A trip to Minneapolis: Through the Leinie Lodge

16 Aug

Well, this past weekend was an exciting one! My lovely wife and I traveled to the twin cities for a cousins wedding. It was a small intimate wedding in Minneapolis, with mostly friends and family present. We decided a few weeks ago that my wife would use some vacation hours, and we’d make a whole weekend of it! Minneapolis is one of our favorite places to visit, so we try to experience new things when we can make the trip over. We even brought our bicycles to do some riding in what has been rated as the best biking city in the country!

We decided pretty much on a whim as we were approaching Chippewa Falls, WI to make a stop at the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing company, affectionately known to many Wisconsinites as Leinie’s. Leinenkugel’s is not my favorite craft brewery (with 47 employees they fall under the 52 employee maximum to be categorized as a craft brewery), but they make a very respectable product, and it’s always nice to have a good place like theirs making a decent beer. It’s a good alternative to a lot of the domestic saturation we have. Chippewa Falls is a gorgeous area too, the Chippewa river runs right by the brewery, and it’s quite some nice scenery.

The tour was fascinating, my first brewery tour actually, and as much as I am starting to learn about beer, it was really splendid to see everything close hand, this will definitely not be my last brewery tour (= Unfortunately they did not allow photos inside the beer plant at all, so I have a couple of the outside, but they’ll do.

One of my favorite things about Leinenkugels is the slogan: “Come join us out here”. It does seem in part like a call to come and buy some of their vast (and I do mean vast) supply of merchandise; but they really do appreciate their customers, and they treat them quite well, which I found to be very refreshing. They are actually the only craft brewery that survived and continued from Prohibition. They survived for the short time making soft drinks (a practice they promptly ceased at the end of prohibition).

The tour of course ended with me sampling a good variety of their beer, and even my wife tried some(she’s not much of a beer drinker)! It turns out my favorite is probably the original recipe, quite a refreshing beverage, I’ll try and do a review on that soon.

We than headed on our way to minneapolis to enjoy a weekend of cheap hotels, a wonderful wedding (with free summit EPA) and an all-in-all wonderful time. We didn’t end up biking quite as much as I had desired, but we did get in a pretty nice ride on saturday morning, complete with a nice hill workout and a gorgeous path along a park, even if the path was not quite road bike friendly if you know what I mean.

So, if you get a chance to head over to Chippewa Falls, do take the tour, I highly reccomend it. Just try not to spend too much money in the gift shop (=

Alicia enjoying a Berry Weiss

 

Nifty showcase in the beer museum of the original "Pencil Test"

 

Part of the current production facility

 

The old horse barn, now used for storage.

 

Our bikes chained to a tree, no poles were available )=

 

Instagram assemblage of the wedding

 

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