COLD SPRING -- This week on WJON’s Around the Town segment, reporter Chrissy Gaetke goes to Third Street Brewhouse in Cold Spring for National Beer Day.

Sales manager, Jodi Peterson says the brewery is celebrating National Beer Day with a new twist on an old favorite.

"We're doing a special randall with our 'Hunny Do' wheat beer. We're putting cantaloupe and pineapple in it, it's an infusion, that's one of our specials today (Friday) and all pints are a dollar off."

Cold Spring Brewery has been a staple in the community since 1874 and since it opened in 2012, their brewhouse, Third Street has been a popular spot for local events. HR Manager, Nicki Holthaus says they work closely with several area non-profits including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Tri-County Humane Society.

"All summer starting in May through September we actually host a tap-takeover on Friday nights. People bring in bands, they bring in food, and all the proceeds from that Friday night goes to the non-profit organization that's sponsoring."

Between hosting so many events, brewmaster, Karl Schmitz is challenged with creating new beers. Schmitz says Third Street's newest beer is actually Cold Spring's oldest.

"It's going to be called 'Brewers Tears'. I have a can here, on this can is a picture from the paper the day the revenuers showed up on prohibition to dump out the beer. In this picture from the paper it says present were [the owners] absent from the picture is Eugene Hermanutz, brewmaster. He could not stand to see the sight of his beer being dumped. And so we came up with the name 'Brewers Tears', I found the recipe for that beer in a very old file cabinet, folded up on the bottom. As far as we can tell this is the original Cold Spring beer recipe."

Brewers Tears is set to release June 1.  Third Street does have extended hours Friday, they'll be open 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Every Friday during the News at Noon Show, Gaetke travels around the St. Cloud metro area to highlight local celebrations, businesses and charity events. Do you have a suggestion of where she should go? Email

Third Street Brewhouse Celebrates National Beer Day (Chrissy Gaetke, WJON)
Third Street Brewhouse Celebrates National Beer Day (Chrissy Gaetke, WJON)

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