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Cold Spring Brewing
Not open to the public (as far as I know)
219 Red River Avenue North
PO Box 476
Cold Spring MN 56320
Telephone: +1 320-685-8686
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Opened: 1857

Annual Production: 125,000 bbl

Contributors: Jacob Sjúrður Hansen, Benjamin Sunderlin, Jon Hughes, kentaki, Mark Quenette, Mike Feldhege

Known as Cold Spring Brewing until 1997 and again from 2008 to 2018, this company brews a wide range of beers under contract for a great many beer marketing companies. Gluek has a restaurant and tap room at 6th & Hennepin in Minneapolis.

Jacob Sjúrður Hansen provides a more detailed history:

In 1857 on the bank of the Mississippi River in an area later known as Minneapolis, German immigrant Gottlieb Gluek started the Mississippi Brewing Company. Soon the name was changed to the Gluek Brewing Company and by 1964 Gluek became Minneapolis's oldest continuously-operated business. But that same year, 1964, the Gluek family bowed to economic reality and the brewery was sold to the G. Heileman Brewing Company of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The Gluek Brand "Family of Beers" was reestablished in 1997 when the Cold Spring Brewing Company was bought and the name changed to Gluek Brewing Company. Gluek is the nr. 1 producer of a wide range of exclusive beer and craft beer brands for many beer marketing companies and major retailers in the United States. Gluek is also the nr. 1 producer of energy drinks in the US. Most of Gluek's beverages are distributed throughout the Midwest and various parts of the United States, but specialty brands are also exported to countries such as Denmark, Mexico, Russia, China, Korea and Japan. Gluek is the largest brewery in Minnesota and owns a restaurant and tap room in Minneapolis. Gluek was a beer before Minnesota was a state!

Gluek changed their name back to Cold Spring Brewing in the fall of 2008.

Cold Spring acquired Carolina Beverage Group in May 2018 and took their name as their own.

Updated: April 9, 2023


Beer List

    • Date: June 18, 2002 (#4361)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beer School, Appleton WI
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Bright golden-brown, high carbonation, thick head. Mildly toasty and fruity aroma. Light body, malty-sweet, diacetyl.

    • Date: September 28, 1996 (#1798)
      Package: bottled
      Score: 12½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Bright brown, clear. Brown malt aroma. Malty, light.

  • 4.70% abv.

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    American-Style Lager
    4.70% abv.
    • Date: April 22, 2003 (#4842)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Woodman's Food Market #20, Green Bay WI
      Score: 11½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      "Original Patented Malt Beverage". Pale. Big thick head. Very high carbonation. Smoky, grainy malt aroma. Light fizzy body. Richly malty, with lots of diacetyl. Weird buttery grainy finish. Looking at the patent (#2,442,806) it appears that they've gone to a lot of trouble to brew this..."malt liquor".

  • American-Style Light Lager
    3.20% abv.

  • American-Style Light Lager

  • American-Style Lager

  • Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    • Date: February 15, 2003 (#4681)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Woodman's Food Market #20, Green Bay WI
      Score: 12 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Yellow, hazy, with a short-lived head. Clean malty aroma. Very light body. Sticky sweet malt flavor. Some DMS. No "Bavarian" character at all. If you're going to name a beer after a well-defined German style, shouldn't the beer conform generally to that style?

  • Specialty Honey Beer

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    Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Beer
    9.10% abv.

  • Northern Golden Lager
    American-Style Lager

  • Northern Lager
    American-Style Lager

  • Northern Light
    American-Style Light Lager