All in the Family: An Interview With Jake and Dick Leinenkugel

Jake and Dick Leinenkugel at Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel’s Family History

Earlier this month fifth-generation brewer, Jake Leinenkugel announced he will retire as President of the family-run Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company at the end of the year.

Since 1867, Leinie’s has been brewing America’s friendliest craft beer in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. And under the guidance of Jake the brewery has thrived by keeping true to the history and heritage established by his great-great grandfather.

This history and heritage will be as strong as ever, when Jake’s brother Dick takes over as President of the brewery at the end of the year. Watch this video to hear more about Jake’s retirement from Jake and Dick:



MillerCoors Celebrates Water Stewardship With “Great Water Month”

MillerCoors Great Water Month cleanup

Water Stewardship at MillerCoors

Here at MillerCoors, we always say, “without water, there’s no beer.”  We need clean, fresh water to make our quality beers – it’s no coincidence that our breweries are located near excellent water sources, like our Milwaukee Brewery near the shores of Lake Michigan or our Golden Brewery on the banks of the Clear Creek. We feel a responsibility to protect these precious resources not just for ourselves, but for the communities in which we live and work.

That’s why we’ve declared September, “Great Water Month,” when thousands of MillerCoors employees will participate in projects across the nation to protect local water resources and promote water stewardship.  Our employees go off-campus and roll up their sleeves to repair riverbeds, clean up coastlines and remove trash.

September is Great Water Month

Last week, our Chicago and Albany, Ga. campuses celebrated Great Water Month by cleaning up the Chicago and Flint Rivers, respectively.  We worked with dedicated partners, Friends of the Chicago River and Flint Riverkeeper, to monitor the health of the rivers, collect trash and remove invasive, harmful species from riverbeds. Check out the slideshow below to see how employees spent a day hard at work in the great outdoors celebrating water stewardship.

And follow the @MillerCoors Twitter feed throughout the month of September to see our employees get dirty for a good cause: clean water!



Throwback Thursday: Celebrating Labor Day with Great Beer

Miller Brewery Bottling Line 1986

One Century of Brewing Great Beers

As we look ahead to Labor Day weekend, we celebrate everyone who works hard (and maybe rewards themselves at the end of the day with a cold beer) with a look back at some folks who’ve brewed our great beers in the past.

Miller Brewing Employee Outing 1916

Summer outings in a wooded park north of Milwaukee were an annual tradition for office employees of the Frederick Miller Brewing Co. Office employees, who were both men and women, could bring along their spouses, children and guests. Box lunches, Cracker-Jack and Miller beer made a perfect day. This photo is from the 1916 outing.

Coors Brewing Company Bottling Line 1940

Working the bottling line at Coors Brewing Company in the 1940s.

Miller Brewery Bottling Line 1986

Nancy Dishman readjusts filled bottles on the draft beer packaging line at the Miller Brewery in Eden in this 1986 photo.

Coors Brewery Banquet Beer 1970

In the late 1800s, thirsty miners threw celebratory banquets, with Coors as the honorary beer because of its superior craftsmanship. When this picture was taken in the 1970s, Coors Banquet wasn’t widely distributed outside the west and it became a cult phenomenon. More than 100 years later it’s still going strong.


Contributions by: Melanie Keerins