Cold Spring Brewing Co. Adds Warehousing Capacity with New Lease

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC), leading beverage producer for major retailers throughout the world, is pleased to announce the expansion of the company’s warehouse capacity with the addition of a leased 300,000+ square foot space. This additional capacity brings CSBC’s total warehousing capacity to over one million square feet.

“This new space is an excellent addition to CSBC’s facilities, and the opportunity arose at the perfect time” said Scott Bender, General Manager at CSBC. “The additional 300,000+ square feet of warehousing space will allow us to meet growing client demands and create high-quality jobs in the region.”

CSBC has entered into a five-year lease agreement to rent the former Creative Memories manufacturing space near Saint Cloud just off of I-94. The facility includes 20,000 square feet of office space and a fully air-conditioned manufacturing area with 31’ clear height.

The expanded warehousing capacity will allow CSBC to add over 100 new jobs for forklift drivers, production staff, warehouse staff and more. Interested applicants are invited to visit for details on available positions and to submit an application. CSBC is proud to be able to bring more jobs and economic support to the same community they have been a part of for over 145 years.

CSBC has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years. In 2018, CSBC became part of the Carolina Beverage Group, expanding CSBC’s national footprint. The same year, CSBC opened a 300,000 square-foot facility in Cold Spring to expand manufacturing and shipping capacity, and the company has already maximized production and outgrown this space.

“We’re looking forward to growing our team and increasing our production capabilities in this new space,” continued Bender.

CSBC is committed to supporting regional economic development by offering competitive, high-quality jobs in a variety of areas. Visit for more information on available positions.

Top Third Street Brewhouse Beers Now Available in 12oz Cans

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC), leading beverage producer for major retailers throughout the world, is pleased to announce that Third Street Brewhouse, the company’s craft beer division, will be moving their line of craft beers to 12oz cans available in 12-packs. This marks a significant shift from the current 16oz, 4-pack packaging available today. Available in stores now are fan favorites Hop Lift IPA and Hunny Do Wheat Beer in 12oz cans.

“We are very excited to be shifting to 12oz cans in 12-packs,” said Karl Schmitz, Brewhouse Manager. “This is a more economical choice for Third Street Brewhouse and, more importantly, our customers. We want our customers to have access to easily portable and sharable packs of their favorite Third Street Brewhouse brews.”

Hop Lift IPA has been one of Third Street Brewhouse’s most in-demand beers since it hit shelves in 2016. Hop Lift is a bold India Pale Ale brewed with over 600 pounds of hops in every tank. To create Hop Lift’s distinctly hoppy flavor, Third Street Brewhouse brews it with a blend of Ekuanot, Glacier and Bravo hops. Hop Lift is available year round and has an ABV of 6.2%.

Hunny Do Wheat Beer is a hazy wheat beer brewed with honeydew melon flavor. This summer seasonal beer is available annually starting in early spring through July. Hunny Do is a refreshing wheat beer with a crisp and subtly sweet hint of honeydew melon. Hunny Do is available seasonally and has an ABV of 4.8%.

Hop Lift and Hunny Do are now available in their new sizes and Third Street Brewhouse plans to release a few other beers in the new size later in the year – Free Speech, Oktoberfest and Sugar Shack will be available in 12oz cans and 12-packs beginning in late summer and fall of 2019.

Sun Seeker Shandy, another Third Street Brewhouse summer seasonal brew, will also be hitting shelves to help us kickoff spring and some warmer weather. This light, refreshing brew with a hint of lemon is available annually starting in early spring through August. Look for Hop Lift, Hunny Do and Sun Seeker Shandy in 12oz cans and 12-packs available now, and find other Third Street Brewhouse favorites in stores and on tap now.

CSBC Employee Spotlight- Jennifer Hartz

Jennifer HartzCOLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC) is a major beverage producer for leading retailers throughout the world. Third Street Brewhouse is their craft beer division. They are pleased to announce this month’s employee spotlight: Jennifer Hartz, Batching Manager. In this role, Jennifer oversees several batching departments, from pre-weigh batching to the four production lines.

