Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Founded 1867
Headquarters Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
United States
Owner SABMiller[1]
Website www.leinie.com

The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company (/ˈlnənkɡəl/),[2] 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.

History[edit]

The brewery was founded in Chippewa Falls in May 1867 by Prussian immigrant Jacob Mathias Leinenkugel (1842-1899)[3] and John Miller, who sold his stake in the company in 1884.[4] He was succeeded as company head by his eldest son Mathias Jacob "Matt" Leinenkugel (1866-1926).

The original brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

During Prohibition, the company produced near beer known as "Leino" as well as soda water.[5] The company expanded from its local roots in the 1970s, introducing a light beer.[6] Miller Brewing Company, now a subsidiary of SABMiller, bought the company in 1988.[7]

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.[8]

Breweries[edit]

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 25% 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 alcohol beers.[citation needed]

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