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.

Third Street Brewhouse Announces Taproom Manager

COLD SPRING, MN – Third Street Brewhouse (Third Street), the craft brewery behind popular beers like Minnesota Gold and Hop Lift, announced Maranda Theisen as Taproom Manager.

Theisen is no stranger to the brewhouse, having been with the company for the past two-and-a-half years. Before being promoted to Taproom Manager in April 2016, Theisen worked as a receptionist.
“Maranda does a great job interacting with customers and teaching them about our beers and the craft brew industry,” said Scott Bender, General Manager of Third Street. “She’s a fast learner and we can’t wait to see all of the wonderful things she will do for our brewery in the future.”

In her role as Taproom Manager, Theisen is responsible for scheduling samplings and all internal and external brewhouse events, brewhouse tours, managing the brewery’s social media accounts, as well as overseeing design decisions for new and revised cans and packaging.

“I’m so excited for 2017 and the new beers we plan to introduce,” said Theisen. “Third Street is a growing brand and I’m happy to be a part of the success of the company!”

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.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Nicole Holthaus as Human Resources Manager

Nicole Holthaus as Human Resources ManagerCOLD 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 hiring of Nicole Holthaus as Human Resources Manager.

Holthaus, who is a native to the local community, brings over 17 years of management and human resource experience in the St. Cloud area. Prior to joining CSBC, Holthaus held positions with the St. Cloud Hospital and Wolters Kluwer Financial Services – just to name a few.

“I’m in charge of 325 of my closest friends,” said Holthaus, when speaking about her role as Human Resources Manager. “It’s a big task, but I enjoy feeling like I’m taking care of everybody.”

In her role as Human Resources Manager, Holthaus will also be in charge of hiring nearly 60 new employees for the company’s planned expansion to add 300,000 square feet to its shipping facility.

“The company has grown significantly over the past few years and we saw this as a great opportunity to expand in order to keep up with demand,” Holthaus said. “It’s exciting to see how everything is coming together. I can’t wait!”

The expansion is expected to be completed by late 2017 or early 2018.

Third Street Brewhouse Launches Cool Beans Imperial Coffee Porter

COLD SPRING, MN – Third Street Brewhouse (Third Street), is pleased to announce the release of their specialty brew, Cool Beans Imperial Coffee Porter. Cool Beans is a rich, malty porter brewed with Sumatra beans from Muggsy’s Beans, a local roaster in St. Cloud, MN.
“This is really the perfect beer for the cold, Minnesota winter we’ve been having,” says Karl Schmitz, Head Brewer at Third Street. “We’ve blended bold coffee with rich chocolate for a smooth, drinkable dark beer.”

Cool Beans Imperial Coffee Porter is a flavorful brew, and pairs nicely with bold flavored comfort foods like roasted or smoked meats including barbecue, sausages or blackened fish. It also holds its own after dinner, and goes nicely with chocolate, peanut butter or coconut flavored desserts.

The specialty launch also introduces the Coffee Porter’s new can and packaging design – just in time for the New Year! The new look captures the dark brown colors and flavors of rich chocolate and Sumatra beans, to create a look as bold as the brew itself.

Along with its specialty and seasonal ales, Third Street has four popular signature brews on tap and in cans: Minnesota Gold, Minnesota Gold Light, Hop Lift, 3 Way and Lost Trout.

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.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Announces Director of Supply Chain

audra-nistler_csbcCOLD 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 hiring of Audra Nistler as Director of Supply Chain.

Nistler brings nearly 20 years of Supply Chain experience including purchasing, accounting, plant management and materials management. Prior to joining Third Street, Nistler held materials management positions with Elk River Machine Company in Elk River, MN and TCR Engineered Components, LLC in Brooklyn Center, MN.
“We’re very lucky to have Audra on our team, ” said Scott Bender, General Manager of Third Street. “Since Audra joined our team, she’s helped us improve efficiency by 40% – exceeding our customers’ expectations. We couldn’t be more proud of her!”

In her role as Director of Supply Chain, Nistler is responsible for managing the company’s two state-of-the-art warehouses—all 450,00 square feet—including overseeing all incoming and outgoing materials. In addition to her experience, Nistler holds an accounting degree and certifications in lean manufacturing, as well as Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) and Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM).
“In the past 20 months with CSBC, I have expanded my knowledge base, helped improve processes and put money back to the bottom line,” said Nistler. “This would not have been possible without the efforts of my team and I’m excited to see what the future has in store.”

Cold Spring Brewing Company Honored with Historic Business of the Year Award

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company, the craft brewery behind popular beers like Minnesota Gold Lager and Hop Lift, was awarded the Historic Business of the Year Award.

“The Cold Spring Brewing Company and Third Street Brewhouse were selected for 2016 to recognize their long-time standing in the community as a business and supporter of causes that are important to the community. As one of Cold Spring’s major employers, their effect on the community is seen through their investment in building the new Third Street Brewhouse, their continued plans to grow, and for being a good place to work with many long-term employees,” said Rita Hennen, Secretary of the Cold Spring Area Historical Society (CSAHS).

The CSAHS held their annual meeting on October 26, 2016, at the Cold Spring American Legion. “We are honored to receive the award,” Nicole Holthaus, Human Relations Manager of Cold Spring Brewing Company said. “We look forward to collaborating with the CSAHS to help celebrate our history!”

CSAHS Trustees along with the 2016 Historian of the Year Recipients Shown are Trustees Bill Thull, Dan Steil, Rita Hennen; Historian Award Recipient John Decker, Historian Award Recipient Scott Bender (General Manager of the CSBrewing Company) and Trustees Cliff Johnson, Jim Dwyer, Dave Mehr, Don Jungles. Not shown are Trustees Ray Schouviller and Scott Larson.

CSAHS Trustees along with the 2016 Historian of the Year Recipients
Shown are Trustees Bill Thull, Dan Steil, Rita Hennen; Historian Award Recipient John Decker, Historian Award Recipient Scott Bender (General Manager of the CSBrewing Company) and Trustees Cliff Johnson, Jim Dwyer, Dave Mehr, Don Jungles. Not shown are Trustees Ray Schouviller and Scott Larson.

Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC) is one of the oldest breweries in the state and has been brewing beer in Cold Spring since 1874. During the event Third Street Brewhouse, the craft beer division of CSBC, released their plan to introduce three new historical lagers to their craft beer portfolio:

June 2017 – Pre-Prohibition Lager
October 2017 – Export Style Lager
March 2018 – Kegle Brau

Pre-Prohibition Lager was sampled during the ceremony. The recipe for which was found hand written on a piece of paper from the early-1900’s.

General manager, Scott Bender, was presented with a traveling trophy which will be displayed in the taproom at Third Street for the next year.