Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Founded 1867
Headquarters Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
United States
Owner MillerCoors
Parent Molson Coors
Website www.leinie.com

The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company (/ˈlnənkɡəl/), a subsidiary of MillerCoors, is a regional American beer maker based in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, United States. Leinenkugel is mainly distributed in the Upper Midwest, but is available in limited quantities throughout all 50 states. The company is Chippewa Falls' oldest running business.


The brewery was founded in Chippewa Falls in May 1867 by Prussian immigrant Jacob Mathias Leinenkugel (1842-1899) and John Miller. Miller sold his stake in the company in 1884.[1]

The original brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

During Prohibition, the company produced near beer (known as "Leino") as well as soda water.[1] The company expanded from its local roots in the 1970s, introducing a light beer.[2][1] Philip Morris owned Miller Brewing Company bought the company in 1988.[1] On October 11, 2016, SABMiller sold its stake in MillerCoors for around US $12 billion after the company was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, making Molson Coors the 100 per cent owner of MillerCoors. The brewery currently has distribution outlets in all 50 states.[3]


Leinenkugel operates two breweries. The original, the company base of operations, is located in Chippewa Falls (that city's oldest business);[3] and the 10th Street Brewery (formerly the Val Blatz 10th Street Brewery) located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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 alcohol beers[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "History of the Leinenkugel Brewery". Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ "SAB Miller - Brands - Leinenkugel's Original". Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  3. ^ a b Jake Leinenkugel Retiring as President of Brewing Company; Sep 9, 2014; article; Evavold, Ross; accessed September 2016
  4. ^ Robin Shepard. "Meet the Big Eddy beers from Leinenkugel's". Isthmus, December 7, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2017.

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