In 1867, Jacob Leinenkugel and business partner, John Miller, open the Spring Brewery in Chippewa Falls. During the early years Jacob and John were the brewery's only employees. Jacob brewed the beer and John delivered it using a small cart and a horse named Kate. In 1884, Miller sold his stake in the brewery to Jacob. They brewery then began to grow with the addition of a four-story brewhouse. After the passing of his father, Matt Leinenkugel stepped in as the brewery president in the early 1900's. In order to keep the brewery going during prohibition, they introduced the non-alcoholic Leino and began bottling soda water.
Entering the next century with fifth generation brewer Jake Leinenkugel as president, the brewery celebrated its 135th anniversary in 2002 and in the following year The Leinie Lodge opened its doors. With free brewery tours, gift shop, and fresh from the kettle samples it's the place where the Leinie spirit lives. The brewery continues to master multiple brewing styles and offerings while striving to be more environmently conscious. In 2010, a new pasteurizer was installed at the brewery, reducing water usage and saving 20 million gallons of water yearly.
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