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 www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com 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 www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com.

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 https://cancanawards.com.

 

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 www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com/the-beers/year-round-beers/.

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.

Cold Spring Brewing Company and Third Street Brewhouse Releases First Beer in Historic Series, Brewer’s Tears

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Company and Third Street Brewhouse are pleased to announce the release of their latest brew and first in their Historic Series, Brewer’s Tears. Brewed from a handwritten recipe found hidden in the brewery’s archives, Brewer’s Tears is a pre-prohibition lager with 4.7% alcohol, perfect for reminiscing and having your own sip of history.

Cold Spring Brewing Company was founded in 1874 by German immigrant Michael Sargl as he began brewing beer outdoors in a kettle. 16 years later in 1890, John Oster became a brewery partner, bringing new machinery to the brewhouse. Sargl and Oster continued brewing beer until the eighteenth amendment to the Constitution was ratified in January 1919 ushering in the era of Prohibition.

All across the country, breweries were forced to pause production and dispose of their alcohol. Federal agents arrived at Cold Spring Brewing Company and ordered all the beer be poured into the creek. The brewery owners stood by stoically watching this tragedy. Brewmaster Hermanutz walked away with a tear in his eye, unable to watch his work be destroyed.

Luckily, Cold Spring Brewing Company was able to shift their focus to producing mineral water and near beer until Prohibition ended and they could return to brewing their full beer production.

“We wanted to bring back some great recipes that we found deep in the archives,” says Brewhouse Manager, Karl Schmitz of the Historic Series. “We wanted to honor the brewers who came before us, which was why the name Brewer’s Tears was a perfect fit for this recipe.”

Cold Spring Brewing Company and Third Street Brewhouse have found Brewer’s Tears to go well with chicken salad, fettuccine in cream-based sauce, fish, white rice, garlic potatoes and buttered rolls.

You can look for Brewer’s Tears at a local retailer near you, starting in June, featured in 12-pack with
12-oz cans.

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

Third Street Brewhouse Releases First Session IPA

COLD SPRING, MN – Third Street Brewhouse (Third Street), is pleased to announce the release of their latest brew, Sanity Break Session IPA. Sanity Break was created with summer time in mind, offering a crisp, clean full hop flavor for easy drinking. With 4.0% alcohol, this session IPA is perfect for a day (or two) of R&R when the daily grind gets old.

“Sometimes you just need your sanity back,” said Sales Manager Jodi Peterson when asked about the inspiration behind the brew. “I think the name is perfect for those days when you need to get away from the day-to-day hustle and bustle. We want people to feel relaxed when they drink this beer and because it’s a session IPA, you can have more than one!”
Third Street brewers have found Sanity Break to go well with roasted or smoked food, including barbeque, burgers and brats, BLT’s and deli sandwiches.

We’ve been wanting to add a session IPA to our year-round line-up for some time,” says Brewhouse Manager, Karl Schmitz. “We wanted to give consumers a brew with a lower alcohol percentage, so they can enjoy more than one while still having the full flavor of an IPA.”

You can look for Sanity Break Session IPA at a local retailer near you, featured in 4-pack, 16-oz cans and in the Third Street summer variety pack.

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

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Recognizes Maintenance Planner Brian Topp for 13 Years of Excellent Service

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 recognize Brian Topp, Maintenance Planner for 13 years of outstanding work in maintenance at CSBC facilities.

Topp began working as a Line Maintenance Technician for CSBC in 2004, after graduating from Alexandria Technical College and working for Douglas Machine in Alexandria. Topp’s background in automation in a production environment has made him a valuable addition to CSBC’s team. As Maintenance Planner, Topp wears many hats. He coordinates work for the maintenance staff, handles quotes for work and equipment and keeps CSBC running as smoothly as possible.

“My goal every day is to eliminate production downtime. I like to keep everything running smoothly,” said Topp. “Our facility runs 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. Our operations are highly efficient, and we’re always improving.” Topp has extensive experience working directly with production equipment, and he enjoys teaching, coaching and sharing his knowledge with the rest of the maintenance team. They’re a tight-knit group of hard working craft beer enthusiasts. “We all enjoy taste testing new brews when we’re off the clock! Keeping up with the industry is a fun part of working at CSBC.”

The role of Maintenance Planner for a large-scale production facility is never dull. Between scheduled downtime for preventative maintenance and unexpected events, Topp’s team keeps busy. Quick power outages can wreak havoc on processing equipment, and with the extremely windy conditions experienced by most of Minnesota in March, it was a busy month for Topp. “My top priority is to keep our equipment running without ever having unscheduled breakdowns,” said Topp.

Last year, CSBC produced over 26 million cases of product, and is positioned to increase output in 2017. With a 300,000-square-foot expansion in the works, a maintenance planner’s job never ends. “The expansion will certainly increase our workload, which is exciting. We’ll install state-of-the-art equipment to maximize efficiency in the new facility,” continued Topp. “There are a lot of opportunities to increase automation. We’re looking forward to producing more than ever before.”

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 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.