“No two days are ever the same in this job,” explained Jennifer. “I run different departments, and each one has challenges – things happen that you can never predict! But I love the challenges. They’re my favorite part.”

Jennifer joined the CSBC team in 2017 as a Production Manager and was quickly promoted to RDC Manager and finally Batching Manager due to her drive, experience and success. She leans on her strong background in management to keep all the departments operating smoothly. The end result – seeing customers enjoy the final products she helped create – fills Jennifer with pride for her team’s hard work.

“It’s neat to be able to have a little ownership of the products,” said Jennifer. “Whenever I see someone drinking Minnesota Gold Light or an energy drink we make, I think to myself, ‘Hey, I work for that company. I helped with that!’ It’s a great experience that is unique to CSBC.”

Looking to the future of CSBC, Jennifer feels that the company is set up for success. Just in her year and a half at the company, she has seen it grow and she thinks this positive trend will continue well into the future.

“It’s a really exciting time for the company,” continued Jennifer. “It’s just getting bigger and better every day!”

Jennifer hails from Rockford, Minnesota, but hasn’t lived in the region for her whole life, as traveling is one of her passions. She spent eight years visiting other parts of the country before returning to Minnesota and taking the role of Plant Supervisor at Forsman Farms, an egg processing plant in Howard Lake, where she worked before joining the CSBC team.

When she’s not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her daughter and her dog. Her happiest place is outside in the woods, whether she’s camping, hiking, fishing or hunting.

CSBC Employee Spotlight- Chad McCarney

Chad McCarneyCOLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, is pleased to announce this month’s employee spotlight: Chad McCarney, Dayshift Production Manager.

As a central Minnesota native, Chad has a deep familiarity with the long and rich tradition of the historic brewery in Cold Spring. This background is one of the reasons he was drawn to CSBC as a career.

“CSBC has always been a leader in giving back to the community,” Chad said. “Learning more about the growth of the company over the past several years and the opportunities that growth can present made it an enticing fit as a place to begin a new career path for me.”

Chad began his role at CSBC in the Process Improvement department, and shortly thereafter took a position as Dayshift Production Manager. In this role, Chad has responsibility for all things happening in the main manufacturing plant. This includes scheduling employees’ time and equipment, maintaining a safe work environment by ensuring everyone follows procedures and policies, striving to produce products of the highest quality specifications and delivering products to fulfill customer orders.

While Chad has only worked at CSBC for a few months, he says it has been a great opportunity for him to learn as he goes.

“It presents its own unique challenges in all the different products and configurations that we make. The speed at which the production lines run for some of the products is amazing,” he continued. “Working in manufacturing, regardless of where it is, is challenging and exciting because no two days are ever alike.”

Looking forward, Chad sees an opportunity for continued growth for all employees at CSBC, explaining, “As CSBC continues to grow to meet customer demand, there will be opportunities for employees to continue to expand their skill sets and take on new roles with additional responsibilities.”

Founded in 1874, Cold Spring Brewing Company has remained a fixture in the little Minnesota town that inspired its name for more than a century. Today, the company employs over 400 people throughout its brewery and beverage product development and production facility that includes Third Street Brewhouse. Third Street Brewhouse is a craft beer division of the company.

Third Street’s year-round beers are available at liquor stores, as well as on tap at many bars and restaurants. Fan favorites include our craft staples Minnesota Gold Lager, Minnesota Gold Light, Hop Lift IPA, Lost Trout Brown Ale, Free Speech Red Ale and 2018 new product HULA Spiked Seltzer. They also enjoy seasonal and specialty beers including Sun Seeker Shandy, Hunny Do Wheat Beer and Cool Beans Imperial Coffee Porter.


