Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Location Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
United States
Opened 1867
Owner(s) SABMiller[1]
Active beers
Name Type
Leinenkugel's Original Pale lager
Leinenkugel's Light Light beer
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss Pale lager
Leinenkugel's Red Lager Vienna lager
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark Dark Lager or Dunkel
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss Fruit beer
Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Imperial IPA Imperial IPA
Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout Imperial Stout
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat Wheat beer
Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler Kölsch-style
Seasonal beers
Name Type
Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy Shandy
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest Marzen
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter Porter
Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler Kolsch
Leinenkugel's Orange Shandy Shandy
Other beers
Name Type
Inactive beers
Leinenkugel's 1888 Bock Bock
Leinenkugel's Amber Light Light lager
Leinenkugel's Apple Spice Cider
Leinenkugel's Auburn Ale Amber Ale
Leinenkugel's Autumn Gold Pale Lager
Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock Dopplebock
Leinenkugel's Bock Bock
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber Lager
Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown English style lager
Leinenkugel's Hefeweizen American Wheat
Leinenkugel's Maple Brown Pale Lager
Leinenkugel's Special Ale American Pale Ale
Leinenkugel's Winter Lager Bock
Leinenkugel's Northwoods Lager

The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, a subsidiary of SABMiller, 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 sold his stake in the company in 1884.[2]

The original brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

During Prohibition, the company produced near beer known as "Leino" as well as soda water.[3] The company expanded from its local roots in the 1970s, introducing a light beer.[4] Miller Brewing Company, now a subsidiary of SABMiller, bought the company in 1988.[5]

On March 28, 2006, the company introduced Sunset Wheat beer, brewed with wheat, hops, and coriander. Summer Shandy, a seasonal mix of wheat beer and lemonade, was introduced in 2007. In 2010 Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout was re-introduced in select markets. In 2012 the company introduced Snowdrift Vanilla Porter and Lemonberry Shandy. Canoe Paddler beer was introduced for spring and summer 2013.[6]


Leinenkugel has two breweries: the original, located in Chippewa Falls, and the 10th Street Brewery (formerly the Val Blatz 10th Street Brewery) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Approximately 95% of Leinenkugel's sales, by volume, is brewed in the Chippewa Falls location.[citation needed]

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 Big Eddy ale line, a series of seasonal, high ABV beers.


  1. ^ "SAB Miller - Brands - Leinenkugel’s Original". Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  2. ^ "History of the Leinenkugel Brewery: 1st Generation". Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  3. ^ "History of the Leinenkugel Brewery: 2nd Generation". Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  4. ^ "History of the Leinenkugel Brewery: 4th Generation". Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  5. ^ "History of the Leinenkugel Brewery: 5th Generation". Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  6. ^ http://beerpulse.com/2013/01/leinenkugels-canoe-paddler-kolsch-debuts-soon/

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Coordinates: 44°56′36″N 91°23′44″W / 44.943323°N 91.39543°W / 44.943323; -91.39543