The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is a regional American beermaker based in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, United States. Leinenkugel is mainly distributed in the Upper Midwest, but is available in limited quantities throughout the United States. Its products are colloquially known as Leinies.
The brewery was founded in Chippewa Falls in May 1867 by Jacob Leinenkugel and John Miller. Miller (no relation to Miller Brewing) sold his stake in the company in 1884.
The original brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
During Prohibition, the company produced near beer known as "Leino" as well as soda water. The company expanded from its local roots in the 1970s, introducing a light beer. Miller Brewing Company, now a subsidiary of SABMiller, bought the company in 1988.
On March 28, 2006, the company introduced Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat which is brewed with wheat, hops, and coriander. Soon after its introduction, it was made available throughout much of the US. On April 1, 2007, Leinenkugel introduced Summer Shandy as the new seasonal beer, which is wheat beer mixed with lemonade. The latest seasonal beer is the reintroduced 1888 Bock.
The company announced in October 2010 that it would re-introduce Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout in select markets for a limited time beginning November 2010.
Leinenkugel has two breweries: the original, located in Chippewa Falls, and the 10th Street Brewery (formally the Val Blatz 10th Street Brewery) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Approximately 95% of Leinenkugel's sales, by volume, is brewed in the Chippewa Falls location.
The 10th Street Brewery, opened in 1986 by G. Heileman Brewing Company for the Blatz label, was purchased by Leinenkugel in 1995. It produces Leinenkugel's Auburn Ale, Berry Weiss, Creamy Dark, Hefeweizen, Honey Weiss and the Original pale lager.
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- ^ "History of the Leinenkugel Brewery: 2nd Generation". http://leinie.com/2nd_gen_history.html. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
- ^ "History of the Leinenkugel Brewery: 4th Generation". http://leinie.com/4th_gen_history.html. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
- ^ "History of the Leinenkugel Brewery: 5th Generation". http://leinie.com/5th_gen_history.html. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
Coordinates: 44°56′36″N 91°23′44″W / 44.943323°N 91.39543°W