Made the visit to the Lenie’s Lodge and took the brewery tour in early 2009. Nice tour, very informative. The place still has a family feeling to it and looks, acts and smells like a small family brewer and not a division of Miller/Coors. The Lenie Lodge is fabulous. Lots of beer memorabilia and gifts. Tasting was fun but limited to 2 beers. Nice stop and would recommend it if you are in the area.
Visited during the summer on a Thursday afternoon. Parking is an issue when they are full, but adequate. Beautiful stand alone building. Didn’t do the tour because of time restraints. Service was adequate. Mainly a very large gift shop with almost anything you could imagine emblazoned with the Leinenkugel’s logo, shirts, glasses, bottle openers, canoes, probably even a toilet seat, although I didn’t see one. Some great old pictures and posters on the walls of days gone buy. Eight beers on tap, samples only, but nothing special, reasonable prices. Some bottles sold here, but nothing you couldn’t find at many other places. Overall I would say it’s worth the trip if your close to Chippewa Falls.
In a word: disappointed. Basically a gift shop with samples. 80% of the place is merchandise. Theres some nice memorabilia to check out if you can dodge all the bozos digging through the t-shirts and loose kids. Tiny sampling bar. Samples only. The samples are 5 for 1$ and you get a sample glass to keep (great deal), but thats it...want a pint of something - no luck. No beer sold there to take home. No at all what I hoped.
Did the brewery tour while heading to Chicago for the weekend. Had a great time and like many brewery tours it was free. This was the first time I heard about mixing the different beers. Remember having a honey bear (honey weiss and berry weiss) that was decent. Highly recommended even though my rating is low due to it being very hard to have a high selection score with only a few Leinie options on tap.
The brewery is integrated with the cool historic site of where Leinenkugel’s beer first began. The staff was very helpful and all had a great deal of information on the history of the leinenkugel familiy and the history of the brewery. The only downside of the brewery is that you can only drink a certain amount of beer there. Also, the merchandise that is actually unique and the signs etc. that you would want in your house are very expensive. On the other hand there are many trinkets, clothing, and glassware that are very reasonably priced. You need to try the mixed beer recipes if you go to this brewery. Overall it was a great experience touring and just enjoying this brewery.