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Brynwood Partners VII buys Cold Spring Brewing Company

Published 07 August 2017

Brynwood Partners VII has acquired Cold Spring Brewing Company from its current owner, the Lenore family, for an undisclosed amount.

Located in Cold Spring, MN, Cold Spring is a leading beverage manufacturer that produces energy drinks, carbonated flavored waters and brews craft beers.  The company primarily manufactures products, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages and beer, for other companies' proprietary brands and retailers' private labels.  Cold Spring also brews beer under its own brand, Third Street Brewhouse, for distribution locally in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Founded in 1874 in Cold Spring, MN, the company is one of the oldest beverage manufacturing plants in the U.S.  Today, Cold Spring is a leading independent beverage manufacturer with over $60 million in net sales and employs approximately 350 people. 

"We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Cold Spring," said Henk Hartong III, Chairman and CEO of Brynwood Partners.  "The well-run facilities and exciting growth plans for the company represent a great investment opportunity for Brynwood Partners." 

Mr. Hartong continued, "While Cold Spring will be operated as a standalone company, we believe it will benefit greatly from the scale and national distribution and manufacturing foot print of Brynwood Partners' Harvest Hill Beverage Company investment.  We look forward to working collaboratively with Cold Spring's management team to grow the business."

Ian MacTaggart, President and COO of Brynwood Partners, said: "On behalf of Brynwood Partners, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Lenore family for working with us on this transaction. 

"This marks Brynwood VII's sixth investment in the beverage sector and is a significant investment for our firm.  We look forward to supporting Cold Spring's loyal employees and growing its operations in Cold Spring, MN, where it has resided for 143 years and plays such an important role in the community."

Brynwood VII did not retain an investment banking advisor but was represented by Holland & Knight LLP on legal matters.  Cold Spring retained Cascadia Capital LLC as its investment banking advisor and was represented by Stinson Leonard Street LLP on legal matters.

Source: Company Press Release