The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Photographed May 22, 2015
Erected by Chippewa County Historical Society
Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Wisconsin
44.943231,-91.395505 (park here)
44.943998,-91.394894 (marker here)
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This is Chippewa Falls’ oldest industry. In 1867, Jacob Leinenkugel, the son of a Bavarian brewmaster, came to northern Wisconsin searching for a promising location to build a brewery. He settled on this spot, purchasing the land from lumberman Hiram S. Allen. Forming a partnership with friend John Miller (no relation to Miller Brewing Company), they founded what was then called the Spring Brewery.

Here is where Jacob Leinenkugel found the essentials for brewing truly exceptional beers; pure spring water from the Big Eddy Springs and access to the finest barley and hops. For sixteen years the original partnership continued with Jacob Leinenkugel functioning as the brewer and John Miller selling the beer. Miller sold his interest to Leinenkugel in 1883. A major building program was undertaken in 1890 with the building of a new brewhouse. In 1898 Leinenkugel incorporated the business, naming it the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.

Once only available to the locals, Leinenkugel’s popularity has grown and is now sold in many states – predominantly in the Upper Midwest. Quality standards remain unchanged as Leinenkugel’s brewing process still uses the finest ingredients and handcrafted brewing methods. Today, Leinenkugel’s fifth generation takes pride in the brewing of beers carrying the family name.
The marker is located on the north end of the Duncan Creek Trail, adjacent to the The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company brewery, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729.

NOTE: To access the marker, park at Leinie Lodge Gift Shop / Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, at 124 East Elm Street, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729. Then walk across the bridge towards the The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Stay to your right until you see the Duncan Creek Trail on your right. Walk about 50 feet south on the trail. The marker is on your left; it is impossible to miss. Use the Google Map link above for further directions.

This marker is No. 21 in a series of historical markers erected by the Chippewa County Historical Society.

See also, Pig Alley, also at this location.

With the The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visible in the background.

Photo used with permission of Chippewa County Historical Society.

With the Pig Alley marker visible in the distance, to the right.

The bridge leading from the Leinie Lodge Gift Shop
to The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.

Two (above and below) of the The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
walls murals in downtown Chippewa Falls.

Park at Leinie Lodge Gift Shop to access the marker.

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