Third Street Brewhouse Gives Back

Being a part of our local community is very important to the Third Street Brewhouse team. This is our home, and we care about the people and organizations that make our region so incredible. Our corporate philanthropy philosophy is simple: we give what we can, whenever we can, and our gifts usually involve beer.

Every year, we support local organizations, charities and events in different capacities. It could be donating a keg or two, providing the beer for a festival or event, or a simple monetary donation.

This year we continued our Taps That Give Back program, our awesome spin on fundraising events. These Tap Takeover events are held by charitable organizations at the Third Street Brewhouse Taproom. We staff and promote the event and have brought in live bands to make the night even more fun. The entire community is welcome to attend and support organizations that are making a difference. We drink beer, we have great conversations and we learn about some really great local organizations, and in the end, all beer proceeds are donated to the organization sponsoring the event.

The organizations we supported in 2018 through Taps That Give Back, donations and sponsorships include:

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 & Paul School / Sauk River Chain of Lakes Association / Silent auction items / St. Cloud Bottom Feeders Rugby / Stearns History Museum / US Navy Chiefs

The Secret to Great Beer? Clean Water.

Our brewhouse is nestled in the heart of Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes – not to mention rivers, streams, ponds, springs, wetlands and more. We love our water and having access to clean water is essential to our brewing process. In fact, over 125 years ago, Cold Spring Brewing Company was founded at, you guessed it, the site of a large, natural spring perfect for brewing beer.

Today, we’re still passionate about keeping our water clean. That’s why we are proud supporters of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). This voluntary program was created by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton as a partnership between federal and state governments and private industry. Under the program, farmers and local soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) work together to identify and fix risks to water quality on a field-by-field, whole farm basis. Producers who treat all risks to water quality on their operation are certified and deemed to be in compliance with new water quality rules and laws for 10 years.

We’ve enjoyed partnering with the MAWQCP program for the past few years. We work through local SWCDs to recognize local farmers for the great work they are doing to protect our local water resources. Clean water means great beer, so each certified farmer receives a Minnesota Gold sign and case of beer as a sign of our appreciation. Learn more about the specific farmers here:

Tyler Carlson

Jerry and Linda Jennissen

Dan and Crystal Ley

Dave Lochen

MAH Holdings LLP (Mighty Axe Hops™) and Eric Sannerud of Foley

Polly Perkins and David Christianson

Russell Peterson

Schlichting Farms and Prairie Farm Company of Rice

Interested in participating in the MAWQCP? Visit the program website at