Cold Spring Brewing Co. and Third Street Brewhouse Donate Over $36K for Local Charities and Organizations

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC) and Third Street Brewhouse continue to give back to the community by donating over $36,000 for local charities and organizations so far this year. CSBC is proud to support the community through the “Taps That Give Back” program and donations to several local events, charities, clubs and organizations.

“We are proud to have continued our charitable giving efforts this year, again raising thousands of dollars through our events and donations for local organizations,” said Maranda Theisen, Third Street Brewhouse Taproom Manager. “We’re simply astonished at the results. It’s great to give back to so many worthy organizations in our community.”

CSBC’s Taps That Give Back Taproom Takeovers are held by charitable organizations at the Third Street Brewhouse Taproom. Third Street Brewhouse staffs and promotes the event and brings in a live band. The entire community is welcome to attend and support organizations that are making a difference. All beer proceeds are donated to the organization sponsoring the event.

In addition to the Taps That Give Back program, CSBC’s charitable efforts this year include donating over $4,500 in silent auction items and a sponsorship of $5,000 to the St. Cloud Bottom Feeders Rugby Club to support the team. CSBC was also a presenting sponsor for Firefest 2018, providing several varieties of beer and HULA Spiked Seltzer at cost – a donation over $3,300.

This year to date, CSBC and Third Street Brewhouse have donated over $36,000 in beer proceeds and product to the following local organizations:

  • American Cancer Society (Pints for Pink)
  • Assumption Nursing Home
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN
  • Boniball
  • Church of St. Boniface and St. Boniface School
  • Cold Spring Area Historical Society
  • Cold Spring Area Maennerchor
  • Cold Spring Baseball Association
  • Firefest 2018
  • MS150 – National MS Society
  • River Lakes Figure Skating Club
  • River Park Community Foundation (Firefighter’s Splash Pad – CS)
  • Rocori Lacrosse Association
  • Rocori Senior Center
  • Rocori Spartans Booster Club
  • Saint John’s Outdoor U
  • Saints Peter and Paul School
  • Sauk River Chain of Lakes Association
  • St. Cloud Bottom Feeders Rugby Club
  • Stearns History Museum
  • U.S. Navy Chiefs

For more information about Taps That Give Back, or to request a Taproom Takeover event for your organization, please contact Maranda Theisen, Third Street Brewhouse Taproom Manager at

Employee Spotlight Kayla Stang – Front Desk Receptionist

Kayla StangCOLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC), the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers throughout the world, is pleased to announce Kayla Stang as Front Desk Receptionist.

Born and raised in Cold Spring, Kayla’s roots run deep in the community. Living in Cold Spring all her life, she grew up just a few blocks away from the historic brewery. She joined the CSBC team two years ago, after working as a staffing coordinator in the healthcare industry for eight years. The experience she gained in coordinating, planning and effectively communicating have all been beneficial in her role at CSBC.

Kayla’s love for people helps provide a warm and friendly face to everyone who visits CSBC. She is the first stop for customers, vendors and employees as she helps guide and direct them to where they need to be. She acts as the “switchboard” for the brewery, answering every call and knowing where everyone is at all times.

“Every day is a little bit different,” says Kayla. “The thing that I enjoy the most about my job is the human interaction, talking with people and getting to know everyone that comes through our doors.”

Working at a brewery was not something Kayla had pictured herself doing but in her time at CSBC, she has grown to appreciate the industry. Kayla loves the variety of beers offered by Third Street Brewhouse and appreciates the uniqueness of each brew. One of her favorite seasonal brews, Sun Seeker Shandy, reminds her that the craft beer industry is all about trying something new and being creative in the brewing process.

“I love what I do here, and I love working with this great group of people,” continued Kayla. “I’m looking forward to seeing how CSBC grows alongside Cold Spring’s community and am excited for the future of the brand.”

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 Taproom is open on Fridays from 4-9pm and Saturdays from 1-7pm during the summer months. Visit Third Street’s website at for additional information, locations and a full list of beers.


