Archive for June, 2020

Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program

We are happy to announce another Minnesota Water Quality Certified farmer! We partner with the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District and every farmer that gets water quality certified receives a Minnesota Gold 12pk and a Minnesota Gold tin sign. Clean water = great beer!

Luverne and Mary Jo Forbord own and operate Prairie Horizons Farm LLC and became Ag Water Quality Certified in June 2020. Luverne grew up on the farm which has been Certified Organic since 2006. The farm covers 480 acres of perennial pastures and is home to about 150 rotationally grazed Angus cattle. Over 300 acres of row crop acres have been converted to perennial pastures using diverse mixes of warm and cool season grasses, legumes and native forbs. About 100 acres of native prairie is also managed as part of the Forbord’s rotational grazing system.

Prairie Horizons Farm LLC sells USDA Certified Grass-fed Beef from Certified Organic Pastures and a variety of Certified Organic fruits, vegetables and other farm products directly to customers through their on-farm store. Farm tours are available by appointment.

Certified Organic Fruits, Hazelnuts, Garlic & Grass-fed Beef
31008 State Hwy 29 Benson MN (GPS location)
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[Pictured left to right; Grant Pearson Stearns SWCD Certifier and Luverne Forbord.]

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Employee Spotlight – Mitchell Schramel

Every time you open one of our beverages and it has that perfect taste, you can thank our outstanding quality control folks! Mitchell Schramel, our night shift quality control supervisor, makes sure Cold Spring Brewing Company supplies nothing but the best.

Mitchell is a Cold Spring native and has a strong passion for the area. His adventurous personality led him to Duluth, MN for college where he double majored in biology and biochemistry (smarty pants alert!!). He eventually found his way back home, where he decided he wanted to become a member of the Cold Spring Brewing family.

“Originally, I had no idea what working at Cold Spring Brewing would be like – I just thought it sounded really interesting,” says Mitchell. “Five years later, I’m still learning new things about working at a brewery.”

As night shift quality manager, Mitchell’s responsibilities include reviewing quality control department documents, working with customers on resolving quality issues and ensuring that the quality control department remains in tip-top shape.

“I really enjoy working at Cold Spring because things are always changing and I get the opportunity to continue to learn,” says Mitchell. “I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the fifth line up and running and the new warehouse that is in progress.”

When Mitchell is out of the office, he can be found fishing, hiking and breathing in the fresh air of Minnesota’s great outdoors. Thank you for all you do, Mitchell, cheers to you!