Despite the early spring beer releases, I’m still sampling winter brew. My latest winter mixed 12-pack is Leinenkugel’s Winter Sampler Pack from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
The 12-pack of Leinies includes three beers each of:
- Honey Weiss, a light beer brewed with Wisconsin honey (4.8%)
- Classic Amber, a sessionable lager (4.9%)
- Fireside Nut Brown, “has a comforting approachability you don’t experience in traditional English-style nut browns.” Leinenkugel’s winter seasonal is not your typical strong winter ale at 4.9%.
- Creamy Dark, a smooth Lager that has won seven awards in the Dark Lager category (4.9%).
The Fireside Nut Brown and Creamy Dark were the best of the 12-pack. While the beers seemed a bit thin overall, you have to admire the low ABV and drinkability of this 12-pack.
Leinenkugel Brewing Company was founded in 1867 and is now owned by MillerCoors. I don’t buy Leinies often though I enjoy the Sunset Wheat during the summer when the hot weather calls for a refreshing easy-drinker.
Speaking of warmer weather, as soon as it warms up I want to visit the Leinenkugel Beer Garden in Baltimore. It is located at the entrance of Power Plant Live in a glass pavilion with a retractable roof, and has an outdoor beer garden. There are 30 beers on tap, including Leinies and local craft beer. The menu of appetizers and small plates is simply mouth-watering – Wisconsin Fried Cheese Bites, anyone?