Minnesota. 12-pack cases of 12oz cans are also available at liquor stores. For more information about Third Street Brewhouse and the rest of Third Street Brewhouse’s craft beer lineup, please visit www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com

Third Street Brewhouse is the craft beer division of Cold Spring Brewing Company. With an outstanding array of year-round craft beers, unique seasonal brews and innovative spiked seltzer waters, Third Street Brewhouse is taking Minnesota craft brewing to another level. In 2016, their first Oktoberfest was ranked #2 in Paste Magazine’s top 55 Oktoberfest/Märzen style beers. Third Street Brewhouse brews are available in liquor stores and bars, as well as at the Third Street Brewhouse Tap House in Cold Spring, MN.

Employee Spotlight – Lindsay Wallace

Here at Cold Spring Brewing, we don’t just take pride in making fantastic beer – we take pride in our fantastic people. It takes a village to help make sure our innovative brews are shared with you – that’s why we’re proud to highlight Lindsay Wallace as this month’s CSBC Employee Spotlight! As a sales rep, Lindsay’s role is to create relationships with our sellers, distributors and, ultimately, our customers.

“I was a fan of Cold Spring before they were Third Street,” said Lindsay. “I was a regular Northern Honey Brown drinker and when the new brewhouse opened it provided a wider variety of high-quality craft beer that I had never seen before – there were a few other craft breweries out there but none with the variety Third Street offered.”

In his role, Lindsay has the unique opportunity to ensure our products are promoted, sampled and enjoyed by our consumers.

“I meet with owners and managers of on-premise and off-premise sales to promote our products and brewery,” explained Lindsay. “I organize events, samplings and promotions with both types of accounts to increase sales and exposure to our products. We also work with our distribution partners and their sales staff to help sell our products. In short, I go to bars, liquor stores and restaurants all day!”

His favorite part of the job? Keeping up with the changes in the industry while having the opportunity to get feedback from those who love our product most. “With the increase in consumer demand for craft beer, it makes it a lot of fun to present our products to consumers,” expressed Lindsay. “The market is constantly changing and with new breweries opening every week I enjoy the challenge of marketing our products to our sellers, distributors and ultimately our consumers. The growth of the industry provides challenges, but Third Street also has unique advantages in size which makes us very different from other local crafts.”

With the new brew season just around the corner, one thing’s for sure, Lindsay is looking forward to what distributors, and customers alike, are going to say about the new beers.

“There’s opportunity for growth with our ability to produce a large quantity of high-quality products,” said Lindsay. “I’m looking forward to an extremely busy fall and gearing up for 2020!”

Employee Spotlight – Alysse Rolfes

What does it take to get our high-quality brews off our line and into your cooler? It wouldn’t be possible without the CSBC employees who make it happen – like Alysse Rolfes, our Quality Control Manager.

Alysse is what you might call a “jack-of-all-trades.” Starting at Cold Spring Brewing Co. when she was just 20-years-old, she’s stayed with us for the past 12 years, enjoying the details that make CSBC run smoothly every day.

“I enjoy the work,” said Alysse. “It’s mentally challenging to ensure we’re delivering what our customers need. I also like the science aspect. I don’t come into work and feel like I’m just standing in a spot going through the mechanics – things are always moving and changing.”

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Alysse moved to Minnesota when she was in high school – she loved the great state so much, she decided to stick around. Since taking on the role as Quality Control Manager, she’s constantly kept an eye out for ways to challenge herself – everything from taking specs and grabbing samples off the line, to establishing customer relationships and improving team morale and training – she can do it all.

“It’s what I like,” explained Alysse. “There’s so many different components that keep you on your toes!”
When asked what she looked forward to most at her future with CSBC, she simply said opportunity.

“Right now we’re growing, which we’ve pretty much been doing at a constant rate,” Alysse continued. “From working on new projects and developing our company with our employees, it’s exciting to see what else is going to change and what will be incorporated into our facility – it’s exciting when we get to create new jobs for the local community. Everyone knows us as a staple.”

When she’s not working, Alysse can be found enjoying Minnesota’s great pastime: hockey. “I’m a huge hockey fanatic!” said Alysse. “I played hockey when I was younger, but now I just watch it – everything from peewee to pro, to college and the Canadian League.”

Spoken like a true Minnesotan.