Insider’s Guide to Exploring The Iconic Brewery and Leinie Lodge

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If you’re from Wisconsin, visited Wisconsin, or are just a craft beer fan, you’ve definitely heard of Leinenkugel’s. The Leinenkugel family brewery has been home to Chippewa Falls since May of 1867. Now, the sixth generation of the family are involved with Leinenkugel’s beers and keeping the German family heritage alive and well in this iconic brewery’s success. And if you haven’t been to the original brewery site in Northern Wisconsin – this is your sign to take that trip! Check out our tips below to make the most of your first experience at the Leinie Lodge in Chippewa Falls. 

Now let’s explore how you can see this brewery come to life on a tour and a visit to the Leinie Lodge in Chippewa Falls today!

Learn About the History Behind Leinenkugel’s

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Jacob Leinenkugel founded the family brewery right in the heart of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in May of 1867. He integrated his family’s Germain heritage directly into the brewery and knew that it would be part of the major success moving forward. Fast forward to 2021, the brewery is now run by the fifth generation of the family. To this day, they are helping bring those family-inspired recipes to life in the brewery with the heritage still remaining within!

The multi-generation is now carrying on this legacy from Jacob and working to get these fresh brews to more people than ever before. Over 154 years ago, this brewery was started on a family tradition and its legacy is now carried on through sixth generation family members Matt, Kirk, Ellie and Katie Leinenkugel!

Have a Pint at the Brewery Inside the Leinie Lodge

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Sit back and relax while sipping on your favorite Leinenkugel brew at the Leinie Lodge. The lodge is filled with historic pieces from over 150 years of brewing, vintage equipment, and a gift shop with all of your favorite Leinenkugel apparel! Grab an award-winning beer to enjoy inside their beautiful main room, or head out to the patio that overlooks Duncan Creek. Most Fridays and Saturdays through October you can find food trucks to pair with a delicious brew. Check out the upcoming line-up here.  

If you enjoy your time at Leinie Lodge (which we know you will), be sure to sign up for their free membership where you will receive a monthly e-newsletter and get access to many great offers along with the inside scoop on special events happening throughout the year. Click here to join now!

Take a Tour

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Walk back into brewery history and join the adventure on the Legacy Brewery Tour. On the one-hour tour you will get to take a bigger look at the historic brewery and be introduced to over 150 years of brewing history. Whether you are a beer connoisseur, a home brewer, or a history buff there is plenty to see and enjoy when you go behind the scenes at this Wisconsin staple.

Before or after your tour, you are invited to taste four, five ounce samples of one of their flavors (21+). There is a beautiful patio to enjoy your brews or if you’re more in the mood to sip and shop, that works too! You can book your tour of The Leinenkugel Brewery here. 

All-in-all, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Chippewa Falls for a beautiful day spent at the Leinie Lodge! From taking a tour through the over 154 years of history, to tasting a fresh brew right on site, you will be sure to have a day that you won’t forget! If you want a sneak peak at what a tour looks like, check out the ‘NEW Leinenkugel Brewery Tour with Katie Leinenkugel: A Wisconsin Must!’ now!


Kortnee Hass: Digital Media Associate for Discover Mediaworks. A Wisconsin ‘now & forever’ transplant with a soft spot for squeaky cheese curds, craft breweries, and all things Wisconsin tourism.

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