Third Street Brewhouse is a Triple Can Can Winner in 2018

Third Street Brewhouse is a Triple Can Can Winner in 2018

Cold Spring, MN – Third Street Brewhouse is a triple Can Can winner at the 2018 awards, medaling for Minnesota with the delicious brews of Minnesota Gold, Hunny Do and Sanity Break.

The Can Can Awards is a beer competition exclusively for canned craft beers, with over 350 beers worldwide submitted and subjected to a blind taste test. The Can Can Awards began in 2016 to showcase canning as a cost-effective, convenient and eco-friendly way to produce, share and enjoy great craft beer. For a craft beer to earn the coveted pop top in gold, silver or bronze, the brew is sampled by a 24-member judging panel. This year’s competition hosted 39 distinct categories including ales, lagers and hybrid styles.

Are you thirsty yet? Read on to learn more about each of these Minnesota-brewed champions.

Fittingly, Minnesota Gold received a gold medal in the American-Style Lager category. “Minnesota Gold quickly became our flagship beer after its release a few years ago,” noted Karl Schmitz, Brewhouse Manager. This fine brew was first produced by Third Street Brewhouse in 2015 and quickly became the brewery’s number one seller. Minnesota Gold is available for purchase in many Minnesota bars and liquor stores and year-round in 12-packs of 16-ounce-cans. Get a taste of Minnesota Gold for yourself!

The second gold-medal winner in the American-Style Wheat Beer Category this year is the seasonal brew, Hunny Do. This crisp, sweet melon wheat beer was first brewed in 2013 and can only be found and enjoyed seasonally May to August at a variety of establishments, in 16-ounce-can-8-packs, or as a tasty treat in Third Street Brewhouse’s Summer Variety Pack.  

Summer is also a great time to find time to sample the fan favorite bronze medal winner of the Session India Pale Ale category, Sanity Break. Sanity Break, first brewed in 2017, is a new year-round favorite with a deep golden color, crisp flavor and lower alcohol content that makes it great for drinking on a summer day, or whenever you’d like a Sanity Break. Check it out on tap or in a convenient 4-pack of 16-ounce-cans.

About Cold Spring Brewing Company:
Founded in 1874, Cold Spring Brewing Company has remained a fixture in the little Minnesota town that inspired its name for more than a century. The spring is one of the purest sources of water in North America. There are certain pure elements in the water that are perfect for brewing world-class beers.

Today, the company employs over 300 people throughout its state-of-the-art brewery and beverage product development and production facility that includes Third Street Brewhouse and Monarch Custom Beverages. Third Street Brewhouse is a craft beer division of the company, which now acts as the public face of the brewery. Monarch Custom Beverages is a custom beverage product manufacturer and the #1 producer of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for major retailers in the United States and other companies throughout the world. Visit us at

Third Street’s year-round beers are available at liquor stores, as well as on tap at many bars and restaurants. Fan favorites include our craft staples Minnesota Gold Lager, Sanity Break Session IPA, Hop Lift IPA, Lost Trout Brown Ale and Free Speech Red Ale. They also enjoy seasonal and specialty beers including Sun Seeker Shandy, Hunny Do Wheat Beer and Cool Beans Imperial Coffee Porter.

About the Can Can Awards

The Can Can Awards is the premier beer competition focused solely on canned craft beers. In their second year, over 350 beers were entered from across the globe, including entries from both large breweries and small breweries alike.

The Can Can Awards invites beer industry professionals to blindly sample canned beers submitted from breweries and brewpubs around the world. Each beer submitted is submitted in a specific category. The Judges Panel sips submitted beers in order to award Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals to the three beers that best represent each individual category of beers. Beers are assigned to Judges with specific and applicable experience with the particular category in question. Judges are never able to judge their own products or any products with any relation to them. To learn more about the Can Can Awards, visit


Third Street Brewhouse Releases Sun Seeker Shandy

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC) and Third Street Brewhouse are kicking off the warmer weather season with the release of a new beer: Sun Seeker Shandy. This refreshing shandy is brewed with U.S. Hallertau hops and finishes with a subtly sweet taste of lemonade. Sun Seeker Shandy is now available on shelves and taps near you.

