Ask anyone who works in our brewery or who has toured our brewhouse – it takes a lot of daily maintenance to ensure our crisp, craft beers are brewed perfectly every time. That’s why we’re especially grateful to our Facility Maintenance Planner, John Krebs.
Born and raised in Albany, Minnesota, John has been working with Cold Spring Brewing Company (CSBC) for the past five years, working his way up the ladder in our maintenance department.
“I’ve been doing maintenance my whole career at various levels,” said John. “One thing that I recognized with CSBC is that they were, and continue to be, a growing company. It felt like a stable job and a good fit from the start.”
Originally hired on for a temp service for CSBC, John worked for four years as a line mechanic prior to his promotion to facility maintenance planner. As CSBC’s primary maintenance go-to guy, John and his team handle the maintenance of seven buildings, including the brewhouse.
“I am responsible for the maintenance of the facility and support systems, like our ammonia refrigeration systems and compressed air systems,” explained John. “I work in the facility where they brew the beer as well as other surrounding warehouse buildings.”
In addition to working on the systems himself, John also manages three maintenance staff and communicates with external contractors for the larger upkeep jobs.
“My team works together to complete building maintenance,” said John. “We occasionally get jobs that are too big to handle internally and, when that happens, I coordinate contractors to ensure we have the resources to get the job done.”
When it comes to what he enjoys most about the craft brew industry, John finds the progression of the industry interesting in itself, especially with booming spikes in hard seltzer production.
“This [craft beer] business is taking off in different directions,” John continued. “But the really exciting part to me is seeing the growth in the hard seltzer market. I find the rapid growth fascinating.”
When asked what he’s most excited about for the future of Cold Spring, John is simply interested in seeing how the facility will change as CSBC grows.
“I’m looking forward to more expansion,” said John. “It’s no secret that we’re continually growing – we had quite a bit of growth last year and we will undoubtedly be growing this year.”
When he’s not keeping busy keeping the brewery in tip-top shape, John enjoys spending his free time gardening – especially tomatoes.
“I like to garden, everything from watermelon and pickles to lots and lots of tomatoes,” explained John. “My main reason for growing tomatoes is to donate to the Holy Family Church fundraiser during Albany’s Pioneer Days. If you’ve enjoyed one of their tacos-in-a-bag, you’ve had my tomatoes.”