“Sun Seeker is a fun, summertime beer. We know our customers are going to love it,” said Karl Schmitz, Brewhouse Manager. “We wanted to brew a fresh and incredibly drinkable beer that is the perfect pairing for just about any outdoor activity.”

If you’re looking for an excellent new beer to enjoy this summer, the hazy, golden Sun Seeker Shandy is just the thing. With an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 4.2% and a low International Bitterness Unit (IBU) of 9, Sun Seeker Shandy is light, slightly sweet and easy to drink. The hint of lemonade will transport your taste buds to a warm, summer day no matter where you are.

The Third Street Brewhouse team recommends pairing Sun Seeker Shandy with great times with your family and friends. Try it with your favorite summer activities: enjoying a sunset on the dock, fishing, a round of golf or after a long day in the sun. Please enjoy responsibly.

By mid-May, Sun Seeker Shandy will be available on tap at many locations in Minnesota. 12-pack cases of 12oz cans will also be available at liquor stores. For more information about Third Street Brewhouse, Sun Seeker Shandy and the rest of Third Street Brewhouse’s craft beer lineup, please visit

Third Street Brewhouse is the craft beer division of Cold Spring Brewing Company. With an outstanding craft beer lineup, unique seasonal brews and innovative spiked seltzers, Third Street Brewhouse is taking Minnesota craft beer 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 Taproom in Cold Spring, MN.

Hop Selection: Choosing the Very Best Hops

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas, Hop Selection Season! The location: Washington state’s beautiful Yakima Valley. We sent Brewhouse Manager Karl Schmitz and Lead Brewer Mike “The Golden One” Gold on their second-annual trip to hand-select the hops we use in Third Street Brewhouse beers.

Last year was educational. This year, Karl and Mike arrived with a strategy and a better idea of what to look for this year. The number one priority: consistency. It is essential to keep pace with the precedent we’ve set for the Third Street Brewhouse brand – so this year’s hop selection had to be on-point.

The bulk of the hops we use in our beers throughout the year are purchased from Yakima Valley suppliers like Hopsteiner and John I. Haas, Inc. That’s why we sent Karl and Mike out to visit the suppliers and make their selections. Once the decisions are made, we can purchase the hops we want throughout the year as needed.

The actual hop selection ensures we can continue to make the same beers consistently and accurately. It gives us the opportunity to match a new year’s crop with what we used last year. That way, our beers keep a consistent flavor between batches. The Hop Lift you had last fall will taste like the one you have in your fridge right now.

This year, Karl and Mike selected Ekuanot, Glacier, Mosaic, Denali and Bravo hops. For more on the selection process, check out our blog post: Choosing the Perfect Hops.

A Hop’s Life

Hops are grown and harvested once each year. Growers plant the hops each spring when the soil is still cool. As they grow, they’re strung onto wires to encourage vertical growth. Hops need consistent watering, but not too much. It is essential to let the ground dry fully between watering. This prevents mildew from forming. Nobody wants to drink mildew.

Around the summer solstice, as the nights begin to get longer, the cone-shaped burrs begin to form. The hops will continue to bloom and ripen well into August. For many hop varieties, harvest begins in September. Some early crops may be ready in mid-August, and late crops are ready by late-September. The harvest, in general, lasts about six weeks in the Yakima Valley.

After the burrs have been harvested, they are baked in a kiln, low and slow over 8-12 hours, until they are nice and dry. The baked hops are then allowed to cool before being shipped to suppliers for processing.

Suppliers often process the hops into pellets, which are then frozen. Brewers can purchase the frozen, pelletized hops year-round to create the delicious, aromatic brews we know and love.

Experimental Hops

A lot of the experience in Yakima is learning about new varieties of hops. Karl discovered Denali hops last year, which was the first year it was produced commercially. He got to taste some beers brewed with Denali hops, and brought home samples from suppliers. The crew at Third Street Brewhouse liked Denali and knew we wanted to use it somehow.

When we were formulating Sanity Break, we knew Denali hops would be an excellent complement to the Mosaic hops we were already planning to use. The blend turned out incredibly well. Sanity Break is an incredibly balanced session IPA that is full of hoppy flavor without the high ABV.

Now that Denali hops are commercially available, Karl and Mike got to select the hops. They chose the specific lot that best matched Sanity Break this year.

Karl and Mike got a sneak peek of a few experimental hops. These hops don’t even have names yet. One variety had a lemon-pear aroma that immediately got Karl thinking of a hefeweisen or a pilsner. They brought some samples back and can hardly wait to have our brewers get their hands on it. There’s definitely some inspiration to be had with this one, and we’re excited to sample the results.

To the Year Ahead

We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us in the coming year. We’ve got beer to brew and opportunities to experiment with new hops. Until next year, Yakima.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. and Third Street Brewhouse Announce Second Beer in Historic Beer Series, Cold Spring Pilsner – Available Now

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC) and Third Street Brewhouse are excited to announce the release of Cold Spring Pilsner, the second beer in the company’s Historic Beer Series. This beer is a dry-hopped pilsner brewed with Cascade hops This beer honors Michael Sargl, the brewmaster who founded CSBC, and can be found in stores and on tap beginning October 1, 2017. The first Historic Beer was Brewer’s Tears released in June 2017 and Kegle Brau will be released in February 2018.

“The original Cold Spring Pilsner was an innovative brew. It was very ahead of its time,” said Karl Schmitz, Brewhouse Manager. “Our recreation is a tribute to the long history of our brewery and Brewmaster Sargl, who pioneered it all. He brought German beer to Minnesota.”

In 1874, German immigrant Michael Sargl came upon “Pure Spring Waters” and opened Cold Spring Brewery to bring a piece of the old country to his new home. Sargl longed to brew beer like he did back in Germany and made do with brewing outside in a kettle near the spring.

Nearly 100 years later, CSBC became famous for an export style pilsner that would have made Sargl proud. This brew was dry-hopped, making it truly unique. In the 1970s, not many brewers were experimenting with the dry-hopping process. The brewers at CSBC were known for this style of brewing, which speaks volumes of their innovation and forward-thinking.

Dry-hopping is a brewing technique typically seen in modern IPAs and pale ales. The process involves adding additional hops after fermentation is complete. Because the additional hops are steeped rather than boiled, the dry-hopping process allows beer to take on more intense hop aroma and flavor without increasing bitterness.

Cold Spring Pilsner is a rich, golden color of traditional pilsners as well as has bright, hoppy aromas and flavors. Bringing this historical brew to market is a testament to CSBC’s innovation and ability to stand the test of time.

Find Cold Spring Pilsner near you today!
Click on the Pilsner box to use the Beer Locator.

The first beer in CSBC’s Historic Beer Series was Brewer’s Tears, a pre-prohibition lager brewed from a hand-written recipe, found deep in CSBC’s archives. When prohibition was enacted, CSBC was forced to pause production and dispose of all alcohol. Brewery owners stood by stoically watching this tragedy. Brewmaster Hermanutz walked away with a tear in his eye – hence the name, Brewer’s Tears. The surviving Hermanutz family were excited and proud to honor their grandfather’s history with the recreation of this historical brew, receiving the first cases of this release at the release party in June 2017.

CSBC plans to release the third and final beer in the Historic Beer Series with a celebration in early 2018.

Look for Cold Spring Pilsner and other Third Street Brewhouse brews at a local retailer near you. Cold Spring Pilsner will be available in 12-pack, 12oz cans beginning October 1, 2017.

Cold Spring Pilsner will also be on tap at the Third Street Brewhouse Taproom, which is open on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm.